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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Lawmakers, Librarians Take Renewed Look At Renovating D.C.'s Central Library

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in D.C.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is badly in need of renovation, but during a roundtable Thursday, lawmakers and librarians were relieved to hear that it could be fixed at all.

Sobhani Wants In On Maryland Senate Debates

Independent Maryland Senate candidate Rob Sobhani

Independent Rob Sobhani is polling close to a Republican counterpart in the race for Maryland's Senate seat, which he believes justifies his inclusion in a debate.

Alexandria Elementary School Appealing Accreditation Decision

The Jefferson-Houston Elementary School in Alexandria, Va., was denied accreditation by the state Department of Education, pending a hearing by the Board of Education next month.

Alexandria Seeks Input On Park Plans

The city of Alexandria is soliciting input from its residents how best to manage parks in ways that are relevant to their needs.

Rider Input Sought On Next 30 Years Of Metro

Where should Metro focus its priorities as the region expands over the next several decades? The transit organization is asking riders exactly that.

Friday, September 28, 2012

The Story Of The Ethiopian Diaspora, In Cake


The Ethiopian community in Northern Virginia is changing as they adapt many of the old traditions — including a taste for sumptuous Italian desserts — to their new home.

Washingtonians Divulge Tales Of Falling In Love

We talk with local couples about the moment they felt the first stirrings of love for their significant other.

D.C. Dives: Tune Inn Thrives After Nearly Devastating Fire

In this month's D.C. Dives, Jerad Walker visits Capitol Hill's legendary Tune Inn, a bar that was almost lost to a fire in 2011.

The Location: A Carriage House With A Dramatic Past Gets a New Lease On Life

In our monthly segment on the hidden history of D.C.'s people and places, we visit an old carriage house in Blagden Alley to hear about its dramatic past and how it's being renovated.


We pass the microphone to you and read from your letters — from comments about private school admissions to enthusiasm over a type of tourist farming known as WWOOFing.

Metal Cylinder Holding Weight Of The World Mysteriously Changes

The world depends on one chunk of metal for measuring the mass of everything on earth. We check out a copy of that official kilogram in Gaithersburg, and explore why the cylinder's mass is mysteriously changing.

Why The Loudoun County Drug Court Collapsed

We'll talk with the former coordinator of Loudoun County's drug court, which was eliminated by county supervisors earlier this year.

Reporters Keep Tabs On Homicides Even As Murder Rates Drop

These journalists in D.C. and Baltimore are dedicated to making sure no homicide goes unnoticed — even as murder rates in both cities decline.

D.C. Buyers Scramble For Homes In A Seller's Market

The fall real-estate market in the District is heating up as buyers compete for a limited supply of homes for sale.

This Week On Metro Connection: Falling

We'll mark the start of autumn with a show about "Falling" — from falling supplies of homes for sale, to falling head over heels in love.