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Monday, September 28, 2015

D.C. Takes Steps To Improve Housing For Homeless During Winter

Working with advocates for the homeless, the D.C. government has revised how the city will help people seeking shelter during the winter.

Tuesday Marks 50 Years For National Endowments For Arts, Humanities

Two of the most important independent government agencies for funding the arts will soon celebrate half a century in operation.

Despite High Stakes, Virginia Election Generates Little Interest, Poll Shows

The poll found that two-thirds of potential Virginia voters are not following the news of November's upcoming election, which includes every seat in the General Assembly and could affect control of the state Senate.

Eight-Car Trains Are Becoming A Rarer Species For Metro System, Data Show

Think Metro is running shorter trains more often these days? Your instincts are probably right. A analysis of train lengths over the past two weeks reveals that the percentages of eight-car trains were well below Metro's targets for the current fiscal year.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Virginia May Remove Controversial Regulations On Abortion Clinics — But Could They Return?

Virginia's state board of health is poised to undo controversial regulations on abortion clinics, but whether the change sticks could depend on state politics.

Metro Service Disruptions Could Last Months, Transit Agency Warns

Repairs to a severely damaged power substation will take at least six months, leaving riders on Metro's Blue, Orange, and Silver lines faced with the possibility of extensive daily delays until the spring, officials with the D.C. region's transit system announced on Thursday.

Papal Visit Proves Fixing Traffic Congestion Doesn't Require Miracle, Just Teleworking

Pope Francis left the people of the Washington, D.C. region with a lot to reflect upon in faith and politics, but he unintentionally may have revealed an important lesson about freeing up the roads, too.

This Week On Metro Connection: September 25, 2015

As D.C. recovers from pope-mania, we'll hear how Washingtonians welcomed the pontiff this week, from taking selfies with cardboard cutouts to quaffing religious-themed beers. And we'll catch up with '80s pop star Thomas Dolby, and hear how he's helping transform a Baltimore neighborhood.

A D.C. School's New Approach To Fighting Poverty: Teaching Parents And Kids

We go inside an innovative partnership between a health clinic and a school that aims to create healthier, more resilient communities in the nation's capital.

Maryland Program Proves That Inmates Make Some Of The Best Dog Trainers

The ability to be with the animal 24 hours a day is only part of the reason.

Making Music Fit for A Pope

While much of D.C. worried about transit issues and traffic snarls this week, a group of musicians had its mind on something else: making Pope Francis' first mass in America as symphonious as possible.

How One Professor's 'Coup' Changed Catholic Education in America

In the tide-changing 1960s, a Catholic University professor led what's been called the greatest revolution in the history of the Catholic Church in the United States.

With Beer And Bobbleheads, Washingtonians Welcome Pope Francis

The city found some very creative ways to celebrate Pope Francis' D.C. arrival this week, from religious-themed beers to taking selfies with life-size pope cutouts and tracking down bobblehead dolls in his likeness.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

For One D.C. Official, Church Sex Abuse Scandal Hits Close To Home

D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large), who says he was abused at his church, wants to eliminate the statute of limitations on civil actions against those accused of sex crimes involving minors.

Metro Safety Plan Gets Federal Approval

The agency that runs the D.C. region's subway and bus system has taken an important step toward meeting new safety recommendations.