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Friday, November 11, 2011

Washington, D.C.: The Most Heavily Defended City In The World

Historian Paul Dickson explains why Washington, D.C. was once a city surrounded by nearly 70 forts.

[Music: "Wide Open Road" by The Triffids from Wide Open Road]

This Week On Metro Connection: In The Trenches

We go "in the trenches," with stories about people engaged in battles or struggles of all kinds.

[Music: "Every Little Bit Hurts" by John Davis from Title Tracks]

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Regulators Limit Menhaden Fishing

Fishing regulators are restricting the harvest of the menhaden to try to rebuild its population in the Chesapeake Bay.

Fair Housing Forum Heads To Silver Spring

Montgomery County is aiming to address the issue of fair housing for people with disabilities in a forum later today in Silver Spring.

Washington Monument Repairs Planned For Next Week

Engineers will be back rappelling down the Washington Monument next week for repair work. The monument sustained cracks in this summer's 5.8-magnitude earthquake.

Veterans Share Stories At Alexandria School

Alexandria students got the chance to say "thanks" to veterans in person Nov. 9 during "Take a Veteran to School" day.

Eastern Shore County Told To Return Liquor To Alabama

Worcester County liquor board officials have been ordered to return a large shipment of liquor that may have been purchased by the body without the proper permits.

Nationals Catcher Kidnapped In Venezuela

Washington Nationals starting catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped late Wednesday in Venezuela. Fortunately, recent reports indicate that he is alive.

Second Part Of ICC Opens Nov. 22

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The second portion of the ICC, which connects Georgia Ave. with I-95, will open later this month, cutting the travel time for many commuters by a significant margin.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wife Pleads For Maryland Contractor In Cuban Prison

The wife of a Maryland contractor in a Cuban jail on accusations of espionage is asking for the public's help putting pressure on the government to press for his release.

Schapiro: GOP Control Not A Rubber Stamp For Gov. McDonnell

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Richard Schapiro, political columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, says that things might not go smoothly for Governor Bob McDonnell, even if Republicans officially win a majority in the state senate.

Ward 2 Challenger Drops Out, Citing Intimidation

Fiona Greig, who was poised to challenge Jack Evans for the Ward 2 D.C. Council seat, has dropped out of the race, saying she was the victim of intimidation tactics.

Maryland Sen. Currie May Still Face Sanctions

Maryland state senator Ulysses Currie was acquitted of bribery charges on Tuesday, but he may still face sanctions for not disclosing his consulting relationship with Shoppers Food Warehouse.

On-Time Study: Two D.C. Airports Ranked In Top 10

A survey by Travel and Leisure puts Reagan National and Dulles airports in the top 10 nationwide for on-time flights.

Amtrak's D.C. To Boston Line Won't Be Privatized

A proposed plan  by the U.S. House Transportation Committee to privatize the D.C. to Boston Amtrak line has been tabled for the time being.