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Friday, August 21, 2015

At McLean's Clemyjontri Park, A Place For All Children To Play In Perpetuity

Fairfax County is home to one of the first large-scale parks in America built so "typical" children and children with special needs can play side by side.

How Has Fairfax County's Rapid Growth Affected The Environment?

Decades of development have been good for the bottom line, but conservation groups are concerned about what has been done to local watersheds.

From A To B: Fairfax County Grapples With Perennial Traffic Problems

We'll look at Fairfax County's most pressing transportation problems in the return of our transportation segment, from A to B.

Fairfax County's Economy, Long Driven By Uncle Sam, Seeks A New Engine

The county is chock full of empty office space, due to a reduction in spending by the federal government, leaving local officials seeking ways to make up the difference.

Koreans Help Drive Dramatic Growth In Fairfax County's Asian Population

Fairfax County's Korean community boasts three daily newspapers, its own television channel, and growing political influence.

Jewish And Muslim Communities Pursue An Interfaith Partnership In Fairfax County

We'll visit a synagogue where Jews and Muslims are sharing much more than just space.

The Georgelas Family: Three Generations Of Building Fairfax County

John Georgelas built his first home in 1963 from a kit ordered through a catalog. More than 50 years later, his family is playing a major role in the redevelopment of Tyson's Corner.

A Town Founded By A Former Slave Seeks To Hold On To Its Heritage

Gum Springs, Virginia, was founded by a former slave who's rumored to be the son of our nation's first president.

This Week On Metro Connection: Aug. 21, 2015 (rebroadcast)

We'll take an audio tour of Virginia's most heavily-populated county, and meet some of the 1.1 million people who call it home.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

D.C. Group Takes Statehood Message To Maryland Boardwalk

 DC Disruptors is trying to get more young people involved in the push for statehood.

Maureen McDonnell Wants Conviction Overturned, Or At Least A New Trial

The former Virginia first lady says a recent appeals court decision rejecting her husband's request to overturn his corruption convictions shouldn't mean her own appeal suffers the same fate.

Confederate Group Can't Use Chapel, Washington And Lee University Says

The group's Stonewall Brigade had held an annual ceremony at the Lexington, Virginia, school's Lee Chapel for more than a decade.

Tips On Illegal Guns And Shootings Now Bring Bigger Rewards In D.C.

Information leading to arrests and convictions in illegal gun cases now can earn tipsters a reward of $2,500. The mayor and police chief are bringing back the program because of D.C.'s spike in deadly gun violence.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

For Virginia Legislature, Special Session Produced One Thing: A Question

Partisan warfare has paralyzed the state government in Virginia, where Republicans and Democrats are bitterly divided not only over what happened during a special session this week — but even over whether or not the special session is still happening.

Gov. Hogan Says 95 Percent Of His Cancer Is Gone

He's about halfway through his 18-week treatment plan for stage 3 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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