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News Archive - June 7, 2010

Gay Business Leaders Use Pride Week To Push Policy

By Peter Granitz

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to participate in Capital Pride this week. Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender business leaders hope people recognize it’s more than just a party and parade.

Justin Nelson is the president of the National Gay and Lesbian...

Latest Virginia Regional News

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) Virginia Tech plans to build a new research center for the National Institute of Aerospace. The city of Hampton is selling about 5 acres of land for the 60,000-square-foot laboratory center.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia is expanding a voluntary program that notifies employe...

Next iPhone Has Clearer Screen, Coming Out June 24

By RACHEL METZ AP Technology Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Apple CEO Steve Jobs says the next iPhone will have a higher-resolution screen, longer battery life and thinner design.

Jobs opened Apple's annual conference for software developers Monday by revealing the new iPhone 4, which is d...

MLK Memorial Construction Available On Webcam

By Elliot Francis

Construction is underway for the memorial honoring The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. To see how it's coming along, all you'll need is a computer.

The site is located on a four-acre plot on the Northeast corner of the Tidal Basin. You won't have to travel that f...

Greece's Economic Troubles Delay King Memorial

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Greece's economic crisis has affected markets in New York, and now it's delaying work on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in D.C.

The 159 giant blocks of granite that will form the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial are stuck, for the moment, in China. Greece had...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Greece's economic crisis is delaying delivery of a sculpture from China for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial being built on the Mall. Greece had offered to ship the sculpture for free out of admiration for King but say they're delayed by the turmoil at home.

WASHINGTON (A...

An Old Townhouse With A Mysterious History

By Michael Pope

The cost of an Old Townhouse where George Washington once celebrated the 4th of July? $3.9 million. The value of that history? According to Realtor Donnan Wintermute, it's priceless.

"If, indeed, George Washington spent his last 4th of July here, that adds distinct his...

Metro Sign Designer Says Stations Are 'Cluttered'

By Kate Sheehy

The man who helped create the look of Washington's subway system says Metro stations are now 'cluttered' with too many signs displaying station information.

The brown pylons with the station names down the side? Those are the brainchild of Massimo Vignelli. They were de...

Fairfax County Police Writing Fewer Tickets

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) A new computer system being used by Fairfax County police is being blamed for a drop of nearly 30 percent in the number of tickets officers have been writing.

The new system launched in January. Through mid-May, Fairfax officers wrote 17,600 fewer traffic tickets, a drop o...

D.C. And Maryland Team Up To Support Breastfeeding

By Cathy Carter

The health care reform package includes a provision requiring workplace support of breastfeeding. D.C. and Maryland have been selected to lead that initiative.

Public breastfeeding is legal nationwide but not everyone is aware of that law. A Maryland woman recently hel...

Helen Thomas High School Speech Canceled Over Flap

WASHINGTON (AP) The Obama administration is criticizing controversial remarks about Israel by veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas.

On Monday, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked at his daily briefing about President Barack Obama's view on Thomas' remarks. Gibbs called t...

Principal Turned War Veteran Visits Students

By Jonathan Wilson

In Virginia, the school year may be coming to a close, but one elementary school principal in Prince William County is looking to get started again. She's just returned from a year-long tour of duty in Iraq.

Students filled the gymnasium at Enterprise Elementary in...

Commentary...Foster Parenting...Sandra Brown-Asante

Eighteen years ago, commentator Sandra Brown-Asante’s life as a Washington professional changed dramatically.

Tell us what you think at conversation.wamu.org Click on “Commentary Forum."

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The familiar schedule of managing my job, husband and child changed when my then 5-y...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Monday, June 7, 2010

(June 7) THE IDIOT IN SILVER SPRING A famous idiot arrives in Silver Spring tonight as the AFI Silver's month-long Kurosawa retrospective continues. The masterful director re-imagined Dostoyevsky's 19th century novel The Idiot) into a celluloid creation of his own, setting unsettled characters in...

Helen Thomas Retires In Flap Over Israel remarks

WASHINGTON (AP) Longtime Washington journalist Helen Thomas abruptly retired Monday as a columnist for Hearst News Service following remarks she made about Israel that were denounced by the White House and her press corps colleagues.

The 89-year-old Thomas, dean of the White House press cor...

A D.C. Artist Is On Display At A New International Exhibit In Washington

By Cathy Carter

The world's largest festival celebrating the arts and disability is underway in Washington.

The International VSA festival features dance, music, theater, and visual art. Events are happening city wide and feature everything from a deaf dance troupe from China to an in...

Latest Maryland Regional News

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Maryland Natural Resources Police say they are looking for a hit-and-run boater involved in an accident that injured an Alexandria, Va., man. Natural Resources Police say 55-year-old Mark Gentile of Alexandria had jumped off his anchored sailboat to retrieve a minnow pot and w...

Council Takes Up Bill To Speed FOIA Requests, Appeals

By Peter Granitz

The D.C. Council is set to take up a measure that could make it easier for the public to access government information. Open government advocates hope the bill will speed up a process that can take years.

Councilmember Mary Cheh, the bill’s sponsor, says the District...

Power Breakfast For June 7, 2010

The Senate returns from recess today. The tax extenders bill is high on the list of priorities. Also up there: financial regulatory overhaul. House and Senate versions of the bill are set to go to conference. One of the conferees is Senator Bob Corker. The Tennessee Republican has taken part in j...

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup June 6, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

The state is out of stimulus cash for roads, gubernatorial candidates differ on business and O'Malley seeks to use the undergraduate tuition freeze to his advantage in November.

STIMULUS GONE The state is out of federal stimulus money for road proje...

Shipping Delay For MLK Memorial Stones Will Not Delay Project

By Elliott Francis

The delay in the shipment of 159 blocks of granite for the new memorial honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will not necessarily postpone construction.

Engineers for the project were hoping to have the blocks shipped from China to D.C. by May. Greece had offered to...