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News Archive - November 18, 2009

Advertising Industry Objects To Moran's Obesity Bill

By Sara Sciammacco

Virginia Congressman Jim Moran has introduced a bill to combat obesity among kids. But some in the advertising industry say it goes too far.

Moran's bill lets the federal government regulate the advertising and marketing of food and beverages to children. Obesity nu...

Dixon Defense Rests

By Meymo Lyons

The defense has rested in the theft trial of Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon.

Prosecutors allege Dixon used gift cards intended for the needy for her personal shopping sprees. The defense took only Tuesday afternoon and part of Wednesday morning to present its case.

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D.C. Leader Press Congress For More Autonomy

By Megan Hughes

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and City Council Chair Vincent Gray pressed Congress to give the district more autonomy.

District resident Nikolas Schiller wore colonial garb to today's hearing, a protest that D.C. still has no representation. But Capitol police ordered him to...

The Blade Expected to Publish a Revived Edition

By Kavitha Cardoza

The former editor of the Washington Blade says the newspaper will publish a revived edition this week. Kevin Naff is the former editor of the Blade. He says he and his staff are determined to publish a print and online edition this Friday.

The Blade was the oldest n...

Latest Maryland Regional News

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) A state panel has approved more than $361 million in spending reductions and reversions recommended by Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration to help meet Maryland's budget shortfall. The cuts were higher than the $300 million in revisions that had been expected.

WHEATON,...

Residents In Columbia Heights Say Building Plagued By Gangs

By Patrick Madden

Police in D.C. say the killing of nine-year-old Oscar Fuentes was not gang related. But Police Chief Cathy Lanier says the suspect had ties to MS-13. Residents in the building where the boy was killed say they are terrified by the gangs.

Outside the building where Os...

More H1N1 Flu Vaccine Becoming Available Around D.C. Region

By Matt McCleskey

More doses of the H1N1 flu vaccine are coming to parts the Washington area.

Virginia's Fairfax County is planning a mass vaccination clinic this Saturday at the County Government Center. It will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the county says it has the capacity...

Holiday Travel Season To Be Robust In D.C. Region

By David Schultz

For holiday travelers, it's that time of year again, when roads become clogged and airports get frantic.

Susanna Quinn is killing time in a gift shop at Reagan National Airport before her flight departs. She's traveling today, and she'll be traveling again next week w...

D.C. Board Of Elections Rules Against Same-Sex Marriage Opponents

By Jonathan Wilson

The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics has decided not to put a same-sex marriage ban on the ballot in the District, but same-sex marriage opponents say they're ready to appeal the decision.

The board says putting the measure on the ballot would violate D.C. law. "T...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are holding a hearing on whether Washington should be able to handle its budget and write laws without oversight by Congress. The city's budget and laws currently have to pass a review by Congress. A House subcommittee holds a hearing today called "Greate...

Residents In Columbia Heights Say Building Plagued By Gangs

By Patrick Madden

Police in D.C. say the killing of nine-year-old Oscar Fuentes was not gang related. But Police Chief Cathy Lanier says the suspect had ties to MS-13. Residents in the building where the boy was killed say they are terrified by the gangs.

Outside the building where Os...

Virginia's Exports To Cuba On The Rise

By Natalie Neumann

Virginia expects its food exports to Cuba to increase this year.

The state's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says Virginia's exports to Cuba are expected to rise by more than 10 percent this year. The department's preliminary figures show agricultura...

D.C. Same-Sex Marriage Opponents Take Case Back To Superior Court

By Jonathan Wilson

Supporters of a measure to ban same-sex marriage in Washington are taking their case to D.C.'s Superior Court--again.

Lawyers for the Alliance Defense Fund and Stand 4 Marriage D.C. have filed a lawsuit challenging Tuesday's ruling by the city's board of elections a...

D.C. Board Of Elections Rules Against Same-Sex Marriage Opponents

By Jonathan Wilson

The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics has decided not to put a same-sex marriage ban on the ballot in the District, but same-sex marriage opponents say they're ready to appeal the decision.

The board says putting the measure on the ballot would violate D.C. law. "T...

Latest Virginia Regional News

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) First Lady Michelle Obama received a few gardening tips from some children as she toured a northern Virginia elementary school's vegetable garden. Mrs. Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited Hollin Meadows Elementary in Alexandria today to promote the Obama admin...

D.C.'s LGBT Community Skeptical About Police Expansion Of Gay And Lesbian Unit

By Rebecca Sheir

Members of D.C.'s LGBT community are skeptical about the Metropolitan Police Department's plans to expand its gay and lesbian liaison unit.

The GLLU had seven members when it began nine years ago. As MPD Assistant Chief Diane Groomes explained Tuesday at a public meet...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Wednesday, November 18, 2009

(November 19) BILSON ON THE BROADWOOD This week offers a classical cornucopia. First, Bilson plays the Broadwood at the The Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland tomorrow night at 7:30pm. Master musician Malcolm Bilson tickles the 200-year-old ivories of the Broadwood piano for...

Power Breakfast For November 18, 2009

The gunfire at Fort Hood has just begun to ricochet in Washington.

Today, the leaders of several Senate committees go behind closed doors with Attorney General Eric Holder for another briefing about who knew what, when before the massacre at Fort Hood.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports....

Dixon Defense Only Calls Four Witnesses

By Meymo Lyons

The defense has rested in Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon's theft trial after calling four witness. The defense called two witnesses this morning, Dixon's pastor and a florist who testified about an anonymous delivery from Dixon's former boyfriend, developer Ronald Lipscomb. The...