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Friday, April 24, 2015

In D.C., You Can Now Plant A Tree With Little More Than A Click

Have a place where you'd like D.C. to plant a tree? A new website makes the whole process no more complicated than a point and click.

Beating The Odds: Coping With An Incarcerated Parent

On top of the challenges of being a first generation immigrant, Blossom Ojukwu struggled to cope with the incarceration of her father. Despite her obstacles, she graduated high school with a 3.9 and is pursuing a career in the arts.

Dinner Party Movement Offers Grieving Washingtonians A Gathering Place

A new movement is inviting people across the D.C. region to eat, drink and talk about the loss of loved ones.

White House Butler Dishes on Serving in Nation's Most Famous Home

Frederick, Maryland, resident Alan Devalerio had a ringside seat to history as a White House butler fror Presidents Carter and Reagan.

Union Station Restoration Uncovers Hidden History

We'll tour Union Station's lesser-known spots and hear about the restoration that's uncovering artifacts from the train terminal's past.

House Concerts Bring Live Music To A D.C. Living Room Near You

If you want to see the next big thing in D.C. music, the nearest venue may be the living room next door.

The 'Delta Collection': Sneaking A Peek At The Library Of Congress' Erotica Stash

The Library of Congress holds a vast collection of reference materials and books — including plenty of erotica and pornography.

Out Of The Vault And Into The Light: Precious Shakespeare Works To Tour U.S.

On the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, copies of his First Folio will exit the Folger Shakespeare Library vault and tour the nation.

This Week On Metro Connection: Behind Closed Doors (rebroadcast)

We'll bring you stories of the secret and surreptitious, from underground vaults to off-the-record dinner parties to what happens behind the scenes at the White House.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Does Virginia's House Of Delegates Have A Transparency Problem?

In Virginia, members of the House of Delegates consider thousands of bills during each session. But the vast majority of them are dismissed without any debate or even a recorded vote.

How Long Is Too Long To Question Police About Possible Misconduct?

Protesters in Baltimore continue to demand answers about how Freddie Gray reportedly suffered a fatal spinal injury while he was in police custody. The case is raising new questions about Maryland's Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights and the balance between due process for police officers and the public's right to know what happened.

Metro Takes Further Safety Steps After L'Enfant Smoke Disaster

Metro has announced they are going beyond NTSB recommendations to shore up their safety processes following the smoke incident earlier this year that killed one rider and sent dozens more to the hospital.

How Some Maryland Bars Have Been Breaking An Election Day Law For Decades

Electoral politics can be enough to drive anybody to drink — but until this legislative session, one Maryland city had laws on the books that specifically prohibited hitting the suds on election night.

Picky Pollinator Finds Maryland Less Positive For Procreation

The insect in question is the Baltimore checkerspot, and there are only 11 wild colonies left, all in the state's western end.

Speed Does Kill: Study Reaffirms Ideas Behind D.C. Pedestrian Safety Plan

As D.C. becomes the seventh U.S. city attempting to eliminate all traffic deaths, a new study is cementing the link between high speeds and the failure to yield to pedestrians.

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