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News Archive - April 2, 2010

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Weekend Events, April 2-4, 2010

The cherry blossoms are expected to be in full bloom this weekend. But if you're looking to take in more than trees, the region has plenty of fare for you to enjoy with your other "buds."

(April 2) CHERRY BLAST The Cherry Blast is the official explosion of peak-festival-pizazz sure to put y...

Metro Board Weighs In On Cuts To MetroAccess

By David Schultz

For many people, MetroAccess is the only way to get around. But over the past decade, MetroAccess costs have quadrupled. Now, many of its services are on the chopping block.

Mortimer Downey, the federal representative on Metro's Board, says MetroAccess should be trimm...

Latest Maryland Regional News

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Gov. O'Malley's younger brother is joining the governor's re-election campaign as a senior adviser. The governor's campaign announced today that Peter O'Malley is coming on board.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Maryland's Senate is backing a bill that would require power companies...

Bully Laws Won't Apply To Private Schools In Maryland

By Matt Bush

An effort to make private schools in Maryland adopt state laws regarding bullying has been defeated in the general assembly.

The amendment to the state budget failed by a handful of votes. Private schools fought it, saying the state had no business telling them how to run...

Transporting Organs To Give People A New Lease On Life

By Kavitha Cardoza

More than 2000 people in the D.C. area are waiting for organ transplants. As part of Organ Donation Awareness Month, Becky Hill with the Washington Regional Transplant Community is walking around dozens of white cooler boxes, used to transport organs.

"When the sur...

Power Breakfast For April 2, 2010

Your signal may be fleeting, but your contract is forever.

The 1999 movie "Office Space" was pitch-perfect in its portrayal of the daily trials and milquetoast angst of the modern American cubicle worker. All of which culminate, famously, in a scene involving three guys, a baseball bat and...

This Week In Congress - April 2, 2010

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

This week in Congress was relatively quiet, since Congress is out for a two-week recess.

A new study is out detailing the economic effects of a proposed crackdown on greenhouse gas emissions...

Weekend Planner: Roosevelt Island

Last summer, we rode the Metro to Rosslyn, Virginia... and then strolled to Theodore Roosevelt Island in the middle of the Potomac River. It was the final installment of our 'Next Stop'...Nature' series, where we visited natural areas and parks around the region - all within walking distance of...

Fuel Efficiency Rules Spark Lawsuit

By Rebecca Sheir

Drivers could save at the pump under new federal rules aimed at boosting mileage and cutting emissions. But the Environmental Protection Agency's new fuel-efficiency standards are drawing a legal challenge from Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

Cuccinelli alre...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Metro has experienced its second-highest weekday ridership day. Officials say the annual cherry blossom festival and the Washington Capitals victory helped boost the number of trips yesterday to nearly 878,000.

WASHINGTON (AP) Authorities say prosecutors said there was not s...

Arlington Hires Savannah, GA City Manager

By Jonathan Wilson

In Virginia, the Arlington County Board has found a new county manager, bringing a native of Northern Virginia back home to do the job.

County Board Chairman Jay Fisette announced today that Michael Brown, currently the city manager of Savannah, Georgia, will fill t...

Fenty Releases Budget Plan

By Patrick Madden

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty's budget plan for next year is out, and he's promising to fill a half-billion dollar budget hole, give more money to schools, and do it without raising taxes.

On one hand there are no "general" tax increases: property, income, and sales taxes...

New Charges For Former D.C. Council Chief Of Staff Ted Loza

By Patrick Madden

New charges have been filed against D.C. Council Member Jim Graham's former chief of staff. Ted Loza was arrested last year and charged with two counts of bribery in an alleged scheme to influence taxi cab legislation.

In the initial indictment, Loza was charged with...

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup April 2, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

BUDGET In a preview of election year themes, Republicans in the House of Delegates offered and Democrats rejected $830 million in additional budget cuts the GOP said were necessary to avoid massive tax increases next year, Len Lazarick and Andy Rosen repo...

Cherry Blossoms And The Importance Of Bees

The cherry blossoms across the region are in bloom. A key ingredient to happy, healthy flowers are bees. In the last few years, beekeepers have cultivated a growing number of urban hives across D.C. at the White House, in community gardens and even on the roof of the Fairmont Hotel.

WAMU's...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Gov. Bob McDonnell is among several governors who have received threatening letters from an anti-government group. McDonnell's office received the letter on March 31st from a group called Guardians of the free Republics.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) The Coast Guard has rescue...

Man Barricades Self In Home, Nearby Trains Resume

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) Authorities say train tracks have reopened in northern Virginia as they respond to a man barricaded inside an apartment.

Police say CSX has reopened the stretch near the incident in Alexandria. The tracks also serve Amtrak passenger trains and local VRE commuter trains....

Washington D.C. And The 2010 Census

By Stephanie Kaye

Today is April Fool's Day, but it's also National Census Day. A rally to spread the word about the Census in D.C. began this morning at an iconic diner off the U Street Corridor.

U.S. Census Director Robert Groves says this year's census is the shortest it's been sin...

Metro Board To Decide On Controversial Budget

By David Schultz

Of all the proposed reductions to Metrorail service, none would affect more riders than getting rid of eight-car trains during rush hour. It would save more than $2 million a year. But Metro Board Chairman Peter Benjamin says it's not worth it.

"I think that's a sill...

White House Easter Egg Roll To Encourage Fitness

By Meymo Lyons

First Lady Michelle Obama is bringing her campaign against childhood obesity to the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.

Besides rolling eggs with spoons, children will get a dose of activities to promote healthy living and exercise, including a sports zone and a dance c...

Road Closures Tonight Will Impact Traffic

From the District Department of Transportation:

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is scheduled to continue demolition work tonight to remove beams from the Eastern Avenue Bridge crossing over D.C. 295 (Kenilworth Ave.). The work will require multiple lane closures on both sid...

Woman Initiates Workshops To Help Senior Renters

By Natalie Neumann

D.C. has special rent control laws for seniors, and the District government is trying to help them take advantage of the protections.

Barbra Cline rents an apartment in a nine story beige brick building on Connecticut Avenue in Northwest. She's lived there with her...

The Region's Top Stories With Post Columnist Robert McCartney

Ehrlich seeks a rematch against Gov. O'Malley in Maryland, President Obama announces a move to off-shore drilling, and Council Member Vincent Gray will face Mayor Fenty in the upcoming election.

Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey talks with Wahington Post columnist Robert McCartney about t...

Teacher Union Pres. Expects Tentative Union Contract Agreement Soon

By Kavitha Cardoza

Teachers in D.C. Public Schools who haven't had a raise in almost three years can expect to hear details of a tentative contract when they return from Spring break next week.

George Parker, president of the Washington Teacher's Union, says both sides are still worki...