News Archive - June 22, 2010

Jack Abramoff Working At Kosher Pizzeria

By BEN NUCKOLS Associated Press Writer

BALTIMORE (AP) Disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff has found a new job, at a kosher pizzeria in Baltimore.

The owner of Tov Pizza, Ron Rosenbluth, says Abramoff began working there Monday. He says Abramoff is learning about the business r...

Power Breakfast Tuesday 06-22-10

Energy policy and metro safety: Elizabeth Wynne Johnson brings us the latest from Capitol Hill in today's edition of Power Breakfast. State Roundup June 22, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

RUNNING MATE With the deadline for filing to run for governor closing in, former Gov. Bob Ehrlich still needs to pick a running mate, but there are few clues as to who that will be, write Julie Bykowicz and Annie Linskey in the Baltimore Sun.


Federal Initiative To End Homelessness Unveiled

By Elliott Francis

Today the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness will release the nation's first comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness. One group of advocates eager to hear details of the plan are tackling the problem in one of the wealthiest counties in the nation....

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) The son of a train operator who died with eight others in the collision of two Metro trains one year ago says life has been hard since the tragedy. But Jordan McMillan says he's glad so many people attended a public tribute today to his mother and the others who died.


Power Loss Causes Rail Delays

WASHINGTON (AP) An Amtrak spokeswoman says power to trains at Washington's Union Station was lost for less than 10 minutes, causing minor delays.

Amtrak spokeswoman Karina Romero says the power went out shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday and was back on about eight minutes later. Romero says the...

Town Of Clifton Rallies To Save Elementary School

By Jonathan Wilson

In Virginia, a proposal to close an elementary school in the rural town of Clifton brought residents out by the hundreds to rally against the plan Monday night.

Connie Milliken has lived in Clifton for five years -- and she says there's no place like it in Northern...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A year after a new law put tobacco in the hands of federal regulators, it is clear that it may be years before before any of the most aggressive steps suggested to reduce deaths from smoking occur. Anti-tobacco advocates suggest the law could lead to aggressive moves like reduc...

Dozens To Testify At Public Hearing on Tysons Redevelopment

More than 100 people have packed into a hearing in Fairfax County, Virginia tonight. The Board of Supervisors is considering a plan for the redevelopment of Tysons Corner, and the public is getting a chance to weigh in.

This is the first public hearing on the Tysons Plan held by the board o...

D.C. Council Wants To Probe Incident At New Beginnings

By Patrick Madden

The D.C. Council is pressing to find out exactly what happened over the weekend at the city's youth detention center in Laurel Maryland. Several staff members were injured during a confrontation with young offenders at the facility.

Council member Tommy Wells says th...

Riders Express Concern For Metro Safety One Year After Crash

By Stephanie Kaye

Today is the one year anniversary of the Metro crash that killed nine people at the Fort Totten Metro Station. The Metro crash is on the front cover of the free newspapers being handed out this morning at Metro stations. A large photo shows the crumpled train and safety-ve...

Investigation Underway In MARC Breakdown

By Rebecca Sheir

An investigation is underway into why a Baltimore-bound MARC train broke down in last night's sweltering heat.

The Maryland Transit Administration says the probe will determine why, minutes after leaving D.C.'s Union Station, the engine failed and the brakes jammed, s...

WTU President George Parker Questioned About Union Elections

By Kavitha Cardoza

With a Washington Teachers Union contract vote out of the way, teachers in D.C. have another ballot to cast - one that will determine the next president of the group.

Elections were supposed to be held in May, but are still not on the calendar, and now some D.C coun...

MARC Breakdown Strands Passengers For Hours

NEW CARROLLTON, Md. (AP) Maryland transit officials are apologizing and promising an investigation after passengers were stranded on a broken down MARC train for two hours.

Train 538 from Washington to Baltimore and Perryville, Md., shut down Monday evening near New Carrollton, just minutes...

MTA Administrator Boards Train 538 To Offer Apology

An investigation is underway into why a Baltimore-bound MARC train broke down in last night's sweltering heat.

The Maryland Transit Administration says the probe will determine why, minutes after leaving D.C.'s Union Station, the engine failed and the brakes jammed, stranding passengers for...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Tuesday, June 22, 2010

(June 22) BEING THERE It's all about Being There this morning at 10:30 at The Avalon Theatre in Northwest DC. Hal Ashby's 1979 film "Being There" follows Chance, an ostensibly simple Washingtonian who prefers nothing more than tending to his garden, but who inevitably learns to walk on water.


Metro Marks One Year Anniversary Of Crash

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Metro is marking the one year anniversary of a train crash that killed nine people and injured dozens on the red line. The transit agency is holding a remembrance ceremony at the Fort Totten Metrorail station to honor those who died or were injured and the first responde...

Judge Blocks Gulf Offshore Drilling Moratorium

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN Associated Press Writer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) A federal judge struck down the Obama administration's six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, saying the government rashly concluded that because one rig failed, the others are in immediate dang...

One Year After Crash, Is Metro Safer?

One year ago today, a Red Line Metro train slammed into the back of a stopped train near the Fort Totten Station. Nine people died, dozens were injured.

Since then, Metro has made a number of changes to ensure that never happens again.

But it's unclear whether those changes have reall...

Latest Maryland Regional News

NEW CARROLLTON, Md. (AP) The head of the Maryland Transit Administration has apologized for a breakdown on a busy MARC train that stranded hundreds of passengers on Monday. Ralign Wells says the agency failed to deliver safe, reliable service and he would address rider complaints.