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Friday, August 17, 2012

Visiting Washington's Original "Streetcar Suburbs"

The communities that cropped up on D.C.'s outskirts during the late 1800s were "streetcar suburbs" - their growth driven by the horse-drawn trolleys that brought commuters to and fro every day, and Mount Pleasant was among the first of these neighborhoods.

Friday, January 20, 2012

This Week On Metro Connection: Suburbia

From Loudoun to Frederick to the West Virginia panhandle, we're all about Suburbia on this week's show.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Washington Monument Gets $7.5M Donation For Repairs

A billionaire philanthropist has stepped in with a $7.5 million donation to help repair the earthquake damage to the Washington Monument.

Fire At Federal Judge's House Believed Intentional

The house fire at the residence of a federal judge last month is believed to be intentionally set.

D.C. Job Training Doesn't Always Lead To Jobs

A tiny fraction of D.C. residents trained for commercial driver's licenses last year were actually hired as drivers; meanwhile, the outside training firms raked in city funding for the training programs. 

Commission Proposed To Assess Virginia Uranium Mining

The debate on whether to mine for uranium in Virginia continues, with leaders in the southern part of the state proposing an independent commission  to review the issue.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Prison Time Sought For Maryland Mercury Polluter

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Maryland's attorney general is going after a man accused of mishandling dangerous amounts of mercury, charging him with 10 felony counts.

Franconia Parents On Lookout For Suspicious Man

A suspicious man who has allegedly approached a young student in the Franconia area has prompted parents and school officials to emphasize "stranger danger."

Local Lawmakers React To SOPA Blackout Protest

Several big websites are blacked out Wednesday in protest of the controversial and far-reaching Stop Online Piracy Act, prompting some local lawmakers to reconsider their support for the bill.

O'Malley's Budget Means Smaller Refunds For Some

The new budget proposal outlined by Maryland's governor would shift some of the burden of teacher pensions to counties, while also cutting refunds to as many as 20 percent of state residents.

GovExec: Obama's Proposed Reorganization Of Federal Agencies

President Obama is asking Congress for the authority to reorganize six federal agencies -- if granted the approval, as many as 2,000 federal jobs could be eliminated.

Cuccinelli Reaches Settlement With Fraudulent Fundraiser

A settlement has been reached with a company that solicited funds for a fraudulent group making campaign donations to the candidacy of Virginia's attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli.

Veteran Job Fair Expo Underway In D.C.

There are as many as 6,000 public and private sector jobs on offer today for veterans and active-duty service members at the Veterans Career Fair Expo at the D.C. Convention Center.

Fairfax Starts Domestic Violence Support Group For Children

Children who have been the victims of domestic violence in Fairfax County have a new avenue, thanks to a support group that will start up next month.

Police Investigating White House Smoke Bomb Incident

The Secret Service are still looking for a person that allegedly threw a smoke bomb over the fence of the White House during a protest Tuesday.