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Friday, July 12, 2013

Three Years Later, BP Oil Spill Still Inspires Woman To Ditch Car

The 2010 BP oil spill inspired Del-Ray resident Margaret Wohler to make a life-changing decision: ending her reliance on her car.

'MetroSongs' Musician Makes Metro His Muse

When singer-songwriter Jason Mendelson moved to D.C. from Florida, he found musical inspiration in an unexpected place: the Metro system.

This Week On Metro Connection: Inspiration

We'll explore what gets our creative wheels turning — at work, at home, and at play.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Libertarian Activist Appears In Court, Refuses To Answer Judge's Questions

Libertarian activist Adam Kokesh will remain in jail in the wake of an arrest following a police search of his Herndon home where a shotgun and drugs were found.

Immigration Advocates Hold Rally At Capitol To Push For Reform

Immigration advocates are redoubling their efforts to pressure House Republicans to pass comprehensive immigration reform, but their cries seem to be falling on deaf ears.

D.C. Council Moves On Smoking Ban, Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants

The city's legislature was particularly busy on Wednesday, meeting for 12 hours to debate a number of bills before adjourning for a two-month summer recess.

Despite Threat From Walmart, D.C. Council Passes Living Wage Bill

Walmart has said it will pull out of three of six planned stores in D.C. after the city's legislature passed a bill requiring the retailer to pay workers a living wage of $12.50 an hour.

New Prince George's County Schools Leader Holds First Meet And Greet

Despite controversy over his appointment, hundreds of people lined up to meet the new superintendent of the Prince George's County School at an open house this week.

Repairs To Begin On Troubled Silver Spring Transit Center

The Silver Spring Transit Center is years overdue and millions of dollars over budget, but repairs will begin next week in hopes of moving it closer to completion.

Virginia Governor Riding Out Wave Of Scandals

Gov. Bob McDonnell is riding out an FBI investigation, a series of troubling disclosures and now calls for his resignation.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Arlington State Senator Calls On Virginia Governor To Resign

Fairfax County state Senator Chap Petersen has renewed calls for the resignation of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, citing recent controversies.

Defense Rests In Trial Of Bradley Manning

The defense for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning called their last witnesses on Wednesday,

Do Virginia Voters Show Preference For Native Sons?

Would a native Virginian represent the commonwealth better than someone born elsewhere? It's been an issue on the campaign trail, but historically, Virginia has embraced transplant politicians.

Artist Clad In Spiderman Costume Honored By D.C. Council

A local artist was recognized by the D.C. Council on Wednesday, and he accepted the honor while dressed as a crime-fighting superhero.

D.C. Council To Vote On Scratch-Off Lottery Ticket Contract

The D.C. Council will vote on a contract for instant scratch-off lottery tickets today, but some legislators say they will vote against it because it doesn't include local partners.