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Friday, June 29, 2012

Bookend: Scoping Out The D.C. Literary Scene With Kim Roberts

In the first edition of our new monthly series, Bookend, we talk with D.C. poet Kim Roberts about what it means to be a writer in the nation's capital.

New Fringe Show Asks: Will You Be My BFF?

We check out BFF, a new Capital Fringe Festival show designed for one audience member at a time.

The Location: American Artist Declares Independence, Creates The Peacock Room

In our latest edition of The Location, Kim Bender shares the tale of James McNeill Whistler's declaration of artistic independence, and the consequences thereof.

Local Residents Remember Summers Gone By

We hear Washingtonians' memories of a time when summer meant long road trips, ice-cold popsicles, and leisurely days spent roaming the neighborhood with friends.

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D.C. Couples Ponder Changing Attitudes Toward Interracial Dating

A new study finds that, as a nation, we are increasingly choosing to marry partners of a race that's different than our own. But here in the District, some daters say there are still major obstacles to meeting a potential partner of a different race.

From A To B: Bike Shop Owners See Big Returns From Capital Bikeshare

When D.C.'s Capital Bikeshare program started last year, bike shop owners worried they would lose business, but those same owners now say Bikeshare has made cycling so popular that they are getting more customers, not fewer.

Maryland School for the Blind Students Prepare for Independence

Students at the Maryland School for the Blind are getting an important taste of independence through the school's new Independent Living Home.

Washingtonians Remember First Tastes of Independence

We hit the streets to talk with Washingtonians about the first time they felt a sense of independence in their own lives.

This Week On Metro Connection: Independence

From feistily independent artists to visually impaired students living on their own, we'll get a jump on Fourth of July celebrations with a show about independence.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Outside Supreme Court, Emotional Reactions To Health Care Decision

Activists on both sides of the debate had emotional reactions after news spread outside the Supreme Court that the court had upheld most parts of the Affordable Care Act. 

Presidential Memorabilia Collector Gets Sentenced For Theft

Presidential memorabilia collector Barry Landau has been sentenced to seven years in prison for stealing documents from the Maryland Historical Society.

How Congressional: Golf Industry Lobbies Lawmakers At AT&T National

Congressional Golf Course felt a lot like Congress on the eve of the AT&T National golf tournament this week as golf executives lobbied lawmakers on behalf of the industry on the sidelines of Wednesday's practice rounds. 

Congress Nearing Compromise On Transportation Bill

Area lawmakers seem convinced they can reach a compromise on a national transportation bill before the current program expires at the end of this week.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Pepco Defends Service, Emphasizes Safety

With the summer storm season upon us, Pepco is emphasizing safety to its many Maryland customers, something the utility has been working to improve on their end.

Last Summer's Legionnaire's Scare Doesn't Shutter Condo

A high-rise condominium in Ocean City, Md. remains open despite claims from two unidentified guests that they contracted Legionnaires disease in the building.