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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Heroin Overdose Deaths Increase In Maryland

Heroin abuse is a "public health crisis" in Maryland, according to the state's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

D.C. Police Add Sharp-Nosed Four-Legged Member To Ranks

The D.C. Police Department has a new recruit, and he's got a nose for the job.

Alexandria Superintendent Expected To Step Down

Morton Sherman is expected to submit his resignation to the School Board with two years left on his contract.

Virginia Candidates Spar On Energy Policy

Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli debated on the topic of energy at an event sponsored by the Consumer Energy Alliance.

D.C. Rolls Out New Traffic Cameras To Catch Stop Sign Violations

If you roll through a Stop sign in D.C., you might get caught by one of 32 new cameras designed to catch violators.

Woman Accused Of Vandalizing Cathedral Admitted To Psychiatric Ward

The woman charged with defacing the Washington National Cathedral with green paint has been admitted to a psychiatric ward.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Bookend: Novelist A.X. Ahmad On Learning The Craft Of Writing

In our monthly look at D.C.'s literary scene, we hear from A.X. Ahmad, author of the new thriller, The Caretaker.

Anacostia River Program Teaches More Than Just Fishing

A new pilot program is teaching local kids how to fish on the Anacostia River, while helping them learn more about the environment.

Washingtonians Reflect On March For Jobs And Freedom, 50 Years Later

As D.C. looks back on the 1963 March on Washington, two local residents who took part in this historic event share their memories of that day.

Liberty Toastmasters Hone Public Speaking And Political Skills

The Liberty Toastmasters group meets on Capitol Hill each month to talk about libertarian ideas.

D.C. Theater Schools See Spike In Enrollment

Both the Theatre Lab School for the Dramatic Arts and The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts say they've seen a spike in enrollment since 2008; we'll explore why.

From A To B: Car-Sharing, Credit Cards In Cabs, Battles Over Bike Lanes

From car-sharing controversies to battles over bike lanes, we'll look at our region's biggest transportation stories in our monthly segment, From A to B.

Historic Dunbar High School Remembers Past, Looks to Future

Dunbar High School, recognized as an academic powerhouse for black students during segregation, reopened for classes this week in a brand-new, state-of-the-art building.

D.C.'s Powell Elementary Embraces Growth, Pushes for Resources

D.C.'s Powell Elementary School's enrollment has doubled in the past five years — and parents and staffers hope the school will get the full makeover they say it needs.

This Week On Metro Connection: Learning

As local kids head back to school, we'll bring you a show about "learning" — both inside and outside the classroom.