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News Archive - December 31, 2009

Free Taxis Are "Designated Drivers"

By Sabri Ben-Achour

The period between Thanksgiving and New Year's is the most dangerous time of year when it comes to drunk driving, according to Kurt Erickson.

"There's a 40% uptick in deaths in Christmas, and a 60% uptick on New Year's Eve," says Erickson.

Erickson heads the...

Crews Battle Road Icing

By Sabri Ben-Achour

A forecast of dangerous road conditions has crews across the region racing to treat streets.

In Northern Virginia, 400 trucks have been on the roads since midnight treating them with magnesium chloride and brine to prevent icing. Joan Morris is with Virginia's Depa...

Virginia Congressional Delegation - Year in Review

By Matt Laslo

Virginia lawmakers had a busy year. They worked to revive the U.S. economy, and some of them also worked on human rights issues overseas.

It's not since the sixties that both of Virginia's senators were Democrats. And in the last election three GOP House seats turned blu...

D.C. Residents To Be Charged With Terror

Police in Pakistan are seeking terror charges against several Americans from the D.C. area. Pakistani police say they plan to ask a court to charge five Americans arrested in early December with terrorism, and will seek life imprisonment sentences against them.

The young Muslim men, who are...

Maryland Agency Ignores New Law

By Kavitha Cardoza

The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration has decided not to implement a new law affecting transgender individuals. At least not for now.

Under a law scheduled to go into effect on January 1st, a person who wanted to change their gender marker on their driver's lice...

Maryland's Congressional Delegation -- Year in Review

By Manuel Quinones

Members of Maryland's Congressional Delegation say preventing economic collapse was their top achievement for 2009.

The Nation's first African American president came to office with his party in control of Congress. Democrat Donna Edwards was thrilled by the possibi...

Deadline Looms For St. Elizabeth's

By Rebcca Sheir

The Districts sole public psychiatric facility has six more months to meet more than 200 requirements from the US Department of Justice. But St. Elizabeth's Hospital is determined to meet that deadline.

Walking amidst the hubbub of St. Elizabeth's Therapeutic Learning...

Chesapeake Bay Plan Not Enough

Federal efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay are falling short. So says a group of scientists and former politicians.

Matt Bush reports.

The group is led by Gerald Winegrad, a former Maryland state senator. He says last year's federal disaster declaration for the Bay's Blue Crab po...

Art Beat - Thursday, December 30th, 2009

(Jan. 1st) An Artsy 2010

If one of your new year's resolutions is to get in touch with your artsy side you might try a class - there are tons of them across the area. Stitch DC in Capitol Hill offers knitting, sewing, and quilting for all skill levels and some free weekend workshops too....

Housing Affordability Not Getting Better

By Jonathan Wilson

The number of households in D.C. and Northern Virginia spending more than half of their income on housing is growing, despite falling home prices.

In 2005 the number of households in D.C., Arlington and Alexandria devoting half their income to housing costs was 18 p...

Commentary...Fred Fiske Resolves To Buy Canadian

Flying in the face of the "Buy Local" movement, the final day of 2009 finds commentator Fred Fiske strengthening his resolve to "Buy Canadian".

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Silver Spring Man Alerted Attendants During Airline Attack

By Patrick Madden

A Silver Spring real estate consultant says he heard a "loud explosion" during a Christmas Day Northwest Airlines flight to Detroit and was the first to alert flight attendants.

Alain Ghonda, who was returning home from a business trip to Ghana, says he just did what...