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Thursday, August 16, 2012

D.C. To Crack Down On Outdoor Fitness Classes In Public Parks

Most outdoor yoga classes in District parks violate D.C. laws prohibiting commercial activity in public places. Lawmakers are looking at ways to use those classes to generate revenue for the city.

Credit Unions Lure New Customers With Free Gas

Credit unions across the country, including one in College Park, spread the word about their low checking fees by first luring new customers in with free gas.

Maryland Leaders Split Over Road Signs For Cyclists

Maryland counties and the State Highway Administration have different ideas on to get drivers and bicyclists to share the roads peacefully.

Maryland Volunteer Oyster Program Expands

As part of a program to increase oyster populations in the area, seven Maryland waterways have been accepted as applicants.

Second West Nile Case Reported In Maryland

A 70-year-old man in Maryland has been diagnosed with the second West Nile Case in the D.C. area.

Task Force Formed To Explore Burying D.C. Power Lines

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is forming a task force to explore the possibility of burying power lines in the District in response to the outages from the derecho storm earlier this summer.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Door To Door: Hillbrook, D.C. And Elkridge, Md.

It's our weekly trip around the region. This week, we visit Hillbrook in Northeast D.C., and Elkridge in Howard County, Md.

From A To B: Can Bikeshare Work in the 'Burbs?

The suburban community of Columbia, Md. is weighing whether a bike sharing program will work in the heart of suburbia.

Scientists Fear Marsh's Disappearance

Scientists say a marsh that's home to a flourishing array of wildlife may soon disappear without fast action.

Commuters Trade Time In Transit for A Taste Of Rural Life

We visit the far fringes of suburbia to look at the tradeoffs people make when they work in a big city but want to live in a small town.

Greenbelt Ponders a Suburban Experiment, 75 Years On

As Greenbelt, Md. celebrates its 75th anniversary, we explore how this experiment in suburban living is faring in the new millennium.

D.C. Gigs: Helping Those On The Fringe In A Wealthy Suburb

In this month's D.C. Gigs, we visit a homeless shelter in one of the richest locales in the country.

Indian Immigrants Embrace Suburban Life In Loudoun County

Indian immigrants are flocking to Loudoun County, and transforming a once-rural corner of our region in to a booming, diverse suburb.

Military Might and the Spread of Suburbia

Since the Civil War, the U.S. military's growth and the expansion of the D.C. suburbs have gone hand-in-hand.

The Week On Metro Connection: Suburbia

From Loudoun to Frederick to the West Virginia panhandle, we're all about Suburbia on this week's show.

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