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Friday, September 12, 2014

Bowser Agrees To Four Mayoral Debates Ahead Of D.C. Election

D.C. mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser has agreed to participate in four debates ahead of the Nov. 4 election.

On 9/11 Anniversary, Cheh Thanks First Responders

The Ward 3 representative toured several city firestations Thursday, offering thanks and refreshments to the men and women in uniform.

Swim Coach Sentenced To 10 Years For Sex Abuse

Christopher Huott, who founded the Maryland Suburban Swim Club, abused one of his students for five years, starting when she was 7.

Lanier 'Shocked' By D.C. Police Officer's Intimidation Of Man Recording Arrest

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says an officer should not have interfered with a man who was seen recording an arrest in public. In the video, an officer tells the man "pack up and go" if he doesn't want to be "part of the investigation."

Administrators Hope New Building, Principal Help Save Jefferson-Houston School

The Alexandria public school has a new principal and some new features that administrators say might help turn around the school, whose students now have some of their lowest-ever reading scores.

Obama's ISIS Plan Divides An Already Divided Congress

This hyperpartisan Congress just got a little more fractured—only this time it isn't breaking along party lines. President Obama’s announcement that he's going to bomb the Islamic State is giving him some new Republican partners from the region on Capitol Hill, while also causing headaches for many in his own party.

Door to Door: Davidsonville, Md., & Rosemont, Va.

Our ongoing journey around the region, and this week we visit Davidsonville, Md., and Rosemont, Va.

Opponents Balk at Mayor's Stadium Proposal in Shockoe Bottom, Va.

Richmond's mayor hopes to build a baseball stadium in what was once the nation's second largest slave-trading center.

Walking Podcast Play Introduces Listeners To Other Sides of D.C.

This fall, Forum Theatre is premiering an unprecedented work: a multi-episode walking podcast play that will tell a continuous story as it takes listeners to various D.C. sites.

Bull Sharks Swim in Potomac Waters

What lies beneath the the Potomac River? Hint: they weigh more than 300 pounds and are among the most aggressive species in the world.

Reclaimed Maryland Mines Hold Promise For Rare Birds

Biologists in Maryland are exploring the use of reclaimed strip mines as bird habitats.

This Week on Metro Connection: Below The Surface

From sharks in the Potomac to burial grounds for contrabands, we're bringing you stories on what lies beneath.

150 Years Later, Contrabands Receive Commemoration in Alexandria

This month a memorial opens to honor the 1,700 escaped slaves, or contrabands, buried in Alexandria, Va.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Police Continue Search For Clarksburg Woman And Missing Children

Police in Montgomery County still have not located a missing woman or her two children.

Lawyer Says Request For Reconsideration Of D.C. Handgun Ruling Is 'Frivolous'

The legal back-and-forth between D.C. and a lawyer fighting the city's ban on carrying handguns outside the home continues.