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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Montgomery Co. Council Backs Bill To Expand Smoking Ban

Members of the Montgomery County Council are looking to expand the existing smoking ban in the county, further restricting the spaces where smokers can go.

Baltimore Clinic Develops E-Records For Homeless Patients

Medical students volunteering at Baltimore Rescue Mission are trying to streamline patients' records through an electronic system they developed.

Three Nobel Laureates Back Pfc. Manning As Wikileaks Case Unfolds

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As the trial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning finally begins to progress in Fort Meade, three Nobel Laureates signed a letter in The Nation calling on Americans to support him as a courageous whistleblower.

Maryland Park Police Release Sketch Of Suspect

Police are asking residents for any information they have on anybody matching the description of a man seen by witnesses fondling himself in a public park.

House Intelligence Committee To Grill CIA Official On Benghazi

A top CIA official appears before the House Intelligence Committee today in a closed hearing to discuss the attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, but one Maryland member of the committee expects the David Petraeus scandal to come up.

Poll: Majority Of Virginia Voters Against Year-Round Schooling

A new poll released today shows that a majority of voters polled in Virginia are against year-round schooling.

Gov. Bob McDonnell Maintains High Approval Rating

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's popularity remains high, as he enters the final year of his term.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Transforming Lorton Prison Into New Homes

The Lorton Correctional Complex once housed thousands of inmates. Soon, it will be revamped to include apartments, shopping, and even a yoga studio.

Inside The Ultimate House-Sitting Gig

Want to live in a historic old house, rent-free? Industrious Marylanders have been doing it for decades through the state's Resident Curatorship Program.

Baltimore Clinic Develops E-Records for Homeless Patients

A group of medical students have created a medical records system for a free clinic that serves homeless residents in East Baltimore.

On the Coast: Homeless In Ocean City

We'll head into the woods with a man named Kenny, who lived in a tent during Super Storm Sandy.

Central Union Mission Returns To Downtown D.C.

Central Union Mission has been sheltering the homeless in Washington since 1884 — and is about to move back downtown.

Homeless College Students Cope With Needing A Home Over Winter Break

Across the country, thousands of college students find themselves without a place to call home during school vacations. We'll meet several such students here in our region.

Homeless Mother Waits In The Cold For Spot In Shelter

Ebony Shelley is a mother of four, and spends her nights wandering the streets of D.C. with her infant son.

This Week On Metro Connection: House And Home

We bring you stories from the home front, and talk with people who are lacking shelter as winter approaches.