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Friday, November 23, 2012

Remembering A Man Who Broke Boundaries Between Earth, Sky

Al Welsh was born in Russia in 1881, before anyone had figured out how to fly an airplane. But he went on to become one of the world's first pilots.

Moonlighting As A Musician... When You're An Animal

An elephant at the National Zoo is moonlighting as a musician these days. Does her harmonica-playing equate to music?

D.C. Theater World Pays Homage To Benefactor Jaylee Mead

We'll revisit our profile of Jaylee Mead, a top contributor to the D.C. theater scene, who died in September at the age of 83.

This Week On Metro Connection: Profiles

We'll look back at some of our favorite interviewees of 2012: from a "living legend" of the D.C. jazz scene to one of the world's first pilots.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Turkeys En Route To White House For Presidential Pardon

Two turkeys are taking the trip of their lives — from Rockingham County to the Rose Garden this week, where they are to be pardoned from appearing on someone's dinner table, a Thanksgiving tradition.

Maryland To Leave ACC For Big Ten

The University of Maryland's athletics program is leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference, choosing instead to join the Big Ten conference.

Analysis: Capitol Hill Mood Remains Optimistic, Gang Of Eight Stands Back

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest on the fiscal cliff.

Gas Prices Remain Low For Thanksgiving Week

Many people are planning to drive for the Thanksgiving holiday this week, and the good news for them is that gas prices are continuing to drop.

D.C. Budget Autonomy Advocates Hope For Action During Lame Duck

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is hoping that budget autonomy for the District can make it onto Congress' lame-duck session agenda, but as yet there has been no indication from party leaders about whether that will happen.

D.C.'s Wilson High Loses Turkey Bowl Berth

Wilson High School has been kicked out of the annual "Turkey Bowl" Thanksgiving Day football game due to one of its players being deemed ineligible. 

Delaney Gets A Head Start On The Hill

Maryland Representative-elect John Delaney is on Capitol Hill learning the ins and outs of being a lawmaker, and he's finding that he already has some friends in Congress.

Beltway Express Lanes Get A Bumpy Start

Drivers are still adjusting to the new Express Lanes on the Capital Beltway, which led to several crashes over the weekend and at least one this morning on their first full weekday of use. 

Art Beat With Jacob Fenston, Nov. 19

A centennial and a sesquicentennial: Woody Guthrie onstage, and American art and the Civil War.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

New Controversial Ads Displayed At Metro Stations

Several Metro stations are displaying a new set of controversial advertisements.

Manassas Daily 'News & Messenger' Shuts Down

Manassas, Va. is about to lose its daily newspaper that's been in publication for more than 140 years.