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News Archive - March 12, 2010

Union Member Demands Laid Off Teachers Have A Vote

By Kavitha Cardoza

Teachers who are no longer employed by D.C. Public Schools cannot vote in union elections. But Nathan Saunders, who's vying for the top spot in the Washington Teachers Union, wants to change the union's Constitution to allow them to vote.

Saunders, is vice president...

Power Breakfast For March 12, 2010

Congress is locked in a political game of "My Party is more fiscally responsible than your Party," and earmarks are the chips.

Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee played the first hand this week by announcing a ban on corporate earmarks. House Republicans upped the ante by voti...

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup Mar. 12, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

Today we have talk of a casino with table games in Prince George's County, budget cut decisions are coming, and lawmakers are angry with a House committee chairman's "rudeness."

BUDGET CUTS A Senate budget committee is preparing to make deep cuts to...

This Week In Congress - March 12, 2010

SCRIPT:

I’m Elizabeth Wynne Johnson of Capitol News Connection. This Week in Congress...

New York Congressman Eric Massa wasted no time getting us all to the Scandal of the Week. The personal became the political, in the form of speculation that it was Democrats who orchestrated the m...

Report Highlights Serious Safety Problems Within Metro

By David Schultz

Metro commissioned David Gunn to do a comprehensive audit of the system after a string of accidents and safety lapses. Gunn is a veteran of the transit industry who served as Metro's General Manager in the early 1990s.

Peter Benjamin, chairman of Metro's Board of dire...

Latest Virginia Regional News

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) A man has claimed a $200 million Mega Millions jackpot, nearly five months after winning the prize. Lottery officials say Steve Williams of Shenandoah waited to cash in his winning ticket until after he could meet with financial and legal advisers.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP)...

Advisory For Recreational Use Of Upper Potomac

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says recreational uses of the upper Potomac River should be avoided because recent rains have increased river levels.

Natural resources officials say the advisory extends through Monday and includes creeks and streams feeding...

MD Considers Bag Tax

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Legislators in Maryland are proposing a bag tax modeled after D.C.'s 5 cent bag fee, and the plan is raising similar controversy.

Montgomery County Delegate Al Carr proposed the idea: A 5 cent tax on any paper or plastic bag, the money goes to restoring the Chesape...

Weekend Planner - Let The Planting Begin

Daylight saving time kicks in this weekend, and next Saturday marks the first day of spring. That means Kathy Jentz has been camping out at the garden center, shovel in hand, itching to get planting.

Jentz is the editor and publisher of Washington Gardener Magazine. Speaking with David Furs...

Immigration Officials Take 29 Into Custody

By Stephanie Kaye

After several simultaneous raids in central Maryland, immigration authorities say they have taken 29 people into custody.

The raids are part of a wider program to crack down on employers who hire illegal immigrants. Agents carried out the raids at two restaurants, se...

Metro Dismisses Train Operator

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Metro has dismissed one of it's train operators for failing to follow standard operating procedures. The operator was at the helm when a six-car train derailed near the Farragut North station last month. Three people reported bumps and bruises from that incident, but the...

D.C. To Conduct Criminal Investigation Into EMS Decision

By Rebecca Blatt

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says a criminal investigation is under way into a senior paramedic's decision not to transport a 2-year-old girl who later died.

Lanier says a preliminary review determined an investigation into criminal conduct or negligence was warrant...

The Week's Top Stories With Post Columnist Robert McCartney

Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey talks with Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney about the week's top stories: Governor McDonnell takes a stand on sexual discrimination and Metro's audit produces some sobering results...

Soldier Portraits Mystify Metro Riders

Peter Granitz

Each stark image shows a soldier from Fort Drum, New York, lying down, gazing off the frame or directly at the viewer. Some look as if they're feigning death. Photographer Suzanne Opton says focusing on each soldier's face humanizes her subjects.

"We put these billboards...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Weekend Events, March 12-14, 2010

(March 12) ETHEL ENNIS The Montpelier Arts Center brings Baltimore-based balladeer Ethel Ennis to the stage tonight at 8 p.m. in Laurel, Maryland.

(March 14) FROG & TOAD Frog and Toad take the stage at The Music Center at Strathmore Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. This musical version explor...

Northern VA Extension Offices Could Be Victims Of Tight Budget

By Jonathan Wilson

Virginia's Cooperative Extension, an offshoot of the states research university system with offices in nearly every county, could see some major cuts in this year's budget including the closure of three county offices in Northern Virginia.

A Master Gardener's class...

Latest Maryland Regional News

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says recreational uses of the upper Potomac River should be avoided because recent rains have increased river levels. Natural resources officials say the advisory extends through Monday and includes creeks and streams feeding the up...

Are Fire Retardants Putting Us At Risk? (Part 5)

From The Environment Report

Producer: Rebecca Williams

Flame retardant chemicals help keep foam and plastics from catching on fire. But certain kinds of these chemicals are building up in people. And hundreds of studies are suggesting links to problems with brain development, and thyr...

Alexandria School Faces Federal Sanctions

From the outside, T.C. Williams High School is the picture of success. But the numbers tell a different story. More than half of the students live in poverty. One out of five Hispanic students is a dropout. It has one of the highest teen birth rates in the state.

Now the Obama administratio...

Heavy Rains This Weekend

By Matt Bush

A flood watch is in effect for the entire region through tomorrow. The Potomac river is very rough and choppy this morning, but it as yet has not overflowed its bank. Joggers and dog walkers are moving along it as if it's any other day.

The city of Alexandria did not pass...

Dolphin Gives Birth At Baltimore Aquarium

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Dolphin shows at Baltimore's National Aquarium have been temporarily suspended as one performer is on maternity leave.

An Atlantic bottlenose dolphin named Jade gave birth to a calf Wednesday night. The newborn dolphin was about 30 pounds and 2 to 3 feet long at bi...

D.C. Fire Chief In Hot Seat Over Emergency Responses

By Natalie Neumann

The D.C. Council is pushing the District's Fire and EMS Chief for answers in the case of a two-year-old girl who died after first responders did not immediately transport her to the hospital.

Chief Dennis Rubin told a council committee he was shocked and saddened by...

D.C. Public School Lottery Applications Have Increased Almost 25 Percent

By Kavitha Cardoza

Almost 1,800 parents in D.C. applied to place their child in a K-12 school outside their neighborhood.

Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee was asked whether this means more parents are unhappy with their neighborhood school. She says that could be one interpretation, b...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) The new high school football coach in the nation's capital says being a woman has nothing to do with her getting the job. Natalie Randolph was introduced today before cheering players and staff as the coach at Calvin Coolidge Senior High School in Washington. She is believed to be...

DDOT Temporarily Suspends Emergency No Parking Sign Distribution

NOTE: While emergency no parking signs are temporarily unavailable at MPD stations, signs are still available at DDOT’s Public Space Permit Center.

From DDOT:

The District Department of Transportation is currently in the process of implementing changes to the current Emergency No Park...