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Friday, February 8, 2013

D.C.'s Biggest Concert Venue, Surrounding Neighborhood Get Makeovers

As Ward 5's industrial zone moves toward a transformation, Echostage, the city's largest concert venue, is undergoing its own renovation.

Fate Of Rare Northern Virginia Dairy Barn In Question

Residents in the Pimmit Hills area of Fairfax County say their neighborhood is home to one of the last dairy barns inside the Beltway. And now they're pushing for that barn to be preserved.

FBI's First Female Profiler Remakes Life In Retirement

When Rosanne Russo was a kid, she never dreamed she'd grow up to become an FBI agent. But in 1979, she transitioned from a school psychologist to the bureau's first female criminal profiler.

Residents Restore Historic Chesapeake Bay Boat 'Kathryn'

Residents of Maryland's Eastern Shore are raising money to make over a more than 100-year-old oyster dredgeboat, or skipjack.

This Week On Metro Connection: Makeovers

From career transitions to the revitalization of neighborhoods, this week we're all about "Makeovers" — personal, professional and everything in between.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Prince George's County Schools Consider Security Upgrades

Prince George's County Schools security officials will recommend increasing security guards in schools, installing panic buttons and more cameras and access controls during a security briefing to the school board today. 

Virginia Speaker Against Redrawing Senate District Lines

House Speaker Bill Howell has shot down a controversial plan to redraw Virginia's Senate districts that was narrowly passed by the Senate a couple of weeks ago.

Enrollment In D.C.'s Charter Schools Growing Rapidly

The enrollment at D.C.'s public charter schools is growing much faster than the enrollment in the city's traditional public schools, the latest numbers show.

Federal Workers Worry About Furloughs, Firings

Thousands of people in the region are bracing for the billions of dollars that are slated to be cut from the federal government on March 1.

Montgomery County Urges MDOT Not To Divert Purple Line Funds

Montgomery County officials are urging Maryland's transportation department not to shift funds needed to design the Purple Line light rail project into other areas.

Mayor Gray Applauded For Calling For Redskins Name Change

The Redskins mascot has been the subject of controversy for decades now — one that the National Museum of the American Indian made the subject of a conference Thursday.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Gay Brothers React To Delayed Decision On Boy Scout Ban

The Boy Scouts of America have delayed a decision on whether to allow gay scouts and troop leaders until later this year — something two Maryland Scouts say is long overdue.

Public Information Comes At A Price In Arlington

For those seeking information from Arlington County Police, the process can be expensive, and sometimes it can remain off limits altogether.

O'Malley Testifies In Support Of Maryland Gun Control Bill

Gov. Martin O'Malley testified in support of gun control measures in a state senate hearing on Wednesday, and opponents turned up in numbers to protest the policy.

Family Research Council Shooter Pleads Guilty

Floyd Lee Corkins has pleaded guilty to three counts in connection to his shooting attack at the offices of the conservative Family Research Council in August, 2012.

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