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Friday, November 6, 2015

Why Some Meridian Hill Park Drummers Say The Beat Isn't What It Used To Be

The popular Sunday afternoon drum circle in D.C.'s Meridian Hill Park started in the 1960s, as part of the black liberation movement. Now some long-time drummers say the beat isn't what it used to be.

This Week On Metro Connection: Nov. 6, 2015

We'll visit a Capitol Hill rowhouse that once was home to an influential lesbian separatist collective, The Furies. And we'll meet the woman behind the effort to grant 16-year-olds the right to vote in the nation's capital. Plus, we'll stop in at the Sunday afternoon drum circle that's been a tradition in Washington since the 1960s to hear why some say the beat just isn't what it used to be.

D.C. Takes Up The Assisted Suicide Debate

So far this year, at least two dozen states, including Maryland, have introduced aid-in-dying laws. Now the fight is coming to D.C., where a majority of residents supports legalizing assisted suicide, though many medical professionals opposite it.

One Year After D.C. Legalizes Marijuana, 'Cannabusinesses' Aim High

When D.C. voters overwhelmingly approved Initiative 71 last fall, Donald Periera immediately saw a business opportunity. Soon, he'll open the District's first school dedicated to cannabis cultivation.

Maryland Clinic Tackles Stigma: 'Abortion. Yeah, We Do That'

In Chevy Chase, Maryland, a new abortion clinic is seeking to normalize the experience for women. It offers a "spa-like" environment as well as billboards reading: "Abortion. Yeah, we do that."

Inside The HQ Of D.C.'s Short-Lived But Influential Lesbian Separatist Collective

For members of The Furies Collective, lesbianism was about more than sexual preference; it was a political act. The 1970s separatist group was based in a Capitol Hill row-house, which could eventually become an official historic landmark.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

In Midst Of Turmoil, Metro Finally Gets A New General Manager

The leadership of Metro’s board of directors has reached an agreement in principle with Paul J. Wiedefeld, who formerly led BWI Airport, to be the transit authority’s next general manager, potentially ending a search that began more than one year ago.

Outside Money In Virginia's Elections: A Bellwether For 2016 And Beyond?

Special-interest money poured into General Assembly elections across Virginia this year, as outside groups tried to influence races in several key districts. The glut of advertisements had mixed results, but experts say the tactics won't end anytime soon.

Metro Lines Up Next Candidate For GM As A Tough Report Card Comes In

The transit agency is trying to reach agreement with its latest general manager candidate on a day when its board will hear the details of a troubling report about the performance of bus and rail service.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Is Uber Filling A Taxi Void East Of The Anacostia River?

Trips either starting or ending in the two wards east of the Anacostia River have increased 700 percent in the past year, according to data released by the tech company.

Listen: Space Weather And Solar Storms, Explained By The Capital Weather Gang

Our star's surface generates its own "space weather." A meteorologist from The Washington Post explains what these solar storms can do.

Listen: Virginia Election Analysis With WAMU 88.5's Michael Pope

What effect did Michael Bloomberg's money have on the elections? What's next for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors? And how well did a prominent write-in campaign do in one Northern Virginia city?

​Big Money Plus Low Turnout Equals Status Quo Election in Virginia

In Virginia, voters have opted for the status quo, maintaining the 21-19 Republican majority in the state Senate, despite historic levels of campaign spending on key races.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Virginia Elections: What Happened In Our 8 Races To Watch

Several state Senate seats, Alexandria's mayoralty and spots on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors were on our list of races to watch in Tuesday's Virginia elections.

Who's The Biggest Donor To The FreshPAC? Not Who You'd Expect.

Robert Goodrich chipped in $20,000 to a PAC that supports D.C. Mayor Bowser. Unlike most donors, he isn't a big real estate developer or government contractor. Why did this self-described "old-fashioned travel agent" give the PAC its biggest donation?