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Thursday, March 21, 2013

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.

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, March 21, 2013

Tonight you can tap your way into springtime with a dance festival and party celebrating art and the Spring Solstice.

Senate Passes Stopgap Spending Bill

Legislation to avert a government shutdown has passed the U.S. Senate.

How Healthy Is Your County? Northern Virginia Tops State Rankings

The areas of Virginia in the suburbs of D.C. dominate a list of counties measured by health outcomes, with Fairfax, Loudoun and Arlington taking the top three spots in the Commonwealth.

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.