News Archive - November 16, 2009

D.C. Group Releases How-To Manual For Truce Between Rival Gangs

By Mana Rabiee

A group in D.C. that's helped young people leave the world of inner-city violence has published a manual with the A-B-C's of how to negotiate a truce between rival gangs. For 20 years, the Alliance of Concerned Men has helped young people in the DC area pull themselves out of...

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WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court is refusing to block Virginia from executing Larry Bill Elliott, who is set to die Tuesday in the state's electric chair. Elliott would be the first person to die of electrocution in the United States this year and in Virginia since 2006.

WASHINGTON (AP) Th...

Commentary...Ed Orzechowski

The D.C. city council is considering a bill to legalize same sex marriage that could change the relationship between the District and some of the caregivers it contracts with to provide needed services.

Commentator Ed Orzechowski is president and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Monday, November 16, 2009

(Nov 16) KRONOS QUARTET Jimi Hendrix? Nine Inch Nails? Stravinsky? Anything is possible when the Kronos Quartet teams up with students from Maryland University's School of Music at the [Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center] for a free "Public Reading" tonight at 7pm. The concert is the culminati...

Power Breakfast For November 16, 2009

Moments after the House passed its version of a health care overhaul bill, reporters sought out any lawmaker willing to parse the significance of two words: Stupak amendment. The restrictive anti-abortion language that was championed and passed with the support of pro-life Democrats.

Eliz...

Washington Blade Shuts Down

By Meymo Lyons

Washington Blade, the oldest newspaper in the country for gays and lesbians, is shutting down.

The announcement of the closure of the Blade, a weekly, and other titles in the Window Media group was made in a posting on Twitter which read: "Washington Blade, like all Win...

Montgomery County Council To Discuss ICC Tolls

A Montgomery County council committee will meet later this morning to discuss tolls on the Intercounty Connector.

The first portion of the ICC is expected to open next year. If the tolls proposed by the state of Maryland are adopted, a one-way trip on the ICC's full length from Gaithersburg...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Eighty-five solders from Richmond's 276th Engineer Battalion are arriving back in Virginia after serving in Afghanistan since February. In Afghanistan, the unit cleared patrol routes, provide security and conducted patrols.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) Newport News police say a...

Authorities Inspect Columbia Heights Building Where Boy Is Killed

By Patrick Madden

While police continue to search for the gunman who killed a boy in his apartment in Northwest D.C., authorities are also looking at the safety of the entire building.

Outside the apartment building in Columbia Heights where nine-year-old Oscar Fuentes lived, the whit...

Master Educators Coach And Critique Teachers In D.C. Public Schools

From the day she started her job, D.C. Schools' Chancellor Michelle Rhee has made teachers her number one goal getting rid of the bad ones, and making all the others great. She says the most important factor affecting student achievement is the quality of teachers. Last year Rhee used an existing...

D.C. Church Enters Green Movement By Blessing Its Solar Panels

By Mana Rabiee

One of the oldest Episcopal churches in Washington entered the modern-day green energy movement by blessing its new solar panels.

In Northwest D.C., the bells of the National Cathedral tolled nearby as worshipers gathered behind the St. Albans rectory for the blessing....

Amtrak Predicts Busiest Travel Day

By Meymo Lyons

Amtrak is preparing for what it believes will be its busiest travel day this year.

Amtrak said Monday that it believes the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Nov. 25 will be its busiest travel day. The railroad predicts ridership could be as high as 125,000 passengers that d...

Montgomery County Waits For Decision On Fines

The Maryland Board of Education has yet to decide whether it will fine Montgomery County for not adequately fulfilling a school funding formula.

The county fell short in funding its "maintenance of effort" requirement, which essentially makes each county in Maryland spend more each year per...

U.S. Supreme Court Turns Away Redskins Case

By Matt McCleskey

The U.S. Supreme Court will not be considering the question of whether the name of the Washington Redskins football team is offensive. A group of Native Americans had petitioned the court to take up the case, but the justices today turned away the appeal.

The plainti...

New Medical Research Facility To Bring 415 Jobs To Fairfax

By Jonathan Wilson

In Virginia, Governor Tim Kaine visited Fairfax to announce hundreds of high-paying jobs coming the county's way.

The jobs, 415 of them, will come from a new non-profit medical research center called the Ignite Institute. Geneticist Dr. Dietrich Stephan is the compa...

MD Man Turns Plastic Into Oil

By Sabri Ben-Achour

A pile of pulverized plastic flower pots sits on the pavement by the Envion test reactor in Derwood, Maryland.

"In a matter of minutes, you'll see it go through the reactor," says Michael Han, Envion's CEO.

"This is the heating element that breaks down, melts...

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BALTIMORE (AP) One of the developers who gave Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon holiday gift cards she's accused of stealing has testified against her at her trial. Patrick Turner testified Monday that the cards were intended for city children, not the mayor's personal use.

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) Mo...

D.C. Man Runs 10 Marathons In 12 Months For Wounded Vets

By Rebecca Sheir

A man in Washington D.C., is running 10 marathons in 12 months to honor wounded service members. Thirty-one-year-old Doug Eldridge isn't a seasoned marathoner: "I'm just not that guy," he says.

And the first nine marathons haven't been a run in the park. He describes...

Baltimore County Council Considers Tanning Ban

By Natalie Neumann

Baltimore County could become the latest Maryland jurisdiction to prohibit the use of tanning facilities by minors.

Last week, the Howard County Board of Health voted unanimously to ban people under age 18 from using indoor tanning devices. Now the Baltimore County...

Montgomery County Council Committee Wants Lower ICC Tolls

By Matt Bush

A Montgomery County council committee is recommending cheaper tolls along the Intercounty Connector.

The council's transportation and environment committee recommended tolls that would at least be 10 cents per mile cheaper during rush hour periods. If the state transporta...