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Friday, October 26, 2012

The Location: Is Historic Heurich House Actually Haunted?

We visit the Heurich House, D.C.'s so-called "Brewmaster's Castle," to hear the many ghost stories swirling around the home, and find out whether these chilling tales are actually true.

Storycorps: Family Juggles Deployment, New Baby

In the final of our series from Storycorps, we meet a couple juggling the birth of a new baby with the husband's deployment to Afghanistan.

Haunted Annapolis: Ghosts Of The Capital City

We stroll through historic Annapolis with the authors of "Haunted Annapolis: Ghosts of the Capital City," and hear tales of ghosts who reportedly haunt many of the city's buildings, including the State House.

Actors Gear Up To Give A Good Scare At Markoff's Haunted Forests

We visit Markoff's Haunted Forests, one of the D.C. area's most popular haunted attractions, where each year hundreds of actors don stage blood and hide in the woods to scare as many as 6,000 visitors per night.

Man Confronts Childhood Obsession With Ghosts In New Memoir

Eric Nuzum spent much of his younger years convinced he was haunted by the ghost of a little girl. As an adult, he confronted his obsession by visiting some of the nation's most haunted places, and writes about it in his new memoir, "Giving Up The Ghost."

Hume Homeowners Hear Things Go Bump In The Night

Two families who've lived in a log cabin in Hume, Va. say they've experienced more than a few strange — and perhaps otherworldly — events in their home.

This Week On Metro Connection: Haunted D.C.

From things that go bump in the night to actors whose job is to scare us out of our wits, we'll bring you tales of "Haunted D.C." this week.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Maryland Organization Educates Immigrants About Voter Fraud

A group known for its effort to deport undocumented immigrants in Maryland says it has launched an outreach campaign to teach immigrants about voter fraud.

Poll: Some Voters Find D.C.'s Closed Primary System Unfair

The District of Columbia has a long history of closed primaries, but many D.C. voters surveyed for a recent poll said they don't believe that's the fairest way to select local leaders.

Absentee Ballots In Maryland Counties Missing Pages

Maryland State Board of Elections officials are urging absentee voters in Prince George's and Montgomery counties to check their ballots.

Rep. Moran's Son Resigns From Campaign After Secret Video Release

Pat Moran, the son of 11-term Congressman Jim Moran (D-Va.), has resigned from his father's campaign after the release of a video showing Pat Moran discussing potential voter fraud with a supposed supporter.

Despite Polls, Same-Sex Marriage Opponents In Maryland Not Backing Away

The same-sex marriage referendum in Maryland is looking favorable in polls, but opponents expect voters to swing the other direction in the privacy of the voting booth.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

New 'PhilanthroPub' Makes Going Out More Socially Responsible

The District is full of charities and non-profits, so residents are no strangers to philanthropy, but one new pub in Northwest D.C. is making it easier to give while enjoying a night out.

Lawmakers, Environmentalists: No Studies, No Fracking

Hydraulic fracturing hasn't gone further than the discussion phase in Maryland, and Democratic lawmakers and environmentalists are adamant it stay that way until further studies into the practice are performed.

Romney Closing Gap On Obama In Virginia, According To Poll

Governor Romney is gaining on President Obama in Virginia — one of this year's most important swing states — according to a new poll by Old Dominion University.