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Thursday, August 30, 2012

New Roadblocks For Petition To Ban Corporate Campaign Contributions In D.C.

Organizers behind the petition to ban corporate donations in D.C. elections say that confusion as to why several thousand signatures were thrown out by the election board lingers.

Huguely Sentenced To 23 Years For Murder

Former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely V was sentenced to 23 years late Thursday afternoon for the murder of his ex-girlfriend and fellow UVA student Yeardley Love.

Nerdfighters Work For Good In D.C. Area

The D.C. area Nerdfighters are creating "awesomeness in the world" by raising money to support various causes around the world.

Virginia Republicans Brace For Their Own Convention Next Year

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling renewed their verbal sparring, each suggesting that next May's convention format favors his candidacy for governor.

Maryland Reports $230M Tax Surplus

Maryland's comptroller reports that the state has generated a $230 million surplus for the fiscal year ending in July, but urges that it be used to help cover an expected budget shortfall next year.

View From The Convention Floor: Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling talks about his party's Romney-Ryan ticket, the endless political ads bombarding residents of his state, and his upcoming campaign for the governor's seat. 

Friday, August 31, 2012

Door To Door: Cherrydale, Va. And Michigan Park, D.C.

This week, we visit D.C.'s Michigan Park and Cherrydale, Va.

From A To B: Prince George's County Cracks Down On Illegal Drag Racing

Four years after a deadly drag-racing crash, we check in to see how Prince George's County has been slowing down aggressive drivers.

Jumping Inside The Art Of Video Games

The Smithsonian is hosting an exhibit exploring video games as art.

A Piano Prodigy Re-Learns A Long-Honed Skill

Ruth Antine began piano lessons when she was 7 years old, and 92 years later, she has hardly missed a day at the keys.

A Virginia Family Works To Retain A Nearly-Forgotten Language

A Northern Virginia man and his family are trying to preserve the Native American language, Myaamia, decades after its presumed disappearance.

Rediscovering A Sacred Site On The Potomac: The Piscataway Hub Of Moyaone

Piscataway Park in Accokeek, Md. is sacred land to local Native Americans, but few Washingtonians know the significance of this symbolic spot on the Potomac River.

Local Scientists Take Stock Of An Amphibious Species On The Brink

We hear about a local researcher's potential breakthrough in the global scramble to save endangered frogs.

Library Of Congress Preserves A Treasure Trove... Underground

A former Cold War bunker houses the Library of Congress Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center: The world's largest collection of films, TV programs and sound recordings.

This Week On Metro Connection: Then And Now

From Piscataway Park to Panama, we'll head across our region and beyond as we bring you a show all about the passage of time.