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Friday, January 18, 2013

One Year After Shelter Protest, Anacostia Moves Forward

Last year, Anacostia residents held a series of community protests against a women's shelter that was planning to move to the neighborhood. A year later, Emily Berman visits the now-completed Calvary Women's Services, and asks local businesses how Anacostia fared in 2012.

This Week on Metro Connection: Out In The Cold

From the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean to a chilly ski slope in Virginia, this week we'll take you "Out in the Cold."

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Maryland E-ZPass Violators May Soon Face Harsher Punishments

Maryland may soon be going after drivers who don't pay highway tolls.

Gray To Highlight D.C.'s Lack Of Statehood On Inauguration Day

Mayor Vincent Gray is revealing a sign on Inauguration Day that calls attention to the District's lack of statehood.

WikiLeaks Ruling May Affect Most Serious Charge Against Manning

The military judge in the Wikileaks case appears to have paved the way for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning to be acquitted of the most serious charge against him: aiding the enemy. The pretrial hearing in the case resumes Feb. 26.

Democrats Side With Obama's Gun Control Proposal

Democrats in the region are praising the president's new gun control proposal, but they know it may be nearly impossible to get it through Congress.

Moran Calling On Debt Ceiling To Be Abolished

Northern Virginia Rep. Jim Moran is calling for the debt ceiling to be abolished altogether.

DCPS Chancellor Takes 5 Schools Off Closure List

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson

D.C. Public Schools has removed five schools from a list of 20 that were slated for closure last year. A total of 13 schools will close at the end of this academic year and two more will close in 2014.

Metro Officials Urge Inauguration Visitors To Plan Ahead

'Be prepared' should be the motto of anyone heading to the inauguration on Monday, and that extends to Metro. WMATA officials are urging riders and visitors to plan routes and fare card purchases ahead of time.

Winter Storm Watch Downgraded To Advisory For D.C. Region

The D.C. region should still expect some snow this evening, but the storm is not expected to have as much of an impact as previously thought. Accumulation is expected to be between 1-3 inches of snow.

Art Beat with Lauren Landau, Jan. 17

The Constellation Theatre Company debut their version of "Zorro" tonight and the Wolf Trap presents a gathering of international guitarists. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

High-Capacity Magazine Vendors Arrested In Baltimore

Baltimore County Police have arrested a pair of vendors accused of selling high-capacity magazines at a gun show at the Timonium Fairgrounds.

Virginia Lawmakers Take On Abortion, Again

Alexandria Delegate Rob Krupicka, a democrat, is co-sponsoring legislation to repeal the transvaginal ultrasound requirement.

Marine Corps Band Prepares For Inauguration

A brass ensemble from the Marine Corps Band will play during a prayer breakfast at the Washington National Cathedral a day after President Barack Obama is sworn in for a second term.

LaHood 'Optimistic' About Silver Line Federal Loan

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood praised the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority for cleaning up its hiring and contracting practices, saying he's optimistic a federal loan for Metro's Silver Line rail project will be approved "sooner rather than later."