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Friday, January 13, 2012

District Schools Seek to Leave Behind 'No Child Left Behind' Law

The District is joining approximately 40 states in applying for a waiver to the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Southeast D.C. Residents Protest A Planned Shelter

Residents in Anacostia are protesting plans to build a new shelter in their neighborhood because they feel it could compromise efforts to revitalize the area.

From A to B: New 11th Street Bridge Will Connect Downtown D.C. and Anacostia

The District is in the midst of its first major bridge repair in 40 years. The reconstruction of the 11th Street Bridge is nearing completion, and could change life for the city's Southeast quadrant.

D.C. Cracks Down On Prostitution

D.C. has adopted some of the toughest anti-prostitution laws in the country, but advocates for the District's sex workers say these laws only push prostitutes into the shadows, and leave many out in the cold.

NASA Builds An Extra Chilly Successor To Hubble

In NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center's "clean room," scientists are working on a revolutionary space telescope that will capture images of the first galaxies, with help from some very frigid temperatures.

This Week On Metro Connection: Out In The Cold

The mercury may be all over the map, but this week Metro Connection is all about being "Out in the Cold."

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Three Shot Near Schools In SE D.C.

Three people were shot this morning near elementary schools in Southeast D.C.

A Tense First Day In Session For Virginia Senate

The Virginia Senate's power-sharing problem came to a head almost immediately after the body went into session this week.

Police Seeking Suspect In Bethesda, Wheaton Home Invasions

Montgomery County Police are looking for a suspect in two home invasion type attacks in Bethesda and Wheaton this week. 

Professor Reflects On Shaikh Fawaz And Arab Uprisings

A political science professor uses his personal ties to reflect on the Arab Spring uprisings that began in Bahrain a year ago.

ANC Commissioner Charged With Stealing $28K

Another elected official form D.C.'s Ward 5 -- this time an advisory neighborhood commissioner -- is facing federal charges for stealing public money. 

In State Of The Commonwealth, McDonnell Touts Bipartisanship

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell in his State of the Commonwealth address urged state legislators to take a spirit of bipartisanship into their legislative session, which began this week.

New Hampshire Legislator Makes Case For D.C. Statehood

D.C. officials are pulling for a bill in the New Hampshire state legislature that would support statehood for the District. 

Rock Creek Park Deer Could Be Boon For Food Banks

An effort to cull the deer population in Rock Creek Park could turn out to be a boon for area food pantries, if a plan is approved by the park service.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Ivey Drops Primary Challenge To Rep. Donna Edwards

Citing problems raising money and awareness in the D.C. Metro media market, former prosecutor Glenn Ivey has dropped his bid to challenge Donna Edwards for the Democratic nod in Maryland's 4th district.