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Friday, July 18, 2014

The 'Delta Collection': Sneaking A Peek At The Library Of Congress' Erotica Stash

The Library of Congress holds a vast collection of reference materials and books — including plenty of erotica and pornography.

Dinner Party Movement Offers Grieving Washingtonians A Gathering Place

A new movement is inviting people across the D.C. region to eat, drink and talk about the loss of loved ones.

White House Butler Dishes on Serving in Nation's Most Famous Home

Frederick, Md. resident Alan Devalerio had a ringside seat to history as a White House butler fror Presidents Carter and Reagan.

Beating The Odds: Coping With The Loss Of An Incarcerated Parent

In part four of our Beating the Odds series, we'll hear from a teenager about the dark period her family experienced after her father went to prison.

House Concerts Bring Live Music To A D.C. Living Room Near You

If you want to see the next big thing in D.C. music, the nearest venue may be the living room next door.

Out of the Vault and Into the Light: Precious Shakespeare Works to Tour U.S.

On the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, copies of his First Folio will exit the Folger Shakespeare Library vault and tour the nation.

This Week On Metro Connection: Behind Closed Doors

We'll bring you stories of the secret and surreptitious, from underground vaults to off-the-record dinner parties to what happens behind the scenes at the White House.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Metroway Promises Smooth Ride From Crystal City To Braddock Road

Next month Northern Virginia will see the first traffic lanes dedicated to bus lanes when the Metroway opens between Crystal City and Braddock Road.

Effort To Block Marijuana Law Won't Survive Senate, Norton Says

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton expects D.C.'s marijuana decriminalization bill to survive, once it moves from the House to the more friendly waters of the U.S. Senate.

Following Collision, Pedestrian Safety Measures Added To Maryland Avenue

A librarian was struck last month in an intersection along Maryland Avenue in Northeast D.C., prompting DDOT to respond with a number of temporary fixes aimed at pedestrian safety.

Former Maryland SSA Employee Sentenced To More Than A Year For Taking Bribes

Maryland resident Christopher Payton was sentenced to a year and a half in prison for taking more than $50,000 in bribes as part of his job at the Social Security Administration.

Maryland Democrats Talk Unity After Electoral Slugging Match

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown handily won the state's Democratic gubernatorial primary, but only after tough campaign that involved lots of name-calling — something the party tried to put aside at a unity breakfast.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

O'Malley And White House Trade Barbs Over Immigration

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is fighting back against criticism from the White House that his position on the deportation of immigrant children is hypocritical.

House Approves Republican Measure To Gut D.C.'s Gun Laws

The House of Representatives approved an amendment to a spending bill this afternoon that would largely gut the District's restrictive gun laws.

Orlando Airport Screeners Get Primer On D.C. Licenses

A reporter heading back to the District from Orlando this past weekend faced problems using his D.C. license as a form of identification — prompting the airport to have give screeners a primer.

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