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Friday, September 20, 2013

Door to Door: Trinidad, D.C. And Brookdale, Md.

This time, we'll visit D.C.'sTrinidad neighborhood and the Brookdale section of Bethesda, Md.

D.C. Dodgeball Champ Hopes To Score Big In Global Competition

One of the best dodgeball players in the US is heading to the World Dodgeball Invitational in New Zealand later this month.

Newly-Opened Nopa Works To Perfect The Bialy

After much research and development, chefs at Nopa Kitchen and Bar think they've finally perfected the elusive art of the bialy.

D.C. Launches Citywide Effort To End Bullying

This school year will be the first in which the city's new anti-bullying policy goes into effect.

Dire Warnings About The Future Of Maryland's Smith Island (Part Two)

In the second of two stories on Smith Island, we'll talk with Maryland officials and climate-change experts about the prospects for this tiny spit of land in the Chesapeake Bay.

Interactive Video Aims To Improve Hiring For Veterans

We visit the set of a a new interactive video aiming to smooth out the hiring process for veterans transitioning to civilian life.

The Navy Yard: The History Of A D.C. Landmark Touched By Tragedy

The Navy Yard has been a part of Washington's landscape since the city's earliest days — and was critical in protecting the District during the War of 1812.

The Navy Yard Shootings And The Debate Over Gun Control

Monday's shooting in D.C.'s Navy Yard was followed by shock, horror, and, for many, a new call for tougher gun control.

This Week On Metro Connection: The Navy Yard And Beyond

This week we reflect on Monday's shooting at D.C.'s Navy Yard, explore an interactive video aimed at helping veterans get jobs, and continue our series on the future of Smith Island.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Walmart Starts Hiring Process For First Two D.C. Stores

The first of six Walmart stores in D.C. are slated to open soon, and the company has opened hiring centers to start recruiting employees.

Syria Or Twerking? Tweeting Habits Serve As Evidence Of Washington's Wonkiness

While most of the country is likely to send pithy tweets about twerking, denizens in Washington, D.C. use their 140 characters to talk about Syria.

U.S. Capitol Police To Investigate Claims That Team Was Told To Stand Down During Shootings

Reports that a U.S. Capitol Police team arrived within minutes of the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard but was told by a supervisor to stand down is prompting some people to ask whether Monday's death toll could have been lower.

Mandela Statue To Stand At Site Of D.C. Protests Against Apartheid

This weekend a statue of former South African President Nelson Mandela will be dedicated outside the South African Embassy in Northwest Washington, on the very site where massive protests against apartheid helped spur a bill cutting ties between the U.S. and South Africa.

Chef At Virginia's Executive Mansion Admits To Stealing Food

The former chef at Virginia's Executive Mansion has agreed to a reduced charge that he stole food from the first family's kitchen, avoiding a politically embarrassing trial weeks before the state's gubernatorial election.

Metro's Silver Line Will Start Running... Well, It's Not Yet Clear When

Regional transit officials say that the first phase of Metro's Silver Line to Reston is all but complete, but the "all but" means that the transit agency can't say exactly when the trains will start running.