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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Sculptor Removes 'Drum Major' Inscription On MLK Memorial

The controversial 'drum major' inscription on the memorial for Martin Luther King Jr. has been removed.

Baby Boy Delivered On L'Enfant Metro Station Platform

An infant at L'Enfant! A baby was delivered on the platform of the Metro station this morning.

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.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Elderly Couple's Tale Of Abuse Not So Uncommon

The day Jeannie Beidler came home to find her grandparents decaying in their own waste was the saddest day of her life. It's not as uncommon as one would think.

Small Town Brings Big City Theater to Virginia's Eastern Shore

For more than 25 years, the North Street Playhouse has been challenging theatergoers in the town of Onancock on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Historic D.C. Housing Project Marks 75 Years

Langston Terrace, D.C.'s first public housing project designed and built by African Americans, recently turned 75 years old.

Md. 'Kinship Communities' Embrace Past, Work To Improve Present

We visit two of Maryland's "kinship communities," which were settled by former slaves after the Civil War.

Door To Door: West Lanham Hills, Md. And Arboretum, D.C.

This time, we visit West Lanham Hills, Md., and the Arboretum neighborhood of Northeast D.C.

Shock Trauma Docs Grapple With Real-Life Medical Drama

We'll tour the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, which treats more than 8,000 severely injured patients each year.

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.