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This Week on Metro Connection: Feeling the Heat

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Are you feeling the heat this sizzling summer?
Are you feeling the heat this sizzling summer?

As we slog through D.C.'s hottest summer on record, we head to Virginia for the world's hottest peppers... visit the District's first fireproof house... and meet some local teens trying to stay out of hot water, after several brushes with the law.

But first: Washingtonians share their tips and tricks for beating the heat...

[Music: "Every Little Bit Hurts" by John Davis from Title Tracks / "In The Summertime (Instrumental Track Without Background Vocal)[Karaoke in the style of Shaggy]" by Backtrack Professional Karaoke Band from Karaoke - In the Style of Shaggy (Karaoke Version)]


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