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Thursday, April 26, 2012

John Thompson Jr. Dismisses Racist Reactions To Joel Ward Goal

Many were staggered by the racist responses to the game-winning goal scored by the Capitals' Joel Ward Wednesday night. John Thompson Jr., the first African-American coach to win the NCAA men's championship, spoke to Kojo Nnamdi, dismissing such comments.

National Cathedral Gargoyle Tours Resume

For the first time since last August's 5.8-magnitude earthquake rattled the stonework at the Washington National Cathedral, people will be able to tour the building's famous gargoyles.

D.C. Area Fails In Air Quality Report

The D.C. Metro area received a failing grade for air quality, according to the American Lung Association's "State of the Air" report.

Senate, House Pass Bills Limiting Federal Conference Spending

Both the Senate and the House passed bills this week that would crack down on extravagant conferences thrown by federal agencies, after lawmakers throughout Congress have decried an $800,000 conference sponsored by the General Services Administration.

Senate To Vote On D.C. Special Elections Bill

A bill that would give the District more flexibility in scheduling special elections is heading to the Senate.

Human Error May Have Caused Metro Train Derailment

A train derailment on the Blue and Orange Lines Tuesday evening, which caused major delays during the evening commute, may have been caused by human error, reports the Washington Post.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Community Renews Commitment To Nearly Forgotten Island

Washingtonians are using bluegrass to bring attention to Kingman Island, a nearly-forgotten park in the middle of the Anacostia River.

D.C. Gigs: The Bonsai Curator

In this month's edition of D.C. Gigs, we meet the man tasked with caring for the extensive bonsai tree collection at the National Arboretum.

A Father-Son Acting Team Commit To The Stage

Dr. Ross Fletcher and his son, Jim, are a rarity in the theater world: a father-son acting team committed to their work in the marathon off-Broadway show, GATZ.

Going Inside The World Of 'Crossfit'

We go inside the District's latest exercise craze to see whether it's just another fad, or the holy grail of fitness.

From A To B: New Potomac River Bridge Talks Continue

There's renewed talk of the need for another bridge across the Potomac River, but history suggests those talks rarely bear fruit.

Negro League Player Remembers A Life With America's Favorite Pastime

We meet a former Negro League baseball player with a lifelong commitment to America's Favorite Pastime.

Snakehead Appears On Local Bride's Menu

Would you like the chicken, the beef...or the snakehead? We find out why one bride has an invasive species on her wedding menu.

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New D.C. Restaurants Nix The Reservations

We find out why so many restaurants seem to be committing to being "fully committed" all the time.

This Week On Metro Connection: Commitment

We pledge ourselves to "Commitment" this week, with stories about what drives our devotion in the Washington region.