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Friday, October 4, 2013

From A To B: What Does It Take To Build A Streetcar Line?

It's been 50 years since streetcars rolled through D.C., and as we hear in our regular transportation segment, building a new streetcar line is proving to be a tricky process.

Local Man Gains Online Following With Elevator Reviews

Andrew Reams' online reviews of local elevators have attracted tens of thousands of subscribers on YouTube.

Aerobatics Pilot Teaches Students To Dance In The Sky

Aerobatics pilot Marianne Buckley teaches people how to live on the edge high up in the sky.

Head Start Dealt One-Two Punch Of Sequester And Shutdown

The Head Start preschool program was slashed by sequestration — and now the government shutdown means some Head Start centers will face more cuts.

How Long Can D.C. Defy the Shutdown?

Despite the federal shutdown, city workers are still hard at work — for now, anyway...

This Week On Metro Connection: Ups And Downs

From the roller coaster ride of the government shutdown to a woman who teaches aerobatics in the sky, we take a look at "ups and downs."

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Tribe To Protest Redskins Name During NFL Meeting In D.C.

An Indian tribe from upstate New York that's campaigning against the Washington Redskins' nickname says it will hold a public meeting about the issue on the football team's home turf at the same Washington hotel where the NFL is holding its fall meeting.

Park Service Allows Veterans Into Shuttered World War II Memorial

The federal government shutdown has closed national parks, monuments and memorials, but a group of World War II vets visiting D.C. were able to gain access to their memorial this week.

Government Isn't Running, And Neither Will Participants Of Va. Half Marathon

Organizers of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon have decided to postpone the race because of the government shutdown.

Commercial Strip Becomes Work Zone As D.C. Rushes To Finish Streetcar Line

The streetcar tracks have been in place for years, but workers are now rushing to finish off the infrastructure needed to run streetcars up a 2.5-mile stretch of H Street and Benning Road NE.

Blind Chinese Human Rights Activist To Take Up Post At D.C. University

Chen Guangcheng, who left China last year, will serve as a distinguished visiting fellow at Catholic University of America in the District for the next three years.

Furloughed Workers Start Filing For Unemployment Benefits

Federal workers who are furloughed because of the government shutdown are beginning to file for unemployment benefits—but its likely they'll face delays in getting paid.

As Shutdown Drags On, Furloughed Workers Feeling The Financial Pinch

Some 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed during the government shutdown, and the prospect about an extended standoff between Democrats and Republicans has them worried about paying the bills.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Virginia Democrats Sue To Prevent Voter Roll Purge

Tens of thousands of Virginia residents may be purged from voter rolls — something state Democrats are filing a lawsuit to stop.

District's Shutdown Gambit Is Paying Off

Mayor Vincent Gray took a gamble in designating all District employees as essential during the government shutdown, and so far it appears to have paid off for the city.