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Friday, August 3, 2012

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.

Poll: Pepco's Storm Recovery Fell Short

Pepco customers polled by the Washington Post say the company did a poor job of restoring power after the June "derecho" storm, but most of them aren't willing to cover the total cost of burying power lines.  

With New Women's Health Care Provision In Effect, Clinics Free Up Resources

Preventive related services for women are now accessible to the insured without a co-pay, thanks to a major provision under the Affordable Care Act, which frees of funds for area clinics to expand services.

McDonnell Keeps Focus On Education Despite 'No Child' Waiver

Virginia's governor is urging the state's educators to continue to strive for higher student achievement, even though the federal government has granted the state a waiver to No Child Left Behind mandates. 

Olympics Fans Weigh Unplugging From Social Media To Avoid Spoilers

The pervasiveness of social media has made it harder for people to avoid hearing about Olympic games results before they air on television.