News Archive - May 10, 2010

As Debts Mount, Amtrak Ridership Grows

By Asma Khalid

Every year, Amtrak loses a lot of money, even though more people are riding the train.

Amtrak lost more than $1.5 billion, last year. But, it also had its second busiest year ever. The region with the most riders is right here, along the Northeast Corridor from Washingt...

Memorial Day Weekend To Bring Closures On Orange Line

By David Schultz

Throughout Memorial Day weekend the orange line of the Metrorail system will be closed between the East Falls Church and West Falls Church Metro stations. Construction crews will be working on the Metrorail extension to Dulles Airport.

"It is work that has to get done...

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup May 10, 2010

Maryland meets its minority contract goals, and Maryland violent crime is at a 30-year low. How will this play out in November? Plus Baltimore Gas & Electric wants to raise distribution rates for the first time in 17 years.

MINORITY CONTRACTING Maryland is on pace to meet its goa...

Alexandria Prepares For War

By Michael Pope

In many ways, the Civil War is still an open wound in Virginia, the capital of the old Confederacy. Witness the trouble Governor Bob McDonnell found himself in when he declared last month Confederate History month. That's one of the many reasons why the director of the Offic...

O'Malley Announcing Drop In Maryland Crime

By Stephanie Kaye

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is announcing a major drop in crime in the state as he campaigns to be re-elected to office.

Governor O'Malley plans on paying a visit to Lodge 89 of the Fraternal Order of Police this morning, located in Upper Marlboro, to announce...

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BALTIMORE (AP) School systems across Maryland say they are flush with high-quality applicants for teaching jobs as the state has mostly avoided teacher layoffs. Jean Satterfield, who oversees state teacher certifications, says systems are getting more applications than ever before.

HAGER...

Insurance Group Urges ABS Brakes for Bikes

By Peter Granitz

An insurance association is pushing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to require motorcycles have anti-lock breaks. But some local motorcyclists are skeptical about the law's ability to reduce accidents.

Adrian Lund heads the Insurance Institute for H...

Washington Police Remembered During Service

This is Police Week, a time set aside to remember Washington area police officers killed in the line of duty.

More than three hundred local police officers are being remembered during this "Police Week" event, including a special tribute to Stephen Johns, a security guard killed at the Holo...

Violent Crime In Maryland Down In 2009

By Elliott Francis

Maryland's rate of violent crime for 2009 recorded it's lowest level since 1975. One reason for the reduction is the improving crime record of Prince George's County, Maryland.

The numbers show overall crime also declined to it's lowest level in more than 35 years....

Mother's Day A Reminder Of Economic Struggle

Another Mother's Day has passed but as commentator Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat notes, the nation's struggling economy continues to take a toll on many American mothers, especially low-income, single ones.

Lockwoord-Shabat is the Interim Co-president and Vice President of Programs at Washington...

Study Shows Transit Ridership Growing Fast In D.C.

By David Schultz

If you think about all the commuters in this region as if they were a giant pie, the slice representing people who use public transit is relatively small - just around 13 percent.

But that slice is growing.

According to a new study by the Brookings Institution,...

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WASHINGTON (AP) A suicide prevention program for Washington's Metro system announced last year is running months behind with no start date in sight. Metro said in September it would begin a suicide prevention campaign after a spike in deaths. The program was to begin in February.

WASHINGTON...

Birth Control Pill Turns 50

By Kelsey Snell

Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of the birth control pill. Across the country, many low-income women lack access to the pill or other contraceptive devices. But according to the Guttmacher Institute, which studies reproductive health, the District does much better than av...

Brookings Institute's Research Director Profiles D.C. Region

By David Schultz

The D.C. region is in the top 100 metro areas in the U.S. A new study out this week from the Brookings Institution provides a lot of new information about what the last decade has meant for American cities. And it helps give a sense of changes in everything from racial demo...

Sources: D.C. CFO Will Certify Teacher's Contract

By Patrick Madden

Sources tell WAMU that D.C.’s chief financial officer will certify the tentative teacher’s agreement.

The agreement between the Washington Teacher’s Union and the school system had been held up over funding questions. Because the agreement relies on private money tha...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Monday, May 10, 2010

(May 10) PIANO POLL Emerging Estonian pianist Mihkel Poll will prove that the classics are far from played out in a free concert tonight at the Corcoran Gallery in Northwest DC. The 24-year-old tackles Ravel, Shostakovich, and a number of Estonian composers with the panache of a seasoned piano ma...

Pakistanis Feel Stigmatized By Times Square Plot

By Asma Khalid

The failed Times Square car bombing and the man accused in the plot, Faisal Shahzad, have cast a shadow over the local Pakistani-American community some say they feel stigmatized.

Faisal Usmani shares his homeland and his name with the suspect. He says the actions of on...

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) A company taking over Virginia Railway Express operations next month has hit a staffing snag with current operator Amtrak and has only hired one current train operator so far. Keolis Rail Services America had planned to recruit VRE's conductors and engineers after it won the...

More Households Eligible For Food Stamps

By Ginger Moored

The number of food stamp recipients in D.C. has increased by about 2,000 households after a change in eligibility requirements. Ginger Moored reports on how this is affecting new claimants’ lives.

Under the new D.C. Department of Human Services policy, four-person hou...

31st Fallen Officers Memorial Service

Area law enforcement agencies are honoring their officers killed in the line of duty. D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier will host the 31st annual memorial service. It is held in memory of fallen officers from the Washington region. The ceremony begins this morning at 11 at Metropolitan Police Headqu...

D.C. Council Intern's Body Found In Wooded Area

WASHINGTON (AP) Police are investigating the shooting death of a D.C. Council intern.

Capt. Michael Farish said Monday that officers found the body of 18-year-old Alonte Sutton in a ravine in southeast Washington on Sunday. He had worked for Council member Michael Brown.

Farish says 9...