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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Virginia's 'Blonde Bandit' Gets 11 Years

The so-called "Blonde Bandit," responsible for a slate of bank robberies around the D.C. area, will be charged in court.

Mosquitoes In D.C. Test Positive For West Nile Virus

While West Nile Virus cases are up nationwide, and mosquitoes in D.C.  have tested postive for the virus,  no human cases have been confirmed in the area.

Gov. McDonnell Touts Virginia's Slowed Tuition Hikes

Tuition increases in Virginia will be able 4.6 percent for the commonwealth's public universities, a far cry from the double-digit tuition increases in the last decade.

DCPS Cheating Limited To One School, Inspector General Says

The inspector general for D.C. Public Schools has determined a standardized test cheating scandal reported earlier this year by USA Today was limited to one school and one teacher and does not warrant a district-wide probe.

Police Seek X-ray Film Thieves In Virginia Beach

Thieves are more frequently targeting hospitals in order to sell their x-ray film, police officials say. The silver the film contains can be valuable for resale. 

ACLU, Facebook Argue A 'Like' Is Protected Speech

Government employees who were fired after they clicked "Like" on their boss's political opponent's Facebook page are appealing a decision from earlier this year that determined a Facebook "Like" is not constitutionally protected speech.

Virginia Hot Lanes Debate: Are They Just A Temporary Fix?

New express lanes projects on the Capital Beltway and I-95 in Northern Virginia aim to reduce congestion for commuters, but some transportation experts say they'll only provide temporary relief. 

Friday, August 10, 2012

This Week On Metro Connection: Looking Back

We're turning back the clock and casting a glance in the rear view mirror as we look back on the personal and cultural history of Washington and Washingtonians.

Evolution And Paths Cut Short

Environment reporter Sabri Ben-Achour heads to the National Zoo to find out why 99.99% of everything that has ever lived has been wiped off the evolutionary map.

From A to B: Construction Crews Preserve Georgetown, One Stone At A Time

We dig in to Georgetown's past as construction crews replace the stones and trolley lines in the neighborhood's historic O and P streets NW.

The Location: From Hell's Bottom To Murder Bay To Bloodfield

In the years following the Civil War, the District was so lawless that the city was full of unsavory-sounding neighborhoods, such as Hell's Bottom and Murder Bay.

Family Preserves A Treasured Tradition: 'Wild Man Night'

We find out how one family keeps alive a long-standing tradition known as "Wild Man Night."

Washingtonian Remembers A Capitol Hill Long Gone

Rebecca Sheir chats with 93-year-old writer Mary Z. Gray, who recently published a book about the Capitol Hill of her childhood.

Remembering A Man Who Broke Boundaries Between Earth, Sky

Al Welsh was born in Russia in 1881, before anyone had figured out how to fly an airplane. But he went on to become one of the world's first pilots.

A Family Guards An Open Secret

Open Secret filmmaker Steve Lickteig talks with Rebecca Sheir about his discovery that his oldest sister was actually his biological mother - a secret his family had kept from him for 18 years.