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Friday, October 12, 2012

Brown, Grosso Spar During At-Large Council Debate

Independent candidates for the at-large seat on the D.C. Council got personal during a debate that aired on News Channel 8's News Talk show Thursday.

In Damascus, Residents Will Decide Whether To Stay 'Dry'

Will dry Damascus be dry no more? That question will be decided by voters in November when residents of the town vote on a referendum on alcohol sales.

Storycorps: Couple Shares Tale Of Life With Bipolar Disorder

We continue our monthlong series of stories from the Storycorps booth in Arlington, Va. This time, we hear from a local woman who shares her story of living with bipolar disorder, and gets an unexpected surprise from her boyfriend during the interview.

Residents, Archaeologists Dig Into History Of 'The Hill'

Archaeologists from the University of Maryland are helping to peel back the layers of time in an Easton, Md. neighborhood called The Hill. The neighborhood was once a thriving community of free African Americans during an era of widespread slavery on the Eastern Shore.

Studio's Lab Series Tests New Plays On A Budget

D.C.'s Studio Theatre has found a way to test out brand new plays in front of an audience, without risk of breaking the bank. The "Lab Series" operates outside Studio's subscription season, and offers scaled-down productions of world-premiere plays at only $20 a ticket.

Door To Door: Mount Pleasant, D.C. And Forest Estates, Md.

This week, we visit Mount Pleasant in Northwest D.C., and Forest Estates, in Silver Spring, Maryland.

'MicroGreens' Teaches Youth To Cook Healthy On A Budget

Chef Alli Sosna's new program, "MicroGreens," teaches D.C. sixth graders how to cook healthy food on a food stamp budget.

Georgetown Doc Works Toward Personalized Cancer Care

Researchers at Georgetown are working toward treating cancer patients' cells, before trying treatments on the patients themselves.

Virginia Seeks Evidence To Right Wrongful Convictions

Virginia is sorting through the evidence from thousands of criminal cases from the 1970s and '80s. Legal observers say the review's outcome could shed light on the true number of people sent to prison for crimes they didn't commit.

Local Farmers, Environmentalists Square Off In Court

Local chicken farmers and environmentalists head to court this week in a battle that could affect agriculture across the nation.

This Week On Metro Connection: Trial And Error

From the courtroom to the science lab to the kitchen, we'll engage in some "Trial and Error," all across the Washington area.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Nats Win In Dramatic Fashion, Forcing Decisive Game 5

In an exhilarating finish, Nationals outfield Jayson Werth belted a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth to force a Game 5 against the Cardinals on Friday night.

Debate Chat: 2012 Vice Presidential Debate

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The first and only 2012 Vice Presidential Debate takes off Thursday night from Danville, Ky. Join NPR bloggers and political editors tonight for a live chat beginning at 8 p.m.

Analysis: Maryland Rep. Van Hollen Was Biden's Budget Expert

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Solidly Democrat, Maryland doesn't have the sway of swing states in an election year. As reporter Matt Bush explains, however, Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen was Vice President Biden's go-to debate prep partner.

Nationals Hope To Rally In Game 4

The Nationals will try to stage a comeback in Game 4 of the National League Division Series after a brutal 8-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals yesterday at home.