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Thursday, June 20, 2013

U.S. House Rejects Farm Bill

Democrats in the region are applauding the defeat of the House version of the Farm Bill.

Ex-Associate Of D.C. Businessman Pleads Guilty To $160,000 In Straw Donations

Lee Calhoun pleaded guilty today to making $160,000 worth of straw political donations to local and federal candidates over the course of a decade at the behest of D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson.

Group Says Bank Did Not Help Virginia County Recover From Housing Crisis

A group of protesters say that J.P. Morgan did not invest federal funds in helping Prince William County recover from the housing crisis.

What Is The Biggest Threat To Your Safety?

Metro Connection is looking for stories about how we try to protect our safety in our lives. Tell us your.

Police Search For Serial Stabber Who Has Targeted Women In Petworth

D.C. police are looking for a man they say may be responsible for three or four stabbings of women in the Petworth neighborhood.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Door To Door: Camp Springs, Md. And Seminary Ridge, Va.

This week, we'll visit Camp Springs, Md. and Seminary Ridge in Alexandria, Va.

A Melting Pot For Art Students At The University of Maryland

We swing by the University of Maryland's art department, where metal sculptors heat things up to a blistering 2,300 degrees Fahrenheit.

NASA's 'IRIS' Project Looks to Reveal Sun's Secrets

NASA is launching a mission on June 26 to study the mysterious "interface region" of the sun.

High School Senior Overcomes Tough Childhood to Excel

In the final part of our "Beating the Odds" series, we'll hear the story of a student who excelled — despite her mother's drug addiction.

Family, Friends Remember 'GirlsUp' Camp Founder

Four years after the death of local psychologist Kelly Murray, family and friends work to continue the summer camp she created for young girls.

From A To B: Anger Over Va. Road Plan Boils Over

From taxis to trains to a highly controversial road plan, we'll look at some of the top transportation stories across our region.

Virginia Farmers Worry Over New Invasive Insect

An invasive bug from Asia is wreaking havoc in several southern states — and is now spreading into Virginia.

Frager's Owners Regroup After Devastating Fire

Donations continue to pour in for Frager's Hardware, an iconic Capitol Hill business that was devastated in a June 5 fire.

This Week On Metro Connection: Feeling The Heat

We'll kick off the start of summer with our annual "Feeling the Heat" show.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Cyclists And Community Activists Raise Awareness Of Crime On Local Bike Path

Civic leaders and cyclists have come together to demand that more be done to promote safety on the Metropolitan Branch Trail, a bike path traveling from downtown D.C. to Silver Spring.