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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Maryland And Virginia Going In Opposite Directions On Gun Control

Maryland lawmakers are lining up a slate of new laws aimed at gun control, but some say Virginia's shift in the opposite directions may result in negligible effects for the region.

Local Faith Leaders Weigh In On Fiscal Cliff

A group of interfaith leaders met with lawmakers on Thursday to press what they say are the "moral priorities" involved in the on-going fiscal cliff negotiations on Capitol Hill.

House, Senate Agree On Language For D.C. Flags At Military Services

The ranks of D.C. natives who have served in the military are a step closer to receiving an honor currently denied them: having the D.C. flag flown at their military ceremonies.

Virginia Hasn't Spent $38M In DHS Grants, Audit Finds

Virginia is getting a bad review from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for failing to spend more than $38 million in federal homeland security grand funding it received between 2008 and 2010.

Social Services Center In Arlington To Close

Services for people with mental disabilities and substance abuse problems in Arlington are about to say goodbye to a neighborhood center that has offered services for the last four years.

UDC Fires President Allen Sessoms

After serving for four years, the University of the District of Columbia has fired Allen Sessoms as president.

Friday, December 21, 2012

D.C. Dives: Raising A Glass At The Players Lounge

We visit a bar once called "Ward 8's living room" in the latest installment of our monthly series, D.C. Dives.

Bookend: Book Critic Michael Dirda Shares Reading Habits

In our final edition of "Bookend" for 2012, we talk with Washington Post book critic Michael Dirda about his personal reading habits and why he resists buying an e-reader.

Life With MPSIII: Revisiting A Degenerative Disease

In May, we met Waverly and Oliver McNeil: young siblings with the genetic, degenerative disorder MPS III. We visit the McNeil family at Jill's House, a center for children with intellectual disabilities, to see how the youngsters are faring today.

Scientists, Farmers Continue Battle Against Stinkbugs

Only 18 months ago, the Washington region was inundated with stinkbugs. We check back in to see what problems these invasive insects are causing today, and what the latest research is showing in terms of how to fight them.

MicroGreens Program Looks To Expand Healthy Eating For Kids

In early October, D.C.-based chef Alli Sosna set out to change the way middle schoolers think about food. We follow up with Chef Sosna now that her program, MicroGreens, is ending its pilot run.

Local Children Continue Fight Against Obesity

We circle back to two children we spoke with in 2011, as part of our five-part series on obesity in the Washington region.

From Addiction To Redemption: Former Lorton Inmate Reflects on Turning Life Around

Twenty-five years ago, Kevin Petty was in prison and addicted to drugs. Today, Petty is drug-free and helping others kick their addictions.

D.C.-Born Opera Star Makes Triumphant Comeback

In 2011, we met opera superstar Marquita Lister, a D.C. native whose career nearly ended after a devastating medical diagnosis. Nearly two years later, we check back in to hear how she's getting her life and career back on track.

This Week On Metro Connection: Follow-Ups

This week we'll circle back to some of the Washingtonians we've met over the past few years, and get updates on their stories — from an opera star to stinkbug scientists to kids struggling with obesity.