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Friday, July 26, 2013

Bookend: D.C. Native Elliott Holt Finds Acclaim With Debut Novel

In our monthly look at D.C.'s literary scene, we talk with Elliott Holt, whose debut novel, You Are One of Them, is generating lots of buzz.

On The Coast: The Meaning Of Safety When You Work As A Skydiving Instructor

Josh Dolan, a skydiving instructor, spends his days helping other people cross items off their bucket lists.

How Safe Is D.C. For Pedestrians?

As the District's population grows, what can we do to make our streets safer for pedestrians?

Door To Door: Lincolnia Hills, Va. And Kent, D.C.

This week, we'll visit Lincolnia Hills in Alexandria, Va., and the Kent neighborhood of Northwest D.C.

Virginia Becomes Battleground For Abortion Clinic Zoning

People on both sides of the debate over abortion say their battle is becoming a fight over zoning, as anti-abortion advocates fight to change the rules surrounding abortion clinics.

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

With New D.C. United Stadium In The Offing, What's Next For RFK?

D.C. United may soon get a new stadium, but that will likely leave RFK Stadium with a raison d'être.

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.