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Friday, March 1, 2013

After Traffic Stop Shooting, Alexandria Police Officer Remains In Critical Condition

Officer Peter Laboy, a 17-year veteran of the Alexandria Police force, remains in critical condition after he was shot in the head during a traffic stop on Wednesday.

Community Battles Back Against VDOT Construction In Their Backyard

Residents in the Overlook neighborhood in Alexandria have said for months that a new highway ramp near their homes poses a health hazard, and their arguments are starting to gain traction with city leaders.

Lawmakers No Closer To Compromise As Sequester Cuts Kick In

The countdown until automatic across-the-board spending cuts hits zero today, but even with potentially dire effects for the local economy, there is no talk of a deal.

Your Letters

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Inside D.C.'s World Of Competitive Team Karaoke

In Washington, D.C., just about every recreational activity manages to get turned into a team sport... including karaoke.

Young Poets Take Angst, Emotions To The Stage

Members of the D.C. Youth Poetry Slam team are taking the intensely personal world of poetry to the stage.

Creating A Permanent Phillips Collection Exhibit Entirely From Beeswax

This weekend the Phillips Collection introduces the Laib Wax Room, its first permanent installation in more than sixty years.

Door To Door: Occoquan, Va., And Washington Grove, Md.

This week, we visit Occoquan, Va., and Washington Grove, Md.

Homegrown Teen Michael Seaton Goes Pro With D.C. United

Three years ago, Michael Seaton told his mother he'd play professional soccer by age 16. Last month, that vow became reality.

D.C. Rollergirls Dream Of New Space To Block And Jam

The only flat-track roller derby league in Washington, D.C., is looking for a new permanent home.

Fixing D.C.'s Broken Summer Programs

D.C. officials are working to revamp the city's summer youth programs by focusing on activities that improve academic and professional skills.

How A Single Sequester Layoff Affects The Economy

One woman, who just lost her job with a federal contractor, talks about how the sequestration has affected other parts of her life.

This Week on Metro Connection: Teamwork

From the workplace to the playing field, this week's show is all about teamwork.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Federal Cuts Could Affect Tech Support Industry

Small federal contractors in Virginia are worried that they will be the first budget item on the chopping block due to sequestration.

Maryland Senate Passes Gun Control Bill

The state House will now get a crack at controversial legislation that includes measures to require fingerprints from those who purchase handguns.