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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Free Reflective Vests For Maryland Trick-Or-Treaters

The Maryland highway administration is loaning out its workers' reflective vests for trick-or-treaters on Halloween.

Salmonella Outbreak Prompts Pine Nut Recall

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The CDC recorded 42 instances of salmonella infections across six states, prompting a recall of Turkish pine nuts sold in Wegmans stores.

D.C. Region Proving More Attractive To Young Adults

A young demographic is flocking to the D.C. area more and more, according to Census data released this week.

Super Committee Making Progress

After a few public hearings, Rep. Chris Van Hollen says the super committee needs to focus on moving the economy, but despite that, the panel is making progress.

Search For Missing Autistic Boy Unsuccessful

A huge effort to search for a missing autistic boy from Virginia turned up nothing yesterday, and one volunteer that joined in the search says that both the terrain, and the emotional aspect of the disappearance, have made the search difficult.

Some Of DCPS' Top Performing Teachers End Up Unemployed

Hundreds of teachers were let go from DCPS this year, but the evaluation system was supposed to terminate ineffective teachers, and keep the good ones. But some teachers with high ratings are still finding themselves unemployed. 

Friday, October 28, 2011

On The Coast: Inside The Eastern Shore's Most Haunted House

We visit Poplar Hill, an 18th-century mansion outside Salisbury, Md., that observers say is chock-full of otherworldly residents.

[Music: "Sea Of Love" by Tom Waits from Brawlers / "Coven of Witches" by Combustible Edison from Four Rooms / "Out of Limits" by The Challengers from Best of The Challengers (Vinyl)]

Making Peace With The Specters In Your Home

Longtime residents of D.C.'s historic Crestwood neighborhood explain why some of the area's homes might be haunted by earlier owners.

[Music: "Vertigo Suite: Prelude" by Bernard Herrmann from Best of Herrmann]

Buried Treasure & Depressed Ghosts: Touring Haunted Capitol Hill

Tour guide Tim Krepp takes us on a stroll through Capitol Hill to explore the neighborhood's spooky tales from ages past.

[Music: "Spooky" by Anthony Goldsmith from Animal Antix - Music for a Comedy Lounge]

A Scary Scenario For District Teachers

We examine why District teachers who received strong reviews for their work are finding themselves out of a job.

[Music: "Theme 2" by John Murphy from 28 Days Later (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)]

From A To B: Broken Escalators Haunt Metro

Commuters vent their anger over one of the perennial problems haunting Metro: broken escalators.

[Music: "A to B" by The Futureheads from The Futureheads / "Ball & Socket Lounge Music #1(Band Version)" by Danny Elfman from Tim Burton's Corpse Bride]

The Location: The Winding History of Mt. Zion Cemetery

In the debut of our new series, "The Location," blogger and history buff Kim Bender takes Rebecca Sheir to Georgetown's Mt. Zion Cemetery.

[Music: "Turn Your Face" by John Davis from Title Tracks / "Cemetery Gates" by Vitamin String Quartet from Tribute to Pantera]

Don't Go In the Basement: Inside Brooks Mansion

The historic Brooks Mansion in Northeast D.C. is now home to the TV studios of DCTV, but staffers say it has a long and haunted history dating back to its days as a plantation.

A Ghostly Slumber Party: One Night At The Octagon House

We spend the night at one of D.C.'s most haunted homes -- the Octagon House -- and try to meet its ghostly inhabitants, including Dolly Madison.

[Music: "Ghost Town" by The Specials from Shaun of the Dead]

This Week on Metro Connection: Haunted D.C.

It's our annual exploration of all things spooky and mysterious in the nation's capital and beyond - from a particularly creepy TV studio, to a sleepover at one of the most haunted houses in the District.

[Music: "Every Little Bit Hurts" by John Davis from Title Tracks / "Ghostbusters [Instrumental]" by Ray Parker, Jr. from Ghostbusters]