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News Archive - October 8, 2009

Conversations: Accotink Academy

As part of our continuing series "Conversations," reporter Michael Cottman speaks with Elaine McConnell, founder and CEO of the Accotink Academy in Springfield, Virginia.

Mrs. McConnell is a former Fairfax County Supervisor.

The Accotink school is funded by the District of Columbia to...

Power Breakfast for October 8, 2009

Retailers, consumer advocates and some lawmakers hope the time is right to score an elusive point against the credit card industry.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Latest Maryland Regional News

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) Federal prosecutors say a Texas man has pleaded guilty in a plot that defrauded a Maryland hospital of $400,000. Thirty-year-old Gary Sean Clayton of Frisco, Texas, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He will be sentenced on December 29th.

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"Art Beat" with Stephanie Kaye - Thursday, October 8, 2008

(October 9) PRIZE-WINNING POETRY A special prize for poetry is being parsed out at the Folger Shakespeare Library on Capitol Hill, with a reading and reception tomorrow night at 7:30. English professor Juliana Spahr receives this year's Hardison Prize, the only major American award recognizing a...

Repaired Engines To Return To MARC's Penn Line

Service on MARC's Penn Line could be a little smoother soon with the return of four electric locomotives that have been sitting in an Amtrak repair yard for almost three years.

MARC has had to run short, crowded trains on the Penn line between Baltimore and Washington in recent months due t...

Signs Of Impending Free Fall In North Virginia Real Estate Market

At first glance, this 14-story office building doesn't look like a harbinger of doom. But posted on the building's wall is a sign that reads "Retail Space for Lease."

A few years ago, this would have been unthinkable for a building that literally overlooks the Clarendon Metro station. "We d...

Montgomery County Councilman Wants Explanation On Gaithersburg West Expansion

One Montgomery County Councilman wants a clearer explanation on what will be built if the county's Life Sciences Center is allowed to expand. If the council approves changes to the Gaithersburg West master plan, the number of people employed in the life sciences center will be allowed to triple....

Suspicious Package Found In Tenleytown, Police Investigating

There is police activity on Wisconsin Avenue in Northwest Washington. Wisconsin was blocked northbound at Albermarle street and southbound at Brandywine street, but the street has since been reopened for traffic. Police are investigating what they say is a suspicious package.

D.C. Students For Democratic Society Protest 8-year Afghan Conflict

In the 60's, the Students for a Democratic Society -- or SDS--helped build anti-war sentiment against the Vietnam conflict. Now, another group with the same name hopes to generate similar results for the Afghan conflict. As the the D.C. Students for a Democratic society marched up 15th street to...

MoCo to Host Its First Swine Flu Clinic

Montgomery County, Maryland is gearing up for it's first swine flu vaccine clinic, 2,500 doses of vaccine will be available - for free - Friday morning between 9 and noon at the Dennis Avenue Health Care center in Silver Spring. The county's first shipment is the Nasal mist form of the vaccine. I...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A monthly publication that focuses on prison issues is suing the Virginia Department of Corrections. Prison Legal News claims the department has violated its free-speech rights by censoring publications sent to Virginia inmates.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia foresters are a...

Town Hall Meeting On Johns Hopkins Expansion In Montgomery County

The proposed expansion of Johns Hopkins University's campus west of Gaithersburg dominated a town hall meeting with Montgomery County council members. The meeting was full of supporters and opponents, both among residents and the council. Johns Hopkins plan to develop the Belward Farm site, which...

McDonnell 53, Deeds 44 In Latest Washington Post Poll

Governor Tim Kaine says it's essential to keep the voters in Virginia who cast ballots for President Obama to do the same for Creigh Deeds.

Deeds is getting some support from the White House. Today Vice President Joe Biden attended a fundraiser for Deeds in Northern Virginia.

The Rich...

New Market Debuts This Friday

There's a new farm market in town. The newest entry in the growing trend debuts Friday, October 16th at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington.

Backing the new market is the General Services Administration, and with consultants Todd and Ellen Gray of Equinox...

Suspected Ringleader Supposedly Threatened to Kill Govt Witness

Federal prosecutors say one of the suspected ringleaders in the growing D.C. bribery scandal threatened to kill a government witness.

One day after FBI agents arrested the a D.C. councilman's chief of staff on bribery charges prosecutors say Yitbarek Syume met with an undercover federal age...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Teachers are protesting the firing of nearly 400 D.C. public school employees. Union officials yesterday filed a lawsuit to contest the layoffs announced last week, which includes 229 teachers because of budget cuts.

WASHINGTON (AP) In its legislative agenda to restore the C...

WTU President George Parker Talks About Layoffs

Almost 400 D.C. Public School employees, more than half of whom are teachers, are expected to be laid off on November 2nd. The Washington Teacher's Union has filed a lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court, trying to stop that from happening. George Parker, President of the teacher's union, spoke with WAM...

Ben Ali, Founder Of D.C.'s Ben's Chili Bowl, Dies

WASHINGTON (AP) Ben Ali, the founder of Washington's famous Ben's Chili Bowl restaurant, has died. He was 82. Restaurant manager Maurice Harcum says Ali died of natural causes Wednesday night at his home.

The restaurant was founded in 1958 on U Street, then known as "Black Broadway" for dra...