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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Emissions Cap To Be Lowered For RGGI States

The regional initative that caps and trades carbon dioxide emissions for nine states, including Maryland, has announced a plan to lower the pool of

Gay Rights Off The Table At National Prayer Breakfast

Gay rights was not on the agenda Thursday morning, when President Barack Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast, hosted by a group that strongly opposes same-sex marriage.

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.

Friday, February 8, 2013

D.C. Barber Spruces Up Clients, Strives To Help Community

As a barber, John Campbell doesn't just help community members transform their images; he's transformed his own.

Meet The Man Behind The 'Nutrition Facts' Label

In 1992, graphic designer Burkey Belser was asked to jazz up a new label that would go on every packaged food item in the United States.

Remaking The Image Of A Washingtonian Who Made Over The City

When it comes to Washington native son Alexander Robey Shepherd, you could say the controversial figure was associated with not one makeover, but two.

Door To Door: Spring Valley, D.C., And Maplewood, Md.

This week, we visit Spring Valley in Northwest D.C., and Maplewood in Bethesda, Md.

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.