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News Archive - February 16, 2010

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BALTIMORE (AP) Federal prosecutors say a title company owner who has been a fugitive for nearly a year on fraud charges has been arrested in Florida. Forty-three-year-old Daniel E. Fink Junior of Baltimore was arrested yesterday in Palm Beach.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Maryland Speaker of the Hou...

Snow Response Renews Talks Of County Road Takeover In Fairfax

By Jonathan Wilson

Virginia's Department of Transportation has shifted out of high gear when it comes to snow removal after the recent string of storms. In Fairfax, supervisors and residents are wondering if plowing would have been more efficient if it had been controlled at the county leve...

Car Title Lending Regulations Advance To Va. Senate Vote

By Rebecca Blatt

The Virginia Senate is expected to vote on a bill to regulate car title lenders in the Commonwealth.

Car title lenders are unregulated in Virginia. Many lend up to 50 percent of a car's value, charge more than 300 percent interest and repossess the borrower's vehicle...

Virginia Moves To Capture Sales Tax On Internet Purchases

By Meymo Lyons

A bill that would require global online shopping giants such as Amazon to start collecting and paying Virginia sales taxes won easy Senate passage.

The Senate voted 28-12 to advance to the House a bill intended to collect millions of dollars in lost revenue at a time wh...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Defense Supply Center Richmond has demolished two vacant buildings that once housed military families. The brick duplexes torn down today were built in 1947. The center says the buildings had been vacant for several years but sometimes were used as a training area for law enfor...

Report: Barry "Misused Government Funds"

By Patrick Madden

A D.C council report finds Council Member Marion Barry misused government funds, interfered with investigators, and recommends the U.S. Attorneys office take over the case.

The report by former prosecutor Robert Bennett says Barry steered non-competitive grants or ea...

A Few Snow Covered Roads Remain In Southeast Washington DC

The district's department of transportation reports that at least 90 percent of the city streets are cleared of snow and passable. Some that remain ice packed are in Ward 8 and certain residents there want to know why.

Jackie Jones is puzzled over why most of the road where she lives, Chest...

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup Feb. 16, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

FORECLOSURE MEDIATION The Baltimore Sun reports Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to testify before a legislative committee to push a bill that would create a mandatory mediation process between homeowners and lenders when there is a chance of foreclosure...

Virginia House Attempts To Weaken Gun Laws

By Kate Sheehy

One of the most ambitious pro-gun legislative bundles in years faces votes in Virginia's house of delegates today.

Up for consideration: bills to repeal the state's limit of one handgun purchase a month and to allow Virginians to construct so-called super-guns at home....

D.C. Snow Emergency To End Tuesday Night

WASHINGTON (AP) The D.C. Department of Transportation says it's ending the snow emergency in the city.

Officials say the snow emergency designation will be lifted at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. That means parking restrictions along many routes will no longer be in effect.

(Copyright 2010 by Th...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Tuesday, February 16, 2010

(February 16-May 9) JAPANESE CLOISONNE If you yearn for urns, check out the new exhibit at The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. Opening today, it's Japanese Cloisonne featuring some of the finest enameled vases, trays, and urns ever created, transporting viewers to an era rich with sumptuous dec...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) The D.C. Department of Transportation says it's ending the snow emergency in the city. Officials say the snow emergency designation will be lifted at 6:30 tonight. That means parking restrictions along many routes will no longer be in effect.

WASHINGTON (AP) A new exhibit at...

Local Bakery Celebrates Fat Tuesday With Traditional Treats

By Elliott Francis

Today is 'Fat Tuesday,' English for Mardi Gras. Typically celebrated in New Orleans, the tradition involves a final indulgence in food and drink before lent. One local bakery marks the day with a baked holiday favorite.

If you want some Fat Tuesday indulgence, some...

Power Breakfast For February 16, 2010

In a world where big problems demand big ideas, today's kind of a big day.

Today, from hundreds of aspiring engineers nationwide, a winner will be crowned in this year's "Future City Competition." Teams have spent months pondering solutions to the challenge of building temporary housing in...

Maryland Transportation Group Says High-Speed Rail Too Slow

By David Schultz

From Baltimore's Penn Station, the Amtrak Acela express train travels up and down the eastern coast at up to 135 miles per hour. Maryland will get $70 million in stimulus funds to make the Acela a little bit faster. It's widening a tunnel in Baltimore and building a new sta...