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News Archive - January 7, 2010

Civil War Reenactment Goes Too Far

By Meymo Lyons

In a Civil War reenactment that went too far, Union and Confederate cavalry commanders who tussled on the field of battle in Virginia each were found not guilty of assault.

The two pressed charges against each other after the Sept. 19, 2009, reenactment of the Battle of...

Fairfax Schools Superintendent To Lay Out Budget Plan

By Jonathan Wilson

This evening in Virginia, the superintendent for Fairfax County Public Schools lays out his proposal for dealing with a projected $176 million budget shortfall, a deficit almost twice as large as what the district dealt with last year.

School board members, teachers...

Get Used To Profiling

When it comes to providing security at airports, Senior Commentator, Fred Fiske says it's time we all get used to profiling.

To respond to his opinion, go to The Conversation.

Safety Inspectors Nearly Hit By Metro Train

By Rebecca Blatt

The agency that oversees safety on Metro says some of its workers were nearly hit by a train during an inspection in December, and the agency is suggesting that Metro doesn't enforce all safety rules.

Calling the incident a "near miss," the Tri-State Oversite Committe...

Baltimore Sun Editor Talks About Dixon's Resignation

Baltimore's Mayor, Sheila Dixon has accepted a plea deal on perjury charges, as part of that, she's agreed to resign next month. She had already been convicted of misappropriating gift cards for the needy.

Metro Editor at The Baltimore Sun speaks with host Matt McCleskey about what this all...

Survey: One Of Eight Juvenile Inmates Sexually Abused

By David Schultz

The U.S. Department of Justice released the results of a congressionally mandated survey today. Twelve percent of the juvenile inmates who responded say they've been sexual abused. That's three to four times higher than in surveys of adult inmates.

Of that 12 percent,...

Counties In Maryland Join To Fight Gangs

Montgomery and Prince Georges counties in Maryland are launching a joint task force targeting gangs. Nearly $3 million in federal money will help fund the initiative.

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) says gangs know no borders, and efforts at stopping them shouldn't either. The money comes from a o...

D.C.'s Bag Fee Strikes In Unexpected Places

By Rebecca Sheir

It's been nearly a week since stores in the District that sell food or liquor started charging customers for disposable bags. The 5 cent fee is striking customers in some unexpected places.

Scott Evans just shelled out 5 cents for a bright blue plastic bag containing...

D.C. Public Schools Attempt Reduce Unexcused Absences

By Kavitha Cardoza

Public school students in D.C. can accumulate 20 unexcused absences every year before being referred to Child and Family Services, but a proposal before the city council would cut that number in half.

When the Board of Education voted to increase the number from 10...

Latest Virginia Regional News

McLEAN, Va., (AP) Contractors working on a Metrorail extension in Virginia plan to conduct testing that may sound like a small explosion. Contractors working on the Dulles Metrorail Project are planning to test the structural integrity of a support pillar early this afternoon, weather permitting....

Fairfax Schools Superintendent To Lay Out Budget Plan

By Jonathan Wilson

This evening in Virginia, the superintendent for Fairfax County Public Schools lays out his proposal for dealing with a projected $176 million budget shortfall, a deficit almost twice as large as what the district dealt with last year.

School board members, teachers...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Thursday, January 7, 2010

(January 7) PERMANENT COLLECTION Combining the forces of art and theater, The Phillips Collection in D.C.'s Dupont Circle hosts an after-hours discussion about Round House Theatre's upcoming play, "Permanent Collection,". The session begins tonight at 6:30 during the gallery's "Phillips After 5"...

Safety Inspectors Nearly Hit By Metro Train

By Rebecca Blatt

The agency that oversees safety on Metro says some of its workers were nearly hit by a train during an inspection in December, and the agency is suggesting that Metro doesn't enforce all safety rules.

Calling the incident a "near miss," the Tri-State Oversite Committe...

Baltimore Sun Editor Talks About Dixon's Resignation

Baltimore's Mayor, Sheila Dixon has accepted a plea deal on perjury charges, as part of that, she's agreed to resign next month. She had already been convicted of misappropriating gift cards for the needy.

Metro Editor at The Baltimore Sun speaks with host Matt McCleskey about what this all...

Latest Maryland Regional News

CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) Last year, Gov. O'Malley told the Maryland Association of Counties annual winter conference that there would be "lots of cuts all around" to address a $1.9 billion budget deficit. O'Malley must submit the state's annual budget later this month and finds himself in a similar pr...

Counties In Maryland Join To Fight Gangs

Montgomery and Prince Georges counties in Maryland are launching a joint task force targeting gangs. Nearly $3 million in federal money will help fund the initiative.

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) says gangs know no borders, and efforts at stopping them shouldn't either. The money comes from a o...

D.C.'s Bag Fee Strikes In Unexpected Places

By Rebecca Sheir

It's been nearly a week since stores in the District that sell food or liquor started charging customers for disposable bags. The 5 cent fee is striking customers in some unexpected places.

Scott Evans just shelled out 5 cents for a bright blue plastic bag containing...

Shanahan's Friendship With Redskins Owner Has History

By Jonathan Wilson

New Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan arrives in Washington with two Super Bowl rings, as well as a relationship with Skins owner Dan Snyder goes back farther than some may realize.

Daniel Snyders interest in hiring Mike Shanahan may have started years ago.

Du...

O'Malley Addresses Counties On Budget

By Kate Sheehy

Maryland's Governor is set to address the State Association of Counties tonight, with a nearly $2 billion budget deficit looming.

When O'Malley last addressed the group's annual winter conference, the state faced a $1.9 billion deficit and the governor said there would...

Fairfax Schools Superintendent To Lay Out Budget Plan

By Jonathan Wilson

This evening in Virginia, the superintendent for Fairfax County Public Schools lays out his proposal for dealing with a projected $176 million budget shortfall, a deficit almost twice as large as what the district dealt with last year.

School board members, teachers...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Thursday, January 7, 2010

(January 7) PERMANENT COLLECTION Combining the forces of art and theater, The Phillips Collection in D.C.'s Dupont Circle hosts an after-hours discussion about Round House Theatre's upcoming play, "Permanent Collection,". The session begins tonight at 6:30 during the gallery's "Phillips After 5"...

Baltimore Mayor Resigns In Plea Deal

By Rebecca Blatt

Some are criticizing the plea deal that Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon has accepted. It requires that she resign, but prosecutors are defending it. Dixon already was convicted of misappropriating gift cards for the needy and was to be tried for perjury in March.

Dixon's...

Power Breakfast For January 7, 2010

Send lawyers, guns - and mother.

No one ever said legislating "change" would be easy. With Congress mired in health care, cap & trade and more, why not take on another issue that has vexed it for years? Take immigration. Ben Johnson of the American Immigration Council says the stars hav...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) The Tri-State Oversight Committee, which monitors safety at Metro, says a team of inspectors was nearly hit by a Metro train that appeared to be traveling at full speed. The committee said in a report released yesterday that the train appeared to be making no attempt to slow, as r...

Metro Will Consider Raising Fares

Metro will consider raising fares to help balance its budget. Metro may "tack on" up to ten cents on all bus and train rides this spring.

It's one proposal that Metro's Board of Directors will look at to help close the transit agency's $40 million budget gap. Another option is to cut servi...

Get Used To Profiling

When it comes to providing security at airports, Senior Commentator, Fred Fiske says it's time we all get used to profiling.

To respond to his opinion, go to The Conversation.

D.C. Public Schools Attempt Reduce Unexcused Absences

By Kavitha Cardoza

Public school students in D.C. can accumulate 20 unexcused absences every year before being referred to Child and Family Services, but a proposal before the city council would cut that number in half.

When the Board of Education voted to increase the number from 10...

O'Malley Addresses Counties On Budget

By Kate Sheehy

Maryland's Governor is set to address the State Association of Counties tonight, with a nearly $2 billion budget deficit looming.

When O'Malley last addressed the group's annual winter conference, the state faced a $1.9 billion deficit and the governor said there would...

Survey: One Of Eight Juvenile Inmates Sexually Abused

By David Schultz

The U.S. Department of Justice released the results of a congressionally mandated survey today. Twelve percent of the juvenile inmates who responded say they've been sexual abused. That's three to four times higher than in surveys of adult inmates.

Of that 12 percent,...

Baltimore Mayor Resigns In Plea Deal

By Rebecca Blatt

Some are criticizing the plea deal that Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon has accepted. It requires that she resign, but prosecutors are defending it. Dixon already was convicted of misappropriating gift cards for the needy and was to be tried for perjury in March.

Dixon's...

Power Breakfast For January 7, 2010

Send lawyers, guns - and mother.

No one ever said legislating "change" would be easy. With Congress mired in health care, cap & trade and more, why not take on another issue that has vexed it for years? Take immigration. Ben Johnson of the American Immigration Council says the stars hav...