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Friday, October 17, 2014

Your Letters

We'll open the Metro Connection inbox to hear some of your responses to "The G Word," our recent show about gentrification in D.C.

This Week On Metro Connection: Wild Cards

We'll go theme-free with stories that run the gamut, from a look at a local birth photographer to the latest twists in the debate over guns in D.C.

Birth Photographer Lives For The Moment

Photographing childbirth isn't always easy or convenient, but Emily Goodstein says it's a deeply rewarding job.

How Strong Is D.C.'s Safety-Net Hospital?

United Medical Center is D.C.'s only hospital east of the Anacostia River. We'll explore its troubled past, and how it's faring now.

Adult Education Nonprofit Gets On The Charter School Bandwagon

As one of D.C.'s nonprofit adult education centers goes charter and receives a windfall of city money, we explore the expectations that go along with that funding.

The Unlikely Bond Between A D.C. Church And The Punk Music Scene

For decades, D.C. churches have served as a support system for the city's punk rock scene, but how did that come to be?

Remembering When 'Mr. Smith' Came To Washington, 75 Years Ago

When Frank Capra's film, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington premiered at Constitution Hall on October 17, 1939, not everyone in Washington gave the movie two thumbs up.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Q&A With Journalist Suzanne Pollak About Arrest of Rabbi Barry Freundel

Suzanne Pollak of Washington Jewish Week spoke with WAMU about the arrest of Rabbi Barry Freundel on charges of voyeurism.

Yes, That's An Upside Down D.C. Flag On Your Voter Guide

There's an upside down D.C. flag on the city's official voter guide, but the D.C. elections board insists it was inverted on purpose.

Plan To Address Virginia Budget Shortfall Includes Big Cuts To Prisons

Virginia is staring down a projected $2.4 billion budget shortfall. Gov. Terry McAuliffe's plan calls for major budget cuts, most of which will hit commonwealth prisons.

Foxx: Lame Duck Session An Opportunity To Fix Highway Trust Fund

The solvency of the federal Highway Trust Fund has been a constant question in the last few years, but the nation's transportation secretary says a long-term fix could be pushed through before the end of the year.

Does The Regional Transportation Plan Include Enough Mass Transit?

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments approved a long-range transportation plan for the greater D.C. region on Wednesday, but some advocates say there is too much focus on highways.

Listen To A D.C. Nurse Explain The Status Of Ebola Preparedness

Healthcare providers across the country have raised concerns that their current levels of training and supplies are inadequate for potential outbreaks of the Ebola virus. D.C. nurse Stephen Frum explains what can be done to improve readiness.

Purple Line To Serve As Rallying Point For Maryland Democrats

Democrats in Maryland think their support of public transit is a political winner, which will be the theme of a press conference Thursday afternoon.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

D.C. Region's Transportation Plan Relies Too Much On Highways, Critics Say

Extensions to D.C.'s H Street streetcar line, possible toll lanes on the bridges into the District, the Purple Line in Maryland and dozens of highway expansions are part of the region's long-range transportation plan, approved today by officials from local governments across the D.C. metro area.