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News Archive - December 21, 2009

State Cuts Could Lead To Tuition Hikes

By Peter Granitz

Virginia Governor Tim Kaine proposed cutting higher education spending by more than twenty-five-percent in his final budget. University leaders are expressing their concern.

The governor hopes slashing education money will help ease a revenue shortfall of more than th...

D.C. Officer Brandishes Gun During Snowball Fight

By Mana Rabiee

Videos showing a plain clothes D.C. police detective confronting a crowd during a snowball fight have turned viral on the internet.

The officer in the videos exits his vehicle and unholsters his gun as he approaches the crowd throwing snowballs at his Hummer. "He's got...

Retailers Can't Keep Winter Goods On Shelves

By Mana Rabiee

The snow storm over the weekend may have hurt many area retailers but those who sold winter goods just couldn't keep up with demand.

At ACE Hardware on Wisconsin Avenue in Northwest D.C., snow related items are leaving the store, sometimes even before they get it. "Hi M...

D.C. Federal Agencies Close Due To Storm

By Elliott Francis

Add all federal agencies to the list of closings and cancellations due to the storm...but, there are conditions.

Non-emergency employees will be granted excused absences, while employees who telecommute may be expected to work from home. Emergency employees are cons...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia's interstates and primary roads are mostly clear of snow and ice but highway officials say secondary routes are still treacherous. The Virginia Department of Transportation said Monday that much of the snow on secondary roads has changed to ice or become packed because...

Road Hazards In Maryland

By Elliott Francis

AAA Mid-Atlantic reports a record level of calls for roadside emergencies in the region. Today one motorist in Montgomery County, Maryland became part of that statistic.

Linda Kyle's gray mid-sized Chevy is neatly wedged at a 50 degree angle off a one lane road in D...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Monday, December 21, 2009

(Through December 24) AFI SPIRIT The AFI Silver Theatre and Culture Center features holiday classics and little-seen flicks this cinematic season in Silver Spring through Christmas Eve. The angel-filled It's a Wonderful Life makes several appearances, along with a return engagement of the Jim He...

VA Residents Encouraged To Telecommute During Snow

By Mana Rabiee

As Virginia residents recover from this weekend's snow storm, they may want to consider doing what many government workers in the state already do -- telecommute from home. Virginia's 100,000 state employees have been encouraged for some time now to telework as much as possib...

Former Virginia Tech Student Pleads Guilty To Decapitating Classmate

By Kavitha Cardoza

A former Virginia Tech student accused of killing another student in a campus eatery has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.

Haiyang Zhu entered his plea Monday morning during a hearing in Montgomery County Circuit Court. Zhu was charged with the murder of Xin Ya...

VDOT Prepares For Potentially Slippery Conditions On Monday

By Jonathan Wilson

Transportation Departments worked round the clock to clear major roads in the area on Sunday but commuters may still face serious challenges getting to work Monday morning.

Major highways in Northern Virginia looked a lot better Sunday than they did on Saturday....

Policy Academy Barred For Bad Record Keeping

By Kate Sheehy

The police academy run by Prince George's Community College has been barred from administering new police training classes.

Rookie police officers are being asked to return to the academy because of bad record keeping. According to the Washington Post, Deputy Director o...

Transportation Service Update

By Rebecca Blatt

Runways are clear at all three airports in the Washington region, but there are still a lot of frustrated travelers.

At Reagan National Airport, some people missed their flights while they waited in unusually long lines to check luggage. The lines to rebook flights ar...

Shovelers Clear 25 Million Pounds Of Snow From FedEx Field

By David Schultz

And you thought clearing your driveway was difficult. Several hundred men - and more than a few women - are working here at the massive stadium, armed with snow shovels.

They're moving the snow out of the seats and into the aisles, where it's put on a chute and sent...

Latest Maryland Regional News

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) A 67-year-old woman charged with soliciting the murder of her son's former girlfriend remains behind bars in Hagerstown after having bail set at $750,000. Grace Fink of Hancock sought to be released on her own recognizance but a judge said the charges are too serious and the...

Buses Take Lanes From Cars In Baltimore

By Cathy Duchamp

For the first time ever, the city of Baltimore is taking lanes of traffic away from cars, to make way for it's new Charm City Circulator bus service.

No doubt, some people who drive near the Baltimore Inner Harbor will be mad. But Jamie Kendrick with the city transpor...

Power Breakfast For Monday December 21, 2009

Another week dawns - short on hours of sunlight but long on hours of debate in the United States Senate.

Congress is, in fact, a Tale of Two Chambers. So we devote this morning to a few observations from the House side. Which ended its legislative year already. But will eventually have i...

D.C. Deployed Largest Deployment Ever Of Plow Trucks

By Kavitha Cardoza

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty says the city will be ready when federal workers return to work after a storm dumped 18 inches of snow on the region.

Fenty said Monday that 330 plow trucks are being deployed for the sixth time. He says it is the city's largest deployment ev...

Future Of Slots In Anne Arundel To Be Decided Tonight

By David Schultz

After numerous delays and postponements, the Council is scheduled to cast a final vote tonight. They'll decide whether or not to allow a slot machine parlor at Arundel Mills Mall in Hanover.

With slot machines expected to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in re...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty says the city will be ready when federal workers return to work Tuesday after a storm dumped 18 inches of snow on the region. Fenty said Monday that 330 plow trucks are being deployed for the sixth time.

WASHINGTON (AP) D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty says a...

Local Airport Runways Open, But Terminals Clogged With Passengers

By Jonathan Wilson

Local airport runways returned to normal service in most cases today. But things were far from normal inside terminals, where people are still trying to sort out hundreds of flights canceled over the weekend.

By ten o'clock, many of the hundreds waiting to see ticke...