News Archive - April 8, 2010

Julian Bond: McDonnell Is Appealing To Party's Right Wing

By Marcus Rosenbaum

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has apologized for not mentioning slavery when he made April Confederate History Month. But that hasn't stemmed the controversy.

McDonnell's apology includes an addendum to his proclamation that calls slavery "evil" and blames it for...

Washington Region Loses Construction Jobs

By Rebecca Sheir

Construction workers in the National Capital Region are still feeling the effects of the recession.

The Associated General Contractors of America, a national trade group, says over the past year Virginia's construction industry shrank by more than 20,000 jobs. 8,300 w...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) City officials say a Virginia car title lender will refund all interest paid by more than 100 D.C. borrowers and will give back repossessed cars. D.C. officials say they reached a settlement with Fast Auto Loans.

WASHINGTON (AP) A 14-year-old allegedly at the wheel during a...

Annapolis Wants To Charge It

By Meymo Lyons

Annapolis Mayor Joshua Cohen says the city is arranging a line of credit with bankers to avoid a cash flow crunch and meet payroll until property tax payments start arriving in the fall.

In a sign of the times, Cohen says although Annapolis is going through austere time...

Metro's Earlier Closing Time Could Hit Adams Morgan Hard

By David Schultz

It's a little after 2 a.m. outside the Woodley Park Metro station, just a short stumble from the bars and nightclubs of Adams Morgan.

"We were hanging out at Habana!" says one reveler. "Si, claro que si!"

The mood here is celebratory. But when the riders learn t...

Power Breakfast For April 8, 2010

Coulda, shoulda, didn't?

On Capitol Hill, it's Day Two in a three-day series of hearings to investigate the roots of the financial crisis. In this round, the bipartisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission has singled out Citigroup. The erstwhile financial services 'supermarket' managed to...

MD Delegate Joins U.S. Department Of Transportation

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Montgomery County Delegate Bill Bronrott will soon join several other former Maryland officials in the Obama administration.

Bronrott announced Thursday that he will take a job with the U.S. Department of Transportation effective April 27. He will become the deputy admin...

Police Search For Park Vandal

By Matt McCleskey

U.S. Park Police are looking for a man they suspect is responsible for racist vandalism and damage at some parks in the D.C. area.

Police say 50-year-old Ronald Edward Bost, Jr. is wanted for vandalism and damage to government property at parks in Washington and alon...

D.C. Leaders Speak Out At Funerals Of SE Teens

By Elliott Francis

Friends and family of the teen-aged victims of last week's shooting are burying them this week. The mourners include city leaders who are offering solutions for the problems which led to the violence.

19-year old William Jones and 18-year old Devaughn Boyd were buri...

Latest Virginia Regional News

SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) A ban on open burning in Suffolk will remain in effect for at least another day. The Suffolk fire marshal's office imposed the ban yesterday after the Virginia Department Forestry elevated the wildfire threat in the eastern third of the state to Class Four -- for very high.


Arlington Crime Rate Drops 3.7 Percent In 2009

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Arlington police say crime in the D.C. suburb dropped 3.7 percent, with violent crime down 8.3 percent.

The department said Thursday that there were fewer homicides, forcible rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults last year than in 2008.

The number of crimes per...

Conversations: Michael Cottman Speaks With Neville Waters

As part of our continuing series, "Conversations," reporter Michael Cottman speaks with Neville Waters, a sports marketing consultant, about Tiger Woods' return to golf at the Master's Tournament in Augusta, Ga.

Urban Bay Pollution On The Rise

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Scientists say the Chesapeake Bay is showing signs of improvement, though pollution remains a serious problem. More and more of that pollution is coming from urban areas.

There are two bright spots in the bay: more crabs than seen in decades and aquatic grasses are...

Report Faults Maryland Environmental Enforcement

BALTIMORE (AP) A new report says Maryland is failing to enforce clean water laws, citing insufficient funding and an increased workload for state inspectors.

The Maryland Department of the Environment says it has one of the best Clean Water Act programs in the nation despite funding constra...

Eight Injured In Baltimore Light Rail Accident

BALTIMORE (AP) A Maryland Transit Administration spokeswoman says eight passenger were injured when a light rail train collided with a car in Baltimore.

MTA spokeswoman Jawauna Greene says the eight passengers were taken to Maryland General Hospital, but none of the injuries was considered...

FDA Gathers Info On Produce Safety Standards

By Natalie Neumann

Farmers from across the region are planting their spring crops. But more than 200 of them took a break from their fields to discuss produce safety standards.

The Food and Drug Administration is in the process of establishing nation-wide regulations for growing, harv...

Virginians React To Confederate History Month

By Patrick Madden

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell says he made a "major omission" when he proclaimed April Confederate History Month without noting slavery. McDonnell has now added a clause condemning slavery as "evil and inhumane". But in Fairfax County, the issue continues to spark contro... State Roundup April 8, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

CAMPAIGN TRAIL Former Gov. Bob Ehrlich officially announced his candidacy Wednesday before hundreds of supporters. Baltimore Sun reporter Julie Bykowicz has the story. Ehrlich promised to cut taxes and protect small businesses, according to Erin Cunningha...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Thursday, April 8, 2010

(April 8-11) SPIDER RESPUN New York's Studio Six Theatre Company brings Russian drama to DC audiences. You can get a dose of Dostoevsky tonight through Sunday at the Theatre Project in Baltimore. …the itsy bitsy spider…, based on a chapter of Dostoevsky's novel Demons, explores the story of a ma...

McDonnell Apologizes, But Not Everyone Satisfied

By David Schultz

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has apologized for issuing a declaration that made April, "Confederate History Month." McDonnell had called on Virginians to honor Confederate soldiers.

But he did not mention the Confederacy's role in supporting slavery. The governor i...

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) Baltimore's police commissioner has suspended the department's weekly meeting where commanders share intelligence and pore over statistics. The meeting is known as Comstat and has been a key part of the city's crime-fighting strategy since 1999.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Annapolis...

Private Money To Fund Part Of Tentative DCPS Teacher Contract

By Kavitha Cardoza

Four private foundations have promised to donate almost $65 million to fund a portion of the tentative contract agreement reached between D.C. Public School Chancellor Michelle Rhee and the Washington Teacher’s Union. But some teachers are worried about what happens when...

Web Extra: Interview With Exec. Director, Adams Morgan Partnership

Kristen Barden is the executive director of the Adams Morgan Partnership, a non-profit that is funded through a special tax on businesses located in the Northwest Washington neighborhood.

The D.C. City Council created Barden's organization in 2005 to make Adams Morgan more appealing to cust...

D.C. Teachers Consider Contract

By Kavitha Cardoza

More than 100 educators from D.C. Public Schools attended an informational meeting about the proposed teacher union contract last night. Several say the agreement seems favorable, but they want to read the fine print before they make up their minds.

Kanika Dalton te...