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Friday, October 10, 2014

Duke Ellington School Principal Dies At Age 53

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says Father John Payne's death is a "tremendous loss" for D.C.'s public schools.

James Brady Memorialized By Friends, Including Joe Biden

Brady was an influential advocate for gun control after being partially paralyzed in an assassination attempt on President Reagan in 1981.

Ocean City Bars Candidate From Council Race After Residency Called Into Question

Ocean City's mayor and council voted 5-2 to deny Bethesda native Phillip Ufholz's bid to run for city council, saying the candidate was unable to prove he lives in Ocean City full-time.

Immigration, Taxes Become Flashpoints In Fight For Maryland's Sixth District

Republican Dan Bongino is hoping his views on immigration will help him unseat Democrat John Delaney in the Sixth Congressional District, which encompasses all of western Maryland.

On Professional Development Days, D.C. Teachers Become Students

Today is the first of 10 professional development days for teachers at D.C. public schools, an opportunity for them to sharpen their skills as educators.

A Transportation Project Finishing Ahead Of Schedule? It Could Happen On I-95

The 95 Express Lanes in Virginia were supposed to open early next year, but now the highway's builders say the project will be ready for commuters in December.

Despite Investments, Dulles Airport Sees Drop In Passengers

More travelers are opting for Reagan National Airport over Dulles Airport, and local officials say that Congress is partly to blame.

This Week On Metro Connection: The Descendants

From Colonial Dames to members of the Patawomeck Tribe, we meet families whose roots run deep in the D.C. region.

Descendant Of Three Founding Fathers Works To Keep American History Alive

Laura Belman is descended from three signers of the Declaration of Independence, and is working to preserve the history of early D.C.

Daughter Remembers Lawrence Guyot's Dual Roles As Civil Rights Leader And Dad

While Lawrence Guyot was known as a no-nonsense D.C. activist and leader in the Civil Rights movement, his daughter says he was also a warm and supportive dad.

Was Your Ancestor Part Of 'The Contrabands?' Scholars Would Like A Word

A new effort is in place to find the African American descendants of slaves who sought refuge at forts around the capital during the Civil War — known then as "the contrabands."

Door to Door: Calvert Hills, Md. and Aquia Harbour, Va.

It's our ongoing journey around the region. This time, we visit the Calvert Hills neighborhood of College Park, Md. and the Aquia Harbor area of Stafford, Va.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Kaine: Congress Likely To Vote On Military Action Against ISIS

The U.S. Senator from Virginia says momentum is building behind his effort to force a vote on a military campaign against the Islamic State.

MPD's Stop-And-Frisk Tactics Undermines Relations With City, Residents Say

At a D.C. Council hearing earlier this week on police tactics, residents and civil libertarians complained that MPD's use of stop-and-frisk tactics has undermined relationships with the community it is charged with policing.

Judge Says Photos Of Women's Underwear Did Not Violate Privacy

A D.C. judge has dismissed charges against a Virginia man for taking photos of women's underwear while they sat on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, saying that he did not violate their privacy.

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