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Thursday, March 8, 2012

D.C. Considers Community Solar Power

A new law proposed in the District would make it easier for businesses and organizations to get on the solar-powered bandwagon, even if their particular building leaves something to be desired in the sun department.

JOBS Act Passes With Rare Bipartisan Support

Congress passed the JOBS Act Thursday with bipartisan support -- a rarity in Congress in recent months. Democratic legislators were supportive, but emphasized that the legislation does not go far enough.

DC Vote Targets Rep. Franks Over D.C. Autonomy

The advocacy group DC Vote is fighting back against Arizona Congressman Trent Franks, taking to his home turf to protest his introduction of an abortion bill solely for the women of D.C.

Woman Dies In Possible Street Racing Collision

A Montgomery County woman was pronounced dead after a fatal car accident that police believe may have been caused by street racers.

White Powder Found At D.C. Restaurant And School

D.C. police officers responded to reports of suspicious white powder found at an Italian restaurant in northwest, and at an elementary school in southwest.

PHOTOS: Diplomas Now At Browne Education Campus

Middle school students at Browne Education Campus work daily with mentors through the Diplomas Now program. Diplomas Now aims to provide a "second shift" of adults that helps to keep kids on track to graduate.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Board Game Teaches African Heritage

A Laurel, Md. woman talks about The Africa Memory Game, a board game she created to teach her children about their Cameroonian roots.

Door To Door: Blagden Alley/Naylor Court, D.C. and Rosslyn, Va.

This week, we visit Rosslyn, Va. and the northwest D.C., neighborhood of Blagden Alley/Naylor Court.

Signature Theatre Presents World-Premiere Play Within A Play

Brother Russia, a new play at Signature Theater, is really a play within a play.

Scientists Scramble to Understand A Mystery Virus

A mysterious virus is killing amphibians and reptiles in a forest in Montgomery County, Md.

A Baltimore School Battles To Keep Kids in School

In the latest in our American Graduate series, we visit a Baltimore school that's defying the odds and keeping kids in school.

From A To B: Political Games Continue Over Dulles Rail

A dispute over unionized labor on the Dulles Metro Rail project could end with higher fees for drivers who use the Dulles Toll Road.

Hoops Sagrado Scores High With Local Youth

In Adams Morgan, a tight-knit group of basketball players support one another -- and mentor the next generation.

Jumping Inside The Art of Video Games

The Smithsonian is gearing up for a brand new exhibit exploring video games as art.

This Week On Metro Connection: Playing Games

In honor of the cabin fever that seems to sweep through the region this time of year, we'll be "Playing Games" this week.