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Friday, December 2, 2011

Door To Door: Nairn/Hermitage, Md. And Hollin Hills, Va.

This week, we visit the Nairn-Hermitage area of Silver Spring, Md., and Hollin Hills, Va.

Evolution And Paths Cut Short

Scientists say 99.9% of all creatures that once roamed the earth have gone extinct... but why?

The Location: A 16th Street Mansion With A Tragic Tale

In this month's edition of our series The Location, blogger Kim Bender talks about the 16th Street mansion that was once home to a prominent society belle, and how her tragic end took place not far from the steps of her beloved home.

Reviving A Neighborhood Nearly Forgotten

The story of Truxton Circle has been nearly forgotten, but now some residents are trying to revive their community's original name.

From A To B: The History Of Highways Never Built

Earlier transportation proposals would have put major highways right through the heart of D.C., but somewhere along the way, those plans never came to be.

"Unbuilt Washington": The City That Never Was (But Might Have Been)

A new exhibit displays early proposals for some of Washington's most famous monuments and memorials.

Pounding The Pavement As A Former Prisoner

A man talks about the choices he made on a single day in the 1970s, and how they still haunt him today.

Serendipitous Encounter Transforms An African Immigrant's Life

A chance meeting on a District street corner forever changed the life of a Kenyan man who had fallen on hard times.

This Week On Metro Connection: The Road Not Taken

We'll pursue "The Road Not Taken" with stories about fateful meetings and the choices that can transform the rest of our lives.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Virginia Water Now Safe After Pump Malfunction

Officials say water flowing from Rappahannock River is now safe, after last week's pump failure at a Fredericksburg wastewater station.

Inova Screening 'The Other City' For World AIDS Day

In honor of World AIDS Day, a local hospital is screening The Other City, a documentary filmed in the D.C. region about people struggling with AIDS/HIV.

Wheaton Shoppers Still Nervous At Westfield Mall

Shoppers feel relief, but conintued nervousness after recent attacks at the Westfield Wheaton shopping center in Montgomery County. Police arrested a man in connection with the attacks earlier this week. 

D.C. Council Rushes To Pass Ethics Reform

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The D.C. Council continues to wrestle with ethics reform, and members got a bit of a tongue-lashing yesterday from D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan.

Finding Jobs For D.C.'s Ex-Offenders

Half of D.C. residents who have served time in prison or jail may be unemployed, according to a new report from the Council for Court Excellence. Commentator June Kress says this threatens the city's long-term economic health and public safety, and tells the story of James -- one such offender. 

Area Families Rally For Amended Trucking Rules

The families of victims of accidents involving semis are pushing the federal government to make safety restrictions more strict for the trucking industry.