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Friday, October 5, 2012

Foreign Governments Seek Square Footage, Symbolism In Embassies

We visit several of the 180 embassies packed into the District, and consider the symbolism of our city's foreign missions.

U.S. Diplomats Grapple With Risks, Rewards Of Jobs Overseas

Last month's attacks on the U.S. embassy in Libya — and subsequent protests throughout the Middle East — brought home the dangers of working as a diplomat. We'll get an inside look at the life of a diplomat by speaking with foreign service officers past and present.

The Week On Metro Connection: Diplomacy

In light of recent events overseas, this week we'll focus on D.C.'s global side with a show about "Diplomacy." We'll talk with foreign service officers about the challenges of modern diplomacy, and hear the unusual tales behind some of our city's ambassadorial digs.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Enviro Groups Sue EPA Over Pollution Trading In Bay Plan

Two environmental groups are suing the Environmental Protection Agency over the Chesapeake Bay restoration plan, saying that the inclusion of "pollution trading" could have a detrimental effect on the bay. 

Microsoft Among Firms Picked For Development At St. Elizabeth's

Microsoft and two other firms are among those that have been chosen to potentially open technology centers at the old St. Elizabeth's Hospital property in Ward 8.

Gas Prices Expected To Stay High Through Election

Gas prices are expected to remain high for the foreseeable future, despite the fact that a general election has historically caused fuel costs to drop.

Montgomery County Public Power Support Growing

A growing number of people are seeking to create a publicly owned power utility for Montgomery County, but getting state approval may be tough.

MWAA Board Member Calls LaHood 'Heavy-Handed'

One member of the local airports board is haranguing U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood for his failure to find federal funding for the Silver Line project.  

In Alexandria, Reviews Of Debate Fall Along Party Lines

Some voters in Alexandria watched the first presidential debate closely last night, weighing how the candidates's performances will ultimately play in Virginia, where the race is extremely close.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Judge May Call D.C. Police Chief To The Stand

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier may be asked to testify in a lawsuit stemming from mass arrests of hundreds of protesters 10 years ago.

Commentary: New Effort For D.C. Budget Autonomy The Right Approach

Walter Smith, executive director of DC Appleseed, says that the D.C. Council's move to establish budget autonomy is a long-overdue move to force Congress' hand on the controversial issue.

At Long Last, Teddy Wins Nationals' Presidents Race

Teddy Roosevelt at the Nats game

Teddy won the vaunted President's Race today in the Nationals' season finale against the Philadelphia Phillies, ending a drought that goes back more than half a decade.

Expansion of MWAA Board Approved By D.C. Council

reagan national airport

A change to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board approved this week will add two Virginia members and one from Maryland and D.C.

Analysis: Virginia Remains A Battleground Going Into Debates

National Journal Hotline's Josh Kraushaah outlines what Virginians will be looking for at the debates and how candidates are doing in the commonwealth. 

Eating Maryland Seafood Could Help Restore The Bay

Maryland's Department For Natural Resources is pushing a promotion next week which advocates eating state seafood to raise funds for oyster recovery in the Chesapeake Bay.