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Friday, July 26, 2013

NIH Scientists Work To Develop 'Holy Grail' Flu Vaccine

Not many Washingtonians are thinking about the flu right now. But a group of scientists at the National Institutes of Health are already thinking about the next flu season — and beyond.

Mother Copes With Loss Of Child By Educating Others

Every year, dozens of children die after being forgotten in a hot car. One Virginia mother is working to change that — by sharing her own story.

D.C.'s Fast-Changing NoMa Grapples With Crime As It Grows

In less than a decade, the area just north of Massachusetts Avenue near Union Station has been utterly transformed. But the neighborhood's crime profile doesn't yet match its snazzy new buildings.

This Week On Metro Connection: Safety

From crime in our neighborhoods to dangerous driving on our highways, we'll focus this week on safety and how we learn to live with risk.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

New Interpretation Of Aiding The Enemy Charge Emerges In Manning Trial

With closing arguments set to begin Thursday in the trial of Army Private Bradley Manning, the judge has adopted a broad view of what constitutes aiding the enemy.

O'Malley To Offer Update On Maryland's Efforts To Fight Climate Change

The Maryland governor is hosting a summit on Thursday to speak about his administration's goal for the state to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by the year 2020. 

McDonnell Visits Virginia Troops In Afghanistan

The trip comes in the midst of a scandal involving loans and gifts from a Virginia businessman, and McDonnell was forced to answer questions about it while thousands of miles from home.

Father Of Trayvon Martin Asks Congress To Review Gun Laws

Tracy Martin spoke to members of Congress on Wednesday, asking that the nation's gun laws be reviewed in the wake of his son's death at the hands of a neighborhood watchman in Sanford, Florida.

Area Commuters Say That Highway And Transit Maintenance Is A Priority

A survey conducted by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments found that the region's commuters want policymakers to alleviate traffic and crowding on transit—but also make sure that roads and rail are properly maintained.

Panel Balances Local And Federal Interests In Debate Over D.C. Building Heights

Members of the National Capital Planning Commission find themselves balancing Washington's iconic skyline against its economic development potential in a debate over whether to allow buildings to grow taller.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

D.C. Announces Plan For New D.C. United Stadium At Buzzard Point

D.C. Mayor Vince Gray today announced a plan to help D.C. United build a $300 million stadium at Buzzard Point in Southwest D.C.

Issa: House Bill Frees D.C. From Specter Of Government Shutdown

A House bill under consideration would free the District to keep its financial house in order even if the federal government was experiencing another shutdown.

How Long Is Too Long To Wait For Metro?

Metro's board of directors is considering new standards that could mean longer off-peak travel times for some riders.

Busy Week For Maryland Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates

Three candidates for the Democratic gubernatorial nod in Maryland are staking out positions and endorsements this week less than a year from the primary.

Virginia's Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Challenged In Norfolk

A gay couple in Virginia was turned down when they applied for a marriage license earlier this month, and they are now challenging that decision in federal court.

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