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Friday, January 25, 2013

Coastal Communities Grapple With Spike In Heroin Use

We investigate why police and public health officials on the Maryland coast are grappling with a spike in heroin use.

Bookend: Korean-American Sisters Team Up On Writing And Chocolate

In our monthly series Bookend, we meet Frances and Ginger Park: sisters who double as partners in chocolate-making and writing.

Door To Door: Waterford, Va. And Cameron Station, Va.

This week, we visit Waterford, Va., and the Cameron Station neighborhood of Alexandria, Va.

Ahead Of The Curve On Curbside Composting?

Several local jurisdictions are taking a chance on the idea that curbside-composting pickup could not only help the environment, but ultimately save taxpayers money.

Female Scientists Work To Crack The Glass Ceiling

We'll meet two female scientists who are mentoring the next generation of women in their field.

Scientists Seek Stem Cell Cure For Spinal Cord Injuries

Neuralstem, a Rockville-based biotech company, has just been approved by the FDA to begin implanting stem cells into people with spinal cord injuries.

Md., Va. Lawmakers Gear Up For Debate Over Gun Control

Maryland and Virginia lawmakers on both sides of the gun-control debate voice their proposals.

Chance, Md. Gets Lucky At Lucky's Last Chance

Rebecca Sheir travels to Chance, Md., and tastes a slice of life at Lucky's Last Chance General Store: a community gathering place for the tiny town's "come heres, born heres and brung heres."

This Week On Metro Connection: Taking Chances

From the debate over gun control to experimental treatments for spinal-cord injuries, this week we'll bring you stories about Taking Chances.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Metro's Expansion Plans Includes New Tunnels

Metro management presented a plan today outlining their priorities for the next several decades, including the possibility of building new tunnels at the core of the Metro system with additional funds.

Decision On Virginia's Gun Control Bill Postponed

The decision on Virginia's new gun control legislation is facing uncertainly due to the bill's language.

Kennedy Center To Begin Search For New President

The Kennedy Center is launching a search for a new leader.

Norton Introduces D.C. Voting Rights, Statehood Bills

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced three bills that would increase D.C. autonomy this week — although none of them are expected to go anywhere in the Republican-led House of Representatives.

Two Suspects Arrested In Connection With Marcus Jones Murder

Prince George's Police have arrested two in connection with the murder of 16-year-old Marcus Antonio Jones — the fourth high school student to be killed in the county in the past few months.

Snow Dusts D.C. Region, Making For Difficult Commute

D.C. woke up to a light covering of snow this morning, closing some of the area's outlying school districts and prompting the federal government to allow unscheduled leave or telework.