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Friday, June 1, 2012

After 26 Years, The Normal Heart Finally Beats In D.C.

Twenty-six years after Larry Kramer wrote The Normal Heart to draw attention to the growing HIV/AIDS crisis, his play is getting its first professional production in his native city.

This Week On Metro Connection: Remembering & Forgetting

We focus on "Remembering and Forgetting" this week—from deeply personal stories to the collective memories held by residents of entire neighborhoods.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Fairfax Boy Advances In Spelling Bee Semifinals

A 10-year-old from Fairfax has advanced to National Spelling Bee's semifinals, and will find out tonight if he will be the $30,000 winner.

D.C. Remembers, Honors Music Legend Chuck Brown

Mourners and fans of go-go music legend Chuck Brown gathered at the Washington Convention Center Thursday for a public memorial service honoring the late "Godfather of Go-Go."

Lack Of Congressional Direction May Lead To Recession

The Congressional Budget Office says if lawmakers don't make some clear decisions soon, the U.S. may be headed toward another recession.

After DOJ Ruling, Finding Homes For Arlington's Disabled

Arlington County health officials are preparing to build a number of new group homes for people with intellectual disabilities after a ruling from the Department of Justice is forcing several larger institutions to close. 

Water Main Break Shuts Down Connecticut Ave. At Dupont Circle

A water main break on Connecticut Avenue NW near Dupont Circle is tying up traffic in downtown D.C.

Rail Yard Accident Raises Questions About Metro Safety

Little is known about the circumstances that led to a Metro employee becoming trapped under a rail car on Tuesday, but the incident is putting the dangers of the job into stark relief.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

D.C. To Relax Requirements On Second-Hand Stores

A 1904 law, which offers strict regulations on stores selling used goods, is being relaxed after thousands of residents signed a petition protesting its enforcement.

D.C. Library Asking For Chuck Brown Memorabilia

The D.C. Public Library is trying to preserve the memory of D.C. music legend Chuck Brown, and so are asking residents to donate their Chuck memorabilia to be preserved in a collection.

Federal Job Czar Visits Maryland Training Center

U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis was in Langley Park on Wednesday to speak with workers participating in job training programs organized by CASA de Maryland.

Pepco Wants Your Aging Fridge

In an effort to get energy-sucking refrigerators and freezers off of their power grid, Pepco will not only come pick up your aging appliances, but they'll actually pay you for the trouble.

Analysis: Serco Cyber Attack Compromises Thousands Of Government Employees

The computer of a government contractor responsible for the retirement plan of thousands of government employees was recently hacked, and Government Executive's Tom Shoop explains what the fallout means for those affected.

AP Calls For Prostitution-Free Zone Around D.C. Bureau

The Associated Press' D.C. Bureau is just the latest organization in the District to back the idea of a prostitution-free zone to restrict loitering outside their building, despite questions about the practice's legality.

Virginia Girl Youngest In National Spelling Bee History

The National Spelling Bee is always a big attraction, but it's drawn regional interest this year as well as young Lori Anne Madison, a second-grader from Woodbridge, Va., is the youngest competitor in the event's history.

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