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Friday, June 22, 2012

Why We Love Music: A Harmonica-Playing Elephant Explains

An elephant at the National Zoo has been moonlighting as a musician, thanks to her surprising harmonica skills.

Washingtonian Parents By Day, Rock 'n' Rollers By Night

A few years ago, several groups of D.C. Public School parents formed bands. These days, they're still rocking, and say making music helps them escape the stresses of everyday life.

A Strategist Balances Partisan Politics And Artistic Anarchy

Peter Loge lives a life of contrasts, dividing his time between political consulting and making abstract art.

A Moonlighting Matchmaker Juggles Multiple Roles

Mirah Horowitz is a matchmaker. In her day job, she matches high-level executives with top employers. In her weekend gig, she matches rescue dogs with adoptive and foster families.

The Week On Metro Connection: Moonlighting

This show is for the "moonlighters" among us: Washingtonians who split their time between full-time jobs and part-time passions.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Students At GMU Summer Camp Get Sick, 14 Hospitalized

Dozens of students attending a camp at George Mason University were sickened early this morning; 14 of them have been hospitalized. Health department officials say it represents a likely viral outbreak.

Some UVA Board Members Seek Teresa Sullivan's Reinstatement

The University of Virginia community remains in limbo as officials try to move on, and some board members try to orchestrate former President Teresa Sullivan's reinstatement.

Capital Ice Cools The District

An ice company in the District is expecting a busy day, as temperatures are expected to reach 100 degrees.

Virginia Couple Receives Voter Registration Form For Dead Dog

A couple from Bedford, Va. were shocked last week when a voter registration form addressed to their deceased dog, Mozart, was mailed to their house. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

No Special Session On Prince George's Casino This Year

A workgroup could not come to a consensus on the prospect of a casino in Prince George's County, which means an expected second special session in Maryland will not come to fruition.

D.C. Sees Decrease In New HIV Cases

The District saw a decrease in the number of new cases of HIV, which officials attribute to needle-exchange and condom distribution programs.

MWAA On Silver Line: Loudoun Must Stick To Deadline

The CEO of the MWAA rejected Loudoun County's request for an extension on the July 4 deadline to decide whether to opt out of Phase 2 of the Silver line.

Virginia Ruling Upholds Transparency For Voter Records

A voter advocacy group won a key Virginia court case which promises to have national implications for the transparency of state voting records.

UMD Students Break Record Flying Man-Powered Helicopter

Aerospace students at the University of Maryland broke the unofficial world record Wednesday for flight in a man-powered helicopter, staying airborne for more than 30 seconds.