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News Archive - January 13, 2010

Legislative Session Starts In Maryland

By Matt Bush

Maryland's legislative session starts today in Annapolis, and some lawmakers are looking to increase the state's alcohol tax.

Opponents of the tax argue it would cost restaurants, bars, and other places that serve alcohol jobs. Delegate Bill Bronrott of Bethesda, who want...

No Consensus On How "Walkable" Tysons Corner Will Be

By Jonathan Wilson

Metrorail at Tysons Corner will mean more options for people who don't want to drive. But not everybody agrees on just how "walkable" the area will be.

Danny Oliver works at a computer repair shop in Tysons Corner. He doesn't believe Route 7 can ever truly become pe...

Ancient "Theater of War" Helping Modern-Day Soldiers

Theater is being used as a tool to help veterans deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other war-related challenges. The program, "Theater of War," brings Sophocles to institutions like Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Actors begin with a series of readings from two of the ancient Greek's...

Obama Promises All-Out Relief Effort In Haiti

By MATTHEW LEE and JULIE PACE Associated Press Writers

WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama on Wednesday promised an all-out rescue and humanitarian effort to help the people of Haiti overcome a "cruel and incomprehensible" tragedy, the ruinous earthquake that ravaged the poorest country...

Earthquake Hits Episcopal Diocese Hard

By Rebecca Sheir

News of the earthquake in Haiti has sent aftershocks through an Episcopal church in Northwest D.C. St. Patrick's has had close personal ties with the Caribbean country for nearly 30 years.

As Father John Lawrence sits down to read his latest e-mail, three words escape...

Feds Partner With Embattled D.C. AIDS Administration

By David Schultz

Scientists at the National Institutes of Health want to use the district to examine what they call the test-and-treat hypothesis: whether the disease can be curtailed primarily by annual voluntary testing and immediate drug treatment of those who test positive.

Dr. An...

U.S. DOT Launches New Distracted Driver Initiative

By Elliott Francis

Members of a new national advocacy organization want to raise awareness on the dangers of distracted driving through their personal stories.

Focus Driven is founded by families who've lost loved ones in traffic accidents involving drivers distracted by cell phone us...

Local Assistance For Haiti

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Search and rescue teams from Virginia's Fairfax County are going to Haiti to aid in the rescue effort there following the country's worst Earthquake in 200 years.

Seventy-two personnel and 48 tons of specialized equipment are headed for the airport. Fairfax County'...

Many In D.C. Missing In Haiti

By Greg Peppers

The Haiti Democracy Project is a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. Two of its employees have not been heard from since the quake struck.

James Murrell is the project's director. He says he hasn't been able to contact a board member and an electoral observer, both who...

Baseball Great Admits He Used Steroids

By Bill Redlin

A Maryland congressman says he's happy Mark McGwire has "finally admitted" he used steroids during his professional baseball career.

Rep. Elijah Cummings of Baltimore is a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He challenged the slugger on pot...

No Consensus On How "Walkable" Tysons Corner Will Be

By Jonathan Wilson

Metrorail at Tysons Corner will mean more options for people who don't want to drive. But not everybody agrees on just how "walkable" the area will be.

Danny Oliver works at a computer repair shop in Tysons Corner. He doesn't believe Route 7 can ever truly become pe...

U.S. DOT Launches New Distracted Driver Initiative

By Elliott Francis

Members of a new national advocacy organization want to raise awareness on the dangers of distracted driving through their personal stories.

Focus Driven is founded by families who've lost loved ones in traffic accidents involving drivers distracted by cell phone us...

Organizations Helping With Haiti Relief

Red Cross

Doctors Without Borders

AmeriCares Disaster Relief

International Medical Corps

Mercy Corps

Catholic Relief Services

World Vision International

UNICEF

Oxfam

Save the Children

Yele Haiti

Partners in Health

The Interna...

Earthquake Hits Episcopal Diocese Hard

By Rebecca Sheir

News of the earthquake in Haiti has sent aftershocks through an Episcopal church in Northwest D.C. St. Patrick's has had close personal ties with the Caribbean country for nearly 30 years.

As Father John Lawrence sits down to read his latest e-mail, three words escape...

Legislative Session Starts In Maryland

By Matt Bush

Maryland's legislative session starts today in Annapolis, and some lawmakers are looking to increase the state's alcohol tax.

Opponents of the tax argue it would cost restaurants, bars, and other places that serve alcohol jobs. Delegate Bill Bronrott of Bethesda, who want...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Wednesday, January 13, 2010

(January 14) SOMETHING BEYOND GREATNESS The Meditation Museum gives visitors something to ponder beyond power, wealth and prestige. The authors of the book Something Beyond Greatness will appear tomorrow night at 6:30 at the mind-body-soul hub in Silver Spring, Maryland. The authors will discuss...

Power Breakfast: Wednesday, January 13th 2010

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson brings us the latest from Capitol Hill in today's Power Breakfast...

Obama Promises All-Out Relief Effort In Haiti

By MATTHEW LEE and JULIE PACE Associated Press Writers

WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama on Wednesday promised an all-out rescue and humanitarian effort to help the people of Haiti overcome a "cruel and incomprehensible" tragedy, the ruinous earthquake that ravaged the poorest country...

State Roundup Jan. 13, 2010

From www.marylandreporter.com:

The General Assembly comes into session today with Gov. Martin O'Malley focusing on renewable energy, as lawmakers brace for a challenging 2010. No Ivey for Congress.

The Baltimore Sun's top General Assembly story for today discusses Gov. Martin O'Malley...

Baseball Great Admits He Used Steroids

By Bill Redlin

A Maryland congressman says he's happy Mark McGwire has "finally admitted" he used steroids during his professional baseball career.

Rep. Elijah Cummings of Baltimore is a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He challenged the slugger on pot...

No Consensus On How "Walkable" Tysons Corner Will Be

By Jonathan Wilson

Metrorail at Tysons Corner will mean more options for people who don't want to drive. But not everybody agrees on just how "walkable" the area will be.

Danny Oliver works at a computer repair shop in Tysons Corner. He doesn't believe Route 7 can ever truly become pe...

Ancient "Theater of War" Helping Modern-Day Soldiers

Theater is being used as a tool to help veterans deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other war-related challenges. The program, "Theater of War," brings Sophocles to institutions like Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Actors begin with a series of readings from two of the ancient Greek's...

District Seeks To Improve Special Education Services

By Jessica Gould

A new center in the district aims to improve special education by matching children with the services they need. Child development specialists say that by age three, most children are able to tell a story, throw a ball or ride a tricycle. But what if they don't? D.C. Public...

Legislative Session Starts In Maryland

By Matt Bush

Maryland's legislative session starts today in Annapolis, and some lawmakers are looking to increase the state's alcohol tax.

Opponents of the tax argue it would cost restaurants, bars, and other places that serve alcohol jobs. Delegate Bill Bronrott of Bethesda, who want...

Glenn Ivey Says He Doesn't Have The "Fire Or Belly" For Another Election

By Kavitha Cardoza

Glenn Ivey, the state's attorney in Prince George's County, has ruled out challenging incumbent Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) for her seat in Maryland's 4th District.

Ivey says his decision is based on what he calls the "the personal and financial rigors of the pursuit...

Local Assistance For Haiti

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Search and rescue teams from Virginia's Fairfax County are going to Haiti to aid in the rescue effort there following the country's worst Earthquake in 200 years.

Seventy-two personnel and 48 tons of specialized equipment are headed for the airport. Fairfax County'...

Many In D.C. Missing In Haiti

By Greg Peppers

The Haiti Democracy Project is a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. Two of its employees have not been heard from since the quake struck.

James Murrell is the project's director. He says he hasn't been able to contact a board member and an electoral observer, both who...

Earthquake Hits Episcopal Diocese Hard

By Rebecca Sheir

News of the earthquake in Haiti has sent aftershocks through an Episcopal church in Northwest D.C. St. Patrick's has had close personal ties with the Caribbean country for nearly 30 years.

As Father John Lawrence sits down to read his latest e-mail, three words escape...

Feds Partner With Embattled D.C. AIDS Administration

By David Schultz

Scientists at the National Institutes of Health want to use the district to examine what they call the test-and-treat hypothesis: whether the disease can be curtailed primarily by annual voluntary testing and immediate drug treatment of those who test positive.

Dr. An...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Wednesday, January 13, 2010

(January 14) SOMETHING BEYOND GREATNESS The Meditation Museum gives visitors something to ponder beyond power, wealth and prestige. The authors of the book Something Beyond Greatness will appear tomorrow night at 6:30 at the mind-body-soul hub in Silver Spring, Maryland. The authors will discuss...

Organizations Helping With Haiti Relief

Red Cross

Doctors Without Borders

AmeriCares Disaster Relief

International Medical Corps

Mercy Corps

Catholic Relief Services

World Vision International

UNICEF

Oxfam

Save the Children

Yele Haiti

Partners in Health

The Interna...

Haitian Students In D.C. Struggle To Make Sense Of Earthquake's Aftermath

By Patrick Madden

At Howard University, many Haitian students say they are struggling to reach relatives and to make sense of the tragedy back home.

"I lost two friends this morning," says Roberte Exantus, president of the school's Haitian Student Association. "I thought this was a ni...