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Friday, October 12, 2012

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

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.

Zoo Vet: Panda Cub Died Of Liver Problem

The 6-day-old panda cub that was born at the National Zoo last month died from a problem with its liver, National Zoo officials say.

D.C. Region Spends Millions On Political Campaigns

The Washington, D.C. region tops the list for highest political campaign spending.

Howard Brooks Sentenced To Two Years Probation

A former campaign aide to D.C.'s mayor was sentenced Wednesday for his involvement in a 2010 campaign scandal; Howard Brooks will be on probation for two years, thanks to his cooperation with prosecutors. 

Arlington Board Candidates Debate Merits Of Columbia Pike Streetcar

The Columbia Pike streetcar has been the most discussed issue in the campaign for Arlington County Board  — and the $250 million project doesn't have many staunch supporters among this year's candidates.

Fight On Police Union Referendum Heats Up In Montgomery County

Montgomery County residents will vote on several county-specific ballot questions in November, including one that would change the way the police chief negotiates with the police union. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sequestration Cuts Could Affect Area Infrastructure Spending

There is a lot at stake in the D.C. region if sequestration cuts go through next year, not least of which is funding for transportation projects and repairs.

D.C. Council Questions Officials Over Security Lapses In Tax Office

the wilson building

Members of the D.C. Council grilled internal affairs officials Wednesday about the lingering security lapses in the District's Office of Tax and Revenue.

Actress Daphne Reid Broke Barriers Before Her Big Break

Actress Daphne Reid, better known as Will Smith's Aunt Viv from The Fresh Prince In Bel Air, was first a racial pioneer as Northwestern University's first African-American homecoming queen.