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Friday, July 17, 2015

At Virginia Mosque, Time Of Celebration Marred By Vandalism

At the Manassas Muslim Association, the days leading up to Eid — marking the end of Ramadan — have been marked with concern.

Purple Line Construction Expected To Begin In 2016

Just last month, Gov. Larry Hogan announced the state would move forward with building the Purple Line. But the process has been delayed.

Three Ways Nationals Fans Define Themselves ('Crazy' Isn't One Of Them)

This isn't Philadelphia, New York or Baltimore, even. But the Nationals have been around for 10 years, and that's enough time for a fan base to build an identity. We asked Nats fans and local baseball writers about what it means to support the Washington club.

New Southwest Waterfront Project Bottoms Out — But That's A Good Thing

Construction crews working on a large construction project on the Southwest Waterfront have finished digging and will now start building, bringing hope for an ambitious redevelopment that could transform the area.

Virginia Has To Redo Its Congressional Map. But Who Draws The New Lines?

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican leaders of the General Assembly are clashing yet again, this time over whether to call a special session to debate a potential new set of maps for the state's congressional districts.

D.C.'s Once Segregated Public Pools Are More Mixed, But For How Long?

D.C. has 29 public pools and counting. But as the city changes, so too does the pool scene.

This Week On Metro Connection: July 17, 2015

We'll dive in to a new summer series on the history and changing demographics of D.C.'s free public pools. Plus, we'll find out how a local food bank is using technology to find hidden pockets of food insecurity. And we'll hear from a Virginia couple giving away their 35-acre farm for 1,000 words.

Door To Door: Crystal City, Virginia, and West Annapolis, Maryland

It's our ongoing journey around the region. This time, we'll visit Crystal City, Virginia, and West Annapolis, Md.

Residents Weigh In On Walter Reed Redevelopment

Four years after the troubled Army medical center shut down, the District is planning a multi-use development that would transform surrounding neighborhoods. We hear what local residents think.

The National Theatre Prepares For A Buckswashling Show — All For Kids

D.C.'s National Theatre has entertained presidents and hosted theatrical stars. Now, a new collaboration with Imagination Stage will bring tens of thousands of kids to the grand, 1,700-seat house.

What's Down The Road For Biking In D.C.?

After five years, Shane Farthing has left his position as head the region's largest bicycle advocacy group. Now he tells us what he thinks is coming next for cycling in the metro area.

Couple Plans To Give Away 35-Acre Virginia Farm Through An Essay Contest

Ever dream of living on a farm in the rolling hills of Virginia's horse country? This 35-acre farm could be yours, if you can convince the current owners in a 1,000-word essay.

Where Is Food Insecurity Greatest In The D.C. Region? There's A Map For That

Even in a wealthy area like the D.C. region, hundreds of thousands of people are at risk of going hungry. But how do you locate them, to give them the help they need?

Are 100-Pound Catfish Coming To The Potomac Or Are They Already Here?

Decades after the U.S. government introduced non-native Blue Catfish to local waterways, scientists worry these hefty creatures may be harming the ecosystem.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

In Montgomery County, Extending Food-Truck Hours May Get Complicated

Montgomery County lawmakers are looking at extending the hours food trucks can be open. While that may appear simple, it won't be.