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News Archive - September 23, 2009

Construction Will Soon Begin On $17 Million Library

Construction will soon be underway on a 22,000 square foot, $17 million library in Northwest Washington, after a five-year fight over development in Tenleytown.

Not your typical, quiet librarian, CEO of D.C.'s Libraries Ginnie Cooper let out her characteristic cheer at the ground breaking o...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Wednesday, September 23, 2009

(September 24 & 25) IT'S ALL GREEK TO ME The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park, Maryland presents POPOPERA, a night of music and dance based on Dante's Divine Comedy tomorrow night and Friday at 8. Using cutting-edge choreography and music from Bang on a Can composer Micha...

Circulator Bus Route Changes Coming In October

In October, riders who use D.C. Circulator buses will lose some service but also gain some.

On the Union Station-Georgetown route, buses will no longer run on Wisconsin Avenue north of M street. Additionally, all stops on the north side of M Street will no longer be served.

On the Smi...

D.C. Area High Schoolers Seek Ways To Pay For College

The recession has forced many people to scale back their expectations: buying a car, changing jobs, choosing a college.

Kate Sheehy reports on what some D.C. area high school students are doing to realize their dream of going to college...

Power Breakfast for September 23, 2009

It's been eight years since a shell-shocked Congress first enacted sweeping new government surveillance powers. Today the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider whether some aspects of the USA Patriot Act might need to be changed.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Ground Broken On Long-Delayed Library

School children and city officials broke ground on a new library in Northwest D.C.'s Tenleytown neighborhood after years of delays and fighting between different neighborhood groups and the city.

Jo Cooper is a neighbor, she's had to make do with a small temporary library for the past five...

Organ Donor Agencies Push for More Registration in Maryland

Maryland is lagging behind 22 states in organ donor registration rates. Now, a non-profit partnership is trying to change that. Joan Barber lives in Cheverly, and knows firsthand the value of being a registered donor. Her pancreas and one of her kidneys came from an 18-year old donor. "This you...

Baltimore's Board Of Estimates To Look At Potential Budget Cuts

Baltimore's Board of Estimates is expected to meet today to look at plans to lay off 27 employees and contract workers.

The layoffs would come from six agencies. Plans also include a proposed citywide furlough and other spending reductions.

City finance workers tell the Baltimore Sun...

Democratic Candidate Drops Out of Annapolis Mayoral Race

Former White House aide Zina Pierre is dropping out of the Annapolis mayor's race for the second time, following questions about her finances.

Pierre won the Democratic primary by 127 votes last week. She would have been the first black mayor of Annapolis if she had won the general election...

D.C. Council Member Fights Privatization Of City Child Care

Nearly 200 city child-care workers in D.C. are poised to lose their jobs Friday, but one council member is trying to put a stop to that.

D.C. Council Member Harry Thomas, Jr. sponsored an amendment that would halt a plan to privatize the city's child-care system and close 13 child-care faci...

Maryland Officials Propose Stricter Boating Laws

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Maryland officials plan to ask legislators to make boating laws stricter as boating deaths in the state reach a seven-year high.

The Department of Natural Resources is proposing requiring more children to wear life jackets and placing age restrictions on who may supervis...

Department Of Defense Extends Deadline For Northern Virginia BRAC

A deadline change for Base Realignment and Closure facilities in Northern Virginia is preventing the forced relocation of thousands of employees.

The deadline, set for this week, required any buildings that host Department of Defense workers in the region to comply with minimum anti-terrori...

NTSB Urges Transit Systems to Check Signaling Equipment

The federal safety board investigating this summer's deadly Metro crash says other transit systems need to urgently check and make sure their train signaling equipment is working properly. The National Transportation Safety Board says it has still hasn't pinpointed the exact cause of the June 22n...

Biden Tells Maryland Seniors Medicare Is Safe

As the Obama administration continues its push to revamp health care, Vice President Joe Biden is trying to reassure seniors in our area that Medicare will be improved, not endangered.

Addressing a crowd at Leisure World retirement community, Biden stressed the decades he spent defending Me...

Proposal To Protect Foster Care Youth From Identity Theft

Children in foster care are at risk for having their identities stolen--they're more transient and many people have access to their personal information.

D.C. council member Tommy Wells says there are approximately 2,200 children in the District's foster care system. He says as they "age ou...

Weather Means Fewer, Better Grapes In The Region

Cool, wet weather this summer is having a pronounced effect on local winemakers. Although winemakers won't be picking as many white grapes as in other seasons, the harvest should make for better wine.

Vintner Susanne Becker says Virginia's grapes are getting an Italian-style treatment--cool...

Hybrid Vehicle Charging Stations To Be Set Up At Some Virginia Rest Stops

More hybrid vehicle owners driving on Virginia highways will be able to pull over and plug in soon.

State officials and Dominion Virginia Power are working together to provide hybrid vehicle charging stations at a limited number of rest areas. The first one was installed earlier this month...

MD Senator Calls on Government to Address Biolab Safety Concerns

Maryland Democratic Senator Ben Cardin called on the government to address potential safety concerns at labs studying dangerous biological pathogens.

Last year the F.B.I. pinpointed a former scientist at Fort Detrick as the main suspect in the anthrax attacks after nine eleven. Bruce Ivins...