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News Archive - April 26, 2010

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(April 26) WILL ON THE HILL Politics meets pathos in Washington tonight during Will on the Hill, as members of Congress, U.S. Senators and other local power-players take the stage at the Sidney Harman Hall. The pundits and politicos play roles in The Play's The Thing!, a production that has the...

Gray Launches Campaign For Mayor

By Patrick Madden

D.C. Council Chair Vincent Gray is launching his bid to unseat Mayor Adrian Fenty. In his speech, Gray called himself a consensus builder with the background and experience to ‘unite’ the city.

But it was his consistent attacks on Mayor Adrian Fenty’s personality and...

Metro Looks To Defer Maintenance Projects

WASHINGTON (AP) Some maintenance projects at Metro could be delayed as local jurisdictions that fund the agency are struggling.

Metro has proposed deferring some projects on its long-term capital spending plan, which calls for spending $4.57 billion on improvements over six years. The agenc...

Youth Ready For Summer Work, Despite Lagging Economy

By Peter Granitz

The school year is winding down in Washington and students are lining up work for the summer. Despite high unemployment rates and a weak economy some kids need the income.

This summer's Youth Employment Program is part of last year's budget. It puts students to work f...

Latest Maryland Regional News

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Republican Md. Sen. Larry Haines of Maryland has announced he won't seek re-election. Haines has represented parts of Carroll and Baltimore counties for 20 years, but says he now wants to focus on his real estate business.

BALTIMORE (AP) Strong thunderstorms downed trees...

Wyoming Number Pesters VA Phone Customers

McLEAN, Va. (AP) Hundreds of irritated phone customers in northern Virginia dealt with unwanted calls in the middle of the night over the weekend from an unknown source.

Arlington County police say they've received more than 150 complaints about the calls.

The calls showed a Wyoming a...

Alexandria Grapples With Public Drunkenness

By Michael Pope

As budget cuts have reduced substance-abuse treatment options, and wait-lists for services have increased, city leaders in Alexandria have responded by expanding treatment services at the jail.

Most of the arrests have come in a Latino neighborhood near the border with...

Road Construction To Affect Traffic On Captial Beltway

By Kavitha Cardoza

Several construction projects are underway this week as part of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project, and they're affecting traffic on the Capital Beltway.

Contractors at the Beltway's Telegraph Road interchange will be demolishing bridge piers and paving portions of r...

Ward Seven Welcomes New Anacostia Library

By Peter Granitz

Thelma Jones says it’s been years since her neighborhood has had a permanent library. But today marks a new era. The new green building can hold 80,000 books. And even on a rainy, gray day, the windows throughout the building let enough light in to read just about anywhere....

First Gay Church Celebrates New District Pastor

By Asma Khalid

The oldest Christian denomination created by and for the gay community, the Metropolitan Community Church, is installing a new senior pastor in Washington.

Dwayne Johnson was a minister in the Church of the Nazarene, a church that forbids homosexual relations.

"Ob...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) D.C. police have arrested a fifth man in a fatal drive-by shooting in Southeast. Police say they arrested 21-year-old Jeffrey D. Best in southeast D.C. and he faces four counts of first-degree murders stemming from the shootings in March.

WASHINGTON (AP) The budget crunch hi...

Northrop Grumman Choosing VA For Headquarters

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) A spokesman for Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says Northrop Grumman's CEO called the governor to say the company is looking to Virginia instead of Maryland to move its corporate office.

Rick Abbruzzese, an O'Malley spokesman, says Wes Bush called O'Malley late Monday aft...

Commentary...SSDI Benefits...Dan Allsup

Many challenges face people who seek Social Security Disability Insurance benefits and as commentator Dan Allsup notes, nearly 700,000 of them wait an average of 14 1/2 months for a hearing while another one million still haven’t even gotten that far in the process.

Allsup works for a compa...

Baltimore Questions Absence Of Broadband

By Cathy Duchamp

Washington D.C. has it. So does Philadelphia. So why hasn’t Verizon brought its “FIOs” broadband Internet service to Baltimore? The company will address claims of redlining at a public hearing Wednesday night.

For Aaron Wilkes the FIOs fight is a battle for equality....

Ambulance Fees Debated Again In Montgomery County

By Matt Bush

For the third straight year, Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett is pushing for ambulance user fees. And he's facing opposition from familiar places.

The fees, paid by patients who ride in ambulances to hospitals, would raise more than $14 million a year, according...

Muslims Debate Gender Segregated Prayer Halls

By Asma Khalid

A group of local Muslim activists gather at a library in Northeast D.C. to debate whether men and women should worship in the same prayer hall.

Marcus Allgood is at a townhall on gender relations in the mosque. Allgood wears a black prayer cap and explains during the Pr...

Latest Virginia Regional News

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) The chain gang is making a comeback in Fairfax County only without the chains. County corrections officials have been putting inmates to work mowing grass, removing snow, painting over graffiti and doing other outdoor work.

TRIANGLE, Va. (AP) The United Mine Workers of A...

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup April 26, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website

EHRLICH WBAL radio’s news director defended the decision to keep Bob and Kendel Ehrlich on the air despite his candidacy, using the first half hour of Saturday’s show, John Wagner reports in the Washington Post. Len Lazarick of MarylandReporter.com discuss...

Power Breakfast For April 26, 2010

Local banks have a lot invested in financial regulatory reform.

Small lenders don't like being lumped in with big Wall Street firms. Take the proposal for a new consumer protection office - could it end up working at cross-purposes with existing federal regulation? Maryland Bankers Associa...

Lawsuit Over Gasoline-Tainted Groundwater Growing

By Meymo Lyons

In Frederick County, Maryland, the number of people seeking compensation for gasoline-tainted groundwater is growing.

An amended complaint filed this month in Frederick County Circuit Court now lists 75 plaintiffs seeking $50 million each in compensatory and punitive da...

D.C. Police Make Another Arrest In Drive-By Shooting

By Rebecca Blatt

D.C. police have arrested a fifth man in a fatal drive-by shooting in Southeast Washington.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says this is the final arrest in the related shootings of March 22nd and March 30th that killed a total of 5 people.

Jeffrey Best, 21, now...