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Friday, January 27, 2012

A Family Tries To Reverse A Cycle Of Dropping Out

In the first story of our American Graduate series, we hear from a family that's seen four generations fail to make it through high school.

Latino Community Targets Pedestrian Deaths

Latinos say their community is disproportionately at risk when it comes to collisions involving pedestrians.

The Past, Present And Future Of A School Founded By African Americans

A school founded by free blacks and former slaves in 1858 is continuing to thrive, even as other Catholic schools in the District close.

Washingtonians Remember The Subtle Signs Of Segregation

A picture showing "Colored Only" signs in D.C. in the 1930s has sparked a bit of mystery and controversy over segregation during that time.

This Week On Metro Connection: Race And Ethnicity

We explore a topic that's always just below the surface, but rarely discussed in Washington: Race and ethnicity.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Red Line Service Restored After Cracked Rail

Red Line commuters had a rough go of it this morning as a crack in the rail at Tenleytown caused 30 minute delays. Service has been restored.

Advocates Fight Against Weakening Virginia's Gun Laws

Gun control advocates, including one man whose sister died in the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007, went to Richmond this week to oppose a series of bills that would loosen gun laws in the commonwealth.

Accused Pentagon Shooter Pleads Guilty

The man accused of shooting at the Pentagon and other military intallations in the D.C. area plead guilty on three counts today.

Maryland Legislator Would Tweak Ballot Petition Process

One Maryland lawmaker is looking to reform the process for certifying a ballot petitions in the state after controversy surrounded the voter petition on the "DREAM Act" last year.

Government, Business Leaders Growing Weary Of Occupy DC

Occupy DC seems to have worn out its welcome, as city government and business leaders once again called for removal of the encampment this week. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Activists Echo Obama's Call For Immigration Reform

Some are hopeful that the case of one local man, who was slated for deportation after calling the police to report a crime, may be revisited after President Obama's call for immigration reform.

Loudoun County Getting Cold Feet About Silver Line

Citing the unknown extent of the costs they will bear during the construction of the Silver Line, some Loudoun County lawmakers are having second thoughts.

Breaking Down Obama's State Of The Union

Reid Wilson from National Journal Hotline and Tom Shoop from Government Executive help break down the reception and prospects for the agenda laid out in President Obama's State of the Union.

Microsoft Partners With D.C. For 'Digital Alliance'

The District of Columbia and Microsoft are partnering up to offer technology training to local unemployed residents, as well as offering resources to schools and local businesses.

Bill Would Nix Sales Tax On Textbooks

Citing the burden placed on Maryland students and competition from online retailers, Maryland legislators are considering waiving the sales tax on textbooks.