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News Archive - October 14, 2009

Families In Maryland Urged To Sign Up For Medicaid Program

Governor Martin O'Malley wants more families in Maryland to sign up for the state's Medicaid program.

Add residents of Maryland to the NFL linebackers and defensive ends who can't avoid Washington Redskins tackle Chris Samuels. That's because Samuels will appear on posters and in public ser...

Power Breakfast For October 14, 2009

Within hours of the Senate Finance Committee taking its highly-anticipated vote, Senator Barbara Boxer was standing at a podium talking about that other legislative behemoth that dwells in the shadows of health care reform--climate change.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Archdiocese Of D.C. Says Sex Abuse Case Now Settled

The Archdiocese of Washington says it's settled a lawsuit with a man who claims he was sexually abused by a former priest and a seminarian at a D.C. church.

The archdiocese says it settled the case brought by Gamal Awad for $125,000. Awad says he was abused by George A. Stallings Jr., and a...

Commentary By Jackie Jeter

Washington's Metro system has experienced more than a dozen accident-related deaths and several suicides in recent months. As commentator Jackie Jeter notes, those numbers do not include the loss of life prior to the June 22nd red line crash.

Jeter is president of Local 689 of the Amalgamat...

Fenty Names a New Technology Officer

The District has named its new chief technology officer. Bryan Sivak has been tapped by Mayor Fenty to take over a city agency that was rocked by a kickback scandal earlier this year. The 34-year-old previously worked for Inquira and Electric Knowledge two California technology companies that spe...

Metro Drivers To Do It By The Book

Bus drivers who work for Metro say they'll be following all rules to the letter as part of a safety push by their union.

Drivers are warning that buses might fall behind schedule as a result. They say they'll observe posted speed limits, activate handicap lifts at every bus stop and won't p...

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) Officials say a proposed wind farm in western Maryland would help the state meet renewable energy goals but homeowners who live near the site say the impact on their safety hasn't been adequately considered. Synergics Wind Energy wants to build a 50-megawatt wind farm near Oakland...

Virginia Says Its Prepared For Worst

If a pandemic or another major disaster occurs, the state of Virginia is prepared. The commonwealth has developed tools to address shortages of medical staff and other resources in the event a pandemic or disaster creates them.

A planning guide for critical resource shortages was put togeth...

Activists Rally for Immigration Reform

D.C. area immigrants and activists were on Capitol Hill yesterday calling on lawmakers and President Obama to act on immigration reform.

A large crowd gathered in the shadow of the Capitol and invoked President Obama's campaign message of change. They want him to deliver on his promise to p...

VA Dept. Of Education Loses Personal Information Of 100,000 Students

The Virginia Department of Education says personal information about more than 103,000 former adult-education students has been lost.

Virginia's Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright says information stored on a flash drive was lost in Richmond on Sept. 21 after department of...

Prince William Co. VA Approves Revised Immigration Policy

The Prince William County board of supervisors has approved a disputed revision to a federal policy on immigration. The eight member board voted unanimously to accept the revised version of the so-called 287g directive. Issued by the department of Homeland security, 287g gives local police depart...

Congressional Panel Looks Into Fake Letters Sent To Congress Members

A congressional panel is looking into fake letters sent to Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.), urging him to vote against a landmark clean-energy bill.

Perriello, a Democrat representing Virginia's 5th district, received 13 of the bogus letters. They went to two other congressmen as well. The lette...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia's fourth- and eighth-graders perform better in mathematics than their peers nationwide, but less than half have a solid grasp of the subject. The tests are considered the best gauge of public schools' student performance in core subjects.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The s...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Wednesday, October 14, 2008

(October 15-24) "ONE IN TEN" AT SHAKESPEARE Reel Affirmations highlights more than 100 films over a 10-day period, starting tomorrow at the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Harman Center for the Arts in downtown D.C. This LGBT film festival is punctuated with live events, from receptions and galas t...

Local Politician Scorned For Berating Elderly Woman

When members of the Herndon Town Council joined a tea-party style protest at a fundraiser featuring Governor Tim Kaine, 81-year-old Ruth Tatlock of Herndon didn't like it a bit. She showed up at the next town council meeting to complain, but she was interrupted by Councilman Dennis Husch. And the...

Wall Street Journal Surpasses USA Today As No. 1

By ANDREW VANACOREAP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) The Wall Street Journal has surpassed USA Today as the top-selling daily newspaper in the United States.

The Audit Bureau of Circulations won't be releasing its latest figures until Oct. 26, but the Journal said Wednesday that it gain...

Banking Association Says Card Skimming At ATMs Is On The Rise

Authorities on the eastern shore of Maryland are investigating how thieves accessed 88 personal accounts at a branch of the Bank of America by using something called an ATM card skimmer.

Card skimmers work much the same way that a card reader on an ATM works. The skimmers gather your person...

Virginia State Revenues Worse Than Last Year

In Virginia, state revenues aren't keeping pace with the budget. Tax collections continued to lag in September compared to the same month last year when there were meltdowns in the stock markets.

The state's monthly revenue report says major sources of general fund money, except for taxes w...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) The Archdiocese of Washington says it settled a lawsuit with a man who says he was sexually abused as a teenager by a former priest and a seminarian at a D.C. church. The archdiocese says it settled the case brought by Gamal Awad for $125,000.

WASHINGTON (AP) A 19-year-old m...

It's Easy-Going For New Park Service Employee

The National Park Service has a new employee. Her name is Eva. She's going through an extensive training period but will get away with working just a few hours a week.

Stephanie Kaye visits with Ranger Mark Myers. He's responsible for training Eva and an unusual herd of government workers....

Politician's YouTubed Comments Create Stir

When 81-year-old Ruth Tatlock spoke before the Herndon Town Council last month, she wanted to confront council members who protested Governor Tim Kaine's recent visit.

But just a few minutes into her remarks, as shown on the video, Tatlock was silenced. "May I continue please?" she asked th...

Father Pleads Guilty In Children's Deaths

A man from Rockville has pleaded guilty to drowning his three young children in a Baltimore hotel bathtub.

Prosecutors say Mark Castillo pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree murder in Baltimore Circuit Court. Castillo was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences without parol...

Latest Maryland Regional News (Rebroadcast)

BALTIMORE (AP) Officials say a proposed wind farm in western Maryland would help the state meet renewable energy goals but homeowners who live near the site say the impact on their safety hasn't been adequately considered. Synergics Wind Energy wants to build a 50-megawatt wind farm near Oakland...