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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Mental Health Training Pushed By Virginia Lawmakers

Virginia delegates are signalling their intention to pursue funding that would help train school officials and human service workers how to handle people with mental illnesses.

Virginia Law Prohibiting Access To Public Documents Faces Roadblock

A new Virginia law prohibiting access to public documents is facing a new legal challenge.

Maryland State Panel Approves Survey For Offshore Wind

The Maryland Board of Works approved a plan to conduct a survey that would pave the way for offshore wind power along Maryland's coast.

D.C. Mayor Gray And Seattle Mayor Bet On Playoff Game

Washington's game against the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday has a lot riding on it... for D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray.

Virginia Lawmaker To Oppose Dragas UVA Reappointment

A Virginia senator is opposing University of Virginia Rector Helen Dragas for reappointment.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Your Letters

We pass the microphone to you and read your feedback about recent episodes of the show.

Door To Door: Eckington, D.C. And Herndon, Va.

This week, we visit Eckington in Northeast D.C., and Herndon, Va.

A Dancer Rises And Falls And Rises Again

Alicia Graf Mack thought her dancing days were over when an autoimmune disorder forced her to hang up her toe shoes. But now she's back, dancing with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and determined to make the most of her time on stage.

An Artistic Triumph Over Cushing's Disease: J. Jordan Bruns

Jordan Bruns survived his battle with a rare form of Cushing's disease — but that battle continues to impact his art.

Stress On Local Roads And Bridges

Humans aren't the only ones who get stressed. In this story, we learn about the high-tech equipment that assesses the stress we put on local bridges and roads.

Snakehead Appears On Local Bride's Menu

Would you like the chicken, the beef... or the snakehead? We find out why one bride put this invasive species on her wedding menu.

Goodbye Dodgeball, Hello Wii Pilates: DCPS Revamps Phys. Ed.

In the District, public schools are changing the way they teach physical education, with a new emphasis on having kids compete against their own individualized fitness goals.

Playing To Win: The D.C. Sled Sharks

We head out on the ice with the D.C. Sled Sharks: a hockey team for kids who play hard, love to win and just happen to use a wheelchair.

A Mom-And-Pop Pharmacy Celebrates 100 Years In Georgetown

Morgan's Pharmacy recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. We pay a visit to see how the local Mom-and-Pop institution is still getting by in an era dominated by chain drug stores.

This Week On Metro Connection: Health & Wellness

Is it true that "an hour of public radio a day keeps the doctor away"? We'll find out, as we bring you some of our favorite Metro Connection stories about Health and Wellness.