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News Archive - November 3, 2009

Republicans Sweep Virginia

By Michael Pope

Despite the Republican sweep of statewide races in Virginia, Democrats in Alexandria are celebrating victories in local elections.

Democrats maintained their dominance in Alexandria, winning all of the local races for House of Delegates. Democratic candidates for sheri...

Commentary...Finding A Job While Disabled

Finding a job these days is hard, but as commentator Lee Mariano notes, people with disabilities are having a tougher time than many others.

Mariano is the board chair of SOC Enterprises.

What do you think? Tell us on the Commentary Forum.

Arlington Co. Registrar Says It'll Be Tough to Match 2008 Turnout

Today's election in Virginia may come down to turnout and at least in Arlington County -- it's going to be hard to match what the state saw in the 2008 presidential election.

Linda Lindberg -- general registrar for the county -- says there were plenty of signs that the election of 2008 was...

Secret Watchers Stake Out State Hospitals

Be sure to wash up, doctors. Much like secret shoppers, secret watchers will stake out state hospitals in Maryland to watch how often medical practitioners wash their hands.

A new initiative announced in Maryland on Tuesday will create teams at most of the state's hospitals to watch how oft...

Latest Virginia Regional News

FARMVILLE, Va. (AP) An aspiring California rapper has been indicted on capital murder charges in the deaths of four people found bludgeoned to death at a central Virginia home in September. Indictments were returned for 20-year-old Richard "Sam" McCroskey.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginians are...

WAMU Election Coverage

WAMU will provide hourly on-air coverage of the Virginia elections. You can listen to the audio of all on-air coverage here.

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Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. The Virginia Board of Elections will...

Loudoun County Voters Go To Polls

Voters in Loudoun County are casting their vote for Governor, but its not yet clear for who.

Unlike the national elections one year ago there have been no lines at Rolling Ridge Elementary School in Sterling, but the stream of voters has been consistent according, to volunteer Rachael Sarge...

"Art Beat" with Stephanie Kaye - Tuesday, November 3, 2009

(Through November 22) HELEN OF ANNOYING Venus Theatre in Prince George's County, steals away with a new play, Helen of Sparta, in Laurel, Maryland through November 22nd. Writer Jacob Appel is a playwright, bioethicist and social critic. This comical version re-writes the Iliad, as Prince Paris...

It's Not 2008, But Election Interest Still High In Arlington County

As voters head to the polls in Virginia today, there are some signs that the increased political interest from the 2008 election is continuing, at least in Arlington County.

Linda Lindberg, the County's general registrar, said voters have cast more than 4,500 absentee ballots this fall.

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Frederick Voters Choosing New Mayor, Aldermen

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) Voters in Frederick are going to the polls to choose a new mayor and at least two new aldermen.

The mayoral race Tuesday pits Republican Randy McClement, a downtown delicatessen owner, against Democrat Jason Judd, an economist with the Service Employees International Uni...

Warning Period Extended to Drivers In MD Workzones

Maryland has extended the warning period for drivers speeding in work zones with new camera enforcement. The state has given out more than 900 warning notices for drivers speeding in the automated enforcement zones since October 14th.

The work zones include a section of I-95 in Montgomery C...

Dramatic Difference At Fairfax Polling Spot

Last year, when Guy Whitney came to the Willston Community Center to cast his vote, Whitney said things looked a lot different than they did this afternoon.

"Nobody's here," said Whitney. "Last year was crazy; parking lot was full, line was out around the corner, it was crazy."

As of...

"Much Ado About Nothing" In Trinidad

If Shakespeare were alive today, which D.C. neighborhood would he call home? One director envisions the Bard in the Northeast Neighborhood of Trinidad.

Stephanie Kaye reports...

VA, MD Law Allows Deer Killed on Roadway for Food

This is breeding season for deer, hazardous for animal and motorist. If you strike and kill some wild animal with your car in Virginia or Maryland, you're allowed to bring it home and consume it. The law says you can keep the carcass, then process and use the meat for food.

"VDOT is respons...

Latest Maryland Regional News

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) A 62-pound golden tilefish that might be a Maryland record nearly jerked an angler out of his boat when the fish bit. Steve Doctor says he was fishing with boat captain Chris Mizurak about 60 miles off the coast of his hometown, Ocean City, near the Baltimore Canyon.

BA...

Coalition Sets 40-Year Goals For D.C. Region

Imagine taking Houston, Texas and moving its 2,000,000 residents here. David Robertson of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments says that's how much the National Capital Region will grow by 2050.

"So in areas of transportation congestion, open-space preservation, a number of th...

Metro Struggling To Fill Budget Gaps

Metro officials say that to close a budget gap they can cobble together $36 million from sources including stimulus and insurance money. Metro is currently facing a shortfall of more than $20 million.

The shortfall is a result of a drop in ridership, in part because of unemployment, and ris...

New Voting Technology Makes Debut In Takoma Park

In Maryland, voters are deciding local municipal elections. But in one city in Montgomery County they'll be voting differently.

Voters in Takoma Park are electing a mayor and six city council members. They'll be doing so using voting system that's making its debut in a municipal election....

Tainted Ground Beef Warning From USDA

Two deaths and 26 other illnesses may be linked to fresh ground beef that has been recalled because it might be contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

Fairbank Farms, a NY based company, recalled more than 500,000 pounds of fresh ground beef that was distributed in September. The U.S. Departme...

Power Breakfast for November 3, 2009

The Senate Environment Committee begins mark-up of a climate bill today, with or without Republicans.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Attorneys for sniper mastermind John Allen Muhammad plan to file an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to stop next week's execution. Muhammad is scheduled to die by lethal injection November 10th at a Virginia prison.

WASHINGTON (AP) Attorneys for sniper master...