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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Marine Officer Concedes Rules Broken In Bradley Manning's Confinement

A former commander at the Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va. acknowledged in court Thursday that regulations were broken in keeping accused Wikileaks source Army Pfc. Bradley Manning on suicide watch.

Maryland Pregnancy Center Case Reconsidered In Federal Court

A federal appeals court has heard arguments from an anti-abortion Maryland pregnancy center which objects to a law requiring them to post notifications about their stance on abortions and birth control.

Fairfax Student Disciplined For Bringing Gun To School

A 13-year-old student is facing disciplinary action after Robinson Secondary School administrators confiscated a gun from her locker on Wednesday.

Road Closures For National Christmas Tree Lighting

Some roads around the White House will be closed for most of the evening rush today to accommodate the lighting of the National Christmas Tree. Metro is warning bus riders to expect delays on downtown routes.  

Gun Found In Fairfax County Student's Locker

Administrators at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax County, Va., confiscated a gun from a student's locker Wednesday.

Maryland Begins Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Same-sex couples in Maryland can now begin getting marriage licenses, although licenses issued between now and the new year won't go into effect until January 1. 

Redskins' Robert Griffin III Makes Hall Of Fame

Redskins' quarterback Robert Griffin III secured a spot in the NFL Hall of Fame, after setting a record in last Monday night's game against the Giants.

Friday, December 7, 2012

National Gallery Of Art Presents Roy Lichtenstein's Pop Art Vision

In our latest contribution from NPR's Susan Stamberg, we'll visit an art exhibit that's great for adults and kids alike: a Roy Lichtenstein retrospective at the National Gallery of Art.

Naked Mole Rats: The Animal Kingdom's Most Functional Dysfunctional Family

We'll head to the National Zoo to explore the surprising parenting strategies of a particularly unusual species: the naked mole rat.

Maryland Family Departs On Year-Long Sailing Expedition

Richard and Jessica Johnson are embarking on a year-long sailing expedition around the world... with their two young daughters in tow.

D.C. Public Schools Reinvent The Home Visit

A select number of D.C. public schools are working with a private foundation to reinvent the idea of the home visit, and bring families and teachers closer.

'Choice Moms' Opt For Parenthood Without A Partner

An increasing number of Washington women are choosing to become parents on their own. We delve into the growing "Choice Moms" movement.

Local Couple Pursues Parenting Dream Overseas

When Crystal Travis decided to start a family, she chose to use a surrogate who lived halfway around the world in India. Now she's helping other families pursue similar paths.

Leslie Morgan Steiner On Cultural Shifts In Washington Parenting

Author, former Washington Post blogger and native Washingtonian Leslie Morgan Steiner grew up in an era when D.C. parents were much more hands-off, and she says she's better off for it.

This Week on Metro Connection: Parenting

We'll dive head-on in to the life-altering, all-consuming world of parenting, as we consider how we conceive, engage with and educate our children in the nation's capital.