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News Archive - March 10, 2010

Legendary Gay Rights Activist Applauds D.C.

By Rebecca Sheir

A historic figure in the gay rights movement is applauding Washington's first same-sex marriages. But Dr. Frank Kameny says there's still work to be done.

In 1957, long before "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," Frank Kameny was fired from his position as an Army Map Service ast...

Post: 27 Drop Paper Over Front-Page Gay Kiss Photo

WASHINGTON (AP) A photograph of two men kissing that ran on the front page of The Washington Post has caused at least two dozen people to cancel their subscriptions.

The photo was taken last Wednesday, the day same-sex couples could apply for marriage licenses in Washington, and ran in the...

VA Lawmakers Ban Federal Health Insurance Mandate

By Jonathan Wilson

Virginia's general assembly is the first in the nation to approve legislation that bucks federal health care reforms by banning federal health insurance mandates.

Without debate, the House of Delegates voted 80-17 for a bill banning federal mandates for health insur...

Power Breakfast For March 10, 2010

The case of Congress "v." Supreme Court.

In January, the high court did away with federal limits on corporate campaign spending. And ever since, the President and (mostly) Democrats in Congress have been talking about crafting legislation to curtail the effects of that ruling. Today, corpo...

Latest Maryland Regional News

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says a white fungus linked to a fatal bat disease apparently has been found for the first time in Maryland. The agency says it has sent carcasses and fungus samples from a cave near Cumberland to a lab for confirmation. Meanwhile,...

McDonnell Signs Offshore Energy Bills

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Gov. Bob McDonnell has added his signature to legislation intended to further his goal of making Virginia the East Coast's energy center.

The bills signed Wednesday endorse federal efforts to develop gas and oil drilling off the Virginia coast, and direct royalties to the...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Wednesday, March 10, 2010

(March 12 & 26) TALES FOR TOTS The Smithsonian American Art Museum presents Tales for Tots tomorrow and every second and fourth Friday of the month, taking up just half an hour of tiny attention spans starting at 11 a.m. at the Luce Foundation Center in downtown DC. This is story time Smiths...

VA Settles Suit Against Consumer Protection Company

By Kate Sheehy

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says Virginia is one of 35 states settling a false advertising suit against a company that promised to protect consumers from identity theft.

The states, along with the Federal Trade Commission, brought false advertising claims against Li...

Women "Surviving And Thriving" In Business

By Stephanie Kaye

Female business owners are being held back by their own reluctance to hire new employees.

Business in Washington is relatively booming, but it could be "boomier" if women entrepreneurs hired more help.

"Eighty-seven percent of them want to grow; but only 23 per...

WASP Members Awarded Congressional Gold Medal

By Elliott Francis

Wednesday, members of the Women’s Air Force Service Pilots organization will be given the country’s highest civilian honor. They are civilian pilots who flew non-combat missions for the military during World War II.

Four F-15’s are flying the missing man salute, whi...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Metro officials say manually operated trains are running slower and dozens of track problems are adding to the delays. Transit agency officials say trains have been late 11 percent of the time, mostly because they have been run manually since the fatal red line crash last year....

Increased Efforts To Educate Washingtonians About Discrimination

By Kavitha Cardoza

D.C.'s Office of Human Rights is stepping up efforts to educate residents about legal protections by partnering with community organizations.

David Mariner works at an organization called D.C. Center on 14th street Northwest, where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transge...

Maryland Senate Changes Unemployment Insurance Program

By Bill Redlin

The Maryland senate has approved changes to the state unemployment insurance system.

The unanimous vote on Tuesday moves a compromise that was agreed to by labor and business organizations to the House of Delegates. The bill would allow businesses to spread out payments...

Most Marylanders Support Alcohol Tax

By Matt Bush

It could soon cost a little more to buy a drink in Maryland under a bill under consideration in Annapolis. A new poll again shows a majority of the state's residents support increasing the state's alcohol tax.

Slightly more than two-thirds of Marylanders support a bill th...

VA Exempts Yoga Instructors From Vocational School Rules

By Jonathan Wilson

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed a bill that should make it easier for prospective yoga instructors in the state to find a guru.

The new law comes three months after three local yoga instructors filed a federal lawsuit challenging Virginia's vocational school...

Va. Expands Extortion Law To Include Identity Threats

By Rebecca Blatt

A bill to update extortion laws in Virginia is on its way to Governor Bob McDonnell's desk. Its sponsor, Delegate David Bulova of Fairfax, says it will help address a growing threat that he has experienced first hand.

Last summer, Bulova received an email from a man c...

Latest Virginia Regional News

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) About 180 soldiers are due back at Fort Eustis after 12-month deployments to Afghanistan and Kuwait. The soldiers scheduled to return today are with the 149th Transportation Company of the 10th Transportation Battalion. About 20 members of the 86th Dive Detachment of the 6t...

Eroding Stormwater Regulations

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Developers and environmental groups in Maryland have been at loggerheads over new stormwater runoff regulations scheduled to go into effect May fourth, and a compromise has left neither side particularly satisfied.

Stormwater runoff from paved surfaces carrying tra...

D.C. Prepares To Deliver 500,000 Female Condoms

By Patrick Madden

The city of Washington is getting ready to give out half-a-million female condoms. It's the first effort of its kind in the United States, and city leaders hope the program will combat D.C's HIV-AIDS epidemic.

Because female condoms are not as widely available as mal...

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup Mar. 10, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

Today we've got stories on Senate passage of two bills that have caused some contention lately, the heritage tax credit's outlook is uncertain, and the attorney general wants to eliminate elections for circuit court judges.

HERITAGE TAX CREDIT Gov....

Are Fire Retardants Putting Us At Risk? (Part 3)

From The Environment Report:

Producer: Rebecca Williams

Flame retardant chemicals are in many of the products we use. They help slow the spread of fire. But some kinds of these chemicals are building up in people and in pets and wildlife. And hundreds of studies are suggesting the che...