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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Cherry Blossoms Will Arrive Early This Year

The cherry blossoms are scheduled to arrive earlier this year after a light winter -- meaning the peak bloom will coincide with the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

O'Malley To Sign Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Gov. Martin O'Malley is expected to sign the same-sex marriage bill this evening, making Maryland the seventh state in the U.S., plus the District of Columbia, to allow same-sex unions.

Moran Reprimands Metro For 'Go To Hell Barack' Ad

Northern Virginia Rep. Jim Moran is criticizing Metro for allowing the posting of an ad telling the President to "go to hell" at the Clarendon Metro station.

Cell Phone Tracking, License Plate Readers Raise Privacy Concerns

Privacy advocates are looking for more transparency from MPD on cell phone tracking and license plate readers.

Monday, March 5, 2012

In Experimental School, Tight-Knit Community Helps Students Succeed

High school graduation rates are notoriously poor in areas of high poverty. But the Baltimore Talent Development High School has had remarkable results getting students to graduation using a specialized curriculum, and providing each student with an adult who truly cares about their success.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Door To Door: Petworth, D.C.

This week, we go back in time to visit the Petworth of decades past.

Immigrants Cope With The Stress Of Long Hours, Low Pay

Two men from El Salvador who work as office cleaners in downtown D.C. share the challenges they face as immigrants working in a low-wage job.

Veterans Write To Cope With Battlefield Memories

A group of local veterans are offering writing classes to help other vets work through their memories of war.

Stress On Local Roads And Bridges

Every day, our local roads and bridges take a pounding -- and engineers are using increasingly high-tech methods to determine how much stress we're putting on our infrastructure.

American Graduate: Students Who Succeed Against The Odds

In the latest in our American Graduate series, we meet students who are defying their challenging circumstances to graduate from high school.

Parents Brace For Change In The Lives Of Their Disabled Children

Virginia is preparing to close most of its institutions serving disabled residents, which is prompting cheers from some residents and major worries for others.

We learned about the subject of this story through WAMU's Public Insight Network. Learn more about the Public Insight Network.

The Stress Of Life On The Streets

Through a D.C. housing program, hundreds of residents have left a life of park benches and emergency shelters for homes they can call their own.

Researchers Study the Stress Of Life In Washington

On a scale of one to ten, how much stress do you think Washingtonians are carrying?

This Week On Metro Connection: Stress

We explore stress on this week's show -- from the stress of the battlefront to the anxiety parents feel caring for a child with a major disability.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

PHOTOS: Baltimore Talent Development High School

Students at Baltimore Talent Development High School have a greater chance of success than their peers in Baltimore City's traditional public schools, thanks to a new educational model developed at Johns Hopkins University. Here's a look at what makes it work.