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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Three Firefighters Injured In Temple Hills Fire

Fire officials are advising residents to check test their smoke detectors.

All three are expected to make full recoveries from their burns, but Prince George's county fire department spokesman Mark Brady says the situation could have been avoided if residents in the home had made sure smoke detectors had working batteries.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Kids Delight In Washington's Winter Weather

While many of us find winter weather annoying, kids who woke up to a coating of snow on the ground Wednesday morning were thrilled.

Winter Weather Advisory In Effect For D.C. Region

The entire D.C. area is under a winter weather advisory Wednesday as snow and sleet create sloppy road conditions, especially in Maryland.

New Report Finds Va. Loses Money With Coal Industry Tax Breaks

Tax subsidies for coal companies cost Virginians $22 million annually, found the nonprofit environmental group Appalachian Voices.

Friday, December 28, 2012

'First Ladies' Of The Goodman League Show Team Spirit

We hit the basketball court to find out how the Goodman League is bringing together the residents of D.C.'s Barry Farm neighborhood.

Catfight Continues Over Controlling Feral Felines

We go on an early-morning search for alley cats, and hear about the fierce debate over how to control feral feline populations.

Virginia Seeks Evidence To Right Wrongful Convictions

Virginia is sorting through the evidence from thousands of criminal cases from the 1970s and 80s. Legal observers say the review's outcome could shed light on the true number of people sent to prison for crimes they didn't commit.

Docs, Nurses Stay Alert On Overnight Shift In Children's Cardiac Unit

We go on late-night rounds with the doctors and nurses in the cardiac unit at Children's National Medical Center.

HIV And Children: The Burden Of Silence

Nearly 3 percent of D.C. residents — about 14,000 people — are living with HIV. And among those infected, perhaps none are as vulnerable as children and adolescents.

Struggling Monks Partner With Farming Neighbors To Stay On Solid Ground

Rebecca Sheir continues her series on Virginia's Holy Cross Abbey, a 62-year-old Trappist monastery whose future hangs in the balance. This time, we explore the monks' new farming partnership with their neighbors across the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Virginia Trappist Monks Grapple With Uncertain Future

In the first of a two-part series, Rebecca Sheir takes us to Virginia's Holy Cross Abbey, where Trappist monks are grappling with how to survive in the 21st century.

This Week On Metro Connection: Year In Review

Before we ring in the new year, we'll look back and bring you some of our favorite stories from 2012.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

D.C. Area Hotels Still Available For Inauguration

Snagging a hotel room for Obama's second inauguration won't be as difficult as it was in 2009.

RFK Stadium Set To Sell Military Bowl Tickets

It's a sure sign of the season... the fifth annual Military Bowl is set for later this week. The RFK Stadium box office will be open Wednesday and Thursday for ticket sales.

D.C. Area Prepares For Tree Recycling

Public works departments across the D.C. area are gearing up for tree recycling efforts.