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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Local Lawmakers Make Plea To Combat Opioid Abuse

A group of U.S. Senators sent Secretary of Health and Human Services' Sylvia Burwell a letter asking her to focus more attention on overdose education and provide more access to treatment on substance abuse.

Q&A: Rep. Sherman On His Offer To Show 'The Interview' At U.S. Capitol

The congressman from California extended an offer to show the film at the U.S. Capitol, following reports that North Korea allegedly coordinated a hack of Sony Pictures to prevent the movie's release.

A Crowded Race Ahead To Fill Marion Barry's Council Seat

The race to fill the late Marion Barry's council seat is officially on, and some big names from Ward 8 have decided to run — in what could be one of the most crowded races in recent memory.

Virginia Lags In Using Money Allocated To Help Small Businesses

When the economy crashed in 2008, many people were concerned about small businesses. That was the driving force behind the creation of the State Small Business Credit Initiative. But so far, the program has been a bust — at least in Virginia.

In Annapolis, An Arts Scene Grows

The Maryland capital — best known for its politics and maritime history — has drawn together a collection of diverse visual artists and musicians who are quite literally making a scene.

Walmart Seals Deal For Store At Skyland Center In Southeast D.C.

The retailer is now fully signed on to be the anchor of the shopping center in Ward 7.

Fairfax Police Ordered To Release Officer ID For 2013 Shooting

John Geer was fatally shot in front of his home in 2013, and after 16 months of silence, a Fairfax County judge is ordering police to release the name of the officer.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Daughter Remembers Lawrence Guyot's Dual Roles as a Civil Rights Leader and Dad

While Lawrence Guyot was known as a no-nonsense D.C. activist and leader in the Civil Rights movement, his daughter says he was also a warm and supportive father.

Beatles Fans Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Historic D.C. Concert

Not only was Washington, D.C., the site of The Beatles' first full North American concert in 1964, but it was also the first North American city to play a Beatles song on the radio.

Skip the Bag Charge, Get Busted

We tag along on a sting operation aimed at catching D.C.businesses that don't charge customers at five-cent bag fee.

Family Holds Together After Accident That Changes Everything

Kate Lebrun was 13 when her father was paralyzed in an accident. Now she's finally asking the questions that have been on her mind ever since.

Adaptive Skiing Helps People with Injuries Stay Active

We'll follow a group of "adaptive" skiers who are still hitting the slopes, even after serious injuries.

How Strong Is D.C.'s Safety-Net Hospital?

United Medical Center is D.C.'s only hospital east of the Anacostia River.  We'll explore its troubled past, and how it's faring now.

Researchers Work to Better Understand the Brains of Deaf Language Learners

In the first known study of its kind, researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center and Gallaudet University have shown that the language we learn as children affects brain structure, as does hearing status.

This Week on Metro Connection: Hall of Fame (Rebroadcast)

From how deaf people learn language to how skiing can help injured individuals heal, we'll bring you some favorite Metro Connection stories from 2014.