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Friday, April 10, 2015

A Student's Perspective On The Future Of Ward 8

Whatever the perceptions of Ward 8 may be, we talk with a star student at Ballou who says Ward 8 is a flower ready to bloom.

Proposal For Military Charter School Moves Forward In Ward 8

A new charter middle school may be coming to the Joint Base Anacostia Bolling military installation.

Is Crime On The Downswing In Ward 8?

The Metropolitan Police Department says some types of crime have decreased in Ward 8, but activists say that doesn't mean the problem is solved.

This Week On Metro Connection: Ward 8

As residents in D.C.'s Ward 8 head to the polls this month, we'll look at life in the neighborhoods once represented by mayor-for-life and D.C. Council member Marion Barry.

'Cooking With Love' For Anacostia Residents At Mama's Pizza Kitchen

When Mama's Pizza Kitchen opened in Anacostia in 2012, the first thing the owners did was remove the security grates and protective glass that separated them from their customers.

Storytellers Weave Tales Of Ward 8, Past And Present

We'll visit a storytelling workshop that's helping new and old residents of Ward 8 explore the themes of home.

Keeping The Faith: Black Catholic Church Looks Back On 95 Years In Ward 8

The history of Catholic church in Anacostia built by black parishioners who faced discrimination by a local white congregation.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

GMU President Says Kochs' Donations Don't Affect 'Intellectual Independence'

"No donor, no matter how generous can influence who gets tenure, who gets promoted, what is taught in the classroom, what any faculty teaches and so forth," university President Ángel Cabrera said in defense of donations received from the billionaire brothers.

Who Watches The Watchers? Recording The Police In D.C., Maryland & Virginia

The recent shooting of a black man by a police officer in South Carolina has renewed the debate over cameras — should police have to wear them, and can citizens use them to keep police in check?

Some D.C. High-Schoolers To Get Access to Free Howard University Classes

Starting this fall, the program will open to students at two selective high schools, Benjamin Banneker and McKinley Technology.

Compromise On Fracking Appears To Be Settled In Maryland Legislature

Versions of a two-year delay on permits for hydraulic fracturing in parts of western Maryland have passed in each side of the General Assembly.

Maryland Governor Faces Decision On Proposed Hotel Bookings Tax

Supporters claim the measure would close a loophole in sales tax collection, but Gov. Larry Hogan campaigned hard last year against tax increases of any kind.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

New Metro Proposal Would Scale Back Plan For All 8-Car Trains During Rush Hour

Metro is developing a proposal to scale back plans to run all 8-car trains during rush hours, a key piece of the transit authority’s Momentum expansion program approved in June 2013.

Maryland Approves Birth Certificate Bill For Transgender Residents

A measure to make it easier for transgender residents to get new birth certificates has cleared the Maryland General Assembly.

With Heroin Use Spiking, McAuliffe To Speed Distribution Of Anti-Overdose Drug

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will sign a bill that will make a drug that combats heroin overdoses more widely available across the commonwealth, where use of the drug has increased.

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