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Friday, June 8, 2012

An Arts Leader Lifts the Baton One Last Time

More than 45 years after founding the Washington Choral Arts Society, Norman Scribner is preparing for his final performance on June 13.

From Tim To Sarah: AU Student Body President Unveils Big News

For most of this past academic year, students at American University knew their student body president as Tim McBride. But by the time McBride's term was done, "Tim" had become "Sarah." We hear the story of how McBride came out as transgender to family and friends.

Scientists Scramble To Protect The Ocean's Coral Reefs

Scientists at Baltimore's National Aquarium and across the country are worried about the future of coral reefs, which provide a critical home to all sorts of marine species.

From A To B: Is the Silver Line In Peril?

We get an update on one of the largest public works projects in the country: Metro's Silver Line rail to Dulles and beyond.

DDOT: Adams Morgan Streetscape Project Will Be Done By Month's End

As the 18th Street reconstruction nears completion in Adams Morgan, Rebecca Sheir checks in with some major players in a project that wound up pitting business owners against the city.

This Week on Metro Connection: Wild Cards

This week we bring you a "Wild Cards" show, in which we cast aside our usual thematic approach and bring you stories that are all over the map.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Kwame Brown Faces New Charge For Campaign Finance Violation

Embattled former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown is also facing a misdemeanor charge related to his 2008 campaign, according to court documents filed this morning. 

Analysis: Kwame Brown's Resignation Leaves 'Leadership Vacuum'

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown resigns after bank fraud charge; now what? WAMU 88.5's Patrick Madden talks about the latest in D.C. government scandals.

Redskins Move Preseason Training To Richmond

Loudoun County officials are reacting to news that the Washington Redskins will be moving their preseason training.

Dulles Rail: Virginia's In, Now What About Loudoun County?

The State of Virginia is reaffirming its commitment to Dulles Rail funding after airports authority officials removed a controversial pro-labor union provision from the project. 

Republicans Propose Offsetting Student Loans With Pension Contributions

D.C.-area Democrats are skewering a plan from House Republicans to balance low student loan interest with increased pension contributions from federal government worker. 

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown Resigns In Wake Of Bank Fraud Charge

A few hours after being charged with bank fraud, D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown quietly tendered his resignation last night. He's due in court for a plea hearing Friday. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Delays Begin Soon For Baltimore Harbor Tunnel

The Baltimore Harbor Tunnel may not be the best bet for your vacation routes this summer, as construction through August promises to snag unwary travelers.

Fairfax Officials Favor Widening Route 1 In Place

After calls to widen Route 1 in Fairfax County to accomodate traffic from Fort Belvoir, delegates in the county are now backing a plan to widen in place, rather than route the road around historic property.

Exxon Mobil Leaving Fairfax For Houston

By 2014, energy giant Exxon Mobil will be moving their Fairfax campus to a new facility in Houston, Tex., moving more than 2,000 jobs out of the county.