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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Andrews Air Show Moves To Biennial Schedule

Fans of the recent Joint Base Andrews air show may be disappointed to hear that it will not return next year, as budget cuts have forced planners to now schedule shows every other year.

Analysis: Rough Week For Mayor Gray's Campaign Team

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign team has come under fire this week after two members were charged with campaign finance fraud and lying to the FBI. WAMU 88.5's Patrick Madden breaks down the latest on Morning Edition.

Firefighters Sickened After Responding To Fire In PCP Lab

Several D.C. firefighters are off the job today after suffering the effects of fighting a chemical fire in Northeast D.C. 

Officials Urge River Safety For Summer

Officials are educating people about basic safety rules for visiting rivers and creeks this summer.

Former Gray Campaign Aide Howard Brooks Pleads Guilty

Howard Brooks, who served as campaign consultant for D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray in 2010 and has been charged with lying to the FBI, pleaded guilty in D.C. Superior Court Thursday.

Friday, May 25, 2012

On The Coast: A Beach Town Debates The Meaning Of Noise

While some residents in Dewey Beach, De., are celebrating the passage of new rules restricting noise in a town known for its night life, many business owners are crying foul.

From A To B: Welcome To... SuperNoVa?

Transportation planners in Virginia are imagining the future of life in a region they're calling "SuperNova."

Volunteers Work To Save D.C.'s Oldest Monuments

Washington's oldest monuments, its boundary stones, have nearly been forgotten. But a group of engineers, preservationists and history buffs is working to change that.

This Week On Metro Connection: Borders & Boundaries

We explore, push and occasionally leap over borders and boundaries of all sorts on this week's show.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Capital Bikeshare Celebrates Two Million Rides

Capital Bikeshare, in operation since 2010, celebrated two million rides on Wednesday, a testament to the success of the bicycle sharing system.

D.C. Abortion Activists Stake Out Office Of Rep. Franks

Dozens of protesters staked out the office of Republican Congressman Trent Franks Wednesday, hoping to get him to answer for his interference in the abortion policies of the District.

Oxfam Sues SEC For Failing To Enforce Oil, Mining Transparency

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin is echoing the sentiment behind a lawsuit that calls for the SEC to enforce requirements passed in 2010 that publicly-traded oil, gas, and mining companies report payments made to world governments.

Commentary: D.C. Shouldn't Shoulder The Burden Of Cleaner Water Alone

DC Water is launching a massive project to help clean it up the sewage overflows into area waterways, but commentator Carol O'Cleireacain, the author of a new Brookings Institution report about the issue, says costs should be shared regionally.

Fundraising Website Launched By Maryland Lt. Gov. Brown

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has launched a fundraising website, which, while it makes no explicit mention of running for anything, bolsters the claims that he may run to replace current Governor Martin O'Malley in 2014.

Analysis: Mobilization Race For Presidential Election Is On In Virginia

Still five months from the Presidential election, and campaigns are starting to ramp up their efforts in Virginia. Reid Wilson from National Journal Hotline explains who is ahead in the race to set up campaign offices.