News Archive - June 18, 2010

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Metro says three employees have been disciplined for letting a 10-car train run on the green line. A Metro spokesman says the operator of the train was suspended without pay for 13 days and the platform supervisor was suspended for five days. An interlocking operator who oversees...

VA Rule Of Law Act Models Arizona's Anti-Illegal Immigrant Law

By Meymo Lyons

The chairman of Prince William County's Board of Supervisors is calling on state lawmakers to pass the "Virginia Rule of Law Act," modeled on the controversial Arizona measure designed to crack down on illegal immigrants.

Corey Stewart, the chairman of the board touts,...

At National Teacher's Conference, Fight To Save Teacher's Jobs

By Greg Peppers

Teachers from across the country will gather in New Orleans next month for their national conference, and the head of Maryland’s largest teachers union says funding to save teacher’s jobs will be at the top of the agenda.

The U.S. Department of Education says ongoing s...

Proposal To Help Pregnant And Parenting Teens Graduate Could Help D.C.

By Kavitha Cardoza

D.C. and other states could recieve a significant amount of money to help pregnant and parenting teens stay in school, if legislation to be introduced next month is eventually passed. Grants to help pregnant and parenting teens continue their education would have importan...

Weekend Planner: John Waters

Filmmaker John Waters earned his reputation outside the mainstream. And he helped put his hometown of Baltimore on the map as a hipster hot spot. But his outsider status eventually translated into hundreds of millions of dollars, and his work slowly became part of the mainstream.

Fresh on t...

Metro Holds Auditions For Local Performers

By Sylvia Carignan

Metro is calling all performers to audition Saturday for its annual Metro Performs! program. Musicians, dancers, poets and artists will be chosen to perform at ten D.C. Metro stations from June to September.

Although selected performers cannot panhandle or sell merc...

This Week In Congress - June 18, 2010

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I’m Elizabeth Wynne Johnson of Capitol News Connection. This Week in Congress...

In his speech from the Oval Office Tuesday night, President Obama urged lawmakers to find the political courage to transition towards clean energy.

OBAMA: For decades we’ve talked and talked...

MD, VA Lawmakers Have Mixed Reactions To President's Energy Plans

By Manuel Quinones

Democrats and Republicans from the D.C. area are welcoming President Obama's call for a stronger emphasis on clean and renewable energy. Still, many lawmakers object to his methods.

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) says his constituents are probably willing to pay a bit more...

The Region's Top Stories With Post Columnist Robert McCartney

As the one year anniversary of the red line crash approaches, Virginia picks a fight with the mass transit system over funding and representation.

WAMU's Matt Bush talks with Washington Post Columnist Robert McCartney about the week's top stories...

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup June 18, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

An O'Malley campaign ad comes out swinging at Ehrlich, who calls the attack "contemptible;" both candidates have strong ties to Maryland's large Jewish community; rail stations will be eligible for state spending and tax incentives; some question governme...

VA Unemployment Rate Edges Up In May

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) While most parts of Virginia added jobs in May, the state's unemployment rate edged up in May as the number of job seekers grew.

The Virginia Employment Commission said Friday its unadjusted unemployment rate rose to 6.9 percent in May from 6.7 percent in April. That comp...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Weekend Events, June 18-20, 2010

(June 18-27) GETTYSBURG FESTIVAL Including a trek to the battlefield bounty that is the Gettysburg Festival, today through next Sunday in Adams County, PA. You can discover the civil side of Gettysburg through a smorgasbord of concerts, dinners and exhibits. The food is the reason for this seaso...

Google Admission Prompts Warning from Va. Attorney General

by Rebecca Blatt

Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is warning residents about protecting their computer networks to keep their personal information safe -- following recent disclosure by Google.

Cuccinelli says the warning comes in light of recent admissions by Google that th...

Latest Maryland Regional News

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) The owner of Washington's 9:30 Club has filed a lawsuit against Maryland to prevent the state from giving Montgomery County $4 million to build a music venue. The lawsuit says the county hasn't provided enough information about the project's costs.

CHESTERTOWN, Md. (...

Fans Pack D.C. Bars For Second U.S. World Cup Match

By Jonathan Wilson

The Lucky Bar on Connecticut Avenue has been a gathering place for D.C. soccer fans for more than a decade. Earlier today a capacity crowd of well over 200 people squeezed in to watch.

Two unanswered goals by the underdog Slovenian squad left most U.S. fans a bit de...

Commentary...D.C. Public Schools...Nicholas Eckenwiler

Commentator Nicholas Eckenwiler says some of the weaknesses of his D.C. public school can actually be an advantage, with the right attitude.

"Being a public school student in D.C. is like learning to play soccer on a field of dirt and pebbles...just as some of the game’s best players have d...

USDA To Unveil Priority Watersheds

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Three watersheds in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania have been chosen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as pilot projects for Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts.

After President Barack Obama ordered the federal government to take more seriously the restorati...

$600K Donation Sends Ballou Students To College

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Apple Opens In Georgetown, Its 1st D.C. Store

WASHINGTON (AP) More than two years after buying a Georgetown building, Apple Inc. is opening its first store in Washington.

The grand opening is slated for Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Wisconsin Avenue store.

The glass storefront design proved problematic last year when an arc...

DC's Police Chief: City Should Re-Evaluate Slug Lines

By Natalie Neumann

Some commuters in D.C. are reporting an increase in ticketing of drivers for stopping at slug lines, where commuters wait for rides from strangers. Now D.C.'s chief of police says the city should re-evaluate how its slug-lines work.

Harry Vaughn has been traveling i...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Attorneys for landowners in southwest Virginia say they have been cheated out of billions of dollars by two energy companies that drilled for natural gas wells on their land. The lawsuits filed on behalf of two landowners say they never agreed to lease their mineral rights, and...

Arlington's Juneteenth Celebration Pays Tribute To City's Unsung Heroes

By Cathy Carter

June 19th is a day when some African-Americans commemorate the end of slavery in the U.S. Tomorrow's Juneteenth celebration in Arlington, Virginia will honor several of it's most prominent black citizens.

Back in the early '90s, the Highview Park section of Arlington w...

Flasher Unnerves Alexandria Residents

By Michael Pope

Police in Alexandria, Virginia, are looking for a man who has been exposing himself to women along the Holmes Run bike path. It's happened five times, each with the same description. A Hispanic man in his 20s calls to women who're alone to get their attention, then exposes h...

Strasburg Makes Second Home Start Friday Night

By Jonathan Wilson

Later today, Washington Nationals pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg will make another home start and try to continue his impressive arrival in the major leagues.

Rookie Stephen Strasburg has two victories and has yet to lose since making his debut a few weeks ago. H...

Federal Authorities Offer Baltimore Residents A Way Out Of legal Woes

By Garrett Browne

Baltimore residents with outstanding, non-violent warrants have a safe outlet to resolve their prior charges in a comfortable location.

The Fugitive Safe Surrender program started Wednesday morning at the New Baptist Church in West Baltimore by the U.S. Marshall's Se...

Family Holds Wake For Slain MD Trooper

By Rebecca Sheir

One week after a Maryland state trooper was shot and killed outside a restaurant in Prince Georges County, thousands of relatives and friends are paying their respects at his wake.

Friends and loved ones remember 24-year-old Wesley Brown as a respected leader, especia...

D.C.'s Jobless Rate Masks Poverty Problems

By Rebecca Sheir

Washington's latest unemployment figures are expected to come out today. Analysts say as the economy recovers from recession, employment could be looking up for D.C. as a whole.

But that isn't necessarily the case for all parts of the District.

Mitch Halaby, an...