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Friday, July 20, 2012

Developers Seek to Put the 'Wonder' Back in the Wonder Bread Factory

The iconic Wonder Bread factory in D.C.'s Shaw neighborhood is getting a new lease on life after being empty for more than a decade.

D.C.-Area Theater Community Rallies To 'Take Care of Our Own'

The D.C. theater community is coming together to create "Taking Care of Our Own": a fund that will provide assistance to theater artists in crisis.

HIV And Children: The Burden Of Silence

In the first part of a three-part series on local children with HIV, two young people talk about their experiences coping with their diagnoses.

A Drive-In Does Battle With Its Neighbor

We visit a Baltimore County drive-in whose owner has been locked in a long-running dispute with neighboring Royal Farms.

Virginia Trappist Monks Grapple With Uncertain Future

In the first of a two-part series, Rebecca Sheir takes us to Virginia's Holy Cross Abbey, where Trappist monks are grappling with how to survive in the 21st century.

The Week On Metro Connection: Survival

From Trappist monks to drive-in movie owners to young Washingtonians with HIV, we'll meet people fighting to survive and thrive.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Virginians Say Obama's Policies Are A Mixed Bag

Virginia is considered a key swing state in November's Presidential election, and according to a recent poll, residents of the commonwealth like some of the President's policies more than others.

Small Business Loan Process Can Be A Bear, Even For Successful Startups

Small businesses seek out help from experts as they seek access to capital. 

MPD Uses Possession Of Condoms As Evidence Of Prostitution

A human rights watchdog group is taking the D.C. police department to task for using possession of multiple condoms as evidence of prostitution. 

O'Malley Meets With Baltimore Lawmakers On Gambling

Proponents of a casino at National Harbor in Prince George's County — including Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley — are trying to convince lawmakers from other parts of the state that it won't negatively affect other casinos.

After Bus Fire, RideOn Buses Running On Holiday Schedule

RideOn buses in Montgomery County are running more slowly this week after a bus fire Wednesday forced the removal of 26 of those buses from service.

Virginia Democrats Boycott Meeting With McDonnell

A routine meeting of the Virginia congressional delegation devolved into a partisan spat between Democrats and Gov. Bob McDonnell this week. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Metro Identifies Glitch That Led To Systemwide Shutdown

Officials with Metro say they have finally identified the cause of the systemwide shutdown of the Metro system last weekend — a fault computer module was what brought the system to a halt.

Local Businesses Boxed Out Of Prime Real Estate

Local businesses in D.C. face many challenges, but one of the biggest is finding and securing prime downtown real estate — which many landlords effectively hold off-limits to all but large national chains.

Gray Supporters Rally, Call For Fairness

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has come under fire in recent weeks for the shadow campaign conducted on his behalf in 2010,  but supporters turned out on Wednesday to protest the heightened level of scrutiny.