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Friday, August 10, 2012

Athletes Bring Lucky Charms — And Superstition — To Field

Olympic athletes — and athletes of all stripes — have their share of superstitions. But while they may put those athletes in the right mental space, sports psychologists say there's no substitute for practice, practice, practice.

Maryland, Virginia Still In Top 20 Power Plant Polluters

Maryland and Virginia are still in the top 20 most polluting states when it comes to power plants, according to one environmental group's rankings, but Maryland improved last year while Virginia's ranking increased. 

This Week On Metro Connection: Looking Back

We're turning back the clock and casting a glance in the rear view mirror as we look back on the personal and cultural history of Washington and Washingtonians.

Evolution And Paths Cut Short

Environment reporter Sabri Ben-Achour heads to the National Zoo to find out why 99.99% of everything that has ever lived has been wiped off the evolutionary map.

From A to B: Construction Crews Preserve Georgetown, One Stone At A Time

We dig in to Georgetown's past as construction crews replace the stones and trolley lines in the neighborhood's historic O and P streets NW.

The Location: From Hell's Bottom To Murder Bay To Bloodfield

In the years following the Civil War, the District was so lawless that the city was full of unsavory-sounding neighborhoods, such as Hell's Bottom and Murder Bay.

Family Preserves A Treasured Tradition: 'Wild Man Night'

We find out how one family keeps alive a long-standing tradition known as "Wild Man Night."

Washingtonian Remembers A Capitol Hill Long Gone

Rebecca Sheir chats with 93-year-old writer Mary Z. Gray, who recently published a book about the Capitol Hill of her childhood.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Democrats Enlist Universities For Voter Registration

Democrats are calling on colleges and universities to help them get out the vote by encouraging students to register, after the youth vote proved so vital in 2008.

Maryland Senate To Vote On Gaming Bill Friday

As expected, a bill that would expand gaming in Maryland made it through committee Thursday, clearing the way for a full vote in the State Senate and consideration by the General Assembly.

School Enrollment Up In Virginia, Straining Resources

There are more students packed into Virginia public schools than ever, even as school budgets have been frozen in place, leaving administrators scrambling to plug the gaps.

Virginia's 'Blonde Bandit' Gets 11 Years

The so-called "Blonde Bandit," responsible for a slate of bank robberies around the D.C. area, will be charged in court.

Mosquitoes In D.C. Test Positive For West Nile Virus

While West Nile Virus cases are up nationwide, and mosquitoes in D.C.  have tested postive for the virus,  no human cases have been confirmed in the area.

Gov. McDonnell Touts Virginia's Slowed Tuition Hikes

Tuition increases in Virginia will be able 4.6 percent for the commonwealth's public universities, a far cry from the double-digit tuition increases in the last decade.

DCPS Cheating Limited To One School, Inspector General Says

The inspector general for D.C. Public Schools has determined a standardized test cheating scandal reported earlier this year by USA Today was limited to one school and one teacher and does not warrant a district-wide probe.