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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Another Candidate Joins D.C. Attorney General Race

The latest candidate is Lateefah Williams, a 37-year-old attorney who once worked as counsel to the state Senate delegation in Prince George's County.

Montgomery County Inspector General Zeroes In On County Credit Cards

The Montgomery County official released his annual report to the county council today, and in it he says he plans to take a closer look at how credit cards are used by county entities.

Drivers Advised To Prepare Now For New 95 Express Lanes

Work is about 80 percent complete on the new lanes in Northern Virginia, and big changes are on tap for drivers.

Metro To Add Longer Buses To Two Busy D.C. Routes

Metrobus riders on two routes traveling along 16th Street and Georgia Avenue NW often complain of overcrowding, and now the transit agency has responded by announcing that it will run longer buses on those routes.

Portion Of U.S. Capitol Closed Due To Asbestos Spill

The House side of the U.S. Capitol building is closed this morning because of an asbestos-related incident.

Portions Of 14th Street Remains Closed In Downtown D.C. Due To Sinkhole

A sinkhole will make the commute into downtown Washington more difficult than usual.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Francis Scott Key: Lawyer, Layman, Tone-Deaf Lyricist?

Francis Scott Key wrote one of our nation's most widely-known tunes, but few Americans know his personal story.

Cove Point Serves as Flashpoint for Maryland Debate Over Fracking

A debate over a liquefied natural gas facility in Calvert County is evolving in to a larger fight over fracking in Maryland.

This Week On Metro Connection: Wild Cards

We're throwing our usual thematic approach to the wind this week and shuffling up a deck of "Wild Cards."

Beating the Odds: Finding Strength in Heartbreaking Loss

Although Donavan Blagmon lost both of his parents unexpectedly, they remain his inspiration as he heads to college this fall.

A Summer Camp for the Video Game Crowd

This D.C. camp is less about s'mores and campfires, and more about software and coding.

Trimper's Rides Takes Vacationers Back to Early Days of Ocean City

A new book tells the story of Trimper's Rides, an Ocean City attraction for more than 100 years.

'Abominable' Explores Relationship Between Bullies and Bullied in American Schools

The Hub Theatre in Fairfax wraps up its sixth season with "Abominable," a world premiere play that explores the line between boy and man, and man and beast.

Door To Door: Holmes Run Acres, Va. And Landgon, D.C.

It's our weekly trip around the region. This time around we'll visit Holmes Run Acres, Va., and Langdon, D.C.

Singer Grace Griffith Pushes Through Parkinson's to Record Final Album

Despite dealing with Parkinson's Disease, this local singer-songwriter was committed to producing one final album.