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Thursday, December 11, 2014

House Passes Spending Bill, D.C. Marijuana Legalization Still In Question

The House on Thursday approved a government spending bill that includes a provision blocking a marijuana legalization initiative in D.C., though questions remain as to the initiative's fate.

Charles Severance Objects To His Own Lawyer At Court Hearing

The man accused in three high-profile murders in Alexandria appeared in court today, and created a stir when he objected to and talked over his defense attorney.

With Agreement On Financing, D.C. United Stadium One Step Closer To Reality

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Council Chairman Phil Mendelson have reached an agreement on funding for the D.C. United stadium, removing one of the last hurdles that may have tripped up the $300 million deal.

Dulles Rated The Third Most Frustrating Airport In The Country

With the winter holiday close at hand, Dulles International has been singled out as the most frustrating airport in the D.C. area for travelers.

Hoyas Wear 'I Can't Breathe' T-Shirts Before Game Against Kansas

Georgetown University men's basketball team joined the ranks of athletes speaking out in the wake of multiple killings of unarmed black men on Wednesday night, appearing before a game against Kansas wearing t-shirts with the phrase "I can't breathe."

Sexual Assault Reported In Dorm At American University

Public safety officers at American University are asking anyone with information to come forward after reports that a student was sexually assaulted in her residence hall early Wednesday morning.

Body Cameras Coming For Montgomery County Police

With the controversy surrounding the role of police in the deaths of African-American men across the country, Montgomery County officials say body cameras are on the way.

Friday, December 12, 2014

How The Washington Ballet Keeps Those Sugarplums Fresh, Year After Year

After ten years of sugar-plum fairies and toy soldiers, we find out how the Washington Ballet keeps its D.C.-specific production of The Nutcracker fresh.

Demand For Dual-Language Programs In D.C. Public Schools Skyrockets

Imagine learning chemistry in English and Chinese. More students are doing just that at D.C.'s growing number of language-immersion schools.

Local Piano Manufacturer Keeps Family Musical Traditions Alive

The nation's first African American piano manufacturer has received national and international acclaim for a skill that he picked up from his family.

This Week On Metro Connection: Traditions

As we celebrate this Most Wonderful Time of the Year, it's our annual look at customs and rituals across the D.C. region, from Jewish ritual baths to Senatorial soup.

After Rabbi's Arrest, Local Women 'Take Back The Mikvah'

Local women are reclaiming the Jewish ritual bath, or mikvah, several months after a rabbi was arrested for allegedly filming women taking part in the ancient tradition.

Local Viol Fans Stay Loyal, No Strings Attached

The New York Times may have called the viol a "failed invention," but local devotees of the 15th-century instrument beg to differ.

Steeped In Tradition: The Story Of The Senate's Signature Soup

One of the long-time practices of the “World’s Greatest Deliberative Body” has nothing to do with bills and laws; it's all about beans, ham hocks and onions.

D.C. Area Mothers, Midwives Tout Effects Of Consuming Placenta

Despite skepticism from the medical community, the D.C. region is seeing an increase in placentophagy — that is, the practice of eating the placenta after a mother gives birth.

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