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News Archive - September 10, 2009

Back To School Controversy

President Barack Obama's back-to-school speaking gig generated plenty of controversy this week--a fact that left commentator Fred Fiske scratching his head.

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Twenty Governors Support Prison Cell Phone Jamming Bill

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Twenty governors have signed a letter to support legislation in Congress to allow states to jam contraband cell phones in prisons. The bipartisan legislation would enable governors to petition the Federal Communications Commission to use wireless technology to render illegal...

House Passes Bill To Fund Chesapeake Bay Conservation Efforts

The House passed a bill to permanently fund conservation efforts in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The House bill allocates more money for local groups building parks, museums and water trails along the Chesapeake Bay. It passed on the same day the federal government warned states to pick up...

Power Breakfast

Gentlemen - and ladies - start your engines.

Pundits do love a 'game-changer.' But to Virginia Congressman Tom Perriello, a freshman Democrat from a fairly conservative district, the President's speech before a joint session of Congress had a different role to play.

Elizabeth Wynne J...

Entrepreneurs Volunteer to "Pick Up" on the National Mall

Although the National Mall is getting $50 million to spend on improvements, one company is volunteering to "pick up" where other projects leave off.

Stephanie Kaye reports...

Child Sex Trafficking On The Rise In D.c.

Police in D.C. count the sex-trafficking of minors among Washington's most under-reported crimes. A new public-awareness campaign is hoping to change that.

So far this year, officers in D.C. have identified more than 50 victims of human trafficking--15 were minors.

"This has probably...

Virginia Projects Share $71.6 Million In School-Building Bonds

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Eight projects in Virginia are sharing more than $71 million in federal bonds for school construction. The no-interest bonds were established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. They are available to localities for K-12 school construction, renovation and land acquis...

Metro Experiencing Growing Ridership And Falling Revenue

Metro's expenses are expected to increase by $90 million next year. And despite a growing ridership, revenue is projected to drop by $40 million because of falling advertising.

Metro board member and D.C. Councilman Jim Graham says he wasn't surprised by the sobering forecast. One big reas...

Local Eatery Attracts Viewers For Obama Speech

Members of Congress weren't the only ones watching the President's health care speech last night. T.V. screens across the country were also tuned in, including the screens at local eatery Bus Boys and Poets.

Any doubts that the crowd at Bus Boys and Poets was Obama- friendly probably would...

Police Arrest Virginia Man With Gun Outside Obama Speech

Capitol Police have arrested a Virginia man they say tried to get into a secure area near the Capitol with a gun in his car as President Barack Obama gave his health care address to Congress.

Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider said Thursday that 28-year-old Joshua Bowman of Falls Church,...

"Art Beat" with Stephanie Kaye - Thursday, September 10, 2009

(September 11) THE BLUES AT HONFLEUR Honfleur Gallery presents Phil Wiggins & Friends in Southeast D.C. tomorrow night at 7. The beautiful gallery in the heart of historic Anacostia will pulse to the blues rhythms of one of D.C.'s native sons.

(September 10) SHAPING BLACK HISTORY The N...

U.S. Mint To Honor Parks With New Quarters Series

The United States Mint will honor several landmarks in our region in a new series of commemorative quarters.

The America the Beautiful Quarters Program will honor 56 sites around the country and in U.S. territories. The first quarter, to be released next year, will feature Hot Springs Natio...

Dulles To Open New Passenger Security Screening Areas

Passengers flying out of Washington Dulles International Airport next week could flow through security more quickly, as the Airport opens two new screening areas.

Construction workers scramble across scaffolding, as they put finishing touches on the main terminal's new mezzanine. Whereas pa...

Virginia Transportation Secretary Says State Can't Meet Basic Goals

Virginia has cut transportation funding by more than $4 billion in the last year and a half. It's all but eliminated the funding it gives local jurisdictions for secondary roads. And it's laid off nearly 1,500 transportation employees.

At a meeting of Northern Virginia business leaders, Tra...

Metro: Worker Believed To Have Been Hit By Train

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) Metro says one of its employees who was apparently struck by a train has been hospitalized.

A preliminary report says the man was hit early Thursday between the Braddock Road and Reagan National Airport stations.

Officials say riders can expect major delays into...

Montgomery County Shows Informational "Seven Signs Of Terrorism Video"

The Montgomery County Police Department is encouraging residents to watch a video called "Seven Signs of Terrorism.

To view the video click here and click on the "Seven Signs of Terrorism" video link towards the bottom of the page.

Cardin Proposes Help for Chesapeake Bay

Maryland Senator Ben Cardin is proposing a way for the federal government to help restore the Chesapeake Bay.

Cardin wants to see a nitrogen and phosphorous pollution cap-and-trade program when the federal legislation for restoring the Bay comes up for re-authorization.

Cardin says hi...

Local Lawmakers React To Obama Speech

Two area lawmakers say the President's speech on health care will motivate moderates from both parties to support the health insurance overhaul.

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton said that even in the District, residents were unclear who would qualify for public health insurance. She said...

Metro Train Strikes Worker Near Braddock Road Station

Service has resumed on Metros Blue and Orange lines after transit agency suffered another accident involving an employee earlier today.

An employee was struck by a train near the Braddock Road station in Virginia this morning. He was taken to a local hospital and Metro says he is in critica...