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Friday, February 22, 2013

Foreign Governments Seek Square Footage, Symbolism In D.C. Embassies

The District's 180 foreign missions are more than just brick and mortar. They're high-profile landmarks sandwiched among the private homes and small businesses of D.C. neighborhoods.

Bookend: Manil Suri On Living In Md., Writing About India

Acclaimed novelist Manil Suri was born in India, but he honed his writing on his native country here in Washington.

What Is More D.C. Than An Indie Band Singing About Jumbo Slice?

Rebecca Sheir introduces us to the native Washingtonians behind Ugly Purple Sweater: An eclectic, up-and-coming local band whose brand-new album features songs about life in Washington.

Door To Door: Southwest Waterfront, D.C., And Parkfairfax, Va.

This week, we visit D.C.'s Southwest Waterfront and Virginia's Parkfairfax.

Cab Driver Turns Experiences Behind the Wheel Into Movie

Cab driver Oleg Merkulov has seen all sorts of things while on the job, and he turned one of those experiences into a quirky, low-budget film.

Historic D.C. Housing Project Marks 75 Years

Langston Terrace, D.C.'s first public housing project designed and built by African Americans, is turning 75 years old.

In Era of Streaming, D.C. Film Buff Keeps Video Store Alive

Can a brick-and-mortar video business survive in the era of DVRs and Netflix?

'Hollywood On The Potomac': New Book Captures D.C. On Film

Mike Canning's new book, "Hollywood on the Potomac," offers the first comprehensive look at how Washington, D.C., appears in American feature films.

The Week On Metro Connection: Homegrown D.C.

We pay homage to our fair city and its one-of-a-kind culture with a show we're calling "Homegrown D.C."

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Record Number Of Travelers Pass Through Area Airports

Airline travel is on the rise in the D.C. area, as both Dulles and Reagan National Airports saw record numbers of passengers in 2012.

Maryland Public High Schools Ahead In 2012 AP Tests

The 2012 AP test score success ratings are out, and the winner is one state in the D.C. metropolitan area.

Maryland's Mike Miller Pushes Gas Tax Hikes In Annapolis

Maryland's Senate president has stepped on the pedal on a measure that will help pay for mass transit projects.

Poll Shows McAuliffe And Cuccinelli Deadlocked In Governor's

A new Quinnipiac poll has the race for Virginia's governor at a statistical dead heat.

Area Lawmakers Push Priorities As Sequester Cuts Loom

Across-the-board budget cuts are set to take effect next week unless Congress can take action, which has area lawmakers stumping for the programs and priorities they would like spared.

Man, Two Children, Die In Glenarden House Fire

Officials are investigating a deadly house fire in Prince George's County that killed three in the early morning hours on Thursday.