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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Virginia Democrats Break Ranks On Tax Cuts

Virginia Sen. Jim Webb has crossed party lines to say he opposes President Obama's plan to let the Bush-era tax cuts expire for those making over $250,000, stirring the pot in the commonwealth.

Special Election For Englin's Seat Scheduled For Sept. 4

Some in Northern Virginia were surprised to hear that the governor wants to hold a special election to replace Del. David Englin September 4, just two months before the general election.

At Vietnam Vets Memorial, Green Grass Aplenty

Some of the best-manicured grass in the region can be found around the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall — thanks to dedicated volunteers and generous private donors.

D.C.'s Traditional Public Schools Show Achievement Gains

Standardized test scores were up almost across the board in D.C.'s traditional public schools this year, according to the latest results. Students in charter schools did not fare quite as well, however.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Door To Door: Forest Hills, D.C. And Cheverly, Md.

This week, we visit Cheverly, Md. and Forest Hills in Northwest D.C.

Bookend: Novelist H.G. Carrillo On His Love Of D.C.

In our monthly series on D.C.'s literary scene, novelist H.G. Carrillo talks about why he loves to live and work in the nation's capital.

Eating In The Embassy: Sampling The Cuisine Of Chile

In the first installment of our new series about embassy chefs and foreign foods, we visit the Chilean Embassy with Eater D.C.'s Amy McKeever.

'First Ladies' Of The Goodman League Show Team Spirit

We hit the basketball court to find out how the Goodman League is bringing together the residents of D.C.'s Barry Farm neighborhood.

Growing Up, Not Giving Up: Young People Confront Challenges Of HIV

In the second part of our series on children with HIV, we look at some of the physical, psychological and emotional challenges for young people living with the disease.

From A To B: Virginians Debate How To Handle Traffic At Manassas Battlefield

As Civil War re-enactors prepare for the 150th anniversary of the Second Battle of Manassas, smart growth advocates are fighting a proposal to build a four-lane highway that would run along the western edge of the battlefield property.

Congregations Open Doors To Neighbors Of Differing Faiths

People of different faiths are increasingly sharing worship space as rents rise and congregations shrink.

Struggling Monks Partner With Farming Neighbors To Stay On Solid Ground

Rebecca Sheir continues her series on Virginia's Holy Cross Abbey, a 62-year-old Trappist monastery whose future hangs in the balance. This time, we explore the monks' new farming partnership with their neighbors across the Blue Ridge Mountains.

This Week On Metro Connection: Friends And Neighbors

We bring you a bevy of stories about the roles our neighbors play in our lives — whether it's across the back fence, in the church pew, or on the basketball court.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

National Zoo Shows Off 'Animaletes'

The Smithsonian National Zoo is hosting the "National Zoo Games" for several of the park's creatures to coincide with the opening of the summer Olympic Games in London tomorrow.

Amtrak Unveils $7B Vision To Revamp Union Station

An overhaul is in the works for D.C.'s bustling Union Station. Amtrak unveiled a $7 billion plan to modernize the station's platforms and retail areas, but were not forthcoming with specifics on how they would fund the project.