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Friday, June 29, 2012

Washingtonians Remember First Tastes of Independence

We hit the streets to talk with Washingtonians about the first time they felt a sense of independence in their own lives.

This Week On Metro Connection: Independence

From feistily independent artists to visually impaired students living on their own, we'll get a jump on Fourth of July celebrations with a show about independence.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Outside Supreme Court, Emotional Reactions To Health Care Decision

Activists on both sides of the debate had emotional reactions after news spread outside the Supreme Court that the court had upheld most parts of the Affordable Care Act. 

Presidential Memorabilia Collector Gets Sentenced For Theft

Presidential memorabilia collector Barry Landau has been sentenced to seven years in prison for stealing documents from the Maryland Historical Society.

How Congressional: Golf Industry Lobbies Lawmakers At AT&T National

Congressional Golf Course felt a lot like Congress on the eve of the AT&T National golf tournament this week as golf executives lobbied lawmakers on behalf of the industry on the sidelines of Wednesday's practice rounds. 

Congress Nearing Compromise On Transportation Bill

Area lawmakers seem convinced they can reach a compromise on a national transportation bill before the current program expires at the end of this week.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Pepco Defends Service, Emphasizes Safety

With the summer storm season upon us, Pepco is emphasizing safety to its many Maryland customers, something the utility has been working to improve on their end.

Last Summer's Legionnaire's Scare Doesn't Shutter Condo

A high-rise condominium in Ocean City, Md. remains open despite claims from two unidentified guests that they contracted Legionnaires disease in the building.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Leader Visits Capitol Hill

Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the spiritual leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, spoke with leaders on Capitol Hill Wednesday about his community's push for peace across the globe.

Arlington Woman Claims Exorcism Turned To Sexual Abuse

An Arlington woman is claiming that a priest repeatedly molested her during an exorcism that lasted more than two years, and now she's suing the Catholic Archdiocese of Arlington for $5.3 million.

AT&T National Golf Tournament Returns To Bethesda

Tiger Woods and company return to Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. this week for the AT&T National golf tournament, which returns to the area after two years in Philadelphia.

Compromise Could Limit Access To Federal Transportation Money

Congressional conferees are scrambling to reach a compromise on the federal transportation bill Wednesday. While the current version could give states more control over federal dollars, it could cost local governments access to funds for safety projects.

Folklife Festival Begins On National Mall

The 46th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival kicks off today on the National Mall, featuring delicious food, loads of educational opportunities, and tonight, a performance by George Clinton.

Amendments Scuttle D.C. Budget Autonomy Bill

D.C. leaders asked to withdraw a bill from a Senate committee that would grant the city budget autonomy after controversial amendments were introduced.

Lawmakers Renew Push For Stricter Campaign Finance Disclosures

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin (D) called this week's Supreme Court decision on Montana's campaign finance law a "missed opportunity" to reexamine Citizens United.