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Thursday, July 19, 2012

D.C. Schools Granted NCLB Waiver

D.C. educators are breathing a little easier today after the Department of Education granted DCPS a two-year waiver on No Child Left Behind.

D.C. Officials Call For Relaxed Height Restriction

One of the things that gives D.C. its unique look is height restrictions that have been in place for more than a century. D.C. officials say relaxing those restrictions could be a boon for long-term growth.

Poll Shows Gray's Numbers Slipping Amidst Scandal

The scandals surrounding Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign have taken their toll on his standing with the D.C. public, as polls show his ratings are down.

Pilot Identified In Ocean City Banner Plane Crash

A banner plane of the kind that are often seen over the sands at the beach in Ocean City, Md. crashed early Thursday, killing the pilot, who has since been identified.

Report Shows Progress In D.C.'s Fight Against HIV

DC Appleseed has issued their seventh annual HIV/AIDS report card for the District, and the group reports progress in a number of key areas.

Virginians Say Obama's Policies Are A Mixed Bag

Virginia is considered a key swing state in November's Presidential election, and according to a recent poll, residents of the commonwealth like some of the President's policies more than others.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Door to Door: Maywood, Va. And Chinatown/Gallery Place, D.C.

This week, we visit Maywood in Arlington, Va., and Chinatown/Gallery Place in Northwest D.C.

Dutch Photographer Captures Somber Tradition At Arlington

The burial horses at Arlington National Cemetery are the focus of a new portrait series at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Local Scientist Finds New Species - Without Leaving D.C.

We meet a local scientist who has discovered new species in the wild, and in collections preserved more than 100 years ago.

Developers Seek to Put the 'Wonder' Back in the Wonder Bread Factory

The iconic Wonder Bread factory in D.C.'s Shaw neighborhood is getting a new lease on life after being empty for more than a decade.

D.C.-Area Theater Community Rallies To 'Take Care of Our Own'

The D.C. theater community is coming together to create "Taking Care of Our Own": a fund that will provide assistance to theater artists in crisis.

HIV And Children: The Burden Of Silence

In the first part of a three-part series on local children with HIV, two young people talk about their experiences coping with their diagnoses.

A Drive-In Does Battle With Its Neighbor

We visit a Baltimore County drive-in whose owner has been locked in a long-running dispute with neighboring Royal Farms.

Virginia Trappist Monks Grapple With Uncertain Future

In the first of a two-part series, Rebecca Sheir takes us to Virginia's Holy Cross Abbey, where Trappist monks are grappling with how to survive in the 21st century.

The Week On Metro Connection: Survival

From Trappist monks to drive-in movie owners to young Washingtonians with HIV, we'll meet people fighting to survive and thrive.