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News Archive - March 26, 2010

Secret Women's Shelter Expanding In D.C.

By Rebecca Sheir

This fall, more women trying to escape domestic violence in D.C., could have a safe place to go. The District's only confidential shelter for battered women is expanding, to keep more families away from abuse and off the streets.

Renovations are underway at an undiscl...

Weekend Planner - SWAN Day

The 3rd annual SWAN Day takes place on Saturday, March 27. And no, it's not a nature walk, it's a full day of free theatre, music and storytelling performances by women artists in Georgetown.

David Furst speaks with event organizer, Catherine Aselford - Artistic Director for the Georgetown...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) A federal judge is siding with the District of Columbia. The judge upheld the limitations on gun ownership that D.C. put in place following the Supreme Court's 2008 decision overturning the city's outright ban on handguns.

WASHINGTON (AP) The Internal Revenue Service says D....

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup Mar. 26, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

Today we have stories on the passage of two measures high on Gov. Martin O'Malley's list of priorities, information on the budget is swirling around, and Sheila Dixon may have a new job.

JOBS CREDIT Businesses are now eligible for a $5,000 tax credi...

Report Rips Montgomery County Program

By Matt Bush

A new report calls for sweeping changes to Montgomery County's tuition assistance program for employees. The program was suspended after reports it was being abused.

More than 200 county employees took classes, paid for with taxpayer money, that allowed them to purchase...

The Region's Top Stories With Post Columnist Robert McCartney

Looking at the affects of health care overhaul in the region, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's plan to sue the federal government over insurance mandates and Virginia Congressman Tom Perriello's support of health care reform, Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey talks with Post columinst Robert M...

This Week In Congress - March 26, 2010

SCRIPT:

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

...began Sunday with a so-called "final" vote on the health care overhaul bill in the House. Republican Adrian Smith of Nebraska--

SMITH: This bill is so monstrous, that it speaks to the com...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Weekend Events, March 26-28, 2010

(March 27) DAKSHINA DANCE D.C.'s Dakshina Dance Company celebrates a successful tour of India and Bangladesh with an open rehearsal and fundraiser at the Dance Institute of Washington in Columbia Heights on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. You can brush up on your Bharata Natyam or take a survey course...

Residents Assail Solar Program

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Two years ago the District announced a program to help people install solar panels on their homes. At the time it seemed to be one of the most attractive packages in the country: the city's rebate and a federal tax credit could cover two-thirds the cost of a solar instal...

Latest Virginia Regional News

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Police are investigating vandalism at the Albemarle County Republican headquarters. Someone threw bricks through the headquarter's windows, breaking three of them. The vandalism was discovered this morning.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) An age-old cash crop that has long been...

MD, VA Feb. Job Losses Among Highest In Nation

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Virginia lost more jobs in February than any other state. And Maryland wasn't far behind.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says Virginia lost 32,600 positions, over the month. Maryland was fifth, losing 13,800 jobs in February, which was still less than California, Michiga...

Montgomery County Pushes To Go Green

By Natalie Neumann

A task force in Maryland's Montgomery County is pushing for the area to be more green. One building in Rockville is on it's way to satisfying that recommendation.

A group of workers are sawing and filing pipes for a solar panel system at the Rockville Ice Arena. Pro...

Weekend Road And Rail Work

By Jonathan Wilson

Getting around the D.C. region could be a little tougher this weekend, whether you're riding the metro or driving your car.

Delays are expected on Metrorail's Red Line this weekend due to maintenance work that will get started after the evening rush.

Metro adv...

Montgomery County Police Sergeant Faces Theft Charge

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) Montgomery County officials say a police sergeant has turned herself in after pocketing thousands of dollars from altered payroll submissions.

County police charged Sgt. Jacqueline Davey on Friday with one count of felony theft scheme. They say she reduced the amount of...

City Leaders Troubled By New HIV Report

By Patrick Madden

City leaders in Washington say they are concerned by a new study on the HIV risks for gay men. The study finds that older men who have sex with men were more likely to not use protection or have multiple partners than their younger counterparts. Health officials say this i...

Train Derails Near Baltimore Co.-Howard Co. Line

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) Authorities are responding to a train derailment in Baltimore County.

CSX spokesman Bob Sullivan says eight cars derailed at about 10:30 a.m. Friday. Sullivan says the 60-car freight train with two locomotives was traveling from Cumberland to Philadelphia.

Sull...

Juvenile Treatment Facility In Rockville Lose State Support

By Natalie Neumann

A long-time juvenile treatment facility in Rockville, Maryland no longer has the state's support. The State's Department of Juvenile Services says it will no longer make referrals there. Neighbors have had growing concern about the facility.

The older white house si...

Costly Blossoms

By Stephanie Kaye

This year's National Cherry Blossom Festival will bring an estimated $126 million from visitors. But the exact costs are unknown.

Dr. Margaret Daniels specializes in tourism and commerce at George Mason University. Working with the National Park Service, she's found...

Power Breakfast For March 26, 2010

It was Danish physicist Niels Bohr who famously observed, “The opposite of a correct statement is a false one. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.”

That physicist also designed his own coat of arms with a motto in Latin meaning: “opposites are complemen...

Latest Maryland Regional News

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Maryland senators agreed today to give initial support to a bill that would give any bidders for an Allegheny County slots license 35.5 percent of the gaming revenues for five years, instead of 33 percent. The catch is they must agree to buy the troubled Rocky Gap Lodge and Re...

Judge Upholds D.C. Gun Laws

By Rebecca Blatt

A federal judge has upheld the limitations on gun ownership in D.C. The rules in question were put in place following a Supreme Court decision in 2008, which overturned the city's outright ban on handguns.

Dick Heller, the plaintiff in that case, challenged the new re...

Health Care Changes Expected to Save Maryland, Cost Virginia Money

By Rebecca Blatt

States are releasing their estimates of how much the new federal health care law will cost them. Virginia says it will amount to about $1 billion dollars over the next decade or so, but Maryland says the law will save it about $1 billion.

The key to the difference is...

Grocery Store Renovation Has Brentwood Buzzing

By Jonathan Wilson

Residents and community leaders say a newly renovated grocery store in a Northeast D.C. neighborhood is about much more than festive fruit displays and greater food selection.

It's not like the Giant grocery store in Brentwood was exactly rundown. It's only been her...

Arenas Will Not Face Jail Time For Gun Charges

By Rebecca Blatt

Suspended Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas will not serve jail time for a felony gun conviction. A judge has ordered Arenas to spend 30 days in a halfway house and 2 years on probation. He'll also have to do 400 hours community service.

Prosecutors had recommend...