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Friday, March 30, 2012

Georgetown Waterfront Bouncing Back From Floods

Flooding on the Georgetown Waterfront last year took out many businesses like Tony and Joe's Seafood Place. While their reconstruction is close to being complete, the uncharacteristically warm winter has almost made up for it.

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A D.C. Couple Shares A Passion For Pennies

A D.C. couple share their passion for an unusual hobby: squishing pennies.

NSO Transforms Math Into Music And Music Into Math

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra explore the sometimes surprising connections between math and music.

Door To Door: Parkfairfax, Va. And Southwest Waterfront

It's our weekly trip around the region. This week, we visit Virginia's Parkfairfax and D.C.'s Southwest Waterfront.

American Graduate: Giving Students A Second Chance

In the final part of our American Graduate series, we visit a "second chance" school designed to help kids who've already dropped out.

On The ICC, Residents, Commuters Mull A Highway's Pros And Cons

The Intercounty Connector in Maryland is a dream for some commuters, and a nightmare for others who live near the near highway.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Truancy Court Program In Montgomery County In Jeopardy

A program in Montgomery County that pairs chronically-truant middle school students with judges from Silver Spring is facing a bit of a crisis as funding from a federal grant runs out this year.

License Plate Readers Raise Privacy Concerns In Maryland

Studies show that as many as one-third of police departments in the country use license plate readers, but in Montgomery County, privacy advocates are trying to push back against the technology.

Fairfax Gang Members Arrested For Prostitution Ring

A group affiliated with the "Crips" gang was arrested in Fairfax County for allegedly running a prostitution ring that exploited and provided drugs to young women, including some who were underage.

Meet The Candidates In the 2012 Ward 8 D.C. Council Race

Mayor-for-life and now Council member Marion Barry has four opponents in the upcoming primary for his Ward 8 council seat.

Meet The Candidates In the 2012 Ward 7 D.C. Council Race

There are five candidates competing for the Ward 7 D.C. Council seat, including incumbent Council member Yvette Alexander.

Meet The Candidates In The 2012 Ward 4 D.C. Council Race

There are five challengers to incumbent Ward 4 Council woman Muriel Bowser in the 2012 primary, set for April 3.

Dulles Expansion Increases International Capacity

Construction has been completed on an expansion to Dulles airport, which will greatly increase its capacity for international arrivals by doubling the total floor space.

Meet The Candidates In the 2012 At-large D.C. Council Race

There are four candidates, including incumbent Vincent Orange, vying for the at-large D.C. Council seat April 3.