News Archive - May 20, 2010

Fight Over Slots Parlor Goes To Court

By Meymo Lyons

The fight over a proposed slots parlor at a suburban Maryland shopping mall is heading to court amid allegations a developer hired a woman to derail an eventually successful petition drive against the casino.

Baltimore-based firm Cordish Cos. is suing the Anne Arundel C...

Battle Over Ambulance User Fees In Montgomery County Likely Not Over

By Matt Bush

Council members in Montgomery County, Maryland have approved ambulance user fees after years of rejecting them. But the fees may still not be implemented.

That's because volunteer firefighters, who fought the fees the loudest, may now seek a voter referendum to overturn t...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) The National Transportation Safety Board says it is preparing to review results of a year-long probe of a fatal Metro train crash last June. A train slammed into another train stopped on the tracks, killing nine people including the train operator.

WASHINGTON (AP) A congress... State Roundup May 20, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

BILL SIGNING Thursday marks the third and final bill-signing day for legislation passed during the General Assembly. According to Baltimore Sun reporter Michael Dresser, Gov. Martin O’Malley intends to sign a measure requiring drivers to maintain a 3-foot...

Power Breakfast For May 20, 2010

Once more into the breach, says one weary Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

And they'll work on the financial reform bill at least one day more.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

VA Community College Tuition To Rise

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Students at Virginia's community colleges will see tuition and fees rise by at least $7.50 per credit hour for the 2010-2011 school year.

In-state students at almost all state community colleges will pay $107.50 per credit hour, up 7.5 percent from $100. An in-state stude...

Woman Admits To Stealing $400,000 From AU

WASHINGTON (AP) Federal prosecutors say a Virginia woman has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $400,000 from law journals at American University.

Forty-nine-year-old Martine Tavakoli of McLean, Va., entered the plea on Thursday. She will be sentenced on Sept. 22 and agreed to make restituti...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Thursday, May 20, 2010

(May 20) TAKE FIVE! The Smithsonian American Art Museum presents an opportunity to Take Five! with The Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet. These local vocals harmonize on big band, swing, doo-wop and pop songs in the museum's Kogod Courtyard in downtown D.C. from 5 to 8 p.m.

(May 20-June 20) EVERY Y...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court is the last hope for a death row inmate scheduled to die by injection this evening at the correctional center in Jarratt. Gov. Bob McDonnell has refused to block the execution of Darick Demorris Walker, who killed two people in the 1990s.


O'Malley Signs Foreclosure Mediation Bill

By BRIAN WITTE Associated Press Writer

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Maryland residents facing foreclosure will have the right to mediation with their mortgage lenders under a new law Gov. Martin O'Malley signed on Thursday.

The law applies to all foreclosures that begin after June 30, and a co...

First Lady Talks Immigration At Elementary School In Maryland

By Jessica Gould

Against the backdrop of President Felipe Calderon’s visit to the United States, discussion of the nation’s immigration policies has dominated Washington. It also extended to a small elementary school in Silver Spring, Maryland.

First Lady Michelle Obama joined First L...

National Zoo Names 2 Bear Cubs After Online Vote

WASHINGTON (AP) Nearly 5,000 people have weighed in to help the National Zoo name its two Andean bear cubs.

Online voting for the names ended Monday. The zoo offered names from Peru and Venezuela where the bears are found.

The female bear has been named Chaska, a Quechua word meaning...

D.C. Drink Tax Dead, For Now

WASHINGTON (AP) A proposal by a D.C. councilwoman to tax sports drinks, teas and soda at a penny per ounce has stalled for now.

Councilmember Mary Cheh said Thursday that the proposal will not be part of the budget after a number of members opposed it during budget talks. Cheh said council...

The Newcomer's Guide To Washington: When Do I Become A Washingtonian?

In December we debuted a new series: "The Newcomer's Guide To Washington."

Since then, WAMU reporter Rebecca Sheir has debunked myths and solved mysteries about D.C., including why there's no J Street, and why all 555 feet and 5 1/8 inches of the Washington Monument aren't just one color of...

Congressional Investigators Say The CDC Misled D.C. Residents About Lead Levels

By Patrick Madden

A congressional probe has found the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention misled D.C. residents about the effects of high lead levels in the city's drinking water.

A House investigative subcommittee has concluded the CDC made 'scientifically indefensible' claims...

NTSB Sets Date For Red Line Crash Decision

By Meymo Lyons

The National Transportation Safety Board says it is poised to release a cause of last year's deadly red line train crash. An NTSB spokesperson says the board will meet July 27 "to consider a final report" on the accident.

A Metro train slammed into the back of a stopped...

Click It Or Ticket Kicks Off

By Natalie Neumann

Two local police departments are pushing people to buckle up. They kicked off the Click It or Ticket program last night.

At the intersection of Bladensburg Road and Eastern Avenue NE officers from the Metropolitan and Prince George's Police Departments were pulling...

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) Mary J. Corey has been named senior vice president and director of content at the Baltimore Sun, becoming the first woman to hold the newspaper's top editorial post in its 173-year history. Corey, who is 46, will oversee all print and digital news operations.

EASTON, Md. (AP)...

Congressional Report: CDC Misled D.C. Residents About Water Safety

By Manuel Quinones

A top official of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the chairman of a Congressional subcommittee are butting heads over D.C.'s lead-contaminated drinking water controversy.

A subcommittee investigation finds that in 2004, the CDC knew it was using "...

Congress Not Impressed With Metro's Safety Measures

By Matt Laslo

As Metro officials asked Congress for more federal funding, they got an earful from lawmakers frustrated with safety problems in the rail system.

Metro officials want $150 million from Congress. But with 13 deaths on Metro rail in the past year, lawmakers are increasing...