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Friday, December 14, 2012

D.C. Gigs: Building (And Rebuilding) The National Cathedral

Our D.C. Gigs series continues as we tour the National Cathedral with a mason who helped build the iconic building, and is now helping with its repair.

District Schools Toss Out Traditional Methods of Teaching Math

The District is joining more than 40 states in replacing old ways of teaching math with new "Common Core" standards.

Friday Night Lights: Family Keeps Sabbath In 21st-Century Way

Ann Sablosky and Stephen Rockower have found a decidedly high-tech way to preserve their family's religious traditions even as their children have moved to far-flung corners of the globe.

'Stories From The Kitchen' Brings Homeless Residents' Stories To The Stage

A D.C. theater and a 29-year-old day shelter are launching a brand new tradition: one that brings stories of the homeless to the professional stage.

This Week On Metro Connection: Traditions

From high-wattage holiday displays to personal family rituals, it's time for our annual look at "Traditions."

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Virginia Sen. Jim Webb Reflects On Time In Congress

Virginia Sen. Jim Webb has decided not to seek reelection. He talks about his decision to leave and his time in Congress with WAMU 88.5 Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey.

D.C. Council To Question CFO In Oversight Hearing

The chief financial officer for the District will appear before the D.C. Council for an oversight hearing today, and council members are expected to raise questions about audits that have been critical of some practices of the CFO's office.

D.C. Residents Push For D.C. Flags At Military Ceremonies

D.C. residents are still pushing U.S. senators to approve a law that would allow the D.C. flag to be flown at military ceremonies honoring District residents; currently, only the flags of states are raised.

D.C. Law Provides Protection For Overdose Victims

A new law in D.C. would provide some immunity for people who call 911 to report a drug overdose. City officials are hoping the law will help reduce the number of deaths from overdoses.

WikiLeaks Case Draws Comparisons To Pentagon Papers

Some observers are comparing the case of accused WikiLeaks informer Bradley Manning to that of the Pentagon Papers during the 1970s — but one legal expert points to some key differences between the two.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Airports Authority Leadership Says It's Cleaning Up Its Act

Leaders of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority say reforms are already underway after an audit found an alarming culture of nepotism and no-contract bids.

Virginia Faces Shortfalls From Fiscal Cliff, Report Details

Cuts from the looming fiscal cliff could cost the state of Virginia tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars. A new report will detail what's at stake for the Commonwealth.

Son Of Congressman Jim Moran Pleads Guilty To Assaulting Girlfriend

Patrick Moran, son of Democratic Virginia Rep. Jim Moran, pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend after an incident outside a Columbia Heights bar earlier this month.

Maryland Lawmakers Urge Gas Tax Hike

Montgomery County, Md., politicians lobbied the General Assembly to raise the state's gas tax to fund new transportation projects.

Coping With The Fiscal Cliff, Using Haiku

The "fiscal cliff" is serious business, with a potential for serious economic consequences in the D.C. area. Reporter Elahi Izadi tapped into people's frustrations on Twitter with a call for fiscal cliff haiku. WAMU staff members also gave it a shot.