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News Archive - April 5, 2010

Cautious Optimism Toward Latest Job Report

By Asma Khalid

The government recently released the most upbeat jobs report in three years, but unemployment is still high, so people on the streets of D.C. have mixed feelings about the latest numbers.

Rob Drover is visiting the White House with friends. Drover's an IT consultant in...

Latest Virginia Regional News

BEDFORD, Va. (AP) Jurors are scheduled to begin deliberations today in Bedford in the trial of a former high school administrator from Virginia accused of killing his estranged wife. Thirty-nine-year-old Wesley Earnest is accused of first-degree murder in the death of his wife Jocelyn Branham Ear...

Recovery Act Tax Savings Tool

From Whitehouse.gov:

The Recovery Act Tax Savings Tool is intended to help taxpayers determine their potential eligibility for various tax benefits available under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Taxpayers who use this tool are still responsible for determining their eligibili...

Advocates Push For Social Services In Budget

By Peter Granitz

The D.C. Council will examine Mayor Adrian Fenty’s proposed budget this week. Low-income advocates are pushing to make sure social services don’t take too hard a hit.

Faced with a budget gap of more than a half billion dollars, mayor Fenty intends to cut spending on h...

Funeral Services Set For D.C. Shooting Victims

WASHINGTON (AP) Funeral services have been scheduled for two of the four victims of last week's shooting in southeast D.C. the worst in the city in at least 16 years.

Police say the victims were together after a funeral for a friend when they were killed themselves in a drive-by shooting....

Budget Cuts At Fairfax Parks Could Mean Inconvenience For Visitors

By Jonathan Wilson

In Virginia, members of Fairfax County's Park Authority say a second year of budget cuts could compromise its ability to draw visitors.

Budget cutbacks may mean strolls through some parks in Fairfax will be cut short if nature calls.

"Restrooms have to be main...

Cuts May Cost Prince George's County

By Stephanie Kaye

Critics say recent layoffs in Prince George's County could end up costing the county more money.

Karl Berntson was the county's energy manager, tasked with helping Prince George's save on utility costs. The 60-year-old was one of about 50 workers laid off recently by...

Police Investigate ATM Skimmers

By Meymo Lyons

If you've used the ATM at Congressional Plaza in Montgomery County recently, keep an eye on your bank account.

Rockville Police discovered a skimming device at the Wachovia Bank ATM in the 1600 block of Rockville Pike after an alert customer spotted it Saturday night....

Baltimore’s Cash Advance Alternative

By Cathy Duchamp

Community organizers in Baltimore are using a carrot and stick approach to wean people off cash advance loans.

The carrot: a $1,000 loan at eight percent interest. The stick: you have to go to financial fitness class to get the money.

Darrell Witherspoon jumped...

Latest Maryland Regional News

WHEATON, Md. (AP) Montgomery County police have identified an officer who was killed when his patrol car struck a tree while responding to a call. Police say Officer Hector Ayala died yesterday. He had been with the department for seven years.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Tea party activists may not...

Mayor Found In Contempt Over Child Welfare Agency

WASHINGTON (AP) A federal judge has found D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty in contempt and has refused to end federal oversight of the city's child welfare agency.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan issued the ruling on Monday. The Child and Family Services Agency had been ordered by federal courts to...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Monday, April 5, 2010

(April 5-May31) SACRED SCULPTURES The Sacred Made Real: Spanish Painting and Sculpture from the 17th century continues at The National Gallery of Art today through the end of May. The depictions of saints and icons from the Catholic canon are arrestingly real, and many are being presented in the...

Delegate Holmes-Norton Going To Haiti

By Elliott Francis

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton is on her way to Haiti as part of congressional delegation.

The trip follows a recent pledge from U.S. government officials to contribute $1-billion over over two years to help rebuild the island nation. The delEgation includes Se...

Children Hit White House Lawn For Easter Egg Roll

By Peter Granitz

Children and their parents from across the country filled the South Lawn of the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll.

More than 30,000 people attended today’s event, which was themed "Ready, Set, Go," as First lady Michelle Obama tied today’s festivities into he...

Power Breakfast For April 5, 2010

Health care groups spent lavishly on lobbyists in the run-up to overhaul. So what's the payoff?

This is a nationwide thing, but for our purposes, we'll pick on just one state. For no particular reason: Florida. Last year Florida health groups spent more than thirteen million dollars on lob...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Fewer people would have jobs keeping city streets clean under the mayor's 2011 budget proposal. The budget eliminates 39 trash inspector positions and is intended to save the city about $5 million annually.

WASHINGTON (AP) Authorities say the Nuclear Security Summit next wee...

Sting, John Legend To Help Lead Earth Day Rally

By BRETT ZONGKER Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) Sting and John Legend are set to headline an Earth Day rally on the National Mall, along with "Avatar" director James Cameron and the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

Organizers are announcing the initial lineup for the April 25 climate rall...

Coalition Calls For Police Review Board In Fairfax

By Michael Pope

Nicholas Beltrante isn't impressed with how the Fairfax County Police Department is handling itself. Since an officer shot and killed an unarmed man last November, he says the agency has been hiding facts and documents.

"Unfortunately, when the police conduct their inv...

Opening Day For Washington Nationals

By Jonathan Wilson

The 2010 baseball season for the Washington Nationals starts today, and the team is urging fans to arrive with plenty of time to spare for the game, which starts early this afternoon.

Gates open at 10 a.m., but crowds may start to build well before that, with fans h...

Arenas Must Report To Jail On Way To Halfway House

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas avoided a jail sentence, but he'll still have to spend two days behind bars.

Arenas was sentenced last month to 30 days in a halfway house for bringing guns into the Wizards locker room. The head of corrections for Montgomery County, M...