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Friday, August 3, 2012

Expert Gardeners Work To Make Plants Thrive In Summer Heat

The pros at the U.S. Botanic Garden take us inside their efforts to keep plants resilient in this summer's blistering heat.

Teaching And Testing: DCPS Tackles HIV

We look at the challenges of educating young people about HIV, and how D.C. public schools have dramatically changed how they teach sex education.

Federal Workers Feel The Heat Amid Smaller Government Debate

Federal workers are feeling increasingly frustrated as the nation debates how to create a smaller, more efficient federal government.

From A To B: Virginia Gears Up For New Beltway HOT Lanes

Virginia is nearing completion on a $2 billion HOT lanes project on the Beltway. Supporters say this public-private partnership is a win for commuters and taxpayers, but some people are still skeptical about the project's merits.

UMD Researchers Let it Burn In The Name of Science

Researchers at the University of Maryland are learning more about how fires spread - and how to control the blazes.

Groundbreaking NASA Mission Studies Space Weather

We head to NASA Goddard to learn more about space weather, solar cycles and an upcoming launch to study radiation belts near Earth.

This Week On Metro Connection: Feeling The Heat

From scientists studying fire to lifeguards working in the blistering sun, we meet people who are "feeling the heat" around Washington, D.C.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

FAA, NTSB Investigate After Near-Collision Over National Airport

There was a close call involving three airborne planes near Reagan National Airport Wednesday, and federal officials are now investigating what happened. 

Camp Runway Lets D.C. Teens Show Off Their Designs

Some teens learned design and sewing skills at Camp Runway as part of the District's summer jobs program. 

Virginia Democrats Hold Hasty Caucus For Englin's Seat

Democrats in Northern Virginia are throwing together a caucus this week to select a candidate to run for the vacant seat of former Del. David Englin.

Capital Bikeshare Going To College

Gallaudet University will be the first school in D.C. to get its own Capital Bikeshare station, when its opened on Thursday.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Maryland Man Who Threatened Workplace Charged With Misdemeanor

The Crofton, Md. man who threatened to shoot up his workplace will only draw a misdemeanor penalty for telephone misuse, according to authorities, because threats do not as yet constitute a felony.

Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day Stokes Marriage Controversy

Crowds of people were dining on chicken and waffle fries today for "Chick-fil-A Appreciate Day," as some consumers sought to voice their support for comments made by the company's CEO about traditional marriage.

Part 4: Morale Of Federal Workers Fluctuates As Cuts Loom

Federal employees have expressed frustration at the prospect of doing their jobs on diminished budgets, but workers are not uniformly opposed to looming federal cuts, and some even welcome the debate.

Fairfax County Approves Streetcar Line Along Columbia Pike Corridor

A week after Arlington approved the project, Fairfax county approves the streetcar line that will extend between the two counties in a 7 to 2 vote.