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News Archive - November 30, 2009

Commentary...Helping Others...Ellen London

The days between Thanksgiving and Christmas are known as the "Season of Giving". It's when donations increase, families volunteer their time and offices and organizations dedicate entire days to serving their neighbors in need.

Commentator Ellen London is the Interim President and CEO of th...

For Second Time This Year, Metro Trains Collide

By David Schultz

A six car Metro train traveling at a low speed struck the back of another six-car train parked in a maintenance area. The collision injured three Metro workers and damaged all 12 cars involved.

Metro spokesperson Lisa Farbstein says this happened at 4:30 a.m. Sunday m...

Fish Producer Accused Of Polluting Chesapeake Bay

By Matt McCleskey

Environmental regulators are looking into allegations that the nation's top menhaden processor has been dumping oxygen-choking fish waste into the Chesapeake Bay.

The accusations stem from a lawsuit filed by the Southern Environmental Law Center against the Omega Pro...

Power Breakfast for November 30, 2009

The rate of job loss is going down. Now Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen says Democrats are talking about job-creation.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Waldorf Community To Go 'Green'

By Natalie Neumann

A developer in southern Maryland is hoping to revitalize a community in Waldorf by "going green."

American Community Properties Trust is expected to announce plans today to double the size of the St. Charles community while reducing its carbon footprint with more en...

Train Operator Says Technical Malfunction Caused Collision

By David Schultz

The collision took place just before 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning, at the end of the operator's ten-hour shift. The empty six-car train he was driving slammed into the back of another empty train parked at the Falls Church Rail Yard. Jackie Jeter, the head of Metro's employee u...

50th Anniversary Of Prince Edward County's Fight Against Desegregation

Fifty years ago in Virginia, Prince Edward County became the only jurisdiction in the nation to close its public school system rather than comply with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to desegregate.

For the next five years, as Sarah McConnell reports, more than 2,000 African-American students...

Secularist Ad Campaign Timed For Christmas Holidays

By Mana Rabiee

The D.C. based group American Humanist Association has launched an ad campaign to promote atheistic ideas. Some local Christians believe its timing with the upcoming holiday is awkward.

The group is running 200 ads on D.C. buses that feature smiling people in Santa hats...

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) A jury in Baltimore is in its sixth day of deliberations in the public corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon. Prosecutors have accused Dixon of misappropriating gift cards donated for needy families, a charge her lawyers deny.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Maryland's comptroller says...

Georgetown Offers 'Free' Law School

By Rebecca Sheir

You don't normally hear "free" and "law school" back to back. But Georgetown University Law Center is looking to change that, with its new Loan Repayment Assistance Program.

The program dovetails with a new federal law, which allows people working a public service job...

Three Metro Cars Beyond Repair After Crash

By Natalie Neumann

Metro says at least three of its rail cars were damaged beyond repair in a weekend crash that injured three workers.

The transit agency says a six-car subway train was returning to the West Falls Church Rail Yard when it rear-ended a parked six-car train early Sunda...

White Supremacist May Not Appear In Court

By Meymo Lyons

The lawyer for the 89-year-old white supremacist accused of fatally shooting a guard at Washington's Holocaust museum says his client's medical condition could make it difficult to bring him to court hearings.

James von Brunn is being held at Butner Federal Medical Cent...

Humanist Group Launches 'No God' Campaign On D.C. Buses

By Mana Rabiee

The D.C. based American Humanist Association has launched a nationwide ad campaign -- just in time for Christmas.

The group has commissioned 200 ads located on DC city buses with images of smiling people wearing Santa hats and a large caption that asks "No God?...No Pro...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) A publicist for the couple that crashed a White House state dinner denies they are ``shopping'' any interviews or demanding TV network payments to tell their story. The publicist also says Michaele and Tareq Salahi aren't making any formal comments to the media.

WASHINGTON (...

D.C. Council to Vote on Same-Sex Marriage

By Patrick Madden

The "official" debate over gay marriage in the district is almost over. After months of heated hearings, failed attempts to put the issue before voters, and back and forth with local church groups, the D.C. council will take its first vote Tuesday on whether to let same-se...

Deliberations on Dixon Trial Continue

By Natalie Neumann

Jury deliberations continue today in the theft trial of Baltimore Mayor Shelia Dixon.Today will be the sixth day of deliberations.

Dixon is accused of stealing or misappropriating hundreds of dollars worth of gift cards that were bought by developers and that prosec...

Controversial Fenty Cabinet Member To Step Down

By David Schultz

Vincent Schiraldi has been hired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to run his city's probation department.

For nearly five years, Schiraldi led the D.C. agency responsible for handling juvenile offenders. He led the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services a...

"Art Beat" with Stephanie Kaye - Monday, November 30, 2009

(November 30) HEAP'IN IT ON English singer-songwriter Imogen Heap performs at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue near D.C.'s Chinatown tonight at 8. Electronic rockers Tim Exile and Back Ted N-Ted join Heap for a night of synthesized sound at the synagogue.

(November 25-December 5) PORTRAI...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Restaurants across Virginia are preparing to implement new anti-smoking regulations. Starting Tuesday, restaurants will be allowed to have a smoking area only if they segregate smokers into rooms with separate ventilation systems.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Nearly 800 farmers and...

Laid Off D.C. Teachers Criticize Union's Efforts To Help Them Keep Their Jobs

By Kavitha Cardoza

After losing a court challenge, several teachers laid off from D.C. public schools are now criticizing the union for not being proactive enough in helping them keep their jobs.

Crystal Proctor is one of several teachers who say union lawyers were not well prepared i...