News Archive - February 1, 2010

D.C. Council Chief Calls City's Over Spending An 'Emergency'

By Mana Rabiee

The District of Columbia is burning through its 2010 fiscal budget faster than lawmakers expected. Now the city faces a shortfall of nearly $225 million and the head of the city council is calling for emergency measures.

City Council Chairman Vincent Grey says the city...

Virginia Wins Sliver Of Needed Rail Money

By Peter Granitz

Despite a $75 million grant to upgrade an 11-mile stretch of the railway between Washington and Richmond, some people want to know to pay for the rest of the corridor.

Rich Sampson, editor of Rail Magazine, says money Virginia won is just a sliver of what it could se...

Power Breakfast For February 1, 2010

Let the reckoning begin.

Bits and pieces of the President's budget have already leaked. But for lawmakers like Oregon Democrat Earl Blumenauer, the fun is just beginning.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports.

Conviction Upheld For Former Maryland Police Officer

By Bill Redlin

A former police officer from Prince George's county, Maryland, will be staying behind bars for killing a furniture delivery man.

The Court of Special Appeals upheld the conviction of Keith Washington. He was also a county homeland security official, and he was found gui...

Maryland Republican Calls For Ehrlich To Run

By Matt McCleskey

A former Republican cabinet member in Maryland says he won't run for governor, but he's urging his old boss to give it another shot.

Larry Hogan served in the cabinet of former Republican Governor Robert Ehrlich. He had formed an exploratory committee to look into pu...

Cooperation Leading To Reduction In Crime

By Matt Bush

The governor of Maryland the mayor of D.C. are hailing a reduction in crime along their border.

Before reaching his current position, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty was a city councilman for Ward 4, which borders both Montgomery and Prince George's Counties in Maryland. He said...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Monday, February 1, 2010

(February 1-6) CRYSTAL COUTURE Paris, Milan, London, Crystal City? For the first week of February, high fashion flourishes in the Commonwealth as part of Crystal Couture, today through Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. at 23rd Street and South Crystal Drive in Arlington. The Crystal City Business Improv...

Women In Maryland Discuss Rights In The Workplace

By Mana Rabiee

Hundreds of women gathered in Rockville, Maryland to discuss legislative proposals that could affect the lives of working women across the state.

The Women's Legislative Briefing was sponsored by the Montgomery County Commission for Women.

Commission President Jac...

Baltimore's New Mayor Takes Over This Week

By Cathy Duchamp

Baltimore will get a new mayor this week. Sheila Dixon officially resigns from the post Thursday, following a plea deal that brings a drawn-out corruption probe to a close.

Rawlings-Blake will leave her Baltimore City Council President job for the Mayor's office with...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) A 25-year-old man has been sentenced to 61 years in prison for fatally shooting a landscaper over some grass clippings that landed on him as he walked by. Lankward Harrington was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Jose Villatoro in 2006.

WASHINGTON (AP) A D...

Portrait Of Author J.D. Salinger On Display At Smithsonian

A portrait of the late "Catcher In The Rye" author J.D. Salinger will be installed today at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery.

The portrait, by Robert Vickery, can be viewed by the public starting at 11:30 a.m. today.

In this portrait the author is painted against a metaphor...

D.C. Council Chief Calls City's Over Spending An 'Emergency'

By Mana Rabiee

The District of Columbia is burning through its 2010 fiscal budget faster than lawmakers expected. Now the city faces a shortfall of nearly $225 million and the head of the city council is calling for emergency measures.

City Council Chairman Vincent Grey says the city...

Virginia Wins Sliver Of Needed Rail Money

By Peter Granitz

Despite a $75 million grant to upgrade an 11-mile stretch of the railway between Washington and Richmond, some people want to know to pay for the rest of the corridor.

Rich Sampson, editor of Rail Magazine, says money Virginia won is just a sliver of what it could se...

Handlers Prepare To 'FedEx' Tai Shan To Native China

By Mana Rabiee

The National Zoo's most famous Giant Panda returns to his native China this week. He'll need much more than a boarding pass for his long journey home.

Come Thursday morning, Tai Shan will join his cousin, a female from Atlanta, on board a custom-fitted FedEx cargo plane...

Conviction Upheld For Former Maryland Police Officer

By Bill Redlin

A former police officer from Prince George's county, Maryland, will be staying behind bars for killing a furniture delivery man.

The Court of Special Appeals upheld the conviction of Keith Washington. He was also a county homeland security official, and he was found gui...

Latest Maryland Regional News

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) After testing the waters, Republican Larry Hogan says he's not going to run for Maryland governor. Hogan called off work by his exploratory committee and called on former Gov. Robert Ehrlich to run instead for the GOP for the state's highest office.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) M...

Cooperation Leading To Reduction In Crime

By Matt Bush

The governor of Maryland the mayor of D.C. are hailing a reduction in crime along their border.

Before reaching his current position, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty was a city councilman for Ward 4, which borders both Montgomery and Prince George's Counties in Maryland. He said...

New Fairfax County Parking Restrictions Start Today

New parking rules go into effect today in Fairfax County, where commercial vehicles will no longer be able to park on neighborhood streets.

The ordinance was unanimously approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in December, and places new restrictions on height, width and weight...

Chesapeake Cleanup Gets $13 Million More In Obama Budget

BALTIMORE (AP) Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts would get $13 million more under President Obama's newly released budget.

While the federal Environmental Protection Agency's overall budget would shrink slightly, funding for the bay, Mississippi River and Great Lakes would increase. The in...

VA Born Ms. America Pledges Support For AIDS Awarness

By Elliott Francis

A woman from Virginia is the nation's newest Miss America. She plans to spend the next year in an effort which gained the attention of Capitol Hill.

The newly crowned Caressa Cameron beat a field of 53 contestants to become the first black Miss America since Ericka...

Baltimore's New Mayor Takes Over This Week

By Cathy Duchamp

Baltimore will get a new mayor this week. Sheila Dixon officially resigns from the post Thursday, following a plea deal that brings a drawn-out corruption probe to a close.

Rawlings-Blake will leave her Baltimore City Council President job for the Mayor's office with...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia's Senate Democrats have passed a measure so Virginians won't have to purchase health care insurance even if it's mandated in the federal health care overhaul. Their initiative is based on model legislation by a watchdog group that seeks to limit government.

CHANT...

Portrait Of Author J.D. Salinger On Display At Smithsonian

A portrait of the late "Catcher In The Rye" author J.D. Salinger will be installed today at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery.

The portrait, by Robert Vickery, can be viewed by the public starting at 11:30 a.m. today.

In this portrait the author is painted against a metaphor...

Lines Form For Jobs In New Department Of Homeland Security Building

By Kavitha Cardoza

The new Department of Homeland Security, or D.H.S., headquarters being built in southeast D.C. is expected to create 1,000 on site jobs as part of the more than $3 billion project, and many residents are hoping to take some of those coveted spots.

When Christopher M...

Fairfax Schools Tries To Avoid Another Class-Size Increase

By Jonathan Wilson

In Virginia, members of Fairfax County's School Board are facing a tough vote on the budget later this week. Some members say one way to avoid drastic cuts will be to ask county supervisors for more education funding.

The school district is facing a $176 million sho...

Handlers Prepare To 'FedEx' Tai Shan To Native China

By Mana Rabiee

The National Zoo's most famous Giant Panda returns to his native China this week. He'll need much more than a boarding pass for his long journey home.

Come Thursday morning, Tai Shan will join his cousin, a female from Atlanta, on board a custom-fitted FedEx cargo plane...

D.C. Poll Rates Rhee Much Lower

By Kavitha Cardoza

Support for D.C. School's Chancellor Michelle Rhee is falling, according to a new Washington Post poll. Rhee's job approval rating has dropped over the past two years, even though residents of the district believe the public school system is beginning to improve.

Rh...

Latest Maryland Regional News

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) After testing the waters, Republican Larry Hogan says he's not going to run for Maryland governor. Hogan called off work by his exploratory committee and called on former Gov. Robert Ehrlich to run instead for the GOP for the state's highest office.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) M...

VA Launches Mental Health Initiative For Uninsured

RICHMOND, VA. (AP) A $2 million initiative is under way in Virginia to provide mental health care to uninsured residents.

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the "A New Lease on Life" effort Monday. Treatment will be provided through the Virginia Health Care Foundation.

The foundation receiv...

New Fairfax County Parking Restrictions Start Today

New parking rules go into effect today in Fairfax County, where commercial vehicles will no longer be able to park on neighborhood streets.

The ordinance was unanimously approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in December, and places new restrictions on height, width and weight...

Chesapeake Cleanup Gets $13 Million More In Obama Budget

BALTIMORE (AP) Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts would get $13 million more under President Obama's newly released budget.

While the federal Environmental Protection Agency's overall budget would shrink slightly, funding for the bay, Mississippi River and Great Lakes would increase. The in...

VA Born Ms. America Pledges Support For AIDS Awarness

By Elliott Francis

A woman from Virginia is the nation's newest Miss America. She plans to spend the next year in an effort which gained the attention of Capitol Hill.

The newly crowned Caressa Cameron beat a field of 53 contestants to become the first black Miss America since Ericka...

Power Breakfast For February 1, 2010

Let the reckoning begin.

Bits and pieces of the President's budget have already leaked. But for lawmakers like Oregon Democrat Earl Blumenauer, the fun is just beginning.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports.

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia's Senate Democrats have passed a measure so Virginians won't have to purchase health care insurance even if it's mandated in the federal health care overhaul. Their initiative is based on model legislation by a watchdog group that seeks to limit government.

CHANT...

Maryland Republican Calls For Ehrlich To Run

By Matt McCleskey

A former Republican cabinet member in Maryland says he won't run for governor, but he's urging his old boss to give it another shot.

Larry Hogan served in the cabinet of former Republican Governor Robert Ehrlich. He had formed an exploratory committee to look into pu...

Lines Form For Jobs In New Department Of Homeland Security Building

By Kavitha Cardoza

The new Department of Homeland Security, or D.H.S., headquarters being built in southeast D.C. is expected to create 1,000 on site jobs as part of the more than $3 billion project, and many residents are hoping to take some of those coveted spots.

When Christopher M...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Monday, February 1, 2010

(February 1-6) CRYSTAL COUTURE Paris, Milan, London, Crystal City? For the first week of February, high fashion flourishes in the Commonwealth as part of Crystal Couture, today through Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. at 23rd Street and South Crystal Drive in Arlington. The Crystal City Business Improv...

Women In Maryland Discuss Rights In The Workplace

By Mana Rabiee

Hundreds of women gathered in Rockville, Maryland to discuss legislative proposals that could affect the lives of working women across the state.

The Women's Legislative Briefing was sponsored by the Montgomery County Commission for Women.

Commission President Jac...

D.C. Poll Rates Rhee Much Lower

By Kavitha Cardoza

Support for D.C. School's Chancellor Michelle Rhee is falling, according to a new Washington Post poll. Rhee's job approval rating has dropped over the past two years, even though residents of the district believe the public school system is beginning to improve.

Rh...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) A 25-year-old man has been sentenced to 61 years in prison for fatally shooting a landscaper over some grass clippings that landed on him as he walked by. Lankward Harrington was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Jose Villatoro in 2006.

WASHINGTON (AP) A D...

VA Launches Mental Health Initiative For Uninsured

RICHMOND, VA. (AP) A $2 million initiative is under way in Virginia to provide mental health care to uninsured residents.

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the "A New Lease on Life" effort Monday. Treatment will be provided through the Virginia Health Care Foundation.

The foundation receiv...

Getting Creative To Make Commuting Bearable

It's hard to overstate the effect transportation has on everyday life. It determines where people live, what jobs they take, where they shop, and where their children go to school.

WAMU is beginning a year-long partnership with public radio station WNYC in New York and the non-profit invest...