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News Archive - October 12, 2009

"Art Beat" with Stephanie Kaye - Monday, October 12, 2008

(Oct 13-Nov 21) HISPANIC THEATER FESTIVAL The 12th International Festival of Hispanic Theater begins tomorrow at the Gunston Arts Center in Arlington, Virginia, running through November 21st. Teatro de la Luna presents some of the most evocative theater from the south, including Columbia's Americ...

On Morning Edition: Virginia Gubernatorial Race

With just more than three weeks to go before election day, the candidates in Virginia's Governor's race meet tonight in a debate to be televised across the Commonwealth. Judy Woodruff is a veteran political reporter and senior correspondent for PBS's "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer." Woodruff is m...

Catholic To Charter School Conversion: One Year Later

Seven Catholic Schools in D.C. converted to charter schools a year ago because of growing costs and declining enrollment.

Andy Smarick, with the Thomas B. Fordam Institute, who studied the conversion process says the greatest benefit is that the schools remained open. Smarick says one schoo...

Energy Co-op Saves Money by the Bushel with Urban Corn Granary

A new structure in Mt. Rainier, Maryland is saving people money on home-heating bills by the bushel. The twenty-five-foot silo stands behind a parking lot and holds 20 tons of corn kernels. It's the second 'urban corn granary' in the country and the people who built it have gathered to inaugurate...

Alexandria Elementary School Adds Middle-School Classes

Parents of public school students in Alexandria, Virginia have a new option: sending their children to an elementary school that also offers middle-school classes.

By 2010, Jefferson-Houston Elementary School will offer kindergarten though eighth-grade. Principal Kimberley Graves says the e...

Baltimore to Learn How Transform Abandoned Lots To Neighborhood Assets

Baltimore residents who have turned vacant lots into gardens and playgrounds will meet tomorrow, October 13th to learn how to make the properties permanent neighborhood assets.

The meeting is for people across Baltimore to learn how to do what Pigtown did. It's a neighborhood named after th...

The Case For Gay Marriage Rights

As the D.C. council considers the gay marriage bill, local ministers of the Unitarian Universalist Church, along with local residents, share their personal thoughts on the issue.

Some Students Say Teacher Layoffs Have Affected Their Academics

Over the weekend, some students from various schools in D.C. spoke to council members about how the teacher layoffs have affected them academically. Several high school students say their classes have increased in size and they're worried about being able to graduate on time.

Andre Johnson...

Should Speed Camera Money Pay For Tasers?

One community in Maryland's Montgomery County wants to use some of the revenue from its speed cameras to buy Tasers for its police force.

Every time a camera captures the license plate of a speeding car, that translates to money in the coffers of local jurisdictions. But there's some disagr...

Power Breakfast for October 12, 2009

On this Columbus Day Monday, the Capitol is quiet, but the National Mall will be humming with the Solar Decathlon competition.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Virginia's Candidates For Governor Square Off Tonight

Virginia's candidates for governor square off tonight in Richmond for their first live, televised debate. Democrat Creigh Deeds still trails Republican Bob McDonnell by a substantial margin in a state where Democrats have won recent elections for senator and governor.

Deeds has argued the r...

Knights of Columbus Celebrate the Holiday

The statue of Christopher Columbus at Washington's Union Station is expecting some visitors and fanfare. The Knights of Columbus are preparing for ceremonies this morning on behalf of their patron. The group is usually very service-oriented, but the holiday presents members with a chance to gath...

Spending Of Montgomery County's Planning Director Questioned

An official report says Montgomery County's planning director tried to frustrate an investigation into his spending practices and those of his agency.

The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission says the Montgomery County director, Rollin Stanley, didn't "fully cooperate" wit...

Hundreds Gather At Memorial Service For Fallen Purcellville Soldier

The community of Purcellville in Loudoun County Virginia came together today to celebrate the life of Army Specialist Stephan Mace.

Mace died from wounds suffered in combat in Afghanistan on October 3rd. He'll be buried at Arlington cemetery on October 19th.

Today more than 750 people...

New Poll Shows Bob McDonnell Leading Democrat Creigh Deeds In VA

Growing support among independent voters in Virginia is giving Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell a comfortable lead over Democrat Creigh Deeds.

A Richmond Times-Dispatch poll shows 48 percent favor McDonnell to 40 percent for Deeds. Twelve percent are undecided.

McDonne...

Montgomery County Health Department To Hold H1N1 Vaccination Clinic

Montgomery County's health department will offer an H1N1 vaccination clinic on October 14th from 9 a.m. to noon at the Dennis Avenue Health Center in Silver Spring, Maryland.

The County will offer the intranasal H1N1 vaccine at this clinic.Montgomery county expects to receive injectable flu...