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Friday, September 20, 2013

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.

Virginia Officials Keep Up PR Push For Bi-County Parkway

Despite loud criticism, Virginia officials are insisting that the proposed Bi-County Parkway should be be built—and that it will be good for the region.

Gray To Once Again Push Campaign Finance Reform Bill

Mayor Vince Gray will once again try and pass a bill reforming D.C.'s campaign finance laws, including putting new limits on the bundling of campaign contributions through multiple affiliated corporations.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Rick Perry Trying To Court Maryland Businesses

Texas governor Rick Perry was in Maryland on Wednesday to try and tempt Maryland businesses to come to the Lone Star state in pursuit of a friendlier tax environment.

In Wake Of Navy Yard Shooting, Mayor Gray Points To Virginia Gun Laws

Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis purchased the shotgun he used in Monday's attack in Lorton, Va., drawing criticism from D.C.'s mayor for the ease with which it was acquired.

The Kojo Nnamdi Show: Who Gets Security Clearances And Why?

Monday's violence at the Washington Navy Yard prompted many questions about how the suspected shooter, Aaron Alexis, was able to get the security clearance to enter the installation. Kojo talks with experts about the background checks required for government security clearances and explores why an individual like the alleged shooter may have passed the test.

D.C. Among Top Cities For Energy Efficiency In U.S.

Washington D.C. ranked a respectable seventh place out of the 34 most populous cities in the country in the area of energy efficiency, according to a new study.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Kojo Nnamdi Show: Coordinating Police Response To Navy Yard Shooting

A federal emergency management expert talks about why workers at Navy Yard were instructed to shelter in plce instead of fleeing and whether military installations are uniquely prepared to handle a situation like this.

The Kojo Nnamdi Show: D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray & Council Member Tommy Wells On Navy Yard Aftermath

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Council Member Tommy Wells talk about the district's ongoing response to the Navy Yard shootings.