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News Archive - April 1, 2010

Conversations: Michael Cottman Speaks With Tom Teodori

As part of our continuing series, "Conversations," reporter Michael Cottman speaks with Tom Teodori, an attorney with the law firm ChasenBoscolo, about the dangers of texting while driving in our region.

Metro Riders Weigh In On Proposed Budget

By Natalie Neumann

Closing Metro's $189-million budget gap has been the subject of a round of recent public hearings, and many commuters speaking at last night's meeting in Northern Virginia prefer fare hikes to reducing bus and rail service.

Metro riders filled the seats in the Arlin...

Latest Maryland Regional News

EASTON, Md. (AP) Easton Airport has received two federal grants totaling $1.5 million for repairs and upgrades. The money from the U.S. Department of Transportation will be used to replace and widen a tarmac; install a new drainage system under the tarmac; and trees will be cut to proper height r...

Organ Donor Recipients Share Personal Experiences, Meet Donor Families

By Kavitha Cardoza

In the last two decades more than 5,000 people in the D.C. area have received organ transplants.

As part of organ donation month, local transplant patients are sharing personal experiences, and there's one delicate piece of the process: correspondence between donor...

Environmental Groups Warn Drilling Will Hurt Bay

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Virginia governor Bob McDonnell is welcoming President Obama's decision to allow offshore drilling for oil and gas. He says it will create thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in state revenue. But environmental groups are warning of threats to the Chesa...

Power Breakfast For April 1, 2010

The nation's decennial head-count is on.

This morning, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and Census director Robert Groves are holding a rally at Freedom Plaza downtown - to encourage Washingtonians to fill out their 2010 forms.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports.

Pentagon Tightens Security In Wake Of Shooting

By NAFEESA SYEED Associated Press Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) The head of security at the Pentagon says new safety measures have been implemented since a gunman opened fire at the building earlier this month.

Steven E. Calvery, director of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, says his...

Virginia Police Refuse To Release Documents

By Michael Pope

Remember that Fairfax police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man on Richmond Highway? There was an official police report in that case, known as an incident report in Virginia. But the police have refused to release it.

In fact, across Virginia police routinely...

Supporters And Critics Attend Charter School Hearing

By Jessica Gould

Citing low test scores and violence, the D.C. Public Charter School Board is considering revoking the charter of Young America Works in Northeast. School leaders say they want another chance to succeed.

More than 100 people attended the board’s hearing on Young Americ...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) A former D.C. firefighter cadet and her boyfriend have been sentenced for shooting the woman's former boyfriend in 2007. Prosecutors say 23-year-old Dominique Taylor was a cadet at the D.C. fire academy when she helped cover up the shooting.

WASHINGTON (AP) Metro's maintenan...

Government Watchdog Eyeing Christian Fellowship Deal

By Meymo Lyons

A government watchdog group says it has filed ethics complaints against lawmakers who have rented rooms in a controversial Capitol Hill townhouse.

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington(CREW) cites news reports that say House members and some Senators...

O'Malley Reacts To Drilling Change

By Matt Bush

Maryland governor Martin O'Malley says environmental groups are right to be wary of President Obama's decision to allow offshore drilling near the Chesapeake Bay. O'Malley admits there are legitimate environmental concerns with Mr. Obama's plan, but he is also urging patience....

Fenty, Lanier Address Grieving Crowd Following Tuesday Night's Shooting

By Patrick Madden

After one of the deadliest shootings in years, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and other city leaders visited the neighborhood in Southeast D.C. where 4 people were killed and at least five wounded.

An emotional – and at times – angry crowd greeted Mayor Fenty as he made his...

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup April 1, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

IMPEACHMENT The House Judiciary Committee rejected an attempt by GOP Del. Don Dwyer to oust Attorney General Doug Gansler over a controversial opinion on same-sex marriage, Annie Linskey and Julie Bykowicz report for The Baltimore Sun. The word from Gansl...

Both Sides Of The Spectrum Weigh In On Offshore Drilling

By Jonathan Wilson

Proponents of offshore drilling along Virginia's coastline say President Obama's decision to lift the ban on oil and gas exploration in the area could pay off in a big way for the state. However, one state lawmaker says not all the economic consequences will be positive....

Latest Virginia Regional News

WYTHEVILLE, Va. (AP) Virginia State Police is thanking the public for helping it to capture a fugitive. State police had asked for the public's help in a Tuesday posting on the agency's Facebook page. The agency said yesterday in a Facebook posting that information provided by the public helped t...

American University Student Newspaper: "We Are Sorry" For Opnion Column Controversy

From The Eagle Newspaper

The fact of the matter is that The Eagle did not approach the publication of Alex Knepper’s most recent column entirely correctly. For this, we are sorry.

The editors involved in the decision to publish, Editor-in-Chief Jen Calantone, Managing Editor for News...

Development Threatens Appalachian Trail

By Bill Redlin

The National Parks Conservation Association says development threatens the Appalachian Trail, and a new report says more must be done to protect it.

The association says the threats also include quarries, wind farms, racetracks and illegal all-terrain vehicle use. It sa...

D.C. Education Leader Calls For More Parent Involvment

By Kavitha Cardoza

At a discussion on education, the former head of D.C. Public Schools says a key piece of the reform effort is missing-including parents in the decision making process.

As Clifford Janey answered questions, it was clear the more than 100 people in the audience missed...

Hormones Indicate Possible Panda Pregnancy In D.C.

WASHINGTON (AP) Scientists at the National Zoo have detected rising hormone levels in the zoo's female giant panda.

This means Mei Xiang could either give birth in 40 to 50 days or come to the end of a false pregnancy. She was artificially inseminated in January.

Reproductive biologis...

"Fossil Fool's Day" Prank Targets Utility Company

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Utility company Pepco was the victim of an April Fool's day prank. Flyers and press releases were distributed announcing, falsely, that the company would switch to solar and wind energy by 2020.

Pepco customers, and some reporters, awoke to fliers and emails announ...

Veteran "Wire" Screenwriter David Mills Dies

By Rebecca Sheir

A veteran television writer who began his career as a reporter for The Washington Post has died. David Mills won accolades for his work on the Baltimore-based series, "The Wire."

Mills started his television-writing career with longtime friend and "Wire" creator David...

2010 Census Comes To Ben's Chili Bowl

By Stephanie Kaye

Ben's Chili Bowl in Northwest D.C. is an iconic diner, and now the site where the U.S. Census is trying to spread the word in Washington.

An announcer belts out the presence of Robert Groves, the Director of the Census Bureau. Between bites of breakfast at Ben's this...

D.C. Police Look To Stop Shooting Paybacks; Five Dead

By NAFEESA SYEED Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) A possible feud among neighborhood crews, three shootings and five fatalities have authorities in the nation's capital trying to stop more paybacks in an area known for drugs and violence just 7 miles from the White House.

A cro...