News Archive - March 16, 2010

Advocates Debate Strength Of Open Government Bill

By Peter Granitz

Some open-government advocates are questioning how far an open-meetings bill, set to hit the D.C. Council, will actually go.

Ward Four councilmember Muriel Bowser will introduce the “Open Government is Good Government Act” today. The bill would require public bodies,...

Latest Maryland Regional News

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) A Baltimore senator wants to bring table games like craps, poker and roulette to Maryland in the hopes of increasing tourism. Baltimore Sen. Catherine Pugh urged a Senate panel today to support letting the public decide whether to allow the games in Maryland.

ANNAPOLIS,...

Ehrlich May Challenge Mikulski

By Stephanie Kaye

One of Maryland's former governors is thinking about running for U.S. Senate. Robert Ehrlich says thoughts about running for the Senate are "in the mix" as he weighs his options for running for office.

Ehrlich spoke to a group of small business owners in Pikesville t...

D.C. Promises To Hire Workers For Weatherization Program

By Patrick Madden

As D.C.'s unemployment rate continues to hover around 12 percent, city leaders are promising to hire out-of-work residents to weatherize homes. For years, Quentin Freeland found steady work as a construction worker. But when the jobs dried up about a year and half ago, Fre...

Honda To Recall 410,000 Vehicles For Brake Problem

By TOM KRISHERAP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) Honda Motor Co. says it is recalling about 410,000 Odyssey minivans and Element small trucks because of problems with the brake pedals.

The recall includes 344,000 Odysseys and 68,000 Elements from the 2007 and 2008 model years.

Honda sa...

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

(March 17-May 29) AMERICAN BEAUTY American identity goes on display tomorrow through May 29th at The Ralls Collection in Northwest D.C. with American Beauty, a collection of works from New Orleans painter Nicole Charbonnet. She plays with quintessential American images and icons, from Western cow...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) A D.C. Councilwoman wants the city to change the way it gets rid of surplus property such as fire trucks, chairs and printers. Councilwoman Mary Cheh introduced a bill today to make the changes.

WASHINGTON (AP) Any D.C. public school employee who has sexual contact with a st...

Roosevelt High School Reopens After Lockdown

A high school campus in Greenbelt, Maryland has reopened after classrooms there were placed on lockdown earlier today.

Elliott Francis reports...

Fairfax School Board Member Says Va. Budget Plan Holds Some Good News

By Jonathan Wilson

Despite unprecedented funding cuts to public education included in the budget just approved by Virginia, state lawmakers and board members for Fairfax County Public Schools say there's some good news for their district.

Fairfax County School Board members passed a b...

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup Mar. 16, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

TEACHERS’ PENSIONS Shifting some of the costs of teachers’ pensions to the counties is "back on the table," writes Michael Sanderson for Conduit Street (MACo) blog. Considerations for the cut may save about $60 million, according to this Associated Press...

Latest Virginia Regional News

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) A jury in Fairfax County has acquitted a 39-year-old father of murdering his infant son after a defense expert raised doubts about the validity of shaken baby syndrome. Prosecutors said that Elmer J. Midence violently shook his eight-month-old son last year at their Springfield...

VA Fills 43,000 Potholes In Two Weeks

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia Department of Transportation crews have patched, repaired or filled more than 43,000 potholes since March 1, the first day of its pothole blitz.

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Tuesday that crews have worked day and night to address the pavement hazards on state-mai...

DCRA Launches Website For Basement Landlords And Tenants

By Rebecca Sheir

The so-called English basement is a widespread rental option in Washington, as row-house buyers often expect to lease their lower level to help with the mortgage. A new website from D.C.s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs is educating landlords and tenants on ho...

Church In PG Rallies Against Metro Budget Cuts

By David Schultz

Although it sounds like religious services, the gathering at Gethsemane United Methodist Church in Capitol Heights, Md. is actually a rally in opposition to Metro's budget proposals, which include the elimination of dozens of bus lines and a fare increase of more than 20 pe...

Power Breakfast For March 16, 2010

Redefining "freedom of information" in the 21st Century.

Today Congressman Steve Israel of New York introduces the Public Online Information Act. Ellen Miller, executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, says the bill reflects a new formula for what constitutes transparency.

Elizab...

Police: Shots Fired Near Greenbelt High School

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) Police have reopened a Greenbelt high school after shots were fired nearby.

Prince George's County public schools spokeswoman Tanzi West Barbour says a couple of people came out of the woods next to Eleanor Roosevelt High School, fired shots and then ran back into the wo...