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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Maryland Reaches Mortgage Settlement With Wells Fargo

Maryland's attorney general announced an agreement with Wells Fargo that will yield loan modications for some customers who were the victims of predatory loans.

Following Charges, Calls For Harry Thomas Jr. To Resign

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Several city leaders, including D.C. mayor Vincent Gray, are calling for councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. to resign following charges of theft of public funds and filing a false tax return.

Barry To Seek Third Straight Council Term

Former mayor Marion Barry is preparing to seek his third straight term as the representative for Ward 8 on the D.C. Council.

NVTC Considers Hiring Richmond Lobbyist

The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission is considering hiring a lobbyist to represent its interest within the commonwealth, despite some opposition to the idea.

Mansion To Replace President's Residence At UMD

A new mansion is replacing the president's residence at the University of Maryland College Park.

McDonnell Seeks $37M For Job Creation

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is looking to add another $37 million to job creation initiatives. 

Friday, January 6, 2012

Door To Door: Bellevue, D.C. And Cherrydale, Va.

It's our weekly trip around the region. This week, we visit Bellevue in Southwest D.C. and Cherrydale in Arlington, Va.

Photos Of Power: China's Empress Dowager

The Freer Gallery of Art is dusting off old black-and-white images of the woman once known as the most powerful in Asia: the Empress Dowager.

D.C. Playwright Shines The Spotlight On Married Sex

A local playwright takes her struggles with intimacy to the stage in a new comedy called Married Sex.

Environmentalists And Fishermen Team Up To Save Oysters

We go inside a new program designed to replenish oysters stocks in the Chesapeake Bay by teaching fishermen to farm.

Microbes May Come To The Rescue Of Endangered Frogs

A local researcher discovers a potential breakthrough in the global scramble to save endangered frogs.

From A To B: The Road To Political Gridlock In Va.?

As Virginia's legislative session gets under way, political divides may mean gridlock for lawmakers on the issue of transportation.

'Seize The Days' Project Documents A Life With Cancer

A local oncologist is launching an audio recording project to help cancer patients document how they've changed their post-diagnosis lives.

Laurel Mall Retailers Brace For Big Changes

As developers prepare to demolish Maryland's decades-old Laurel Mall, the retailers who call the space home are bracing for big changes.

This Week On Metro Connection: Taking Stock

We pause to reflect on the year ahead and talk with Washingtonians about what they want from 2012.