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Friday, November 30, 2012

Do You Speak D.C.? Georgetown Linguists Study Washington-Area Language

Georgetown University's Language and Communication in the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Area Project is using hundreds of interviews to determine whether Washingtonians have their own special way of talking — and if so, what that says about our city's ever-changing social, cultural and racial landscapes.

This Week On Metro Connection: Communication

This week's Metro Connection is about communication — from the language we speak to the mixed signals we send.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

White House Holiday Decorations Revealed, 'Bo-Flakes' Abound

First dog Bo Obama features prominently in some of the holiday decorations around the White House this year and he even attended an event with military families yesterday where children made Bo-themed Christmas tree ornaments. 

Bradley Manning Testifies At WikiLeaks Hearing

Pfc. Bradley Manning is testified Thursday in the pretrial hearing of the WikiLeaks case being held in military court at Fort Meade, Md., describing his thoughts during his confinement.

Natwar Gandhi Claims Wrongful Termination Of Lawsuit

A D.C. government official is claiming his co-worker tried to control the release of public audits, reports the Associated Press.

D.C. Area's Transportation Future: Crowding, Crowding And More Crowding

The D.C. region's council of governments has released its newest long-term transportation forecast, and it doesn't look pleasant — but some local lawmakers say those projections could shift with the right policies.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Virginia Beach Requests State Funds For NBA Bid

The Commonwealth of Virginia is being asked to commit to kicking in more than $150 million towards the relocation of an unnamed NBA franchise to Virginia Beach.

Maryland Comptroller: Online Shopping 'Unpatriotic'

Peter Franchot, Maryland state comptroller, called on state residents to support local businesses instead of giving in to the temptation of online shopping, which skirts state sales taxes.

Analysis: Bolling's Exit Sets Up 'Clash Of The Titans'

National Journal Hotline's Reid Wilson breaks down the predicted Virginia governors' race after the announcement from Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling that he will not seek the GOP nomination for the seat.

Thieves Steal Computers From Northwest D.C. Elementary School

Police have released a video showing five individuals stealing computers from Brightwood Elementary School in the District. They're asking for help identifying the suspects.

Bus Driver, Attendant Fired After Leaving 4-Year-Old On Bus

Two employees have been fired after leaving a 4-year-old special-needs child from D.C. on the bus they were operating for nearly 6 hours. 

Cases Of TB, Other Rare Diseases Rise In Montgomery County

Montgomery County is seeing a disturbing rise in cases of tuberculosis, among other rare diseases, and health officials say prevention is difficult in these cases because they often originate in the county's large immigrant population. 

Mayor Restricts U-turns To Increase Bike Safety On Penn. Ave.

D.C. mayor Vincent Gray clarified the law about U-turns on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, after an outcry from cyclists citing the danger of the practice to those biking in the center median bike lanes. 

Bolling Will Not Seek GOP Bid For Virginia Governor

Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling has decided not to seek the Republican Party's nomination for governor of the state in 2013, but he left the door open to run as an independent candidate.

WikiLeaks: Manning Seeks Dismissal In Pretrial Hearing

Pre-trial testimony continues today in the WikiLeaks case of Bradley Manning, the Army private charged with giving classified information to the website. Manning is seeking dismissal of all charges on the grounds that he was mistreated in military prison before his trial.