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Friday, October 19, 2012

Growing Number Of D.C. Kids Turn To Skateboarding

Longtime skateboarders say their sport is exploding in popularity and leaping across racial boundaries in the District.

MWAA Board Member Resigns, Sounds Off On Agency Controversies

In his first interview since announcing his resignation, former Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board member Dennis Martire discusses the controversies surrounding the agency.

Soldiers Begin Anew After Devastating Injuries

Soldiers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center's amputee center are learning how to move, dress themselves and, in some cases, return to the battlefield — even after losing limbs.

Road Tripper Treks To Presidential Resting Places

We tag along with a man on a journey to visit and blog about every presidential grave site, including the four located in the D.C. region.

Seeing Eye To Eye: Examining How Deaf People Move Through The World

We head to H Street NE with Gallaudet researcher Robert Sirvage, who's been using head-mounted GoPro cameras to discover the ways deaf people move through and interact with the world.

This Week On Metro Connection: On The Move

We'll bring you a show all about people "On the Move" — from a road-tripper visiting the graves of dead presidents to soldiers learning to move after devastating injuries.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Baltimore Resident To File Class Action Lawsuit Over Water Bills

A Baltimore resident — who also ran against city mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake last year — is planning to file a class action lawsuit on behalf of water customers who were overcharged by the city's water authority.

Earthquake Drill Scheduled For D.C., Maryland, Virginia

Millions of people across the country, including those in the D.C. area, will be taking part in an earthquake drill at 10:18 a.m. today.

Virginia Approves New Regulations For Pregnant Prisoners

The Board of Corrections in Virginia has approved regulations on the use of restraints for pregnant jail inmates.

D.C. To Target Senior Citizens With HIV/AIDS Program

D.C. is allocating at least $150,000 for a two-year program to educate more older adults and senior citizens about HIV and AIDS. 

Group Warns Maryland's Online Voter Registration Could Lead To Fraud

A group called Save our Votes in Maryland is arguing that the state's new online voter registration system is "hacker friendly" and prone to fraud.

Montgomery County Installs Healthy Food Vending Machines

Montgomery County officials are taking on small step to try to get county employees to eat healthier: new healthy option vending machines in all county buildings. 

Kaine, Allen At Odds On How To Avoid Fiscal Cliff

What to do about looming across-the-board budget cuts and a swath of tax cuts set to expire in January has been the main hot topic on the campaign trail for Senate candidates Tim Kaine and George Allen.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Go Fish: Numbers Of Young Striped Bass Plummet In Bay

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Striped bass, better known in the Chesapeake Bay area as rockfish, have had a bad year, as scientists say the lower-than-normal levels of rainfall have hurt their population levels.

Feds Phase Out Prince William's Illegal Immigration Program

Prince William County officials are upset that a controversial policy allowing local police to investigate the immigration status of people they arrest will not be continued, as ICE withdraws funding.