News Archive - May 12, 2010

Preakness Stakes Trying To Bring The Party Back To The Infield

By Meymo Lyons

The Preakness Stakes has been a Maryland tradition for 136 years, but something was missing in 2009--tens of thousands of spectators, who stayed home after their beer coolers were banned.

Organizers of the Preakness Stakes are trying to bring the party back to the infie...

EPA, Chesapeake Bay Foundation Settle Lawsuit

By Sabri Ben-Achour

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce its plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. The details are being unveiled just days after the Agency settled a landmark lawsuit over pollution in the Bay.

State and federal governments have been talking abou...

Pedestrians Not Ready For "Scramble"

By Stephanie Kaye

Downtown D.C. will be trying out its first "pedestrian scramble" crosswalk this morning. The new walking pattern is meant to make navigating streets and traffic quicker and safer - though many passers-by say the new system is news to them.

Lauren DeWolf is on her way...

Study Suggests Military Children Face More Stress

By Rebecca Sheir

New research suggests children from military families may experience above-average levels of emotional and behavioral difficulties compared to national norms. The research is among the first to explore how children are faring during an extended period of wartime.


VA's Route 1 Corridor Still Waiting For Revitalization

By Jonathan Wilson

In Virginia, ongoing revitalization projects in places like Columbia Pike and Tysons Corner seem to be progressing, despite economic hard times. But over in the southeastern part of Fairfax County, some residents and businesses in the Route 1 corridor are wondering if the...

Latest Maryland Regional News

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) The Montgomery County school board has voted to take legal action against the county if its budget is cut further. The unusual maneuver taken yesterday ramps up a confrontation between the school board and county council.

BALTIMORE (AP) Baltimore police are investigati...

Gov. McDonnell Says Prisoners Need More Help Acclimating To Society

By Bill Redlin

Virginia's chief executive wants the state to do more to keep prisoners from winding up back in jail.

Gov. Bob McDonnell is creating a council to look at ways to bring together state, private and faith-based resources to better plan for a prisoner's re-entry into societ...

No Matter What You Call It, Chinatown Is Testing It

By Stephanie Kaye

D.C.'s Department of Transportation is trying out a new traffic pattern for people getting around on foot this morning. It's called the "pedestrian scramble" in Chinatown.

If you find yourself at the intersection of 7th and H Streets Northwest this morning, you could...

Federal Agencies Announce Bay Clean Up Plan

By Sabri Ben-Achour

The EPA and five other government agencies announced their strategy for rehabilitating the Chesapeake Bay.

A year ago, President Obama signed an executive order mandating a federal strategy to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. Six federal agencies, from the EPA to the D...

Job-Seekers Challenge The 'Older Worker' Stereotype

By Ginger Moored

Several thousand job-seekers over the age of 50 attended a job fair at the National’s baseball stadium. They are hoping to confront the "older worker stereotype" by showing potential employers they can get the job done.

Kevin Garrison, a resident of southeast D.C., ha...

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WASHINGTON (AP) The oil rig disaster in the Gulf has anti-drilling activists heading out in force this evening near the offices of BP in Washington. The oil company says, meanwhile, that it's trying to come up with a new plan to cap its oil-gushing rig off Louisiana's coast.


Art Beat With Stephanie Kaye - Wednesday, May 12, 2010

(May 12) CZECH OUT A LITTLE PIECE OF HEAVEN The Avalon Theatre presents a slice of celestial cinema tonight at 8 in Northwest DC, honoring the best films from the Czech Republic with a screening of A Little Piece of Heaven, a story of love, friendship, and solidarity set within the walls of a Com...

Power Breakfast For May 12, 2010

Senator Mary Landrieu says she hasn't seen the much-anticipated climate and energy bill, but the BP oil disaster changes everything and nothing.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

D.C. Wants Pedestrians To "Dance" In The Street

By David Schultz

Yesterday, walking through the middle of an intersection would have been jaywalking. Now, every few minutes at 7th and H Streets in Northwest D.C., traffic stops in both directions. This lets pedestrians cross in any direction they like, without worrying about turning cars....

FDA Investigating Over-The-Counter Gene Tests

By Rebecca Sheir

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it's looking into a new over-the-counter gene-testing kit to see whether it's accurate and does what it says it will do.

Walgreen's is planning to stock the kits to help people assess their risk for inherited diseases. The dr...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A move is afoot in the General Asembly to name U.S. 1 an historic highway. Lawmakers say they want to improve the image of the rundown highway and make it into a prime tourist attraction with help of road work and a new website designed to draw in tourists.

RICHMOND, Va.... State Roundup May 12, 2010

Today we have the settlement of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's lawsuit against the EPA, and Gov. Martin O'Malley says some slots parlors will be running by the end of the year. And Maryland is one of the few states to have increased visitors in 2009.


D.C. Area Nurses Rally For Working Conditions

By Elliott Francis

Contract negotiations between the The Washington Hospital Center and it's nurses are set to resume Thursday. More than 1,600 care givers are at odds with the facility's management over inadequate staffing and pay.

The nurses say, they are spread thin. At a rally pro...