News Archive - August 20, 2009

Metro Makes Arrest in Bomb Threat Case

A man with no permanent address is being accused of making bomb threats to Metro. Metro says its police department has arrested 38-year-old Raymond A. Gray Jr. He is accused of making bomb threat calls from five Metro stations in Washington since January.

A federal grand jury has charged...

Special Session Addresses Court Decision, For Now

Virginia's General Assembly has unanimously passed legislation Wednesday responding to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The Supreme Court ruled in June that defense attorneys have the right to cross-examine forensic examiners in court to dispute lab findings.

The ruling jeopardized some...

Residents Frustrated By Lack of Street Recycling in D.C.

Many District residents are upset over the lack of recycling cans on D.C. streets. But the problem is worse than many realize.

Aaron Dickerson is a tennis instructor. He moved here from Indiana, and says he was surprised at the lack of street recycling.

There are 4,500 trash cans on D...

Va. Legislators Prepare For More Budget Cuts

Virginia Governor Tim Kaine told the General Assembly yesterday that the state's revenue is $ 1.5 billion lower than previously projected. This is the fourth time in the last year that Kaine has lowered his revenue projections.

State Delegate David Englin, a Democrat who represents Alexandr...

Organization Wants to Build New Hospital In Loudon County

A new hospital could be coming to Virginia's Loudoun County. The Hospital Corporation of America wants to build Stone Spring Medical Center on Route 50.

The $195 million dollar hospital would hold 164 beds, including 124 acute-care beds. It would be the county's second hospital and HCA says...

Commentary by Fred Fiske: Health Care and Misinformation

Senior Commentator Fred Fiske says he's amazed...that more people aren't embarrassed about the state of health care in the U.S. today. Especially those spreading misinformation...

The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinions of WAMU 88-Five or American University.

What...

Summer Jobs Programs Across the Region Wind Down

Summer jobs programs across the region are winding down as young people get ready for school. This is how Uchenna Chukwu spent his summer: helping spray-paint a two-story wall that runs the length of a football field.

Chukwu is putting the finishing touches on a colorful mural in Northeast...

Alexandria Celebrates Civil-Rights Milestone

Long before Brown versus Board of Education or the Montgomery bus boycott or the lunch-counter sit-ins, the city of Alexandria was the scene of one of the earliest civil-rights protests in America.

The sit-in was organized by a 26-year-old African American lawyer named Samuel Tucker, who wa...

"Art Beat" with Stephanie Kaye - Thursday, August 20, 2008

(August 21) PAPER HEART PRINCESS Comedienne Charlene Yi appears at The Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse for some old-school stand-up, tomorrow and Saturday nights at 9:45. The musician, writer, painter and actress first came to the big screen in 2007, and brings her full range of talents to the...

Water Taxi Service To Start At Nationals Park

Baseball fans soon will be able get to Nationals Park in Washington by boat. That's thanks to a water taxi service that will be available from a public pier at the new Diamond Teague Park on the Anacostia River, just across Potomac Avenue from the baseball stadium.

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty...

Labor Unions Have New Case Law To Use Against Wage Cuts

After a ruling calling Prince George's County's 2008 furloughs unconstitutional, labor unions now have case law to use as a warning for future wage cuts.

Prince George's county furloughed 59-hundred employees to save $17 million, but U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams ruled that the fur...

Health Insurance Premiums Increase By At Least 25 Percent In the Area

Amid the national debate over health care reform, a private foundation reports that employer-sponsored health insurance premiums in the U.S. have doubled over the last decade, and could double again by the year 2020.

The Commonwealth Fund, a foundation that promotes access to quality health...

Delegate Norton Pushes Investigation of Mustard Agent in Spring Valley

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton says the government must pursue the health implications of a mustard agent recently discovered in the Spring Valley neighborhood in Northwest D.C.

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers led Eleanor Holmes Norton on a tour of sites in the neighborhood, where the...

Therapists Didn't View Shooter as a Threat, Records Show

The recently discovered health records of the student at Virginia Tech who opened fire two years ago, killing 32 people have been made public. The records show three therapists in three weeks met with the future gunman. He told them he was depressed and had feelings of anxiety, but had no homic...

Northeast D.C. Nonprofit Reopens Following Vandalism

Life Pieces to Masterpieces is a non-profit that uses art to reach African American boys. 23-year-old Maurice Kie is program coordinator. He says the organization helped make him who he is today.

On Monday, when the staff arrived at work, they discovered that vandals had trashed the arts ce...

Chancellor Michelle Rhee Talks About Getting Ready For The First Day of School

It's Back-To-School on August 24th for tens of thousands of children enrolled in D.C. public schools. Chancellor Michelle Rhee spoke with Kavitha Cardoza about some of the changes children will see when they return...