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News Archive - January 15, 2010

An Interview with Chief of Fairfax Urban Search and Rescue

Battalion Chief Michael Schaff tells host Matt McCleskey the latest on the Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue Team in Haiti.

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas has pleaded guilty to carrying a pistol without a license in the District of Columbia, a felony conviction that could jeopardize his future in the NBA. Arenas pleaded guilty to violating the city's gun laws as part of a plea bargain in D.C. S...

Arenas Pleads Guilty To Felony Gun Possession

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas has pleaded guilty to carrying a pistol without a license, a felony conviction that could jeopardize his future in the NBA.

Arenas pleaded guilty to violating the city's gun laws as part of a plea bargain in D.C. Superior Court.

D...

Private Charity To Pick Up Slack In Virginia

By Michael Pope

On his way to the Virginia governor's mansion this weekend, Governor-elect Bob McDonnell is engaged in what he calls a week of service.

His most recent stop was at a homeless shelter in Alexandria. City leaders say there's plenty the state could be doing, starting with...

State Roundup Jan. 15, 2010

From www.marylandreporter.com

The big story in Annapolis yesterday was Senate President Mike Miller’s declaration that he’ll push for slot machines in Prince George’s County. He says machines could be installed at Rosecroft race track, at the National Harbor Development outside of Washingt...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Weekend Events, January 15-17, 2010

It's manna from heaven on the music scene this weekend and Monday, with a number of concerts in honor of Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr.

(January 17) AFRO BLUE AT ALL SOULS On Sunday Afro Blue out of Howard University appears at All Souls Unitarian Church off of 16th Street northwest, Sunday eve...

The Region's Top Stories with Washington Post Columnist Robert McCartney

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney joins WAMU's Morning Edition Host Matt McCleskey to talk about some of the region's top stories...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Gov. Kaine says Senate Democrats are right to demand that Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell's choice for commerce secretary step down from three corporate boards. He says Democrats have raised a legitimate issue, whether a conflict of interest has been created with Robert Sledd's involv...

D.C. Charter Schools See Five Percent Decrease In Graduation Rate

By Kavitha Cardoza

The 2009 graduation rate for D.C.public charter schools is above the national average of 69 percent but still saw a five percent decrease from the previous academic year.

The charter school graduation rate dropped from 88 to 83 percent. Josephine Baker is the Execut...

MD And VA Ranked Top States For Education, D.C. At The Bottom

By Kavitha Cardoza

For the second year in a row, the annual "Quality Counts" report ranks Maryland and Virginia as top states for education, while D.C. remains at the bottom.

The Education Week report card gave Maryland the top spot with a B+. Virginia came in fourth with a B-. The re...

USNS Comfort Prepares For Haiti Mission

By Rebecca Sheir

The U.S. Navy Ship Comfort, based in Baltimore, will join other American vessels headed to Haiti. When it arrives it will be the only floating hospital there.

Ask Lieutenant Commander Thomas Olivero, who oversees the ship's operating room, what he expects to see in Ha...

An Interview with Chief of Fairfax Urban Search and Rescue

Battalion Chief Michael Schaff tells host Matt McCleskey the latest on the Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue Team in Haiti.

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas has pleaded guilty to carrying a pistol without a license in the District of Columbia, a felony conviction that could jeopardize his future in the NBA. Arenas pleaded guilty to violating the city's gun laws as part of a plea bargain in D.C. S...

Construction Budget Unveiled In Montgomery County

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett says school construction and maintenance will not be affected by budget woes, but road work will. Specifically, Leggett says resurfacing roads in residential areas will happen at a slower pace.

Matt Bush reports...

Court Throws Out Gay Marriage Motion

By Meymo Lyons

A District of Columbia judge has thrown out a lawsuit by opponents of gay marriage against the city's elections board.

The plaintiffs, led by Maryland pastor Bishop Harry Jackson, sued after the Board of Elections and Ethics refused to put their initiative on the ballot...

This Week In Congress - January 15, 2010

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This Week in Congress...

Republican Senators returned Monday from a trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said US forces are making progress and improving security, but he says there is some misunderstanding on the ground.

MCCONNELL: "From the...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Weekend Events, January 15-17, 2010

It's manna from heaven on the music scene this weekend and Monday, with a number of concerts in honor of Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr.

(January 17) AFRO BLUE AT ALL SOULS On Sunday Afro Blue out of Howard University appears at All Souls Unitarian Church off of 16th Street northwest, Sunday eve...

Power Breakfast for Friday, January 15th

The devastating earthquake in Haiti has stirred up a long-running debate in Washington. Elizabeth Wynne Johnson brings us the latest from Capitol Hill in today's Power Breakfast.

Rescue Work Continues In Haiti

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Search and rescue workers from Fairfax County continue to pull victims from the rubble of this week's earthquake in Haiti.

A second team from Fairfax arrived early this morning, and has joined the rescue effort. The teams are currently trying to free four people fr...

Fenty Says Fire Fighters, Police Officers Could Be Sent To Haiti

By Patrick Madden

The federal government is asking the district to take an inventory and figure what resources can be sent to Haiti to help with the relief effort. Mayor Adrian Fenty says the city is prepared to send about about a hundred firefighters, five engine trucks, public health offi...

Arenas Pleads Guilty To Felony Gun Possession

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas has pleaded guilty to carrying a pistol without a license, a felony conviction that could jeopardize his future in the NBA.

Arenas pleaded guilty to violating the city's gun laws as part of a plea bargain in D.C. Superior Court.

D...

Congress Reacts To Metro Shake-Up

By Megan Hughes

Members of Congress say the leadership shake-up at Metro may help get the agency on a new track. The general manager is stepping down after just three years on the job.

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) says John Catoe's retirement may mean a fresh start for the transportatio...

USNS Comfort Prepares For Haiti Mission

By Rebecca Sheir

The U.S. Navy Ship Comfort, based in Baltimore, will join other American vessels headed to Haiti. When it arrives it will be the only floating hospital there.

Ask Lieutenant Commander Thomas Olivero, who oversees the ship's operating room, what he expects to see in Ha...

The Region's Top Stories with Washington Post Columnist Robert McCartney

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney joins WAMU's Morning Edition Host Matt McCleskey to talk about some of the region's top stories...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas has pleaded guilty to carrying a pistol without a license in the District of Columbia, a felony conviction that could jeopardize his future in the NBA. Arenas pleaded guilty to violating the city's gun laws as part of a plea bargain in D.C. S...

Construction Budget Unveiled In Montgomery County

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett says school construction and maintenance will not be affected by budget woes, but road work will. Specifically, Leggett says resurfacing roads in residential areas will happen at a slower pace.

Matt Bush reports...

Court Throws Out Gay Marriage Motion

By Meymo Lyons

A District of Columbia judge has thrown out a lawsuit by opponents of gay marriage against the city's elections board.

The plaintiffs, led by Maryland pastor Bishop Harry Jackson, sued after the Board of Elections and Ethics refused to put their initiative on the ballot...

McDonnell Won't Address Transportation Right Away

By Jonathan Wilson

After winning over voters partly behind the strength of his plans to address Virginia's transportation problems, Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell now says trying to address the issue in the upcoming legislative session isn't the right move.

A spokesperson for the governor-e...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Weekend Events, January 15-17, 2010

It's manna from heaven on the music scene this weekend and Monday, with a number of concerts in honor of Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr.

(January 17) AFRO BLUE AT ALL SOULS On Sunday Afro Blue out of Howard University appears at All Souls Unitarian Church off of 16th Street northwest, Sunday eve...

Weekend Planner: Best Bets For January

It's a new year and arts critic Colleen Fay has a new list of theater and music options around town. Speaking with David Furst, she'll help us fill in our calendars with another edition of her 'Best Bets...'

An Interview with Chief of Fairfax Urban Search and Rescue

Battalion Chief Michael Schaff tells host Matt McCleskey the latest on the Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue Team in Haiti.

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) The Maryland Department of the Environment says it plans to sue Mirant Mid-Atlantic and Mirant Maryland Ash Management over disposal of fly ash at its Brandywine site. State officials say Mirant discharges pollutants from leachate into groundwater without a permit.

ANNAPOLIS,...

Arenas Pleads Guilty To Felony Gun Possession

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas has pleaded guilty to carrying a pistol without a license, a felony conviction that could jeopardize his future in the NBA.

Arenas pleaded guilty to violating the city's gun laws as part of a plea bargain in D.C. Superior Court.

D...

Private Charity To Pick Up Slack In Virginia

By Michael Pope

On his way to the Virginia governor's mansion this weekend, Governor-elect Bob McDonnell is engaged in what he calls a week of service.

His most recent stop was at a homeless shelter in Alexandria. City leaders say there's plenty the state could be doing, starting with...

State Roundup Jan. 15, 2010

From www.marylandreporter.com

The big story in Annapolis yesterday was Senate President Mike Miller’s declaration that he’ll push for slot machines in Prince George’s County. He says machines could be installed at Rosecroft race track, at the National Harbor Development outside of Washingt...

"Taxpayer's Bill Of Rights" Unveiled In Maryland

By Stephanie Kaye

When taxes come due this year, a new "Bill of Rights" will be in place to protect taxpayers in Maryland.

The list of rights includes everything from privacy to free tax prep. It also warns of "danger signs" to look for with private tax preparers, such as being asked...

Power Breakfast for Friday, January 15th

The devastating earthquake in Haiti has stirred up a long-running debate in Washington. Elizabeth Wynne Johnson brings us the latest from Capitol Hill in today's Power Breakfast.

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Gov. Kaine says Senate Democrats are right to demand that Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell's choice for commerce secretary step down from three corporate boards. He says Democrats have raised a legitimate issue, whether a conflict of interest has been created with Robert Sledd's involv...

Construction Budget Unveiled In Montgomery County

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett says school construction and maintenance will not be affected by budget woes, but road work will. Specifically, Leggett says resurfacing roads in residential areas will happen at a slower pace.

Matt Bush reports...

Haitian Earthquake Rattles School, Local School Booster

By Peter Granitz

A local Haitian woman says a school she funds in southern Haiti was damaged in Tuesday's earthquake. She learned no students were killed, but because of poor communication she's having very little luck learning any additional details.

Solanges Vivens is an animated wo...

Congress Reacts To Metro Shake-Up

By Megan Hughes

Members of Congress say the leadership shake-up at Metro may help get the agency on a new track. The general manager is stepping down after just three years on the job.

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) says John Catoe's retirement may mean a fresh start for the transportatio...

Local Leaders React To Metro GM's Resignation

By Patrick Madden

Metro's General Manager is resigning after three years on the job. John Catoe earned rave reviews for Metro's performance during last year's presidential Inauguration but says recent events, including the deadly Metro crash in June, have become an "unhealthy distraction."...