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Friday, August 2, 2013

Why Are Yellow Perch Disappearing From Our Rivers?

For years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been trying to figure out why yellow perch, which spawn in rivers feeding into the Chesapeake Bay, are reproducing at lower and lower levels.

Backpacks For Dragonflies: Inside The Janelia Farm Research Campus

In a simulated indoor forest at the Janelia Farm Research Campus, scientist Anthony Leonardo uses tiny "telemetry backpacks" to study how dragonflies hunt down fruit flies.

This Week On Metro Connection: Hall Of Fame

We'll reach into the Metro Connection archives this week and bring you some of our favorite stories from the past year.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

With Appeal To Supreme Court, Cuccinelli Stakes Out Far-Right Position On Sodomy

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has appealed a lower court ruling on Virginia's anti-sodomy law to the Supreme Court, opening him up to political attacks that he's out of the mainstream.

Democrats Divided Over Obama's Plan To Generate Jobs

Democrats in the region are divided over President Obama's newly released proposal to spur job growth.

Bowser Leads D.C. Mayoral Money Race With $465,000 Haul

The Ward 4 D.C. Council member took in more than her two collegues also vying for the city's top elected office.

ACLU to File Challenge To Va. Same-Sex Marriage Ban On Thursday

The ACLU lawsuit will argue that Virginia's voter-approved 2006 ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and should be overturned.

Work Continues To Remove Green Paint From National Cathedral, Lincoln Memorial

While the paint has largely been removed from Children's Chapel, officials at the National Cathedral say that addressing the paint in the Bethlehem Chapel is proving more difficult.

Unlike McDonnell, Cuccinelli Has No Plans To Return Gifts From Va. Donor

The Republican contender for Virginia's top office said that the $18,000 worth of gifts he received—including a dinner and trips on a private jet—cannot be returned.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Bradley Manning Defense Calls For Reduction In Sentence

In the first day of the sentencing phase for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, attorneys for the defense argued that many of the charges could be merged.

Why It May Be Another Month Before You Can Pay For A Cab With A Credit Card

The D.C. Taxicab Commission is offering an extension for cabbies who can't install credit card payment systems by the September 1 deadline.

Breathalyzer Use On The Rise For Virginia Drivers

The use of ignition interlock devices are on the rise as a new law requiring drunk drivers to sample blood alcohol content has taken effect over the last year.

McDonnell Says Daughter Returned $15,000 Wedding Gift

A wedding gift from Star Scientific chief executive Jonnie Williams was returned by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's daughter, following a scandal in the commonwealth.

Proponents Of American Latino Museum Renew Their Case

A group calling for a Smithsonian museum to acknowledge the role that Hispanics have played in the history of the United States is reporting on their progress.

First Fundraising Reports Due In D.C. Mayoral Race

Come Wednesday night, D.C. mayoral contenders will have to report how much money they've taken in and how much they've spent.

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