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News Archive - September 25, 2009

"Art Beat" with Stephanie Kaye - Weekend Events, September 25-27, 2009

(Sept 26-Nov 1) FERDINAND THE BULL Adults may remember the tale of Ferdinand the Bull, whose story is playing out at Imagination Stage in Bethesda for a new generation of theater-goers, opening tomorrow and running through November 1st. This timeless story of a reluctant bull thrust into the spo...

Weekend Planner: Colleen Fay's Best Bets

Autumn is here. And with it comes a new wave of theatre productions in DC. David Furst speaks with critic Colleen Fay about some of the can't-miss shows.

This Week In Congress

This week in Congress, senate Republicans spelled out rejections and introduced amendments in the Senate Finance Committee health care reform markup, and political contributions have arrived on the Hill.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Former Alexandria Chief Stages a Comeback

After pleading guilty to drunk driving and resigning his position as chief of police in Alexandria Virginia this summer, David Baker is making a quiet comeback to the city. Baker returned to Alexandria at the request of Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, who asked him to speak with inmates at the jail. Lawho...

Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Efforts Could Become Nationwide Model

A high ranking official of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency believes the Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts could be a model for restoration efforts nationwide. Acting Deputy Administrator and General Counsel Scott Fulton says the development of a bay cleanup strategy is worth watching as a s...

Teachers Have Questions About 15-Year Old's Death

Some teachers are questioning whether the school system did enough to help the 15-year-old boy who committed suicide on the Metro tracks last week.

Teachers say they're shocked and upset by the news of their student's suicide at the Columbia Heights Metro Station yesterday. They asked that...

D.C. Gets A New HIV/AIDS Clinic

Members of Howard University's Phi Beta Sigma Step Team performed at the opening of the Blair Underwood Health Care Center near 21st and K streets NW. The traditionally black fraternity is supporting a program through the clinic that's trying to convince more African American men to get tested fo...

Unreliable Hydrants Continue To Hamper D.C. Firefighting Efforts

The lack of reliable fire hydrants continues to hamper firefighting efforts in D.C.

When fire fighters arrived on the scene to put out the fire at Peggy Cooper Cafritz's mansion on Chain Bridge road it took them about 50 minutes to find fire hydrants that could provide enough water.

T...

Fairfax County Charges 20 Individuals In Mortgage Fraud Ring

Fairfax County police and FBI agents have arrested 20 people in connection with the largest fraud investigation in the county's history.

Police say the mortgage-fraud ring involved more than 200 properties valued at more than $100 million. They say real-estate agents and mortgage brokers us...

Chief of Staff For a D.C. Council Member Arrested

The chief of staff for D-C Council member Jim Graham has been arrested on bribery charges. Ted Loza is charged with accepting gifts and two cash payments, one for a thousand dollars and another for five hundred - from an unidentified person with financial interests in the taxi-cab industry. In ex...

D.C. Teachers Protest Impending Layoffs

Some teachers from D.C. Public Schools say they'll continue their efforts to stop Chancellor Michelle Rhee from laying off teachers. Teachers and staff held up pink signs at a protest rally, to represent the pink slips they could receive next week. The signs read "Budgeting on the Backs of Studen...

Portions Of Capital Beltway To Be Closed

People driving on the Capital Beltway overnight could run into some road closures near Tysons Corner in Virginia.

Motorists on the Capital Beltway near Chain Bridge Road can expect to run into two left lane closures starting at 10:30 tonight. Between midnight and 5 a.m., all lanes in that a...

Major Company To Move To Area, Invest In Community

Executives with the Science Applications International Corporation, or SAIC, cheer as a curtain is lowered and the plans for its new headquarters are unveiled.

The massive government contracting firm is moving from San Diego to Tysons Corner in Fairfax County, and it's bringing 1,200 new jo...

Power Breakfast for September 25, 2009

It may be another long day for Senators squabbling over health care. The Finance Committee will keep chugging through amendments to their version of the health overhaul. But members are not the only ones working long hours. Dozens of lobbyists will be nearby huddling over their laptops and blackb...

Woodrow Wilson Students Help Out At Fashion Show

About a dozen students from D.C.'s Woodrow Wilson High School are helping out backstage at the Fashion Fights Poverty Show at the Mayflower Hotel tonight.

Jady Hwong is a junior and is helping a model with her outfit. She says it's a practical extension of her clothing and textiles class, t...

Congress Considers Ways to Help Newspaper Industry

Congress is considering ways to help out the ailing newspaper industry. The publisher of a District-based African American newspaper is reminding lawmakers to include minority-owned publications in their plans. A bill introduced by Maryland Senator Ben Cardin would help struggling newspapers by g...

The Region's Top Stories With Washington Post Columnist Robert McCartney

It's been another busy week in the Virginia Governor's race, and in the District a top aide to one council member is arrested on bribery charges. Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney joins WAMU's Morning Edition Host Matt McCleskey to talk about some of the region's top stories...