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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Voters Likely To Decide Fate Of Maryland Redistricting

Maryland redistricting is likely to make it onto the ballot in November, as the redrawn Congressional districts have drawn criticism for being overly informed by partisanship.

New Latina Transgender Organization Already Subject To Death Threats

Casa Ruby, a haven for D.C.'s Latina transgender community, is already the object of death threats, despite opening just a few months ago.

O'Malley Sets Up Political Action Committee

Maryland governor Martin O'Malley has thrown down the gauntlet and started a PAC, a move expected to precede a campaign for the Democratic nod for president in 2016.

Part 1: 'It's Complicated': The Federal Government And The D.C. Region

The D.C. area's many ties to the federal government make the local debate about federal spending particularly complicated — but residents in the region are willing to have that deeper discussion. 

Virginia Democrats Break Ranks On Tax Cuts

Virginia Sen. Jim Webb has crossed party lines to say he opposes President Obama's plan to let the Bush-era tax cuts expire for those making over $250,000, stirring the pot in the commonwealth.

Special Election For Englin's Seat Scheduled For Sept. 4

Some in Northern Virginia were surprised to hear that the governor wants to hold a special election to replace Del. David Englin September 4, just two months before the general election.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Door To Door: Forest Hills, D.C. And Cheverly, Md.

This week, we visit Cheverly, Md. and Forest Hills in Northwest D.C.

Bookend: Novelist H.G. Carrillo On His Love Of D.C.

In our monthly series on D.C.'s literary scene, novelist H.G. Carrillo talks about why he loves to live and work in the nation's capital.

Eating In The Embassy: Sampling The Cuisine Of Chile

In the first installment of our new series about embassy chefs and foreign foods, we visit the Chilean Embassy with Eater D.C.'s Amy McKeever.

'First Ladies' Of The Goodman League Show Team Spirit

We hit the basketball court to find out how the Goodman League is bringing together the residents of D.C.'s Barry Farm neighborhood.

Growing Up, Not Giving Up: Young People Confront Challenges Of HIV

In the second part of our series on children with HIV, we look at some of the physical, psychological and emotional challenges for young people living with the disease.

From A To B: Virginians Debate How To Handle Traffic At Manassas Battlefield

As Civil War re-enactors prepare for the 150th anniversary of the Second Battle of Manassas, smart growth advocates are fighting a proposal to build a four-lane highway that would run along the western edge of the battlefield property.

Congregations Open Doors To Neighbors Of Differing Faiths

People of different faiths are increasingly sharing worship space as rents rise and congregations shrink.

Struggling Monks Partner With Farming Neighbors To Stay On Solid Ground

Rebecca Sheir continues her series on Virginia's Holy Cross Abbey, a 62-year-old Trappist monastery whose future hangs in the balance. This time, we explore the monks' new farming partnership with their neighbors across the Blue Ridge Mountains.

This Week On Metro Connection: Friends And Neighbors

We bring you a bevy of stories about the roles our neighbors play in our lives — whether it's across the back fence, in the church pew, or on the basketball court.