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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Though They Fled For Safety, Salvadorans Still Fight Gang Scourge From Afar

Reporter Armando Trull returns to El Salvador to look at the continuing gang violence that has driven many Salvadorans to seek refuge in the D.C. area.

6 Tips For Low-Income And First-Generation College Students To Live By

Students who are the first in their families to make it into college often struggle because they don't know the little things that can help them succeed. We asked listeners who have been there for advice, and they had great suggestions for any first-year student.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Labor Advocates Ready To Push For Paid Sick Leave, Pay Equity In Maryland

Workers issues aren't just something highlighted on Labor Day. In fact, next year's session of the Maryland General Assembly will likely be full of them.

After Losing Primary, Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille Launches Write-In Campaign

Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille may have lost the June Democratic primary, but that won't stop him from trying to keep the job he's held for over a decade.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Advocates Scrutinize Details Of Plan To End D.C. Homelessness

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has extended a proposal to end homelessness in the nation's capital, but advocates want to make sure the city's standards aren't compromised along the way.

Friday, September 4, 2015

After A Series Of Crises, Is Metro's Board Getting Tougher?

When it comes to holding the upper management of Metro accountable, the transit authority's board of directors is asserting itself more now. The new approach may be long overdue.

Skateboarding Fest At Kennedy Center Kickflips The Script

The Kennedy Center hosts a range of programs, from hit musicals to ballet to opera. But "Finding a Line: Skateboarding, Music, and Media" feels like a new frontier.

Where Should Rockville's Confederate Soldier Go? The County Wants Your Vote.

You can vote by email in favor of one of five locations for the statue, which is currently outside the Red Brick Courthouse.

Making A Living As A D.C. Tour Guide

With more and more Americans going freelance, one industry in D.C. has been flying solo for a while now: history tours.

Door To Door: Hollin Hills, Virginia, And Bellevue, D.C.

It's our ongoing journey around the region. This time, we'll visit Hollin Hill, Virginia, and D.C.'s Bellevue neighborhood.

Women's Voices Theater Festival Highlights Dozens Of Female Playwrights

As D.C. gears up for what's being called the largest ever collaboration to produce original theater by female writers, two local playwrights discuss the climate for women in today's theater world.

This Week On Metro Connection: Sept. 4, 2015

With Labor Day weekend here, we'll hear about a new program dedicated to helping returning citizens get jobs: by teaching them to launch their own startups after coming home from prison. We'll explore what it takes to make it as a tour guide in the nation's capital. And we'll talk with residents across the city about the recent spike in violent crime.

Is A Police Tent Enough To Stop Crime?

A former D.C. police officer explains what worked during some of the city's most violent years, and what police can do today to get to the root causes of crime.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Bill Would Make Maryland Employers Set Work Schedules Earlier

As Labor Day approaches, advocates in Maryland are pushing for a change in how workers receive their schedules.

Top Metro Official Resigns In Wake Of Safety Lapse

Hours after hearing his office labeled a “paper tiger” too timid to close dangerous holes in Metro’s safety practices, the transit authority’s chief safety officer, James Dougherty, submitted his resignation.