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Friday, October 18, 2013

Trash Collector Strike In Maryland Enters Fourth Day

Workers for two different trash collection companies serving Montgomery and Howard counties are on strike for the fourth consecutive day.

More Felons Regaining Their Rights In Virginia

The number of felons that have had their rights restored under a new streamlined system that was put in place in Virginia this past summer has grown to more than 1,500.

In Speech On D.C. Schools, Henderson Offers More Inspiration Than Specifics

In a speech on the state of D.C.'s public schools, Chancellor Kaya Henderson asked her audience to imagine what good public schools would look like—but offered few specifics on how to get there.

Door To Door: Kent Island, Md. And Columbia Heights, D.C.

This week, we'll visit Maryland's Kent Island and the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Northwest D.C.

Bringing Yoga East Of The River

While no D.C. yoga studios exist east of the Anacostia River, that could soon change, as local yogis seek to diversify the practice.

Arena Stage Premieres 'Maurice Hines Is Tappin' Thru Life'

Broadway legend Maurice Hines is teaming up with the D.C.-born-and-bred Manzari Brothers to tap audiences through his incredible 40 years in show business.

Critical Response Team Fields Opinions On DCPS

A three-member team of DCPS staffers sometimes answers hundreds of calls a day from parents and the public.

Looking Back On A Year At Sea

After a year sailing around the world, a Maryland family tells us about the fascinating people with whom they connected along the way.

Can Washingtonians Reconnect With The Anacostia River?

We'll head out on the Anacostia River with a man who's working to reconnect Washingtonians with a waterway they've long been told to avoid.

Montgomery County Strives To Connect Food With Families

Montgomery County, Md., says it's launching the nation's first countywide food recovery program, linking unwanted food with people in need.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Charter Schools Drive Increase In D.C. Public School Enrollment

Enrollment is up in D.C. public schools for the fifth consecutive year, though once again it is being driven by the growing charter school system.

Georgetown Waiter Purchased Picassos With Stolen Credit Cards

A Gaithersburg, Md., man was sentenced to three years Thursday after buying expensive works of art with credit card numbers stolen from the Georgetown restaurant where he worked.

Metro, VRE Ridership Bounce Back After Shutdown

The partial government shutdown cut down on rail ridership in the D.C. region, but signs point to rebounding numbers today.

Brown Holds Early 20 Percent Lead In Maryland Democratic Primary, Poll Says

A poll of Maryland voters found that if the Democratic primary were held today, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown would get the nod by a wide margin.

Parks And Museums Reopened Thursday, National Zoo On Friday

With the government shutdown in the rearview mirror, most of the D.C.'s biggest tourist attractions from the monuments and museums to the beloved panda cam are back in business.