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Friday, March 9, 2012

Signature Theatre Presents World-Premiere Play Within A Play

Brother Russia, a new play at Signature Theater, is really a play within a play.

Scientists Scramble to Understand A Mystery Virus

A mysterious virus is killing amphibians and reptiles in a forest in Montgomery County, Md.

A Baltimore School Battles To Keep Kids in School

In the latest in our American Graduate series, we visit a Baltimore school that's defying the odds and keeping kids in school.

From A To B: Political Games Continue Over Dulles Rail

A dispute over unionized labor on the Dulles Metro Rail project could end with higher fees for drivers who use the Dulles Toll Road.

Hoops Sagrado Scores High With Local Youth

In Adams Morgan, a tight-knit group of basketball players support one another -- and mentor the next generation.

Jumping Inside The Art of Video Games

The Smithsonian is gearing up for a brand new exhibit exploring video games as art.

This Week On Metro Connection: Playing Games

In honor of the cabin fever that seems to sweep through the region this time of year, we'll be "Playing Games" this week.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Woman Dies In Possible Street Racing Collision

A Montgomery County woman was pronounced dead after a fatal car accident that police believe may have been caused by street racers.

White Powder Found At D.C. Restaurant And School

D.C. police officers responded to reports of suspicious white powder found at an Italian restaurant in northwest, and at an elementary school in southwest.

PHOTOS: Diplomas Now At Browne Education Campus

Middle school students at Browne Education Campus work daily with mentors through the Diplomas Now program. Diplomas Now aims to provide a "second shift" of adults that helps to keep kids on track to graduate.

Scaling Up Solutions To The Dropout Problem

Many programs to help lower dropout rates have proven effective on their first go-around; the problem, according researchers, is expanding those programs to a multitude of schools. With Diplomas Now, a team of educators, volunteers, and social workers are hoping to scale up one of these concepts, and three D.C. public schools are some of the test cases.

Fairfax Invites Public Input On Silver Line

Metro is asking Virginia Metro riders for input in the massive Silver Line project during an online discussion set for Friday at 11 a.m.

Prince George's County Students Celebrate Breakfast

The school breakfast program in Prince George's County serves 44,000 students, and over half of those students are from economically disadvantaged families.

D.C. Officer Allegedly Solicits Transgender Prostitute

An off-duty D.C. police officer allegedly solicited a transgender prostitute last summer, before becoming enraged and firing gunshots through a car window.

Solar Storm Could Knock Out Communications, GPS Today

A geomagnetic storm resulting from Tuesday's solar flares could affect some communications systems and power grids today.

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