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News Archive - January 29, 2010

Say Farewell To Tai Shan

By Kate Sheehy

Tai Shan, the National Zoo's beloved panda is leaving February 4th, but before he goes the zoo is inviting his admiring public to help give him a fond farewell.

It's Tai Shan's last week at the zoo before he heads off to China. A farewell party is set for Saturday, wher...

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup Jan. 29, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

Obama comes to Baltimore, governmental transparency gets a boost, and drunk drivers might get a scarlet letter on their bumpers. All of this and more in today's State Roundup.

President Barack Obama will extend an olive branch at a U.S. House Republ...

President Obama Pitches Small-Business Tax Credit In Baltimore

By Cathy Duchamp

Visiting East Baltimore today, President Obama lobbied for his plan to create new jobs by providing tax incentives to small businesses. But as he still has some convincing to do.

If you need a new air conditioner installed on a roof, Donald Davis will rent you a crane...

Arlington Cultural Center Has A New Name

By Pat Brogan

Arlington County, Virginia has a new name for its cultural center. The center, which is partly located in the old Newseum building in Rosslyn is now being called the 'Artisphere.'

More than 100 proposed names were looked at, with the public being given the chance to vote...

Local Photographer Helps In Haiti

By Sabri Ben-Achour

There are many people from the D.C. area among the volunteers helping the relief efforts in Haiti.

Astrid Riecken has called D.C. home for the past 12 years. She's a photographer there. But for the next three weeks she'll be flying around Haiti doing communications...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Attorneys for a man accused of killing a federal intern are asking prosecutors to turn over additional evidence. Ingmar Guandique has been charged in the death of Chandra Levy, whose remains were found in Rock Creek Park in 2002.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. Al...

Obama Touts New Tax Credit For Small Business

By STEVEN OHLEMACHER and CHRISTINE SIMMONS Associated Press Writers

BALTIMORE (AP) President Barack Obama says his administration has "stopped the flood of job losses," but much more needs to be done to help the millions of people still out of work.

Appearing Friday at Chesapeake Mach...

This Week In Congress - January 29, 2010

SCRIPT:

I’m Sara Sciammacco of Capitol News Connection. This Week in Congress...

Early in the week lawmakers centered their talk on reining in spending and getting out of debt. Tuesday morning, Ohio Republican George Voinovich went to the White House for a meeting with the President....

Discussion On Washington Times Lay-Offs

A brief look at the Unification church, a controversial faith founded by Rev. Sun Yung Moon in 1954. It owns the Washington Times, the newspaper which has cut nearly 60 percent of its staff since November. Maureen Fielder, host of Interfaith Voices, spoke to Talking Points Memo reporter Justin El...

Class-Action Suit Filed Against St. Joseph Medical Center

By Rebecca Blatt

Attorneys are moving forward with a class-action lawsuit against a hospital in the Baltimore area that recently informed more than 350 patients that they may have received unnecessary heart stents.

St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, Maryland sent the letters, tellin...

Say Farewell To Tai Shan

By Kate Sheehy

Tai Shan, the National Zoo's beloved panda is leaving February 4th, but before he goes the zoo is inviting his admiring public to help give him a fond farewell.

It's Tai Shan's last week at the zoo before he heads off to China. A farewell party is set for Saturday, wher...

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup Jan. 29, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

Obama comes to Baltimore, governmental transparency gets a boost, and drunk drivers might get a scarlet letter on their bumpers. All of this and more in today's State Roundup.

President Barack Obama will extend an olive branch at a U.S. House Republ...

Discovery Of VA Woman's Remains Brings Tips

By STEVE SZKOTAK Associated Press Writer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The discovery of Morgan Harrington's remains triggered a surge in credible tips to investigators seeking answers to the Virginia Tech student's disappearance and death three months ago, her parents said Friday.

Gil and Dan Ha...

Students Learn U.S. Constitution Through Mock Congressional Hearings

By Kavitha Cardoza

As adults are focusing on the Congressional health care and financial reform debates, students in D.C. schools are holding their own hearings to learn more about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

In the "We the People" competition, topics range from president...

Fairfax Search And Rescue Team Returns From Haiti

By Jonathan Wilson

Efforts to help the wounded and rebuild an entire country continue in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

But in Virginia, members of Fairfax County's Urban Search and Rescue Team are back home after helping pull survivors from the rubble.

Jonathan Wilson spoke with tea...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The parents of Morgan Harrington say the discovery of her remains has resulted in a number of credible tips to investigators seeking answers to the Virginia Tech student's disappearance and death. Gil and Dan Harrington also say "a wealth of physical evidence" has been collecte...

Rhee Insists She Has Warm Fuzzy Side

By Kavitha Cardoza

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michele Rhee is known for being blunt. Rhee is s arguably the most controversial person in the district: everything she says or does is scrutinized and begs for an opinion.

Rhee's recent remarks about teachers having sex with students,...

President Obama Pitches Small-Business Tax Credit In Baltimore

By Cathy Duchamp

Visiting East Baltimore today, President Obama lobbied for his plan to create new jobs by providing tax incentives to small businesses. But as he still has some convincing to do.

If you need a new air conditioner installed on a roof, Donald Davis will rent you a crane...

Weekend Planner: The 2010 Seed Exchange

We haven't even gotten to the Winter Olympics yet. But gardening diva Kathy Jentz says it's already time to prepare for planting season. The 5th annual Washington Gardener Magazine seed exchange is happening on Saturday, January 30th in two locations - Brookside Gardens in Wheaton and Green Spr...

D.C., Md, and Va Get Bad Grades In National Report

By Kavitha Cardoza

The National Council on Teacher Quality has issued a scathing report on rules governing educators, including those in our area, saying they are often "broken, outdated and inflexible."

Sandi Jacobs, the project director, says the report finds teacher policies often...

Power Breakfast For January 29, 2010

When the President speaks at a GOP confab titled "Winning Back America"...kinda begs the question, for whom?

Today President Obama will be the featured speaker at the annual Republican House retreat this year in Baltimore.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports.

Latest Maryland Regional News

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) State prosecutors say one of two men charged with causing a car crash that killed eight people watching a street race has pleaded guilty to eight counts of vehicular manslaughter. Darren Bullock of Waldorf entered the plea Friday afternoon in Prince George's County Circui...

Discovery Of VA Woman's Remains Brings Tips

By STEVE SZKOTAK Associated Press Writer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The discovery of Morgan Harrington's remains triggered a surge in credible tips to investigators seeking answers to the Virginia Tech student's disappearance and death three months ago, her parents said Friday.

Gil and Dan Ha...

A Divided Response To McDonnell In Virginia

By Michael Pope

In Virginia, Democrats and Republicans are sharply divided on their governor's Republican response to the State of the Union.

Reviews of Bob McDonnell's speech are all over the map in Virginia, where the new governor is finishing his second week in office. In Alexandri...

O'Malley Appoints Senate President's Son Judge

By Rebecca Blatt

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has appointed nine trial court judges, including the son of the state's Senate President Thomas Mike Miller.

This wasn't the first time Thomas Miller III was considered for a judgeship. He was nominated for an appointment to the Anne...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The parents of Morgan Harrington say the discovery of her remains has resulted in a number of credible tips to investigators seeking answers to the Virginia Tech student's disappearance and death. Gil and Dan Harrington also say "a wealth of physical evidence" has been collecte...

Rhee Insists She Has Warm Fuzzy Side

By Kavitha Cardoza

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michele Rhee is known for being blunt. Rhee is s arguably the most controversial person in the district: everything she says or does is scrutinized and begs for an opinion.

Rhee's recent remarks about teachers having sex with students,...

Coalition Of D.C. Black Churches Deems Metro Unsafe

By David Schultz

The past seven months have been a nightmare for Metro. A series of accidents has claimed the lives of eight passengers and five Metro workers.

Reverend Anthony Evans, leader of the coalition D.C. Black Church Initiative, says ministers have a duty to protect their par...

New Parents Say Adopted Haitian Daughter Shows No Fear

By Rebecca Sheir

After a lengthy adoption process, a 3-year-old girl from Haiti is settling in to her new home in Frederick, Maryland. But it isn't yet clear what mark this month's earthquake has left on the toddler.

If you ask Christie and Dave Hubner to describe their adopted daught...

Power Breakfast For January 29, 2010

When the President speaks at a GOP confab titled "Winning Back America"...kinda begs the question, for whom?

Today President Obama will be the featured speaker at the annual Republican House retreat this year in Baltimore.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports.

Latest Maryland Regional News

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) State prosecutors say one of two men charged with causing a car crash that killed eight people watching a street race has pleaded guilty to eight counts of vehicular manslaughter. Darren Bullock of Waldorf entered the plea Friday afternoon in Prince George's County Circui...

Obama Touts New Tax Credit For Small Business

By STEVEN OHLEMACHER and CHRISTINE SIMMONS Associated Press Writers

BALTIMORE (AP) President Barack Obama says his administration has "stopped the flood of job losses," but much more needs to be done to help the millions of people still out of work.

Appearing Friday at Chesapeake Mach...

This Week In Congress - January 29, 2010

SCRIPT:

I’m Sara Sciammacco of Capitol News Connection. This Week in Congress...

Early in the week lawmakers centered their talk on reining in spending and getting out of debt. Tuesday morning, Ohio Republican George Voinovich went to the White House for a meeting with the President....

A Divided Response To McDonnell In Virginia

By Michael Pope

In Virginia, Democrats and Republicans are sharply divided on their governor's Republican response to the State of the Union.

Reviews of Bob McDonnell's speech are all over the map in Virginia, where the new governor is finishing his second week in office. In Alexandri...

Class-Action Suit Filed Against St. Joseph Medical Center

By Rebecca Blatt

Attorneys are moving forward with a class-action lawsuit against a hospital in the Baltimore area that recently informed more than 350 patients that they may have received unnecessary heart stents.

St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, Maryland sent the letters, tellin...