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Friday, May 11, 2012

Being Gay And Republican In The Nation's Capital

With the headlines full of national debate over same-sex marriage, what is it like to be gay and Republican right now, especially in a Democratic-leaning city such as Washington, D.C.?

From A To B: Families Try To Bring Back Walking, Biking To School

A generation ago, many American kids walked or biked to work. Now, some families are trying to revive that tradition.

Northern Virginia Father Writes His Way To Hope

We meet two Virginia kids coping with a rare genetic condition, and hear how their dad is honoring them, and coping with his grief over their diagnosis with a new young adult novel.

This Week On Metro Connection: Youth

We explore what may be the most fleeting -- and consequential -- phase of life: youth.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

National Archives And Big Broadcast Talk About Impact Of Radio In The '40s

Ed Walker, host of the Big Broadcast, will present a program that discusses life in the 40s and how radio impacted and enriched those lives.

National Cathedral Unveils Rosa Parks Statue

The Washington National Cathedral is unveiling a new granite statue in honor of civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

Police Arrest Davis In Petworth Tourist Murder

The same man arrested for an alleged assault of a young woman with a hammer has been charged with first-degree murder in another case in Petworth.

Webb Proposes Bill For Congressional Approval On Military Conflicts

Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) has introduced legislation to limit the executive branch's ability to get into military conflicts without congressional approval.

Sen. Jim Webb has introduced a bill requiring Congressional approval on U.S. involvement in military conflicts.

D.C.'s Fashion Designers Find A Home At Cultural Couture

The D.C. Fashion Foundation is hoping to provide more opportunities for local fashion designers through a new fashion business incubation program that launched this week. 

O'Malley To Legislators: Stick To The Budget In Special Session

Gov. Martin O'Malley is warning the General Assembly not to tackle the issue of a casino in Prince George's County during next week's special session. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Montgomery County Offers Summer Program Guide

As Summer approaches, Montgomery County has opened registration for their slate of recreation programs for all ages.

MPD Chief Cathy Lanier Renews Contract

D.C.'s top cop Cathy Lanier signed a new five-year deal with the city, keeping her current salary of $253,000, despite criticism from the district's police union.

Van Hollen: Cut Defense Spending Or End Tax Loopholes

There's a push on Capitol Hill to unwind the steep cuts to the Pentagon budget triggered by the failure of the super committee last year, but Rep. Van Hollen insists don't target social programs to do it.

Alexandria Prepares For Sale Of Hunting Point On Potomac

Real estate at Hunting Point in Virginia, right next to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, is a hot commodity. Even as land moves closer to sale, Alexandria city officials are considering limiting its redevelopment potential.

Doomsday Averted: Maryland Lawmakers Agree On Tax Hike

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says lawmakers agreed on a plan to raise taxes on high-income earners as well as shift the responsibility for teacher pensions onto counties, in a move expected to avert the "doomsday" budget.

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