News Archive - April 22, 2010

Capitol Hearing Highlights Metro Woes

By Sara Sciammacco

Congressional lawmakers heard testimony on Capitol Hill that the Metro rail system continues to suffer maintenance and management problems as it struggles to improve safety.

According to a new audit the rail system is plagued with inadequate staffing, expertise and...

Power Breakfast For April 22, 2010

This is your ocean on acid. Any questions?

Sure - on this Earth Day, a Senate subcommittee could turn to any number of research scientists for edification on the environmental scourge of "ocean acidification." But today they get actress and activist Sigourney Weaver.

Elizabeth Wynne... State Roundup April 22, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

INVESTIGATION The Maryland Board of Elections has asked the state prosecutor to investigate Maryland Sen. Ulysses Currie for spending campaign dollars on personal purchases and other expenses not related to his candidacy, writes Annie Linskey for the Balt...

Charges Dropped Against Teen Accused In Mass Shooting

Charges have been dropped against a 14-year-old accused of driving the getaway car in last month's mass shooting in Southeast D.C.

Police arrested two more suspects today and have a warrant out for another suspect.

Patrick Madden reports...

D.C. Bill Aims To Reform Electoral College

By Patrick Madden

The District may join the growing movement across the country to reform the electoral college system.

The city is considering a proposal to change the way it awards its electoral votes. The idea is for states to agree to cast their electoral votes to the candidate wh...

A Foggy Morning For The Region

By Matt Bush

Heavy fog is hanging on into the daylight hours in the Metro area, slowing the morning commute for many.

Along Wisconsin Avenue in northwest D.C. this morning, you can see about a block ahead of you. And that's it. It's forcing cars to go considerably slower than normal a...

McCormick Plans MD's Largest Rooftop Solar Project

BALTIMORE (AP) McCormick + Co. says it is teaming with Constellation Energy to develop Maryland's largest rooftop solar power installation at the spicemaker's Belcamp distribution center.

The 1.8 megawatt installation follows a nearly 1 megawatt solar installation at McCormick's Hunt Valley...

Shifting Gears: The Retooling Of The U.S. Auto Industry, Part Two

In this second part of Shifting Gears, host Craig Fahle talks with The Story's Dick Gordon about the South as the new home of the US auto industry, with all of its complex social, labor and financial questions.

Next, we visit Julie Kredens from Louisville Public Media for a tale of two vehi...

Public Memorial For Slain D.C. Principal

By Elliot Francis

Family, friends, and former students of slain principal Brian Betts gathered in Manassas to honor his life and work.

To get an idea of how much people cared for Betts, all you'd have to do is look around the corner of this funeral home and see the line of mourners st...

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says his second audit of the Chesapeake Bay found state agencies don't have the resources they need. Gansler says agencies don't have the resources to investigate and prosecute polluters, and when polluters are prosecuted penalties and fines a...

Metro Board Struggles To Find Consensus On Budget

By David Schultz

Over the last few months, Metro riders have made it clear they would rather see fares go up than service reduced to fix a nearly $200 million budget shortfall.

Now, it appears Metro has listened.

In its revised budget proposal, bus and rail fares would go up by...

Latinos Using More Credit To Make Ends Meet

By Rebecca Sheir

While the U.S. economy begins to recover, nearly half of the nation's Latinos carry credit-card debt. A recent study by a Hispanic advocacy group in D.C. suggests more Latinos are using plastic to make ends meet.

Lee Sanchez of Silver Spring, Maryland, recently threw...

Metro Board Meets Today To Discuss More Changes To Service

By Matt Bush

Metro fares could be on the rise again.

Metro's board of directors will meet later this morning to discuss fare hikes proposed by interim General Manager Richard Sarles to avert a widening budget gap. Proposals include raising the base rail fare during peak hours to $1.90...

VA Students With Disabilities To Get New Testing

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The state plans to offer online standardized reading and mathematics tests to assess the academic achievement of students with disabilities.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright said Thursday that the Virginia Modified Achievement Standard Test will replac...

Fairfax's Tysons Corner Plan Nearly Complete

By David Schultz

In a few years, Metro will arrive in Tysons Corner. Homeowners, developers, politicians - everyone agrees: before that happens, Tysons needs to change from a car-clogged suburb, to a Metro-oriented city.

"The question isn't whether we transform Tysons," says Stu Mende...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Metro has fired a bus driver arrested early this month for allegedly displaying a knife during a dispute with another motorist in southeast Washington. Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein says Dwayne Adamson had been on paid administrative leave since the April 2nd incident and was f...

British Fight Rock Creek Invader

By Sabri Ben-Achour

This morning, the British declared war in Rock Creek Park. Legions of them swarmed the woods to gain the upper hand against a rebellious offshoot that traveled from the British Isles to the New World and refuses to pay any heed to the Crown.

"Yes I think that's re...

Conversations: Michael Cottman Speaks With Cornelius Green

As part of our continuing series, "Conversations," reporter Michael Cottman speaks with Cornelius Green, a former Ohio State University quarterback, about Donovan McNabb's trade from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Washington Redskins...

Businesses Make Sustainability The Bottom Line

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Sustainability is a major theme of Earthday, and several local businesses are showing that it doesn't take much effort.

Terrence Jones is the CEO of Wolftrap, and he made it his mission a few years ago to reduce its carbon footprint. They did a whole list of things...

Obama Nominates 2 To Baltimore Federal Court

WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama has nominated two Maryland judges to fill vacancies on Baltimore's U.S. District Court.

The White House announced Wednesday that the president has nominated Judge Ellen Hollander of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and Magistrate Judge James Breda...

MD Man Running Youth Nonprofit Steals $530K

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) The former director of a Virginia-based nonprofit group established to help the region's youth has pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing more than half a million dollars from his organization.

Caesar Adigwe of Upper Marlboro, Md., was executive director of Alexand...

"Art Beat" with Stephanie Kaye - Thursday, April 22, 2010

(April 24) RESCUE ME If it's been dog's years since you've had a night on the town, The Washington Animal Rescue League invites you and your dog to the 10th annual Rescue Me Gala Saturday at Union Station. The fundraiser supports the League's work and promises to please both peeps and pups with c...

Latest Virginia Regional News

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says residential water wells in Chesapeake are not being harmed by fly ash used to build a nearby golf course. The EPA also says that no adverse health effects are expected from exposure to surface water and sediment on the 216-acre si...

National Cathedral To Hold Height Funeral Services

WASHINGTON (AP) Funeral services for civil rights pioneer Dorothy Height will be held at the National Cathedral.

Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman, who is overseeing the arrangements, says Height will be buried afterward at Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Maryland.

In addition to...