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Thursday, March 21, 2013

U.S. House Passes Spending Bill To Avert Shutdown

U.S. House lawmakers approved a bill to keep the government's lights on through September.

Supporters Pushing House Committees On Gun Control Bill

The issue of whether to ban military style assault weapons has bogged down's Gov. Martin O'Malley's gun control bill in the House.

Md. Marine, Lance Cpl. William Wild, Among Seven Killed In Mortar Explosion

Funeral services have been scheduled for a local Marine who was killed Monday when a mortar shell exploded during a live-fire training exercise in Nevada.

Assault Weapon Ban A Sticking Point In Maryland Gun Control Legislation

Legislation that put further controls on the purchase of guns has languished in a Maryland House committee, prompting activists and the Lieutenant Governor to renew a call for action.

National Zoo Opens Swanky New Home For Asian Elephants

The Smithsonian National Zoo spent $56 million over seven years to renovate their Elephant Trails exhibit, which opens to the public this Saturday.

Accomack County Officials Continue Searching For Serial Arsonist

Coastal Connection reporter Bryan Russo talks to Accomack Public Safety Director Jeff Terwilliger about the serial arson fires and why it's a challenging situation.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Door To Door: Brentwood, Md., And Dupont Park, D.C.

This week, we visit Brentwood, Maryland and the D.C. neighborhood of Dupont Park.

International Festival Brings Cutting-Edge Design to D.C.

This year marks the first Washington D.C. International Design Festival: a series of design-inspired public programs at Artisphere in Rosslyn, Va.

From Slave To White House Designer: The Amazing Tale Of Elizabeth Keckley

Elizabeth Keckley was born into slavery, but eventually became a seamstress and confidante to First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, and a social activist in Washington, D.C.

Projects From 10 Area Schools Featured In National Building Museum Exhibit

The Green Schools exhibit at the National Building Museum showcases the efforts of K-12 schools to "go green," with waterless urinals, composting programs and other innovative designs.

Stepping Inside The 'NanoFab'

The NanoFab facility in Gaithersburg, Md. houses multi-million dollar pieces of equipment, which scientists can rent to perform experiments on an atomic scale.

HIV Groups Prepare For Health Care Redesign

Some local organizations that provide HIV and AIDS services worry the Affordable Care Act could mean a major redesign of how they find funding and operate.

How Did D.C. Become A City Of Bollards?

What's the deal with the thousands of bollards that ring federal buildings in downtown D.C.?

Designing A New Memorial To Godfather Of Go-Go

We meet the designers of a new performing arts venue dedicated to the godfather of go-go music: Chuck Brown.

This Week On Metro Connection: Design

We explore the many ways design affects our lives — from architecture and fashion to inside local schools and the doctor's office.