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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ladies In Red: Congresswomen Call Attention To Heart Health

Female lawmakers on Capitol Hill came to work wearing red on Valentine's, not to celebrate the holiday for lovers, but to call attention to the risk of heart disease for American women.

Metro Pegs Green Line Fiasco On Miscommunications

Metro released their version massive delays on the Green Line in late January, citing miscommunication as the cause of a chaotic commute, where an estimated 200 riders abandoned a stranded train.

Moms Call For Gun Control On Capitol Hill

A group of concerned mothers has used Valentine's Day as a platform to call on Congressional lawmakers to enact what they describe as common sense gun control reforms.

Maryland On Track To Implement Health Care Reform By 2014

Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown went before state lawmakers this week to outline his plans to implement federal health care reform.

Virginia House Beats Senate In Annual Basketball Game

One Virginia House member took to the floor in Richmond yesterday to gloat that the House's basketball team beat the Senate's team in an annual friendly grudge match.

Need A Valentine? Sheriff Gary Has You Covered

The Queen Anne's County Sheriff in Maryland is using an unconventional Valentine's Day Youtube message to try to solicit information on some of the county's most wanted suspects. 

Friday, February 15, 2013

D.C. Gigs: Greeting Power Brokers At The Willard

In our latest edition of D.C. Gigs, we'll head to the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, where Steve Blum has worked for more than 26 years as bellhop, doorman and lobby manager.

D.C. Dives: Jay's Saloon Recalls Different Era In Clarendon

Our monthly series on local dive bars takes us to Jay's Saloon in Clarendon, Va. Jerad Walker finds out why this quirky establishment has survived for 20 years... and why it may soon be gone.

How A Maryland Community Draws From History As Slave Enclave

In honor of Black History Month, we visit two of Maryland's "kinship communities," which were settled by former slaves after the Civil War.

New Details On Political Wrangling At Airports Authority

A former member of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board says the agency's leaders were actively involved in the political manuevering that led to the removal of two pro-labor colleagues.

Scientists Use Chemistry To Keep Soldiers Safe

Civilian scientists at Fort Belvoir are working on technology that uses chemistry to detect potential bombs.

Howard Prof Relies On 'Green Chemistry' To Improve Drugs

Joseph Fortunak teaches chemistry and pharmaceutical sciences at Howard University, and is working to make life-saving medicines more available and sustainable for African countries.

Date Lab: Sharing The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Of Blind Dating

We go behind the scenes of Date Lab, the Washington Post's experiment in blind dating.

Cocktail Chemistry: Gina Chersevani On How To Mix A Lover's Libation

We visit a renowned D.C. bartender to find out how certain liquors, herbs and fruits can harness the power of Cupid.

This Week On Metro Connection: Chemistry

In honor of Valentine's Day, we devote this week's show to the complex, often mysterious realm of "Chemistry" — from the science lab to the dating scene.