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Friday, December 16, 2011

Door To Door: LeDroit Park & The West End, D.C.

It's our weekly trip around the region. This week we visit the Northwest D.C. neighborhoods of LeDroit Park and the West End.

Forty Years Of Washington Music: The Seldom Scene

A local bluegrass band is credited with transforming an entire genre of music in the Washington, D.C. area.

On The Coast: Working To Survive The Winter Months

Life at the beach sounds like a great idea, but many residents on the coast struggle to survive the lean winter months when tourists are gone.

A Floating Community Fights To Keep Traditions Alive

With new development looming on the horizon, houseboat residents on D.C.'s Southwest Waterfront are trying to keep traditions alive.

Rediscovering 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.

This Week On Metro Connection: Traditions

It's our annual Traditions show, where we pay homage to Washington rituals of all kinds.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Prince George's County Delegate Gets Second Indictment

A grandy jury in Maryland has handed down an indictment to Prince George's County delegate Tiffany Alston for theft and misconduct of office -- her second indictment.

McDonnell Seeks More Funding For Higher Ed

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is proposing more funding for higher education in a move he's hoping will reduce tuition increases for the near future. 

Walter Reed To Offer New Art Therapy Program To Vets

The Walter Reed Military Medical Center will begin offering a creative writing program as treatment for returning veterans.

Farmer Strives To Stay On School Land

After a long fight, a Montgomery County county farmer wins the right to at least one more growing season on land he leases from the county.

Site Raises $100,000 For Slain Virginia Tech Officer's Family

Two Virginia Tech students, one of them from Lorton, Va., have raised more than $100,000 for the family of Derieck Crouse, the Tech police officer that was shot and killed in the line of duty last week. 

Winter Is Coming: D.C. Upgrades Snow-Fighting Fleet

It's been a mild winter  in D.C. so far, but Mayor Gray wanted to show that the District was ready, showing off its new fleet of plows on Wednesday.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Virginia Board Rejects Anti-Discrimination Language For Adoptions

Language that would have prevented adoption agencies from discriminating against couples based on sexual orientation, disability, national origin and political beliefs was rejected Wednesday.

Maryland Senator Moves To Criminalize Voter Suppression

In response to the recent conviction of former Maryland governor Bob Ehrlick's campaign manager, Ben Cardin (D-Md.) is responding with legislation to criminalize voter suppression in all its forms.

D.C. EMS, Armed Forces Practice Terror Response

The goal of the exercise is to improve the cooperation and communication between local emergency responders and the specialized military unit.