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News Archive - March 31, 2010

Gray Kicks Off Campaign For D.C. Mayor

By Patrick Madden

It's official. D.C. Council Chair Vincent Gray will challenge incumbent Mayor Adrian Fenty in the primary this fall. There was a warm welcome for Council Chair Vincent Gray Tuesday at the Reeves Center on U Street. Gray was there to sign the paperwork for his candidacy. Gr...

Latest Virginia Regional News

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) A federal investigator says the pilot of a single-engine plane that crashed at Roanoke Regional Airport had reported a control problem before clipping wires and hitting a UPS Freight building. Officials say pilot Peter Sheeran died yesterday at a hospital. Passenger John Whitmer...

Former MD Lawmaker: Drilling Proposal Perplexing

BALTIMORE (AP) A former state lawmaker who helped pass Maryland's ban on oil and gas drilling in the Chesapeake Bay says drilling off the Virginia coast must be accompanied by tight safeguards and monitoring.

Former Maryland Sen. Gerald W. Winegrad says the 1988 ban on oil and gas drilling...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Wednesday, March 31, 2010

(March 31) THE ART OF GAMAN The Renwick Gallery in Northwest D.C. exhibits the arts and crafts of interned Japanese-Americans during World War II in The Art of Gaman through January 2011. Guest lecturer Karen Matsuoka arrives at the gallery today at noon to share her insights as the daughter of a...

Power Breakfast For March 31, 2010

Leaving behind 'No Child Left Behind.'

Across the country, students are sharpening their Number Two pencils in preparation for end of the year standardized tests. By this time next year, President Barack Obama wants to have replaced "No Child Left Behind" with a new law dictating how to tes...

Councilman Runs For Chairmanship

By Meymo Lyons

D.C. Councilman Jack Evans, who represents a district including downtown Washingtonm will run to be chairman of the D.C. Council. Evans' announcement comes a day after current Council Chairman Vincent Gray announced he would run for mayor.

Gray and current Mayor Adrian...

Most VA Politicians Applaud Offshore Energy Announcement

By Jonathan Wilson

President Obama's decision to lift the moratorium on offshore energy exploration along Virginia's coastline -- has politicians across the aisle saying they're pleasantly surprised.

Republican Delegate Dave Albo of Springfield says he was shocked to hear the announce...

D.C. Promises To Restore Solar Energy Grants

By Sabri Ben-Achour

D.C.'s Department of the Environment has promised to improve it's solar energy grant program, that's the program that subsidizes solar panel installation. The pledge comes after city lawmakers received an earful from frustrated residents at a council round table.

T...

Two Charged In Driveby Shooting That Killed Four In D.C.

By NAFEESA SYEED Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) Two people have been charged in connection with a drive-by shooting in southeast Washington in which four people were killed and at least five others wounded.

Twenty-year-old Nathaniel Carter and 26-year-old Orlando Simms were t...

Witness: Crowd Shot In D.C. Had Been To Funeral

By NAFEESA SYEED Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) The crowd of people targeted in a drive-by shooting that killed four and wounded five others had just returned from the funeral of a victim of another recent shooting nearby, a witness said Wednesday.

The shooting Tuesday was th...

Maryland's Tough Anti-Bullying Law Helps Middle School Student

By Elliott Francis

The case of Phoebe Prince, the 15-year old girl in South Hadley, Massachusetts, who took her own life after she was repeatedly bullied, has focused attention on the behavior, and how its handled by school administrators.

Maryland has one of the most aggressive anti-...

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) A former state lawmaker who helped pass Maryland's ban on oil and gas drilling in the Chesapeake Bay says drilling off the Virginia coast must be accompanied by tight safeguards and monitoring. Former Maryland Sen. Gerald W. Winegrad says the 1988 ban on oil and gas drilling in Mar...

Juvenile Ordered Held In Shootings

WASHINGTON (AP) A 14-year-old charged with first-degree murder in the drive-by shootings in which four people died has been ordered held at a secure juvenile facility. At a juvenile intake hearing Wednesday afternoon in D.C. Superior Court's Family Court, Judge Elizabeth Wingo described th...

Non-Profit Group Says VA Forfeiture Laws Are Bogus

By Jonathan Wilson

An Arlington-based non-profit says the laws allowing police to seize private property from suspected criminals are being abused and says police and prosecutors in Virginia are prime culprits.

Scott Bullock with the Institute for Justice, says the laws give prosecuto...

Relatives Of Victims Of Drive-By Shooting Look For Answers

By Stephanie Kaye

Four people are dead and five others injured after what police say was a drive-by shooting on South Capital street in Southeast D.C.

A man who says he is the grandfather of one of the shooting victims says this drive-by was unusual, being on a main street during the...

O'Malley Says He's Ready For Ehrlich Again

By Matt Bush

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley says he's ready for a potential rematch with his predecessor this fall.

O'Malley defeated Republican Robert Ehrlich by 7 percentage points four years ago. Ehrlich says he wants a rematch, saying the political winds have changed over the p...

Medical Marijuana Advocates Say D.C. Pot Bill Is Too Restrictive

By Patrick Madden

As a bill to legalize medical marijuana in D.C. makes its way through the city council, some advocates say the proposal is too restrictive.

Medical Marijuana advocate Scott Morgan points to several parts of the bill. For example, the legislation says patients must 'm...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) D.C. police say a fourth person has died after a drive-by shooting in southeast Washington. A police spokeswoman says the person was among nine hit yesterday when a gunman sprayed bullets into a crowd of people.

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington would allow people to have up to 2 o...

"The Wire," "E.R." Writer David E. Mills Dies

From HBO.com:

David E. Mills, an Emmy-award winning television writer who worked on dramas as varied as "Homicide," "NYPD Blue," "E.R." and "The Wire," died suddenly Tuesday after collapsing on the New Orleans set of his new HBO drama, "Treme." He was 48.

A former journalist who work...

Commentary...Quality Childcare In D.C....HyeSook Chung

Finding quality childcare is an agonizing ordeal for many parents, so just imagine if your family’s income is little more than $36,000 a year and you require care for a four-year-old and an infant.

As commentator HyeSook Chung notes, if you live in the District of Columbia, sending your ch...

Drive-By Shooting In Southeast Leaves Four People Dead, Five Injured

A group of people gathering after a funeral were shot at last night along South Capitol Street...four people died and five are injured.

Stephanie Kaye reports...

MD Enviro Group Appalled By Drilling Decision

BALTIMORE (AP) A Maryland environmental group says it is appalled by President Barack Obama's decision to open the Virginia coast and other areas to offshore drilling.

Tommy Landers, Policy Advocate for Environment Maryland, says it is nonsensical to threaten the East Coast with spills when...

Investigation Into D.C. Drive By Shooting Continues

By Elliott Francis

Authorities say two men, 20-year-old Orlander Carter and 26-year-old Nathaniel Simms, and one male juvenile, will face charges in connection with a drive-by shooting in Southeast Washington last night that killed four people and wounded five other.

By noon, the on-s...