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Friday, May 11, 2012

Meet Arena Stage's 'Youth Wrangler'

Alexandria Wood serves as the shepherd, wrangler and cheerleader to child actors at D.C.'s Arena Stage.

Kaya Henderson: Big Plans For D.C. Public Schools

DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson talks about her ambitious plans to get more District kids to come to school and graduate.

Kenilworth Seeks A Place For Kids To Play

A piece of land in Northeast D.C. once served as the city dump before a recreation center was built on the site. That rec center has since been torn down, and residents say neighborhood kids are badly in need of a place to play and hang out.

Being Gay And Republican In The Nation's Capital

With the headlines full of national debate over same-sex marriage, what is it like to be gay and Republican right now, especially in a Democratic-leaning city such as Washington, D.C.?

From A To B: Families Try To Bring Back Walking, Biking To School

A generation ago, many American kids walked or biked to work. Now, some families are trying to revive that tradition.

Northern Virginia Father Writes His Way To Hope

We meet two Virginia kids coping with a rare genetic condition, and hear how their dad is honoring them, and coping with his grief over their diagnosis with a new young adult novel.

This Week On Metro Connection: Youth

We explore what may be the most fleeting -- and consequential -- phase of life: youth.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

National Archives And Big Broadcast Talk About Impact Of Radio In The '40s

Ed Walker, host of the Big Broadcast, will present a program that discusses life in the 40s and how radio impacted and enriched those lives.

National Cathedral Unveils Rosa Parks Statue

The Washington National Cathedral is unveiling a new granite statue in honor of civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

Police Arrest Davis In Petworth Tourist Murder

The same man arrested for an alleged assault of a young woman with a hammer has been charged with first-degree murder in another case in Petworth.

Webb Proposes Bill For Congressional Approval On Military Conflicts

Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) has introduced legislation to limit the executive branch's ability to get into military conflicts without congressional approval.

Sen. Jim Webb has introduced a bill requiring Congressional approval on U.S. involvement in military conflicts.

D.C.'s Fashion Designers Find A Home At Cultural Couture

The D.C. Fashion Foundation is hoping to provide more opportunities for local fashion designers through a new fashion business incubation program that launched this week. 

O'Malley To Legislators: Stick To The Budget In Special Session

Gov. Martin O'Malley is warning the General Assembly not to tackle the issue of a casino in Prince George's County during next week's special session. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Montgomery County Offers Summer Program Guide

As Summer approaches, Montgomery County has opened registration for their slate of recreation programs for all ages.

MPD Chief Cathy Lanier Renews Contract

D.C.'s top cop Cathy Lanier signed a new five-year deal with the city, keeping her current salary of $253,000, despite criticism from the district's police union.