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Friday, February 17, 2012

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.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

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.

Norovirus Outbreak Affecting GWU

George Washington University is confirming an outbreak of norovirus among students living on and off campus.

Road Closures For Alexandria Paramedic's Funeral

Roads in and around Alexandria are likely to be blocked today for a funeral of a paramedic who died in the line of duty last week.

Defense In Huguely Trial Presents Alternate Cause Of Death

A medical expert with an alternate theory of the crime took the stand for the defense in the George Huguely murder trial in Charlottesville, Va. Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Teacher Pension Sharing Being Fought By Maryland Counties

County leaders from across Maryland are pushing back against a plan they say would devastate their budgets and cause layoffs and service cuts.

Mysterious Bird Deaths Tie Up I-95

Hundreds of dead birds littered the road on I-95 in Prince George's County on Wednesday, tying up traffic and leaving drivers scratching their heads.

Alexandria Firefighters Out Of Service During Memorial

The Alexandria Fire Department will be on hiatus for two days as they prepare to honor the memory of Joshua Weissman, the firefighter who was fatally injured last Wednesday. Roads will be closed for the memorial.

Alexandria Waterfront Zoning Put On Hold

The Fat Lady has yet to sing for the Alexandria waterfront plan, as the proposal has been put on hold, at least for the time being.

Dulles Tolls Could Triple By 2018

In order to cover budget shortfalls for the Metro extension to Dulles airport, the MWA is considering hikes along the Dulles Toll Road over the next six years.

Census: D.C. Area Third In Use Of Mass Transit

The Washington D.C. area ranks third in the nation in terms of the percentage of commuters who turn to mass transit -- behind only New York and San Francisco.

Man Arrested For 1992 Jefferson Memorial Murder

Police have made an arrest in a murder at the Jefferson Memorial that occurred more than 20 years ago, charging the suspect after he was arrested in South Carolina.