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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Despite Heavy Storms, Thirsty Plants Might Spare Region From Flooding

There's been no shortage of rain in recent weeks, but the fact that it's still spring may well spare the region from any severe flooding from storms expected to hit on Thursday.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Fast-Moving Storm And Tornado Hit D.C. Area

It may not have been the derecho some were expecting, but Thursday's storms and strong winds left many toppled trees, flooded roads and hundreds without power.

Partisanship And Pitching: Congressmen Square Off In Congressional Baseball Game

On Thursday night Democrats and Republicans will take their partisan differences to the baseball diamond for the annual Congressional Baseball Game.

Summer Months Bring Increased Risk Of Traffic Fatalities Involving Teen Drivers

The number of traffic deaths involving teenage drivers doubles during the summer months.

Students At Closing D.C. Schools Not Re-Enrolling In New Schools

According to D.C. school officials, 87 percent of students at 13 public schools set to close have yet to re-enroll in a receiving school.

Despite Concerns, Montgomery County OKs Retirement Community In Germantown

What was originally supposed to be a plot of single-family homes east of I-270 has turned into a residential community for residents over the age of 50.

Prosecutors Use Interview With Manning's Aunt During Court Martial

Statements made by Pfc. Bradley Manning's aunt during a 2010 interview were introduced as evidence during his ongoing court martial for turning over classified documents to WikiLeaks.

Storms Cause Virginia Officials To Shut Down Shellfish Harvesting

Recent storms moving through Virginia are causing sanitation problems, and in turn forcing state health officials to shut down the navesting of clams and oysters until June 30.

Norton Wants Local Control Of D.C. National Guard

D.C.'s National Guard can only be called out by the president, but D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton wants the mayor given that power during natural disasters.

Maryland Teenager Killed By Falling Tree Branch

15-year-old Joshua Davis' body was found on Tuesday afternoon along Jones Mill Road in Chevy Chase, a day after strong storms hit the region.

D.C. Legislators Express Dismay Over Most Recent Scandal

D.C. legislators are reeling after former Council member Michael Brown pleaded guilty to bribery, saying that his actions keep a dark cloud over City Hall.

Northam, Herring Emerge Victorious in Low-Turnout Virginia Democratic Primary

State Senator Ralph Northam will be the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor and state Senator Mark Herring will represent the party in the race for Virginia's attorney general.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

What Has Inspired Change In Your Life?

Metro Connection is looking for personal accounts of how inspiration happens. Tell us your story.

D.C. Education Superintendent Announces Departure

Hosanna Mahaley Jones will be moving back to Chicago to care for her husband, who recently suffered a heart attack.

Oprah Winfrey Gives $12 Million To Museum of African American History

The media mogul has already given $1 million to the museum now under construction, and the $12 million gift will get her name on a 350-seat auditorium.