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Friday, August 17, 2012

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.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

McDonnell Touts Virginia's Budget Surplus

Gov. Bob McDonnell is touting a budget surplus of more than $448 million for the last fiscal year.

Volvo Adds Production And Jobs To U.S.

The Volvo manufacturing plant in Hagerstown has recently created 50 new jobs.

Drought Warnings In Effect For Central Virginia

Drought watches are in effect for the Northern Piedmont and Roanoke River drought evaluation regions.

Shooter At FRC Charged, Tied To Local Gay Community

Floyd Lee Corkins II, the man police say shot and wounded a security guard at a conservative Christian lobbying group Wednesday, was charged, and faces up to 30 years in prison.

Facial Transplants Coming To Hopkins

Johns Hopkins Hospital says it will begin performing facial transplants.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Gray Creates Commission To Court Caribbean Culture

The Caribbean Carnival and Festival fled to Baltimore this year after the District called in debt owed by organizers, but now Mayor Gray is establishing a commission to court them back.

MWAA Board Pushes Back Against Criticism

A day after Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and D.C. area leaders panned the MWAA in a letter for its perceived ethical lapses, a member of the board is pushing back.

After 70 Years, Marianne Arden Can Still Tickle The Ivories

Marianne Arden was a torch singer in the 40's and 50's, and at 99 years old, she still loves to delight an audience.