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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Police Officer, Another Victim Dead In Virginia Tech Shooting

Reports are indicating that the second shooting victim found in a parking lot at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va. is the man who shot and killed a campus police officer Thursday afternoon.

Ehrlich Q&A: Former Gov. Talks ICC, Slots, Multiculturalism As 'Bunk'

Former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich declines to talk about his former aide's conviction for election fraud this week, but he reflects on his time in office and the release of his new book.

Virginia Launches Online Last Wishes

A new registry in Virginia allows individuals to plan for the unexpected.

DCPS Has Nation's Largest Black-White Achievement Gap

The achievement gap between black and white students in DCPS is the largest of any major city in the country, according to the latest national report card.

Storm Leaves Flooding, Power Outages

Snowfall that was in the forecast for last night didn't materialize in the immediate D.C. area, but there are still some weather-related problems out there this morning. 

Civics Lesson: 12th-Graders Attend 'Occupy K Street'

A 12th grade social studies class from Maryland saw democracy in action yesterday as they observed the "Occupy K Street" protest on a field trip.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Door To Door: Deanwood, D.C. And Columbia Pike, Va.

It's our weekly trip around the region. This week, we visit Deanwood in Northeast D.C. and Columbia Pike in northern Virginia.

D.C. Gigs: Pedaling Around Town With A Bike Messenger

In this month's D.C. Gigs, a bike messenger talks about the decline of her profession, and how instant communication has become a friend and a foe.

Coping With Claustrophobia During Holiday Travel

For people with claustrophobia or a fear of flying, holiday travel can be a daunting proposition.

Changing Your Tune To Adapt To The Urban Jungle

Scientists say urban birds are changing their tune to hear one other above the din of urban life.

Gauging The Health Of The District's Schools

The District's public schools are still facing a major achievement gap between black and white students, according to a study released this week.

A Medical Role-Reversal: Patients As Teachers

At The George Washington University, everyday people become the teachers in a program designed to help aspiring doctors see the world from the patient's point of view.

Pursuing Your Vision When You're Losing Your Sight

None of us can see into the future. But most of us envision a future where we can see. D.C. actor Justin Purvis isn't so sure. So he's watching his dreams come true... while he still can.

An Artistic Triumph Over Cushing's Disease: J. Jordan Bruns

After battling with an incurable disease, Glen Echo's resident artist, Jordan Bruns, discovered that the experience affected his art.

This Week On Metro Connection: Health & Wellness

We follow doctor's orders and bring you a show about health and wellness -- from a local man's decision to pursue acting even as he loses his eyesight, to the on-ice action of the D.C. Sled Sharks, a local hockey team for kids with disabilities.