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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Washington National Opera Names Permanent Artistic Director

Francesca Zambello has just been named the permanent Artistic Director at the Washington National Opera, effective in 2013.

Archives To Display 'Fifth Page' Of Constitution For First Time

The oft-forgotten "fifth page" of the U.S. Constitution will be on display at the National Archives this weekend for the first time ever.

Lost Orders That Stymied Confederate Invasion Of Maryland On Display

A century and a half ago, a single misplaced document detailing Confederate battle plans helped the Union army repel a Southern incursion into Maryland.

Maryland PSC Looks To Dominion As Storm Response Model

The Maryland Public Service Commission is reviewing the response of state utilities to June's strong derecho storm, and is looking to Dominion Power as a model for preventative measures and appropriate staffing levels.

Neil Armstrong Remembered At National Cathedral

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, was remembered in a memorial service with thousands in attendance at the Washington National Cathedral.

Former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty On Chicago Teachers' Strike: 'Kudos to Rahm'

Former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty sees a lot of parallels between Chicago's current fight with the city's teachers' union and the changes he tried to implement in D.C. during his time as mayor, and he's supporting the Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Door To Door: Morningside, Md. And Eastland Gardens, D.C.

This week, we visit Morningside, Md., and Eastland Gardens in Northeast D.C.

D.C.'s Last Full-Service Music Store Helps Customers Make Beautiful Music

Myrna Sislen is celebrating her tenth year as owner of Middle C Music, the District's only full-service music store.

Pinup Panini Navigates The Challenges Of D.C.'s Food Truck Business

Aspiring food truck entrepreneurs in D.C. have a lot of ropes to learn, from renting a commercial kitchen, to finding parking, to wading through a sea of city regulations. Rebecca Sheir speaks with first-time food-trucker Cori Bryant, who hopes to launch her "Pinup Panini" truck in October.

D.C.'s Ward 7 Prepares For New Growth, New Residents

In the second of our stories on the relationship between development and transit in the District, we explore how Ward 7 — an area chock-full of public transportation options and affordable housing — is finally starting to see the growth already experienced by other D.C. neighborhoods.

'Tourists' Till the Land, Learn Farming from The Ground Up

Aspiring farmers are increasingly taking a tourist's approach to learn the trade: living on local farms and immersing themselves in a world that was previously foreign to them.

Goodbye Dodgeball, Hello Wii Pilates: DCPS Revamps Phys. Ed.

In the District, public schools are changing the way they teach physical education, with a new emphasis on having kids compete against their own individualized fitness goals.

Admissions Officers Demystify The Private School Application Process

Many parents know the anxiety of trying to get their children into one of our region's prestigious private schools. But what does that process look like from inside an admissions office? We find out.

Howard University Opens New Chapter With 'Academic Renewal'

Howard University is in the midst of a sweeping overhaul of its academic programs and departments, as it seeks to become a top research university, while continuing to educate under-served communities.

This Week On Metro Connection: Learning

As students across the region head back to school, we bring you a show about different kinds of learning, from educational to organic to entrepreneurial.