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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Third Republican Now Supports Gay Marriage In Maryland

Support for a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland has picked up another GOP supporter -- the second in the House and the third in the GOP caucus.

D.C. Settles Mental Health Case After 38 Years

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It took more than 37 years, but a judge has finally approved a settlement in the "Dixon Case," which will allow for improved conditions for the District's mentally ill.

AUDIO SLIDE SHOW: St. Mary's Orphanage School, Bangalore, India

WAMU 88.5's Kavitha Cardoza is from Bangalore, India, and she visited St. Mary's Orphanage School while she was there last year as part of her reporting on the dropout crisis.

Maryland's House Consider Changes To Same-Sex Bill

Maryland's House of Delegates will debate a bill today that would approve same-sex marriage in the state.

Police Arrest Four In D.C. Robberies

Police have arrested four suspects in connection with a number of street robberies in Northwest D.C., most of them involving pedestrians.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Virginia Paper Company Linked To Rainforest Destruction

Mercury Paper in Virginia is under fire from environmental groups alleging that the company cuts down precious rainforest habitats to provide the raw materials for its paper products.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Graduation Rates Increase Around The Globe As U.S. Plateaus

The United States used to top the list of countries' high school graduation rates, but that ranking has shifted significantly in recently years. More than 20 countries are now beating the U.S. on graduations, but what does that mean for American competitiveness -- and the U.S. education system -- going forward?

Friday, February 17, 2012

Local Eaters Launch A Gastronomic Experiment

A local start-up is trying connect Washingtonians in new ways by bringing diners into the homes of other residents for home-cooked meals.

The Politics And Reality Of Same-Sex Marriage In Maryland

We talk with a Maryland same-sex couple about the marriage debate in their state and how the passage of same-sex marriage would impact their lives.

Door to Door: Herndon, Va. And Eckington, D.C.

It's our weekly trip around the region. This week, we visit Northeast D.C.'s Eckington neighborhood and the historic downtown of Herndon, Va.

Invasive Species Hitch A Ride... And Harm Our Waters

Invasive species hitch a ride with ships traveling all over the world... which can be bad news for the health of our local waters.

Musicians Defy Hearing Loss To Make Sweet Sounds (Re-broadcast)

Members of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss talk about how they continue to make music, even with limited hearing.

A Family Preserves a Treasured Tradition: "Wild Man Night"

One family keeps alive a long-standing tradition known as "Wild Man Night."

Is Virginia Really for Lovers?

Forty-four years after the Old Dominion announced its iconic "Virginia is for Lovers" campaign, we delve into the slogan's history to find out whether the Commonwealth is actually more hospitable to love than other locales.

This Week on Metro Connection: Relationships

We explore relationships of all kinds -- from the sort that make our hearts go pitter-patter to the ones we have with our families, our communities, and the environment.

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