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Friday, December 21, 2012

From Addiction To Redemption: Former Lorton Inmate Reflects on Turning Life Around

Twenty-five years ago, Kevin Petty was in prison and addicted to drugs. Today, Petty is drug-free and helping others kick their addictions.

D.C.-Born Opera Star Makes Triumphant Comeback

In 2011, we met opera superstar Marquita Lister, a D.C. native whose career nearly ended after a devastating medical diagnosis. Nearly two years later, we check back in to hear how she's getting her life and career back on track.

This Week On Metro Connection: Follow-Ups

This week we'll circle back to some of the Washingtonians we've met over the past few years, and get updates on their stories — from an opera star to stinkbug scientists to kids struggling with obesity.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

House, Senate Agree On Language For D.C. Flags At Military Services

The ranks of D.C. natives who have served in the military are a step closer to receiving an honor currently denied them: having the D.C. flag flown at their military ceremonies.

Virginia Hasn't Spent $38M In DHS Grants, Audit Finds

Virginia is getting a bad review from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for failing to spend more than $38 million in federal homeland security grand funding it received between 2008 and 2010.

Social Services Center In Arlington To Close

Services for people with mental disabilities and substance abuse problems in Arlington are about to say goodbye to a neighborhood center that has offered services for the last four years.

UDC Fires President Allen Sessoms

After serving for four years, the University of the District of Columbia has fired Allen Sessoms as president.

MWAA Looks At Developing More Land At Dulles Airport

Plans for a new north-south highway in Northern Virginia could make way for an expansion of the freight capacity of Dulles Airport; studies of both projects are now underway.

DC Vote Calls For 'No Taxation' License Plate On Presidential Limo

D.C. voting rights activists are renewing their push to have President Obama add the "No taxation without representation" slogan that represents the District's lack of state's rights to the license plates of the presidential limousine.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Maryland Lawmakers Unveil Proposed Gun Control Measures

In the wake of the devastating shooting in Newtown, Conn., Maryland lawmakers are taking a renewed look at gun control measures in the state, including a proposed ban on assault weapons.

Dramatic Drop In Crime Reported In Prince George's County

Officials in Maryland were pleased to report a dramatic reduction in the crime rate in Prince George's County for 2012 on Wednesday, and pledged to make the reduction sustainable.

Maryland Educators Call For Expanded Free Breakfast Program

Maryland leaders are requesting $1.8 million from the state legislator to provide free breakfasts at an additional 130 public schools.

Michael Brown 'Moving Toward' Running In Special Election

Former D.C. Council member Michael Brown was ousted in November's election, but it appears he may be considering running in the April special election to fill the seat vacated by Phil Mendelson.

D.C., Maryland, Virginia Will All Be Represented In Inaugural Parade

Bands and other groups from around the D.C. region will be represented in the inauguration parade when President Obama is sworn in for a second time next month. 

Army Reviews Hiring Practices After Assaults At Child Care Center

Two employees were arrested in at the Fort Myer Army base in Virginia after assaulting children at a base child care center, which has prompted the Army to review its hiring practices.