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News Archive - April 7, 2010

Chief Judge: Budget Cuts Could Slow Justice Process In Fairfax

By Jonathan Wilson

In Virginia, looming budget cuts are forcing some people who normally stay out of the political arena to speak out. That includes the chief Judge of the Fairfax Circuit Court.

One of the many cuts in the county's proposed budget is a $253,000 reduction to the Fairfa...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) A school official says a BB gun in a student's car prompted a brief lockdown of three schools on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral. Officials at St. Albans School say the school and the other schools were briefly put on lockdown this morning.

WASHINGTON (AP) R...

D.C. Colleges Differ In Snowmaggeddon Make Up Class Policies

By Mari Fagel

College students in the D.C. area are taking advantage of the warm weather to sunbathe while studying. But for some, enjoying the days outside will be cut short to make up for missed classes during the blizzard.

With sweltering heat outside, it’s easy to forget only two...

Nature's Classroom

By Sabri Ben-Achour

In recent years there has been a movement to make the natural world a bigger part of the classroom. Some schools are taking that one step further by turning the natural world INTO the classroom. A preschool in Maryland is based on the idea that the environment is a valua...

D.C. Teacher's Tentative Contract To Be Unveiled Today

By Kavitha Cardoza

D.C. Public School’s chancellor Michelle Rhee and the Washington Teacher’s Union president George Parker are set to unveil details of a long awaited tentative union agreement at 11 this morning.

Under the proposed five year contract, teachers in the District would r...

Weapon Found On Grounds Of National Cathedral

By Kate Sheehy

Two students are in custody after a long gun was found on the grounds of St. Albans at the National Cathedral.

The two male students from St. Albans school are being questioned by police, after a weapon was found in the backseat of one of their cars.

Lieutenant Ni...

McDonnell Apologizes, Changes Language Of Confederate History Month Proclamation

From the Office of Governor Bob McDonnell:

"The proclamation issued by this Office designating April as Confederate History Month contained a major omission. The failure to include any reference to slavery was a mistake, and for that I apologize to any fellow Virginian who has been offended...

Budget Hearings In Fairfax Have Few Feeling Optimistic

By Jonathan Wilson

In Virginia, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has said it could raise the property tax rate by more than 7 percent this year, but the final decision hasn't been made yet.

The first of three public hearings was held on Tuesday night.

James Parmelee has b...

Latest Virginia Regional News

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed legislation that promotes the growth of virtual schools. It sets guidelines for virtual school programs in which students can learn online outside a traditional classroom.

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) A part-time worker has pleaded no contest to settin...

Woman Struck By Metro Train Near Downtown D.C.

2:25 P.M. UPDATE: Metro reports the woman struck by a train at Mt. Vernon Square station has been taken to a nearby hospital.

WASHINGTON (AP) Officials say a woman has been struck by a Metro train at the Mount Vernon station on the green and yellow lines.

Trains are stopping in both d...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Wednesday, April 7, 2010

(April 7-11) ABSTRACT ALBERS Part-artist, part-educator German-American painter Josef Albers was a champion of visual abstraction in theory and practice. You can catch his iconic squares and some 60 other pieces as part of Innovation and Inspiration, on display in D.C. at the Hirshhorn Museum and...

Theatre Company Moves

By Rebecca Sheir

Arlington, Virginia is trading one theater company for another.

An experimental-movement group is moving to a space in Crystal City now in use by Arena Stage.

The Synetic Theater Company plans to migrate from Rosslyn, Virginia, to 1800 South Bell Street in Cryst...

Chesapeake Bay Program Releases Bay Health Report

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) The Chesapeake Bay's health improved last year but it remains poor.

That's according to a new Bay Barometer issued Wednesday in Annapolis by the Chesapeake Bay Program, the the regional partnership that has coordinated bay restoration efforts since 1983. The program rate...

Chesapeake Bay: Better, Not Good.

By Sabri Ben-Achour

The Chesapeake Bay is showing some encouraging signs according to an annual survey, but pollution remains a serious problem.

At the Annapolis pier, elementary school students on a field trip take turns holding some of the lifeforms that inhabit the bay.

"That...

McDonnell Defends "Confederate History Month" Proclamation

By Michael Pope

In Virginia, Governor Bob McDonnell is defending a decision to declare April as Confederate History Month.

Not since 2001 has a governor of Virginia issued a proclamation designating April as Confederate History Month. The last two governors refused to issue such a pro...

Ehrlich Launches Second Run For Maryland Governor

By Patrick Madden

Giant, 8-foot Ehrlich for Governor Signs. Check. Red, white, and blue balloons. Check. An old Jefferson Airplane song blasting over the speakers; a song about starting a revolution. Check.

Yup, it’s campaign season, and later this hour, Ehrlich will tell voters why h...

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup April 7, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

LAW CLINIC Lawmakers will not withhold any funds from the University of Maryland's law clinic for pursuing an unpopular lawsuit against the poultry industry, Annie Linskey reports in The Baltimore Sun. Some lawmakers were disappointed by the decision, but...

D.C. Mayor Fenty Attends Funerals For Slain SE Residents

By Elliot Francis

Funeral services for two victims of last week's murders in Southeast D.C. are scheduled for later today. Meanwhile there is mixed response to D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty's attendance at an earlier funeral for another victim.

After the shootings, Fenty was criticized by a...

Latest Maryland Regional News

LAUREL, Md. (AP) Howard County police are investigating three unrelated shootings in the span of six hours, a rare outbreak of violence in a wealthy jurisdiction rarely touched by violent crime. There's only been one shooting all year in Howard before last night.

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) A judg...

Union and Public School Officials Call Proposed Contract A "Breakthrough"

By Kavitha Cardoza

Private foundations have pledged almost $65 million to fund portions of the new tentative agreement between Chancellor Michelle Rhee and the Washington Teachers Union.

It's been almost three years since the two sides first attempted to hash out a contract, and the l...

Ehrlich To Host O'Malley On Radio Show

By Rebecca Blatt

Former Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich is expected to formally announce his gubernatorial campaign Wednesday morning in Rockville. He and his Democratic opponent, Gov. Martin O'Malley have not wasted time setting up their first debate.

Ehrlich says he will host O'Mal...

Power Breakfast For April 7, 2010

The strangest things change hands.

One chapter closes today in a story that began back in 2003, at the Port of Miami, when a ship arrived carrying, among other things, a stash labeled simply "gifts."

Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson Pat Reilly is looking at a photo of...

Person Struck At Mt. Vernon Square Metro Station, Train Delays

By Keosha Johnson

2:02 P.M. UPDATE:

From the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Emergency officials are responding to Mt. Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center Metrorail station for a report of a woman who was struck by a Green Line train at the station at about 1:18 p....

McDonnell Apologizes For Confederate Declaration

By Michael Pope

After a firestorm of controversy this week following the governor’s declaration, McDonnell issued a written statement this afternoon apologizing to Virginians who were offended or disappointed.

The Virginia NAACP criticized the governor for going too far in celebrating...