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News Archive - June 16, 2010

DCPS Stepping Up Efforts To Recruit Students

By Kavitha Cardoza

For the first time in decades, enrollment in D.C.'s traditional public schools is expected to increase, by a fraction of a percent, despite competition from charter and private schools.

Principal Janeece Docall is walking along 14th street in northwest D.C., a few b...

Sources: BP Agrees To $20 Billion Fund For Spill Victims

By BEN FELLER Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) BP will set aside $20 billion to pay the victims of the massive oil spill in the Gulf, senior administration officials said Wednesday, a move made under pressure by the White House as the company copes with causing the worst environmenta...

Local Somali-American Man On No-Fly List

By Kavitha Cardoza

A Somali-American man from Burke, Virginia says he cannot return home because his name is on a U.S. no-fly list.

Twenty-six-year-old Yahya "Yeh yah" Wehelie was born in Fairfax, Virginia. His mother, Shamsa Noor, says she sent him to Yemen to learn Arabic.

"He...

African-Americans Struggle For Kidney Donations

By Rebecca Sheir

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports more than a third of people awaiting kidney transplants in the U.S. are African-American, yet they are less likely to receive transplanted kidneys than whites.

But in a mass kidney exchange performed in the D.C....

Latest Virginia Regional News

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) Authorities are working to contain fuel leaking from a 31-foot boat that has sunk into the Potomac River. Fairfax County fire and rescue department spokesman Captain Willie Bailey says the boat was at the Fairfax Yacht Club when it went under water this afternoon.

REEDVILL...

Lyme Disease Cases Drop In Maryland and D.C.; Number Rises In Virginia

By Sylvia Carignan

Cases of Lyme disease in Maryland and D.C. have fallen since last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But in Virginia, the numbers have increased.

This week’s reports from the CDC show the number of cases of the disease in Virginia rea...

D.C. To Audit Disability Compensation Program

By Elliott Francis

The irregularities uncovered in the District's Disability Compensation Program first surfaced through an unexpected denial of benefits. Attorney General Pete Nickles says his office began its investigation into the matter following public testimony earlier this year.

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MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup June 16, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

A YouTube video is at the heart of a challenge to the state's wiretap laws; the way is paved to challenge reforms to the Colonial era ground rent laws. Politics and business mix during a four-day educational retreat. Plus Annapolis theft, speed cameras, a...

Obama Lays Out Plan For The Gulf

By Jessica Stone

Dozens of seafood dealers in Virginia are losing business because of the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Last night, President Obama laid out his plan for the way forward for all those affected.

BP has agreed to set aside $20 billion for legitimate claims, but the rip...

Bus Driver Punches McGruff, Gets Job Back

By David Schultz

Shawn Brim was driving his bus in D.C. early last year when, all of a sudden, he stopped, got out, and socked a police officer in the McGruff the Crime Dog costume. Brim told the officers who arrested him he was "just playing."

"While the bus operator thought it was f...

Funding Gap Puts Sober Ride Program In Jeopardy

By Jonathan Wilson

Sober Ride, the D.C. area's free cab service to prevent drunk driving, may not be available on the weekend of July 4th without some new corporate funding.

In the past year, Sober Ride has seen a 60 percent increase in riders and a 35 percent decrease in corporate su...

Sen. Jim Webb Has Had It With D.C. Traffic

By Meymo Lyons

Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) has just about had it with Washington traffic around the National Mall. Webb, in a letter, is calling on D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and the National Park Service to do something, saying current conditions are "unsustainable."

Webb says traffic caused...

Catholic University Selects New President

By Rebecca Blatt

The dean of Boston College Law School will soon become president of Catholic University of America in D.C. John Garvey will replace Father David M. O'Connell, who led the school for the past 12 years. O'Connell was recently named bishop-elect of the Diocese of Trenton, New...

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) Prominent civil rights attorney A. Dwight Pettit says he's representing the family of a Marine shot to death after a dispute with an off-duty Baltimore police officer. Pettit tells The Associated Press he plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of Tyrone Brown.

BALTI...

Obama Favorability Rating Is Strong, But Has Slipped

From the Congressional Connection Poll:

By George E. Condon Jr.

President Obama's favorability rating, while still strong, has dropped significantly in the last six months as he has grappled with a massive oil spill, a tepid economic recovery and a controversial healthcare reform law....

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Wednesday, June 16, 2010

(June 16) CLOWNING AROUND If you need a help getting over the hump this week, look no further than Glen Echo Park in Maryland, where The Puppet Company Playhouse presents Clowning Around this morning at 10. Nary a tot will be up in arms during this moppet masterpiece starring local puppet pro Bob...

Power Breakfast, Wednesday June 16th 2010

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson explores the contradictions of our democracy in today's Power Breakfast.

Person Struck At Dunn Loring Metro Station, Delays On Orange Line

By Meymo Lyons

Metro is single-tracking on the orange line after a person was struck by a train at the Dunn Loring Station. Trains are sharing the same track between Vienna and West Falls Church.

Metro is not yet releasing information on condition of the victim.

Fewer Local Groups Applying For FTA Matching Grants

By Rebecca Sheir

Each year, the federal government gives the Washington region nearly $2 million to improve transit for disadvantaged people.

But this year, fewer organizations are taking advantage of the funds.

The region’s Transportation Planning Board (TPB) says for many agen...

Norton Lashes Out Against CDC

By Sara Sciammacco

A frustrated D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton lashed out at a Centers of Disease Control and Prevention official in the latest rehash of the implications of the 2004 lead-in-drinking-water debacle.

The hearing re-emphasized that the district’s water is safe from...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Congress is honoring the African-American slaves who helped build the U.S. Capitol. Congressman John Lewis of Georgia says that putting up plaques inside the Capitol detailing their efforts helps tell the "full history" of the U.S. Capitol.

WASHINGTON (AP) Virginia Sen. Jim...

Strong Public Support For Mandatory Carbon Reductions

From the Congressional Poll Connection:

By Jason Dick

There is strong public sentiment for limiting carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions in energy legislation, according to the latest Society for Human Resource Management/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, co...