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Friday, December 9, 2011

Pursuing Your Vision When You're Losing Your Sight

None of us can see into the future. But most of us envision a future where we can see. D.C. actor Justin Purvis isn't so sure. So he's watching his dreams come true... while he still can.

An Artistic Triumph Over Cushing's Disease: J. Jordan Bruns

After battling with an incurable disease, Glen Echo's resident artist, Jordan Bruns, discovered that the experience affected his art.

This Week On Metro Connection: Health & Wellness

We follow doctor's orders and bring you a show about health and wellness -- from a local man's decision to pursue acting even as he loses his eyesight, to the on-ice action of the D.C. Sled Sharks, a local hockey team for kids with disabilities.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Ehrlich Q&A: Former Gov. Talks ICC, Slots, Multiculturalism As 'Bunk'

Former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich declines to talk about his former aide's conviction for election fraud this week, but he reflects on his time in office and the release of his new book.

Virginia Launches Online Last Wishes

A new registry in Virginia allows individuals to plan for the unexpected.

DCPS Has Nation's Largest Black-White Achievement Gap

The achievement gap between black and white students in DCPS is the largest of any major city in the country, according to the latest national report card.

Storm Leaves Flooding, Power Outages

Snowfall that was in the forecast for last night didn't materialize in the immediate D.C. area, but there are still some weather-related problems out there this morning. 

Civics Lesson: 12th-Graders Attend 'Occupy K Street'

A 12th grade social studies class from Maryland saw democracy in action yesterday as they observed the "Occupy K Street" protest on a field trip.

Kaine, Allen Face Off In Virginia Senatorial Debate

Tim Kaine and George Allen squared off in the first debate of the 2012 Virginia Senate race. Debate moderator Bob Gibson weighs in on what we learned from the day's discussion.

D.C. Becomes The First 100-Gigabit City

D.C. hopes to become a leader in bridging the "digital divide," as Mayor Vincent Gray touts the city's new high-speed, fiber-optic network built with federal stimulus funds.

D.C. Affordable Housing Complex Gets Solar Panels

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A D.C. affordable housing complex just got a little greener with the announcement that it will be powered in part by solar energy.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

National Report Card Scores DCPS Below Average

The results of the federal National Report Card study are in, and while DCPS showed improvements in certain areas, the scores still lagged behind the average of other public schools in large cities.

D.C. Area Braces As Flood Warning Issued


The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory through Thursday, as the D.C. area braces itself for flooding and possible snow.

School Closings And Other Official Closings

A roundup of school and other official government closings during inclement weather from our partner NBC Washington.

GovExec: Ranking Federal Agencies' Tweets

A new report is looking at how well federal agencies are using Twitter to interact with the public.