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Thursday, April 11, 2013

'Sandy' Retired From List Of Storm Names

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials have retired the name "Sandy" because of the massive damage the storm caused along the east coast last year.

Fairfax County Hires Texas Educator As New Superintendent

Texas educator Karen Garza has been selected to succeed Jack Dale as superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools this summer.

Metro To Add New Emergency Signs On Trains

A new glow-in-the-dark sign will soon display on Metrorail trains to prevent passengers from "self-evacuating."

Senate Votes To Open Gun Control Debate

By a vote of 68 to 31, the U.S. Senate voted to consider expanded gun control legislation, which is already farther than most expected it to go.

Bonds, Perry Say Race Matters In D.C. Election

Anita Bonds and Perry Redd, African-American candidates for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council, said the racial makeup of the city should be a factor when electing local leaders.

Accomack Co. Man Denied Bond After Admitting To 52 Arsons

A district court judge denied bond for Charles R. Smith III, 38, accused of setting more than 50 fires in Accomack County going back to last year.

Case Against Suspected Shooter Of Alexandria Cop Sent To Grand Jury

The taxi driver accused of shooting Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy in the head during a routine traffic stop in February will face a grand jury.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Housing Scams, Foreclosures On The Rise In Our Region

Housing advocates say scams targeting troubled borrowers are on the rise.

The Next Step In Building The Silver Line

We'll hear the ins and outs of the Silver Line's second phase, set to begin this spring.

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

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

Waste-to-Energy: A Wise Or Risky Plan For Dealing With Trash?

Residents of Frederick County, Md. sound off on plans to build a "waste-to-energy" facility to help alleviate a landfill space crunch.

Yesterday's Dropouts: Local Residents Offer Insights On Life With No Diploma

In the first of a five-part series on the long-term impacts of dropping out, local residents who left school decades ago... and have been struggling ever since talk about their experiences.

How Much College Debt Is Too Much?

By the time Amy Letteri finishes her PhD in clinical psychology, she'll owe more than $200,000 in student loans — loans she expects to be paying back for decades.

Will Our Sequester 'Hangover' Be Worse Next Year?

While some economists are ratcheting back their grim predictions of the sequester's economic impact on our economy, they also warn we're not out of the woods just yet.

This Week On Metro Connection: Debt

From sky-high college loans to unwieldy mortgages, we'll meet people working hard to repay their obligations — both financial and personal.