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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Transgender Activists Call For Better Treatment From Police

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Crimes against transgender people have lower rates of closure than for the general population, which prompted activists to call for measures to put an end to biased police attitudes.

Study: Virginia School Discipline Too Harsh

Disciplinary procedures in Virginia schools are causing more problems than they solve, particularly for special needs and African-American students, according to a study.

Judge Fines Voting Rights Group

A judge fined a group of six voting rights protestors who demonstrated with Mayor Gray in April $200 each.

Smuckers Recalls Peanut Butter After Salmonella Scare

Smuckers is recalling jars of peanut butter that were distributed to the D.C. area in recent weeks that may be contaminated with salmonella.

Bald Eagle Death Raises Concerns About Lead Poisoning

High lead levels in a bald eagle brought in to the Wildlife Center of Virginia have prompted calls for hunters to make changes to their hunting habits.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Meatless Monday: Moderation At The Dinner Table

Even as meaty holiday meals become the norm this month, there are some who are practicing the 'everything in moderation' mantra by opting to eat less meat.

A Capital Buzzing On Coffee

While some businesses are suffering in this poor economy, there's one business that's booming: the coffee industry. Local coffee shops are thriving, as the demands for java continues to grow.

Audience As Moderator: Inside dog & pony dc's Beertown

Beertown, a new theatrical production, involves both the performers and audience to act as moderators, voting items in and out of the town's time capsule.

Door To Door: Foxhall Village, D.C. And Pimmit Hills, Va.

In this week's trip around the region, we visit Northwest D.C.'s Foxhall Village and Virginia's Pimmit Hills.

Globetrotting Before Graduation: The Expanding World Of Study Abroad

The increasing number of foreign students opting to study in the U.S. is a major economic boost for the Washington region.

Moderating Our Energy Consumption

A Falls Church homeowner has created an energy-efficient house to reduce his environmental footprint and shrink his home heating costs.

'Our Lady' Seeks To Curb Road Rage On 95

A shrine to "Our Lady of the Highways" sits on the side of Interstate 95 in northern Maryland, and it was created by a group of priests who are praying for us all to be safer drivers.

Maintaining A Life When You Work In Law

As a growing number of female attorneys opt out of the intense pace of Washington law firms, there's one woman who's successfully found a middle path between career and family.

Robert's Rules: The Man Who Sought Order From Chaos

A new edition of Robert's Rules of Order, the most widely used manual of parliamentary procedure in the United States, is out, and according to one local tour guide, it has forever changed the way group discussions and meetings are moderated.

This Week On Metro Connection: Moderation

From the workplace to the highway to the dinner table, we look at the struggle to find moderation in a region known for its hard-charging habits.