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News Archive - June 15, 2010

Power Breakfast for Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Some debates never go away. Today's case-in-point: porn. What should Congress do about it? What CAN Congress do about it? Elizabeth Wynne Johnson brings us the latest from Capitol Hill.

Boston Dean Tapped To Lead Catholic University

WASHINGTON (AP) John Garvey, the dean of Boston College Law School, was named president of Catholic University of America on Tuesday in a leadership shift from a priest to a lay person.

Garvey, 61, replaces David M. O'Connell who led the school for the past 12 years and was recently tapped...

Participants In World's Largest Kidney Exchange Meet

By Rebecca Sheir

Participants in the world's largest kidney exchange are finally putting faces and names to the organs they donated or received at four hospitals in the D.C. area.

Now that most of the patients have had a chance to meet, they're taking some time to say thanks.

It...

LGBT Community Demands More Nuanced Blood-Donor Policy

By Rebecca Sheir

Now that a federal panel has voted to keep restricting gay men from giving blood, local LGBT activists are pushing for a more nuanced policy.

They want donors to be chosen based on behavior not sexual orientation.

When Adam Bink was younger, he watched his grand...

Protecting Environment Gets Public Support As Priority

From Congressional Connection Poll:

By Jason Dick

President Obama is going to great lengths to show his administration's concern about the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, making multiple trips to the region and dedicating his first speech from the Oval Office tonight on the t...

Memorial Set For Metro Crash Victims

WASHINGTON (AP) Metro is holding a memorial ceremony to honor the victims of the rail system's deadliest crash.

A letter sent to the victims' families from Metro's interim general manager says the ceremony will be held at Fort Totten Park at 10 a.m. next Tuesday exactly one year since the c...

Road Crews Grapple With Nationwide Paint Shortage

By David Schultz

Some states are having a difficult time putting stripes on their roads because of a nationwide shortage of paint. And the shortage appears to be the consequence of a recovering economy.

Brian Turmail, with a trade group for general contractors, says many stimulus proj...

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) A rare portrait of Edgar Allan Poe has failed to sell at auction. The small watercolor by A.C. Smith is one of just three surviving portraits of the author and the only one that shows him as a writer. The portrait went on sale Friday at Cowan's Auctions in Cincinnati. The minimum b...

AP Source: White House To Name New Oil Agency Head

By ERICA WERNER Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) A Democratic official is telling The Associated Press that the White House is about to announce a new head of the agency that regulates the oil industry.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the White House has ye...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Tuesday, June 15, 2010

(June 15-17) YOU DON'T KNOW JACK Before Jack Nicholson became a permanent court-side fixture at NBA games, he starred as a prodigious pianist running from his past in the 1970 classic Five Easy Pieces. The film plays tonight through Thursday at the AFI Silver in Silver Spring. Nicholson's caree...

Thousands Of Inactive Voters Removed From D.C. Lists

By Jonathan Wilson

D.C.'s Board of Elections is doing some spring cleaning. It has removed nearly 94,000 names from its list of eligible voters.

Board of Elections and Ethics Executive Director Rokey Suleman II says none of the voters on the list have cast a ballot in the city in at l...

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup June 15, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

Oil spill concerns reach Maryland's coast, while citizens protest with their pocketbooks. Ehrlich and O'Malley take their campaigns to firefighters and former state Del. Ken Holt declares for Baltimore County executive. Twists and turns of city taxes stay...

Environmentally Conscious Consumers Catch A Break

By Sabri Ben-Achour

"Green businesses" can at times depend on a niche customer base. But some local entrepreneurs are trying to help widen their appeal.

The lunch rush has customers lining up out the door at Java Green in downtown D.C.

The food here is vegan, the plates are biod...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) A D.C. fire official says two people have been taken to a hospital and 18 teenage students are being evaluated after a Metro bus and car crashed on Interstate 395. A fire department spokesman says the crash occurred near Maine Avenue southwest. Piringer says none of the injuries a...

1.6 Million More Americans Volunteered In 2009

By ANN SANNER Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) Amid rough economic times, more Americans volunteered in their communities last year than at any time since 2005, according to a federal report.

Americans spent almost 100 million more hours helping out last year, reflecting an inc...

Discussing Family Violence With Fran Inge

Northern Virginia has the lowest levels of family violence in the Commonwealth, according to a new study that has consolidated family violence data from across Virginia.

The first-of-its-kind report gives locality-by-locality breakdowns of how violence affects everyone from children to the...

Teachers At Six D.C. Schools Will Have To Reapply

WASHINGTON (AP) Teachers and staff at six D.C. public schools with histories of poor performance will have to reapply for their positions this spring.

The requirement is part of No Child Left Behind Act. About 150 teachers are affected.

The schools are Ballou Senior High, the Hamilton...

Glass May Be Half Full For D.C. Water

By Sabri Ben-Achour

The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority has had image problems over the years. The worst was the lead in the water back in 2004. The lead spike went away but the questions didn't.

"Is the water safe to drink?" raged councilman Jim Graham just two years ago. Even today,...

Woodrow Wilson High School Gets Ready For Move To U.D.C.

By Kavitha Cardoza

Woodrow Wilson High School in northwest D.C. is undergoing a $110 million makeover. But before the staff and students settle into a temporary building at the University at the District of Columbia, they need to pack.

Principal Pete Cahall says the school had to prio...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP is expanding its Fairfax County office. Gov. McDonnell said today the expansion will bring nearly 375 additional jobs to the office.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A public visitation and an open funeral service for country music legend Jimmy Dea...

BP: Ship Fire Halts Oil Capture In Gulf

By RAY HENRY Associated Press Writer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) A bolt of lightning struck the ship capturing oil from the blown-out BP well in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, igniting a fire that halted containment efforts in another setback for the embattled company in its nearly two-month struggle...