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News Archive - October 23, 2009

D.C. Metro Addresses Employee Discipline Issues

With 400 citations for running red lights in 2004, Metro bus operators are in the spotlight, and so are the people they work for.

Bus operators watching television, texting behind the wheel, along with reports of rude behavior and frequent traffic accidents. That's just part of recent publi...

D.C. Sniper Attorneys Ask Virginia Governor to Commute Sentence

Attorneys for the so-called D.C. sniper are trying to convince Governor Tim Kaine that their client is too mentally ill to be executed.

John Allen Muhammad's lawyers say they gave Kaine a compilation of interviews with attorneys, mental health experts and witnesses showing Muhammad's mental...

Power Breakfast for October 23, 2009

This week, the whipping frenzy seems to intensify with each passing day - and each new sign that a certain linchpin element of health care overhaul is gaining traction in both chambers.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Organizers Try to Green Marine Corps Marathon

Tens of thousands will participate in the Marine Corps Marathon that meanders through DC and Northern Virginia Sunday. Race organizers say they're making sure to minimize its impact on the environment.

30,000 runners will surely affect the environment. Marathon runners throw extra clothing...

"Art Beat" with Stephanie Kaye - Weekend Events, October 23-25, 2008

(October 23) DINNERSTEIN IN JAIL The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is sending a classically-trained pianist to prison. World-renowned musician Simone Dinnerstein checks in at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women this morning at 11 for some "Jailhouse Bach." This performance is off-lim...

New Hate Crimes Bill May Help D.C. Gay Marriage Law

Some local activists are reacting to the passage of a U.S. Senate bill extending hate crime protections to include victims targeted for their sexual orientation or gender identity. They say the legislation signals a shift in political momentum within the District.

Sean Bugg is the co-publis...

City Planners Say Streetcars Are D.C.'s Future

From Portland, Oregon to Barcelona, cities are adopting streetcars as a more efficient way to move people. D.C. has a $1.5 billion plan to build a network of modern streetcars.

Monte Edwards, a lifelong resident of the D.C. area, remembers the pre-World War II era when streetcars roamed the...

This Week in Congress - October 23, 2009

On Tuesday, the median age of people wearing suits and high heels in the Capitol dropped considerably. Scores of earnest 20-somethings flanked Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her announcement of a new provision in the House version of health care overhaul.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Day Care Worker Accused In Death

A day care worker in Maryland's Talbot County is accused in the death of a baby in her care.

Maryland State police say the child suffered injuries consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome. The D.C. medical examiner's office says nine-month-old Trevor Ulrich died last month from inflicted head t...

A Push for Tree Trimming in Fairfax

In Virginia, some members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are working on a new set of regulations for tree trimmers.

Adam Wingo uses a series of ropes to scale up a silver maple in Fairfax County. A resident has hired him to remove branches scraping against a home roof. Wingo say...

U.S. Senate Committee Approves Bill To Recognize Six Virginia Tribes

A Senate committee passed a bill to give six central Virginia Indian tribes federal recognition. That would let the tribes apply for federal housing and education dollars.

Virginia lawmakers say the tribes are unique. They signed British peace treaties and an old state law made it impossibl...

Virginia May Be Seeing Peak of H1N1 Virus

Virginia's health commissioner says the state may be seeing the peak of swine flu infection. Karen Remley says Virginia could be in the middle of its "epidemic curve," where a disease reaches its highest point of infection before starting to come down.

"We are up at 14.2 percent," she says...

Charter Schools in D.C. to Collaborate with Schools In England

Teachers from some charter schools in D.C. will collaborate with teachers from schools in England and discuss curricula, social challenges and similar experiences in the classroom.

Tom Nida with the public charter school board says this is the first time there's been such a partnership in D...

Some African Americans Skeptical of Flu Vaccines

Hundreds of families in Wards six and seven lined up for their doses of the H1N1 flu vaccine last night, though some remain mistrustful.

Khepra Anu won't be getting a flu vaccination this year - or ever. He doesn't trust vaccine providers.

Howard University historian Greg Carr says a...

Swine Flu May Be Nearing Peak in Virginia

Virginia's health commissioner says the state may be seeing the peak of swine flu infection. Karen Remley says Virginia could be in the middle of its "epidemic curve," where a disease reaches its highest point of infection before starting to come down, measured by the number of cases seen in hos...