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Thursday, October 4, 2012

League Of Women Voters Recalls Suffrage Fight In Virginia

The League of Women Voters in Virginia hosted a lecture about the early fight for women's suffrage as part of an effort to get out the female vote this week.

Pennsylvania Ave. Makes List Of 'Endangered Landscapes'

The District's Pennsylvania Avenue could use a facelift, says one national foundation, or the historic thoroughfare risks further disrepair. 

Enviro Groups Sue EPA Over Pollution Trading In Bay Plan

Two environmental groups are suing the Environmental Protection Agency over the Chesapeake Bay restoration plan, saying that the inclusion of "pollution trading" could have a detrimental effect on the bay. 

Microsoft Among Firms Picked For Development At St. Elizabeth's

Microsoft and two other firms are among those that have been chosen to potentially open technology centers at the old St. Elizabeth's Hospital property in Ward 8.

Gas Prices Expected To Stay High Through Election

Gas prices are expected to remain high for the foreseeable future, despite the fact that a general election has historically caused fuel costs to drop.

Montgomery County Public Power Support Growing

A growing number of people are seeking to create a publicly owned power utility for Montgomery County, but getting state approval may be tough.

MWAA Board Member Calls LaHood 'Heavy-Handed'

One member of the local airports board is haranguing U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood for his failure to find federal funding for the Silver Line project.  

Friday, October 5, 2012

StoryCorps: Washington Women Share Story Of Coming Out, Co-Parenting

This week we kick off a month of interviews from the Storycorps booth in Arlington, Va. In our first edition, we hear from Tanya Renne and her partner Cindy Morgan-Jaffe about life, love and the world-changing power of having twins.

'Founding Gardeners' Sheds Light On Plant Diplomacy

We talk with Founding Gardeners author Andrea Wulf about the surprising role plants played in America's early diplomacy.

'The Diplomats' Pursue Rock-And-Roll Outreach

We'll meet members of "The Diplomats," a rock and blues band formed last year by a staffer at the Hungarian Embassy.

Former Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee Reflects On Past Leadership

One year after her departure from the helm of DCPS, Michelle Rhee is reflecting on her controversial leadership of the city schools.

Washingtonians Strive For Diplomacy In Personal Politics

With political discord seemingly at an all-time high, some Washingtonians are trying to forge a different path in political disagreements with friends and family.

Foreign Governments Seek Square Footage, Symbolism In Embassies

We visit several of the 180 embassies packed into the District, and consider the symbolism of our city's foreign missions.

U.S. Diplomats Grapple With Risks, Rewards Of Jobs Overseas

Last month's attacks on the U.S. embassy in Libya — and subsequent protests throughout the Middle East — brought home the dangers of working as a diplomat. We'll get an inside look at the life of a diplomat by speaking with foreign service officers past and present.

The Week On Metro Connection: Diplomacy

In light of recent events overseas, this week we'll focus on D.C.'s global side with a show about "Diplomacy." We'll talk with foreign service officers about the challenges of modern diplomacy, and hear the unusual tales behind some of our city's ambassadorial digs.