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News Archive - March 29, 2010

La Buena Mentira – The Good Lie

The pressure to produce big league prospects takes its toll on the Dominican Republic.

The game of baseball has helped hundreds of players from the Dominican Republic lift their families out of poverty. And it’s a boon to the economy. Each year Major League Baseball pours about $100 million...

Metro Stages Bomb Drills On Buses

Metro is staging emergency response drills for both Metrorail and Metrobus.

This morning, around 10 a.m., Metro will simulate an explosion on a Metrobus at the RFK stadium parking lot. This is the second drill, the first was early Sunday morning in the tunnel between Foggy Bottom and Rossly...

American University Student Newspapers Vandalized Over Published "Rape Apology"

By Ginger Moored

Someone has taken over a thousand copies of American University’s student paper, The Eagle, from on-campus newsstands and replaced them with signs reading: "NO ROOM FOR RAPE APOLOGISTS." The Eagle's editor-in-chief Jen Calantone says this is in response to AU sophomore Ale...

Ballpark Hits Old Reputation Out Of Field

By Asma Khalid

The population around Nationals Park has doubled since last year. It's a neighborhood in transition, with a past some would like to forget.

Charles Donaldson remembers what the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood was like before the ballpark.

In ’01, ’02, ’03, frequen...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Metro police are conducting random inspections of its stations as U.S. transit agencies remain vigilant after two deadly bombing attacks in the Moscow subway. Metro says it beefed up security as a precaution following rush hour attacks in Moscow that killed dozens.

WASHINGTO...

Bag Tax Appears To Be Working

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Early figures suggest shoppers in D.C. are using far fewer plastic and paper bags than expected now that they're being charged 5 cents a pop.

The bag tax went into effect on the first of this year. The idea was to raise money to clean up the Anacostia River and dis...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Monday, March 29, 2010

(March 29) BUILDING BRIDGES IN GEORGETOWN The boundaries of jazz are tested in the alley tonight as The Outer Bridge Ensemble performs two shows at Blues Alley in Georgetown. These captains of cadence fuse funk, jazz, and world music with frenetic improvisations that bridge the gap between genres...

Emergency Drills Prepare Region for Worst

Metro Transit Police, local responders and federal emergency crews took some time to learn a few hands-on lessons during a simulated bomb exercise at RFK Stadium.

Captain James Riley was out in the rain on behalf of Prince George's County Fire and EMS. "If the District had a mass casualty-...

Tourism Industry Expects Tens Of Millions Of Dollars From Cherry Blossoms

By Peter Granitz

With the Cherry Blossom Festival now in full swing, boosters for the District’s tourism industry are readying for the spring and summer.

Elliot Ferguson says the 16 day festival could inject as much as $82 million into the local economy. And it’s just the beginning. F...

Metro On Alert After Russia Subway Bombings

WASHINGTON (AP) Metro police are conducting random inspections of stations and rail yards as part of heightened security after a terrorist attack on two Moscow subway stations killed more than 37 people.

Metro Transit Police's acting head, Jeri Lee, said Monday that the agency will "do what...

D.C. Council Chair Gray Will Challenge Fenty

By Patrick Madden

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray will reportedly challenge Mayor Adrian Fenty in the upcoming primary.
Gray was tight-lipped as he walked from his office on the fifth floor to the council dais this afternoon, neither confirming nor denying reports of his candidacy...

Youth Centers And Police Among Possible Cuts In Baltimore's Budget

By Cathy Duchamp

Baltimore has a money pit that’s as big as the city fire department’s entire budget. City managers are considering drastic cuts to fill the $121 million budget gap.

Among the worst-case scenarios: 120 police officers would lose their jobs. And half of Baltimore’s recr...

Paramedics Mistakenly Pronounce Man Dead

By Meymo Lyons

Officials are investigating why paramedics mistakenly pronounced a 70-year-old Maryland man dead, telling his family he had died before a medical examiner found he was actually alive.

George Waters ultimately died Saturday at Prince George's Hospital Center.

Water...

New Metro GM Faces Challenge With Budget Troubles

By David Schultz

Today, Sarles became the man in charge of more than 1,500 buses, 106 miles of railway track, and more than 1,100 train cars.

Before arriving in D.C., Sarles was the head of N.J. Transit, the bus and train agency in New Jersey.

Last year, N.J. Transit lost $62 mi...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A circuit court has scheduled a May 20 execution for Darick Walker, the death row inmate condemned for killing two Richmond area men in the late 90s. Virginia law allows for the death penalty for anyone who commits two premeditated murders within three years.

RICHMOND, Va...

D.C. Fails To Make 'Race To The Top' Cut

By Kavitha Cardoza

The U.S. Department of Education has picked Delaware and Tennessee for the first round of its "Race to the Top" competition. The District of Columbia was a finalist but didn't make the cut.

Tennessee could recieve $500 million and their counterparts in Delaware, $10...

Power Breakfast For March 29, 2010

When Google and GoDaddy came to Washington.

It wasn’t very long ago that the phrase ‘When Google and GoDaddy came to Washington’ would have been pure gibberish. Setting that aside, the two internet giants DID come to Washington last week… to testify on internet freedom and censorship in Ch...

Latest Maryland Regional News

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) A Brunswick man who got in a dispute with the owners of a 4-pound Chihuahua has pleaded guilty to tossing the dog off a bridge. David Beers pleaded guilty Monday to a felony count of aggravated animal cruelty and another charge of theft under $500.

BALTIMORE (AP) Marylan...

Older Hispanics Disproportionately Affected By Economy

A survey out today from AARP>) shows that the recession has hit Hispanics over 45 harder than their peers in the general population.

Hispanics have lost jobs, pay and health care at significantly higher rates and a higher proportion are having to reduce essentials - including food, medic...