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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Amazon Agrees To Pay Virginia Sales Tax

Thanks to an agreement between Virginia lawmakers and the online retailer Amazon, residents of  the commonwealth will now have to pay 5 percent sales tax on all purchases.

Officers Investigating Suspicious Letters Sent To Congress

Counter-terrorism investigators and other law enforcement agencies are looking into more than half a dozen suspicious packages sent to members of Congress.

Funding For Public Broadcasting In Virginia May Be Saved

Funding for public broadcasting in Virginia may not disappear completely after all, under a budget amendment approved by state senators.

IPhone Mugging Victim Speaks

D.C. police are out in force battling an uptick in street crime this winter, but one woman whose iPhone was stolen last fall says MPD treated the crime as routine.

Former D.C. Commander To Sue District For Demotion

A former D.C. police commander whose division provided a police escort to actor Charlie Sheen is planning to file a lawsuit against the city.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Your Letters

We read from your letters and e-mails. This time around: praise for a 99-year-old piano virtuoso, and a fellow February Fear Facer speaks out.

Door To Door: Kalorama Triangle, D.C. And Lyttonsville, Md.

This week we visit the Kalorama Triangle neighborhood in Northwest D.C., and the Lyttonsville neighborhood of Silver Spring, Md.

D.C. Gigs: Cutting Congress' Coifs

This week's D.C. Gigs features Joe Quatrone, an Italian immigrant who works shear magic in a small barber shop tucked away in the Rayburn Building.

Electric Bicycles Ride Into D.C.

A growing number of D.C. commuters are scooting around town on electric bikes, which combine your own power with an electric motor.

Salvadorans Seek A Golden Ticket To U.S. Residency

Two of the thousands of Salvadorans in the Washington region talk about their experiences living under Temporary Protected Status.

American Graduate: How The U.S. Stacks Up To Other Nations

We find out why the U.S. consistently lags behind other developed countries when it comes to the percentage of students graduating from high school.

A Virginia Family Works To Retain A Nearly-Forgotten Language

A Northern Virginia man and his family are trying to preserve the Native American language, Myaamia, decades after its presumed disappearance.

The Location: A Long-Forgotten 'Tunnel of Slime' Under Washington

In the latest series of The Location, we find out the significance of a tiny, often-ignored building known as the Lockkeeper's House.

A Mom-And-Pop Pharmacy Celebrates 100 Years In Georgetown

In an era dominated by CVS, Walgreen's and Rite-Aid, it's increasingly rare to find a locally-owned Mom-and-Pop-style pharmacy. But this year marks the 100th anniversary of Morgan's Pharmacy: an independently-owned Georgetown establishment.

This Week On Metro Connection: Rarities

With that quadrennial oddity, Leap Day, on its way, this week we're all about rarities: the weird, unusual, or seldom-seen people, places and things of the Washington region.

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