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Friday, August 15, 2014

Jack Hopkins Marks 88 Years of Harmonizing on his Harmonicas

Jack Hopkins got his first harmonica at age six. 88 years later, he's still going strong.

Door to Door: Herndon, Va., and King Farm, Md.

It's our weekly trip around the region. This time, we'll visit Herndon, Va. and the King Farm neighborhood of Rockville, Md.

First African-American Park Service Director Reflects On Places We Preserve

Robert G. Stanton served as the first African American to lead the National Park service, and says these parks say a lot about how Americans view themselves.

A Holocaust Survivor Shares His Story, So That We Won't Forget

Robert Behr has told the tale of his time at a Nazi labor camp over and over again — and he says he'll continue to do so for as long as he can.

How a D.C. Dancer Helped People Heal Through Movement

Sharon Chaiklin stumbled across the burgeoning field of dance therapy in the early 1960s, and became a pioneer in using movement to help people cope with trauma.

This Week On Metro Connection: Lifetime Achievement

We'll bring you stories of older Washingtonians who've spent their lives pursuing their passions and leaving a lasting legacy.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Born And Live In D.C.? You're In The Minority

According to Census data, in 2012 only 37 percent of D.C. residents were born in the city, the third-lowest proportion in the country.

Under Plan, 6 Prince George's Co. Houses Damanged By Landslide To Be Demolished

Residents of a Prince George's County neighborhood damaged by a landslide earlier this year say they would accept a proposal by the county government that would see six homes demolished.

After Three Weeks, Prosecution To Rest Case Against McDonnells

Prosecutors are expected to wrap up their corruption case against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell today.

Obama Advisor: Only Congress Can Permanently Resolve Immigration Problem

In an exclusive interview with WAMU 88.5's Armando Trull, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz speaks about the ongoing immigration crisis and what the administration has done and Congress needs to do to help resolve it.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Warren Weinstein, Rockville Resident, Has Been Held By Al-Qaeda For Three Years

Wednesday marks the third anniversary of the kidnapping of the Maryland resident, who was taken hostage while working for the State Department in Pakistan.

FBI Agent: McDonnells Owed $90K On Credit Cards

As prosecutors in the McDonnell corruption trial began wrapping up their case, FBI agent David Hulser testified that the McDonnells were in dire financial straits when they did favors for a wealthy businessman.

Annual 'Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over' Campaign Cracks Down On Drunk Drivers

We've all heard this warning more times than we can remember: don't drink and drive. Yet the federal government says more than 10,000 Americans die each year in drunk driving crashes, and now, the annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdown is underway.

Court Won't Delay Same-Sex Marriage Decision In Virginia

A federal appeals court has denied a request to delay its ruling striking down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban, leading to the possibility that same-sex couples will be able to legally marry by next week.