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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Rock Creek Park Deer Population To Be Culled

From a population of just four half a century ago, the Rock Creek Park deer population has exploded into the hundreds. Park officials have announced plans to thin their numbers.

Fairfax Boy Advances In Spelling Bee Semifinals

A 10-year-old from Fairfax has advanced to National Spelling Bee's semifinals, and will find out tonight if he will be the $30,000 winner.

D.C. Remembers, Honors Music Legend Chuck Brown

Mourners and fans of go-go music legend Chuck Brown gathered at the Washington Convention Center Thursday for a public memorial service honoring the late "Godfather of Go-Go."

Lack Of Congressional Direction May Lead To Recession

The Congressional Budget Office says if lawmakers don't make some clear decisions soon, the U.S. may be headed toward another recession.

After DOJ Ruling, Finding Homes For Arlington's Disabled

Arlington County health officials are preparing to build a number of new group homes for people with intellectual disabilities after a ruling from the Department of Justice is forcing several larger institutions to close. 

Water Main Break Shuts Down Connecticut Ave. At Dupont Circle

A water main break on Connecticut Avenue NW near Dupont Circle is tying up traffic in downtown D.C.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Remembering 'Jim Dandy'

We remember Jim Dandy, a 97-year-old Silver Spring dry cleaner who died after a lifetime of providing Silver Spring customers with clean clothing... and healthy doses of advice.

D.C. Museum Uses Art To Help Alzheimer's Patients

The Kreeger Museum in D.C. pairs dementia patients and their caregivers with middle-school students to enjoy art.

Chronic Absenteeism: Public School's Forgotten Problem?

A new study says more than 7.5 million American students are missing substantial amounts of school each year.

From A to B: Construction Crews Preserve Georgetown, One Stone at a Time

We dig in to Georgetown's past, as construction crews replace the stones and trolley lines in the neighborhood's historic O and P Streets.

A Palisades Man Digs Up Neighborhood's Early History

A Palisades man is recovering his neighborhood's early history - one pottery shard and spear point at a time.

Virtual Architectural Archaeology Brings D.C. Buildings Back to Life

An archaeologist-turned-architectural-historian is bringing old D.C. buildings back to life using computer models.

D.C. Gigs: Bugler Honors the Fallen

In this month's edition of D.C. Gigs, we meet a bugler who plays "Taps" at the funerals of the fallen at Arlington National Cemetery.

After 26 Years, The Normal Heart Finally Beats In D.C.

Twenty-six years after Larry Kramer wrote The Normal Heart to draw attention to the growing HIV/AIDS crisis, his play is getting its first professional production in his native city.

This Week On Metro Connection: Remembering & Forgetting

We focus on "Remembering and Forgetting" this week—from deeply personal stories to the collective memories held by residents of entire neighborhoods.

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