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Thursday, August 16, 2012

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.

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.

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.