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News Archive - March 9, 2010

Web Exclusive: A 'Monumental' Conversation With Carolyn Crouch

Carolyn Crouch is the founder of Washington Walks, a walking tour company in D.C. In this interview with WAMU reporter Rebecca Sheir, the local historian busts myths about what it means when the flag is flying atop the White House, and why the Washington Monument is a tri-colored obelisk...

First Same-Sex Couple In D.C. Wed

By Matt Bush

The first same-sex marriage has been performed in the district.

After being the first in line to pick up their marriage license this morning at the city's marriage bureau, James Betz and Robert Hawthorne were wed outside the D.C. courthouse by reverend Bonnie Berger.

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Bid To Revive VA Bill Shielding Gay Workers Fails

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A final bid to revive a bill that would protect gay state employees from job discrimination has failed.

Del. Ken Plum, D-Fairfax, asked the House on Tuesday to discharge the panel in charge of the bill when it was sidetracked, the General Laws Committee, and bring the bil...

Lagging Property Taxes Will Delay D.C. Recovery

By Patrick Madden

The Chief Economist for the D.C. government says it will take five more years for the city to recover from the recession. Deputy Chief Financial Officer Fitzroy Lee says D.C. revenues will not return to pre-recession levels until 2014. Part of the problem is the nature of...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Tuesday, March 9, 2010

(March 9) ABRAHAM THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter? That's right-at least according to the book by Seth Grahame-Smith. The author is part of a panel at the Smithsonian's Ripley Center on the National Mall tonight at 6:45 p.m. He'll be dishing on "monster mash-ups," new novels t...

Latest Virginia Regional News

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) A jury in Chesapeake is recommending a total 83 years in prison for one of two men convicted of charges in a kidnapping and shooting that ended in a highway shootout. Jurors recommended the sentence for 32-year-old Dedrion Short today, along with a total 36 years for the othe...

Hospital Ship To Return Home To Baltimore From Haiti

By Sabri Ben-Achour

The U.S. Navy Hospital Ship Comfort is leaving Haiti after spending nearly two months treating victims of the earthquake that killed nearly 280,000 people there. The ship should return to Baltimore Harbor within about a week.

Lieutenant Commander Daniel DiAuroro, w...

Women Of Color Face Wealth Gap

By Rebecca Sheir

A study released this week reports black and Hispanic women own one penny for every dollar owned by black and Hispanic men and a fraction of a penny for every dollar owned by white women.

Nicole Mason lives in Prince Georges County, Maryland, and heads the Women of Co...

Power Breakfast For March 9, 2010

As the saying goes, no good deed goes unpunished.

In the rush to shore up the biggest and most broken parts of our financial infrastructure, a funny thing happened to the ones who played it straight.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports.

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup Mar. 9, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

STORM-WATER The Sun’s Timothy Wheeler writes about a compromise between builders, environmentalists and government officials regarding rules for storm-water pollution, which have been contested several times during this session. Tom LoBianco on Center Mar...

A Newcomer's Guide To Washington: Monumental Myths

This week, D.C. newcomer Rebecca Sheir sets out to solve mysteries, and debunk myths of monumental proportions...

SCRIPT:

I may be new in town, but Id like to think I'm not nearly as green as some.

British Tourists: Baraaaaack!!!!

Like these people, for instance. Okay, so...

Holmes Norton Says Voting Rights Bill Is Coming

By Peter Granitz

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton says she's making progress on a bill to give the District a vote in Congress. But not all voting rights activists are optimistic that it will pass.

The Senate passed a D.C. Voting Rights bill last year, with an amendment overturning...

Same-Sex Couples Wed In Washington

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First Same-Sex Weddings Held In DC

By Rebecca Sheir

For the District's first same-sex weddings Tuesday, the words sounded a little different.

"Angelisa and Sinjoyla," the Rev. David North intoned, "by the authority vested in me, I hereby pronounce that they are partners in life, for always."

And with that, the br...

Activists Continue Push For Voting Rights Despite Capitol Hill Lull

By Peter Granitz

Bolstered by the beginning of gay marriage in the District, some home rule advocates are pushing to resume the debate on D.C. voting rights again.

Anise Jenkins’s, Stand Up for Democracy, opposes any incremental approach-that means she wants to scrap the current bill...

Montgomery County High School Cheating Scandal

By Elliot Francis

The investigation into an alleged grade changing scheme at Churchill High School, has lasted a month. Now, parents and administrators want answers.

Most of the parents here at Winston Churchill High School auditorium in Potomac, Maryland have students who weren't eve...

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) Prosecutors in former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon's perjury case are putting the spoils of their efforts on eBay. An Xbox 360 video game console seized during a raid on Dixon's home is for sale. As of this afternoon, the highest bid was $660. Potential buyers have until March 18th...

Web Exclusive: Busting Myths And Marble With Michael Kelly

Michael Kelly is a park ranger with the National Mall and Memorial Parks. Standing at the base of the Washington Monument, he explains the drama and political intrigue behind the structure's multitude of colors...

Virginia Boasts Forbes Richest Counties

By Meymo Lyons

Forbes magazine says eight Virginia localities are among the country's wealthiest.

The magazine's annual list of America's richest counties is based on median income and U.S. Census Bureau data from 2008. Virginia had the strongest showing of any state. Most of the loca...

Michelle Obama To Speak At Two Graduation Ceremonies in D.C.

First lady Michelle Obama will be the featured graduation speaker at two, and probably three commencement ceremonies this spring. Two of the schools are in D.C.

One is Anacostia Senior High School, a public school in the District, where the first lady will address graduates on June 11. Ms....

Va. Rescue Teams Honored For Efforts In Haiti

The Board of Supervisors in Fairfax County,Virginia will recognize "Virginia Task Force 1" for its efforts in Haiti.

Pat Brogan reports.

D.C. Teen Talent Headlines Kennedy Center

By Stephanie Kaye

Finalists from the "DC Capital Stars" talent competition will be taking thousands of dollars in scholarship money to college with them as they head into their freshman year.

Sounding like Emmy-winners and dressed for the Oscars, the spotlight was on D.C.'s public and...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Health care activists protested in the nation's capital against what they call an abusive health insurance industry. Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean spoke to the crowd this morning at Dupont Circle, calling on Congress to take a final vote on the proposed health care overhaul.

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Are Fire Retardants Putting Us At Risk? (Part 2)

From The Environment Report:

Producer: Rebecca Williams

You have flame retardant chemicals in your body. They’re toxic. Americans have the highest levels of anyone in the world. The chemicals are in the dust in our homes and offices and schools. And they’re showing up in our food. In...