News Archive - December 28, 2009

NOVA President Fears Budget Cuts

By Peter Granitz

The President of Northern Virginia Community College says the proposed state budget cuts, will hurt low income students the most.

Bob Templin says people turn to community colleges when the economy tanks.

"When they need training for a new career or they need to...

D.C. Rock Club Mobilizes Its Patrons Against Corporate Merger

By David Schultz

Over the years, the 9:30 Club has hosted dozens of politically active rock bands. Now, the club wants the rock fans who frequent it to get politically active themselves.

It sent an email to its patrons last week railing against the proposed merger of Ticketmaster and...

State Agenciues In Virginia Save on Gas

Back in June, Governor Tim Kaine challenged his state agencies to reduce their environmental impact. Gordon Hickey is the governor's press secretary.

"The idea was to try to reduce the amount of energy used by state agencies - we save energy but we also save money" The governor harnessed st...

Construction Set to Begin On Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast Great Streets Projec

By Rebecca Blatt

The District's Department of Transportation is expected to begin construction this morning on the Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast Great Streets Project.

The project covers a 2 mile stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue from 27th Street to Southern Avenue in Southeast. Crews wi...

Maryland Firm Introduces New Health Technology

A couple from Maryland is attempting to improve health care around the world while creating jobs locally. Nenad and Olivera Markovic have spent years designing a low-cost test kit that women in poor countries could use to detect cervical cancer early on.

Their firm, "MarkPap" in Rockville,...

Advocates Say Maryland Needs Tougher Child Protection Laws

By Elliott Francis

Child advocates and lawmakers say the death of an 11-year-old girl allegedly abducted from her Maryland home, highlights the need for tougher penalties for sex offenders.

The man charged in that case, 30-year-old Thomas Leggs Jr., is listed on the Maryland and Delaw...

Civil Rights Groups Find Common Ground with Anti Gay-Marriage Group over Metro

A protest over Metro bus ads has created common ground between gay rights advocates and a Christian coalition opposed to same-sex marriage.

It all started with a tweet on Twitter, as so many things do. Someone from a little-known gay rights group called "Full Equality Now DC" sent a Tweet d...

"Art Beat" - Monday, December 28th

(December 28th) SUPERHOMBRE The Real Story of the Superheroes is on the walls of the Smith Farm Center at 16th and U in Northwest DC. Photographer Dulce Pinzon's satirical documentary series portrays Mexican immigrants in their quotidian work environment clothed in superhero uniforms. The idea...

D.C. And Baltimore Private Schools In Green Competition

By Kate Sheehy

Private schools from the Washington and Baltimore area are engaged in a friendly competition to save energy.

'Going green' has become a familiar term. But it now carries a significant meaning for students in D.C. and Baltimore.

The Washington Post reports that stu...

VA's Loudon County Takes Part In Annual Christmas Bird Count

By Mana Rabiee

Thousands of area residents are taking part in the Audubon Society's annual census of birds. Volunteer bird counters in Virginia's Loudon County hope their efforts will curb the state's appetite to develop open spaces.

As Stanwyn Shetler tells it, the annual Christmas B...

Homeless Man Allegedly Steals, Crashes Plane

Police in Frederick, Md., say a homeless man tried to leave town in a stolen plane but crashed

Perhaps it was to mark the 106th anniversary of the Wright brothers first flight. Or maybe it was an ongoing dispute with gravity. But 51-year-old Calvin Cox allegedly tried to steal a single-e...

From Pond Bacteria...To Energy Independence?

It's virtually required for politicians to promise more 'green collar jobs' and to encourage us to wean ourselves off foreign oil, but a local company is trying to solve our fuel dependency problem while promising a greener alternative.

As Patrick Madden reports...

EagleBank Bowl Could Bring Economic Boost To D.C.

By David Schultz

This is the second year of the EagleBank Bowl, Washington D.C.'s contribution to the college football postseason.

Perennial powerhouse UCLA will face off against the Owls of Temple University, playing in their first bowl game in 30 years.

Steve Beck, director of...

Baltimore Requires Requires Faith-Based Pregnancy Centers To Advertise Services

By Cathy Duchamp

Baltimore Jan. 1 becomes the first city in the country to require faith-based crisis pregnancy centers to post signs about the services they offer, and those they don't.Montgomery County, Maryland may follow suit.

In Baltimore they're called Crisis Pregnancy Centers....

Book Store To End Chapter Of Gay Life

The Lambda Rising bookstore in Dupont Circle has been at the center of gay life in the region for decades. In January, it will close after 35 years.

When Deacon Maccubbin moved to D.C. back in 1969, at age 26, the world was a very different place for gays and lesbians. He remembers walking...