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News Archive - November 17, 2009

D.C. Distributes Free Re-Usable Bags

The District is handing out more than a hundred thousand re-usable bags... a few weeks before residents have to pay for most plastic and paper ones.

When the so-called "bag bill" becomes law on Jan. 1st, shoppers will be have to pay a five-cent fee for every bag they use at shops and stores...

Power Breakfast for November 17, 2009

The Senate hunkers down this week to advance a health care overhaul bill.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Montgomery County Staffer Alleges Discrimination

By Sabri Ben-Achour

A Montgomery County Council staffer is filing the first ever discrimination complaint against the county under it's new human rights law.

Dana Beyer says she has been unfairly targeted by the Montgomery County Ethics Commission because of her private work to protec...

Commentary...Trust...Larry Checco

Commentator Larry Checco says it may be easier to follow Ralph Waldo Emerson's advice to "trust thyself" than it is to trust anyone else.

Checco is a Washington-area consultant and organizational coach.

Tell us what you think on the Commentary Forum.

Fairfax Co. to Get 415 Biotech Jobs Starting in January

By Jonathan Wilson

In Virginia Governor Tim Kaine says Fairfax County will get 415 new jobs starting in January. This comes after a year that saw the states unemployment rate hit a 17 year high.

Governor Kaine joined local politicians in front of a large crowd inside the Fairfax Count...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Gov. Kaine will not stop the execution of a former Army counterintelligence worker from Maryland who is set to die by electrocution for killing a northern Virginia couple. Sixty-year-old Larry Bill Elliott is scheduled to be executed at 9 p.m. today at for the January 2001 shoo...

Montgomery County Council Takes Votes On Transportation Issues Today

Montgomery County Council will make its final recommendations later this morning on three major transportation projects. The council will vote on whether to recommend lower tolls on the Intercounty Connector.

The body will also vote on the expansion of I-270, and whether the Corridor Citie...

A School's Turnaround Offers Lessons

By Sabri Ben-Achour

A school district in Richmond, VA says a novel approach to school violence has yielded dramatic results.

17-year old Keion Daniel remembers how his high school years began in Richmond.

"It was crazy. We had a drive-by my freshman year," Daniel says.

Gan...

Palin's "Going Rogue" Is Not A Best-seller Among D.C. Residents

By Alex Keefe

Sarah Palin's highly anticipated autobiography hit bookstores this morning. Pre-sales have made the book by the former Republican Vice Presidential candidate a bestseller on Amazon.com, but there seems to be less excitement at D.C. bookstores.

Outside a Border's bookstor...

Local Non-Profits Urged to Collaborate

By Rebecca Sheir

Leaders of non-profit groups in the D.C. area are looking to each other to help weather the current economic storm.

As the recession forces non-profits to provide more services with less funds, Chuck Bean of the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington has an idea:...

Calorie Counts Could Be On The Menu In Montgomery County

By Natalie Neumann

Calorie counts could be the newest item on some menus in Maryland's Montgomery County. The County Council is expected to pass the bill which would force chain restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus.

Proponents tell the Washington Examiner the rule would g...

D.C. Board Of Elections Says No To Same-Sex Marriage Ballot Measure

By Jonathan Wilson

The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics has decided not to let voters decide on a same-sex marriage ban.

Opponents of same-sex marriage, called the Stand 4 Marriage D.C. Coalition, wanted to put a same-sex marriage ban on the ballot in the District.

But the ci...

Sir Paul McCartney In Line For Prize

By Bill Redlin

Sir Paul McCartney is returning to Washington next year. The former Beatle is going to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress. An all-star tribute concert will also be staged in his honor in the spring of 2010, although the library has not an...

Some D.C. Council Members Want Expanded Insurance Coverage Of Autism

By Kavitha Cardoza

Some council members in D.C. want children with autism to have access to expanded therapies to reduce symptoms and improve their quality of life. Council Tommy Wells says insurance plans cover some but not all therapies. Families that can afford to can spend tens of thous...

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) The judge in Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon's theft trial has dismissed two of the seven charges against her. A judge ruled the evidence was insufficient to proceed with charges related to gift cards provided by the mayor's former boyfriend, developer Ronald Lipscomb.

ROCKVILLE...

Virginia Democrat Supports Republican Bill To Boost Nuclear Power

By Eric Niiler

Virginia Democratic Senator Jim Webb has thrown his support behind a Republican bill to boost nuclear power in the U.S. Webb says he doesn't like the Democrat's climate change legislation. He says the cap and trade bill with its pollution credit market is too complex.

W...

On Morning Edition: Sheila Dixon Trial

The criminal theft trial of Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon continues today. The Democrat has been accused of personally using gift cards prosecutors say were intended for charity. Dixon has pleaded not guilty to seven theft-related charges, and she would lose her office if convicted.

Baltimor...

Montgomery County Staffer Alleges Discrimination

By Sabri Ben-Achour

A Montgomery County Council staffer is filing the first ever discrimination complaint against the county under it's new human rights law.

Dana Beyer says she has been unfairly targeted by the Montgomery County Ethics Commission because of her private work to protec...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Tuesday, November 17, 2009

(Nov 18) PINK JAMS! The Pink Jams concert combines the country-tinged tunes of Justin Trawick and the rock-infused ballads of Memphis 59 for a breast cancer fundraiser at the Clarendon Ballroom in Virginia tomorrow night at 7:30. Wear your dancing shoes to raise $10,000 for the 2010 Washington w...

Taxicab Drivers in Prince George's Co. MD on Strike

By Elliott Francis

Taxicab drivers in Prince George's County are on strike. They claim the county is not enforcing certain guidelines that protect their livelihood.

One of the issues driving the work stoppage today and Wednesday is focused on the certificates which allow a vehicle to...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) D.C.'s Board of Ethics and Elections has ruled that a measure giving voters the option to ban same-sex unions cannot go on the city's ballot. The elections board says putting the measure on the ballot would conflict with the city's Human Rights Act.

WASHINGTON (AP) Police ha...