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News Archive - September 8, 2009

Speed Cameras Eye Baltimore

Montgomery County has them. So does the District. Now speed cameras may be coming to Baltimore County under a new Maryland state law.

Beverly Blackman is a crossing guard outside Westowne Elementary School in Catonsville. The stop sign Blackman holds to usher kids across the street is the s...

Area Student Cope With Possible Pandemic

As suspected cases of swine flu begin to surface in area colleges, the possibility of schools closing has become part of the discussion. But some students say they're unaware of their school's plans.

Most of the two dozen or so students waiting for treatment here at the health center on the...

Protests For School Vouchers Precede President's Speech

Protesting parents and community leaders were voicing their displeasure over the president's lack of support for school vouchers.

Congress left funding for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program out of the budget. That meant in April, the vouchers of about 200 children were rescinded. Fo...

"Art Beat" with Stephanie Kaye - Tuesday, September 8, 2009

(Sept 9-Oct 4) PICTURING DORIAN GRAY Round House Theatre Bethesda presents a new twist on The Picture of Dorian Gray, opening tomorrow and running through October 4th. The play - about a handsome young man who sells his soul for eternal youth - is updated to 1980s London, putting a provocative,...

Commonwealth To Track Local School Absences

State health administrators are asking all Virginia school districts to report daily absences among students and employees in an attempt to help them track flu patterns.

The policy is part of an effort to manage flu cases as the state's 1.2 million public school students return to school....

Town's Cost For religious Bias Settlement: $4.8 Million

WALKERSVILLE, Md. (AP) The town of Walkersville is poised to spend nearly $4.8 million to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit. The town revealed the amount Tuesday, one day before Walkersville officials vote on the proposed agreement with the developer who filed the complaint.

The to...

Post Labor Day Metro Red Line Delays Expected

Today is the so-called "triple T"--terrible traffic Tuesday, when schools, Congress, and vacationers all return from summer holiday. The commute is expected to be tedious, especially given the on-going repairs to Metro's red line.

The red line has been undergoing repairs since June 22nd, wh...

Turning Around Chronically Failing Schools

Ten of the D.C.'s 15 high schools have consistently failed to meet academic benchmarks. And this year organizations outside the District are helping turn some of the schools around.

For example, Friends of Bedford, which operates a public high school in Brooklyn, has taken over control of C...

D.C. Council Chair Hasn't Ruled Out Running For Mayor

The head of the D.C. Council is not ruling out a run for mayor. The mayoral primary is more than a year away, but council chair Vincent Gray says interest in the race is heating up. Gray says he is asked at least five times a day if he will challenge Mayor Adrian Fenty. He says he still hasn't ma...

Manpower Advises Grads To Be Flexible In Job Search

Recent college grads may not like the lukewarm results of a major employment outlook survey. It shows the D.C. Metro area lags slightly behind the national average for new hiring.

Manpower's quarterly report surveyed thousands of employers in the D.C. area about their staffing plans for Oct...

Casino Contract Awarded Without Public Bidding Process

Baltimore's development agency is acknowledging it awarded a contract for the site of a proposed casino without a public bidding process.

Instead of advertising the work, the Baltimore Development Corporation approached a handful of companies to provide prices for knocking down the Maryland...

D.C. Residents Can Earn Rewards For Saving On Energy Bills

Acting green to save a little green--that's the theory behind a new program in the District that rewards residents if they cut back on their utility costs.

The premise is simple: the more you save on your energy bills, the more coupons and discounts you earn from local businesses. Starting...

Visitors To National Mall Have Mixed Feelings About $50 Million Improvement Plan

The National Mall has a new director--and he'll have the task of overseeing several major improvement projects set to begin during the first year of his tenure.

If you buy the old saying that the National Mall is "America's Front Yard"--then it's fair to say that newly named director John P...

Govenor Tim Kaine Announces More Lay-offs

Facing another hole in the Virginia budget, Governor Tim Kaine is again outlining a budget-balancing plan that includes more layoffs of state workers--nearly 600 this time. Kaine is pruning programs and trimming the work force as part of a $1.35 billion reduction in the state budget. Kaine's plan...

Major Employment Outlook Survey Offers Mixed News for D.C. Area

The largest employment outlook survey of its kind paints a dim job picture for the D.C. Metro area this fall.

The quarterly report by the international employment firm Manpower surveyed thousands of employers in the D.C. area about their staffing plans for October, November and December....

Power Breakfast for September 8th, 2009

Congress is back and Healthcare Reform is still hot, the Supreme Court formally welcomes a new Justice and convenes for a rare Summer Session. Elizabeth Wynne Johnson brings us the latest from Capitol Hill in today's Power Breakfast.

Some Students At Wakefield School Say Obama Controversy Is "Nonsense"

As President Obama spoke to students at Wakefield High School in Virginia, the controversy surrounding his remarks seemed the farthest thing from their minds.

The Wakefield Warriors, wearing their green and white school colors, gave Mr. Obama a hero's welcome. Students sat transfixed as he...

Loudon Superintendent Clarifies Policy On Obama Speech

The Superintendent for Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia says students will be allowed to watch President Obama's education speech Tuesday if they want to. Tuesday is Loudoun County's first day of school.

Edgar Hatrick, Loudoun's Superintendent, had originally said schools in his di...

Track Federal Stimulus Funds In Your State

ProPublica/USA Today examines the use of federal stimulus funds in each state.

Click the links below to see how D.C., Maryland and Virginia governments are using federal stimulus funds.

Who's getting stimulus projects off the ground fastest? Click here to see a chart that shows what p...

Latest Virginia Cuts Include Personnel, Prisons, Higher Education

Virginia is making its fourth round of budget reductions since July 2008, and the changes will affect virtually every state agency. This time around, Governor Tim Kaine is making more than $1.3 billion dollars in cuts. That includes 593 layoffs, a number that Kaine says could have been worse. "My...