News Archive - February 22, 2010

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) New legislation awaiting the OK of Gov. Bob McDonnell would make Virginia the 34th state to allow speed limits up to 70 mph. House lawmaker voted 76-22 today to pass a bill with the governor's backing that would allow a 70 mph limit on some highways.


Commentary...Child Slavery In Haiti And D.C....Andrea Powell

As commentator Andrea Powell notes, there's been broad media coverage of the increased dangers of being sold into modern day slavery that many Haitian children face but the problem also exists in our own backyard.

Powell is Executive Director of the Washington D.C.-based FAIR Fund


Donating Jobs To Haiti

As disaster relief goes, aid agencies in Haiti have a lot of options. They can donate food, water and medicine. Some outfits are donating jobs.

Sabri Ben-Achour explains... State Roundup Feb. 22, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

Lots of slots news today as a state panel wants changes to Maryland's gambling program, and vendors keep spending to win business. Reports raise new alarms about state pensions, and we gear up for an interesting budget hearing.

SLOTS The state panel...

VA House To Debate Autism Insurance Coverage

By Jonathan Wilson

Autism advocates in Virginia are hoping this is the year state legislators mandate insurance coverage for autism treatments.

The state's Senate has already voted through a bill that would do just that. This week, the House is expected to take up the issue.


Illegal Immigrants Identified

By Meymo Lyons

Fairfax County has identified more than 600 illegal immigrants over the past year using a jail fingerprinting program.

The county checks the fingerprints of anyone processed at the jail against an immigration database to see if officials have noted they should be deport...

Baltimore's New Mayor Lays Out Agenda

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Baltimore's new Mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, delivered some sobering news about her city's budget in today's State of the City Address.

In office only 19 days, the mayor made only fleeting references to what she called the "sad and difficult circumstances" that...

Muslim Women Protest Policies At Islamic Center Of Washington

By Kavitha Cardoza

Some women who protested at the Islamic Center of Washington, wanting to be able to worship in the main prayer hall with their male counterparts, were asked to leave by the police. But they say their struggle will continue.

Carpets with intricate designs cover the f...

Latest Maryland Regional News

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) Jury deliberations have started in the case of a Maryland woman accused of killing two of her adopted children and storing their bodies in a freezer. Renee Bowman is on trial in Montgomery County, where the children are believed to have died.

BALTIMORE (AP) A former astr...

The Aggravation Continues Over D.C. Snow Removal

Government agencies and officials are continuing to field complaints about their handling of the recent snowstorms. Commentator Forbes Maner, a resident of Northwest Washington wrote this open letter to Mayor Adrian Fenty.

What do you think? Tell us on The Conversation.

Dear Mayor Fen...

Financial Education For High School Students In MD

By Cathy Duchamp

Maryland state lawmakers will consider a bill this week to make financial literacy a high school graduation requirement.

High school senior Aaron Moore is a freak, in a good way.

"I keep an Excel worksheet of everything I spend, what I have in savings. So I can...

Poll: Majority Give D.C. Mayor Lackluster Snow Grade

WASHINGTON (AP) A poll of D.C. voters finds 64 percent say Mayor Adrian Fenty did "only a fair" job or a "poor" job handling the recent snow storm.

The poll by Washington-based Clarus Research Group released Monday found 33 percent of respondents believed Fenty did an "excellent" or "good"...

Hundreds Celebrate Chinese New Year In D.C.

By Kavitha Cardoza

Even though the Chinese New Year celebration in D.C. was delayed a week because of the snow, it didn't stop hundreds of families from having a great time as they began the Year of the Tiger.

Hundreds of children waved flags as they watched shimmering red and gold dr...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) D.C. police say a 15-year-old boy has been gunned down in northwest Washington and a homicide group is investigating. Authorities say the teen was found unconscious and lying in a street with gunshot wounds Sunday night.

WASHINGTON (AP) Transit experts and officials will gat...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Monday, February 22, 2010

(Through March 6) THEREABOUTS

The paintings of D.C. native Rodgers Naylor run the gamut, from the streets of Chicago to the light in canyons. His work is on display in the exhibit Here and There at Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Georgetown through March 6th. Naylor's art is warm and alive, u...

Power Breakfast For February 22, 2010

Washington brings new meaning to the phrase, 'juggling work and health.'

Welcome back, Congress. We're guessing the last week kinda flew by. Things here are, well, pretty much as they were when you left. Those of you in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid has a jobs bill he'd like you to...

New Documentary Shows D.C.'s Rise In The 1970s

WASHINGTON (AP) A documentary charting Washington's rise following the riots of 1968 through the 1970s is premiering on public television.

The show premiering Monday night explores race relations and the D.C. statehood movement, the development of Metro and the first pandas at the National...

Northern Virginia Delegates Blast Proposed Budget

By Peter Granitz

The Virginia House of Delegates is proposing huge cuts to education. Some lawmakers are blasting the plan, saying it will unfairly affect Northern Virginia.

Virginia is facing a $4 billion budget shortfall. The General Assembly is constitutionally required to submit a...