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News Archive - June 23, 2010

Local Transit Union Honors Metro Crash Victims

By Elliott Francis

Members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, the union which represents Metro transit workers, are hoping for a safer year on the job.

They continued that effort during a memorial vigil to honor the memory of 6 Metro workers who died on the job this past year....

Hoyer: East Coast Officials Need Oil Spill Summit

By FREDERIC J. FROMMER Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is urging the White House to hold a summit with East Coast governors and local officials to ensure they are prepared if oil from the Gulf spill makes its way up the Atlantic coastline.

Hoy...

Northeast D.C. Could Honor "Peanut" Johnson

By Rebecca Sheir

The first and only woman to pitch in the Negro American League is one step closer to being commemorated in Northeast D.C.

Mamie Peanut Johnson was one of just three females to play baseball in the Negro Leagues. And the field where she was discovered soon could bear h...

Two D.C. Public Charter Schools Close, One In Jeopardy

By Kavitha Cardoza

More than 150 students in D.C. will have to look for new schools after two public charter schools decided to close down.

The Academy for Learning Through The Arts couldn't recruit enough students and the Children's Studio School will return to operating as a private...

Latest Virginia Regional News

McLEAN, Va. (AP) Fairfax County officials have approved a plan to transform the traffic-clogged Tysons Corner area into a walkable, urban environment. The Board of Supervisors voted for the proposal following a six-hour public hearing last night.

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) A Lynchburg-based Nation...

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup June 23, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

STRANDED MARC TRAIN MTA and Amtrak officials struggled to explain how 1,000 MARC train commuters were left stranded in sweltering heat until some removed windows and summoned paramedics, writes the Sun's Michael Dresser. Two people were sent to the hospit...

Transit Heads Apologize As MARC Probe Begins

By Rebecca Sheir

Maryland Transit Administration is still struggling to determine why nearly 1,000 commuters were stranded on a MARC train in sweltering heat earlier this week.

As an investigation gets underway, transit heads are trying to make good with the public.

MTA Administ...

Despite Partisan Rhetoric, Kagan Relatively Unknown

From the Congressional Poll Connection: By Dan Friedman

Lawmakers have spent recent weeks trading shots over Elena Kagan's Supreme Court nomination, but that appears to have had little effect on public opinion and she remains relatively unknown to the public, according to the latest Society...

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Council member David Catania Wants Teacher Evaluations Made Available To Parent

by Kavitha Cardoza,

D.C. councilmember David Catania wants teachers evaluations to be made public. Catania says parents have a right to know how effective their child's teacher is. He says physicians in the District have information about them posted online.

"So if there's a settlemen...

Power Breakfast for Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Minerals (mis)Management, General-ly Poor Judgement, and Senatorial Secrecy. Elizabeth Wynne Johnson brings us the latest from Capitol Hill in today's edition of Power Breakfast.

Feds Announce Members Of Rail Transit Safety Panel

WASHINGTON (AP) Federal transportation officials are announcing the members of an advisory committee that will help develop national safety standards for rail transit.

The Department of Transportation has been prohibited from issuing safety regulations for rail transit systems since 1965, b...

Court Sides With MD County On Furloughs

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A federal appeals court has reversed a judge's ruling that a Maryland county's furlough of 5,900 workers was unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams Jr. ruled last August that Prince George's County violated a provision that bars states from passing laws...

Metro Crash May Spur Change In Federal Law

By David Schultz

Even before the red line crash last year, federal safety monitors had reprimanded Metro.

But Peter Rogoff, the Obama Administration's chief public transit officer, says Metro never violated any federal regulations because, for subway systems, there are no federal regu...

Latest Maryland Regional News

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) Authorities say three southbound lanes of Interstate 270 in the Gaithersburg area have reopened after being shut down for several hours. Police say the interstate was closed after a tractor-trailer hit a pole, bringing down power lines. Northbound traffic is exiting at Shad...

O'Malley Calls MARC Train Breakdown 'Outrageous'

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says a MARC train breakdown that stranded hundreds of passengers for hours earlier this week was "absolutely outrageous."

O'Malley made the comments during a Board of Public Works meeting Wednesday morning. He said he had received an apologe...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Wednesday, June 23, 2010

(June 23-August 15) PIRATES OF THE METROPOLITAN AREA It's obvious pirates had a hand in naming Arrrlington but their influence on Bethesda is murky at best. You can find out more through August at Bethesda's Imagination Stage during the play How I Became a Pirate, as a youngster is carried away b...

Fairfax Finally Approves Blueprint For Transforming Tysons

By Jonathan Wilson

In Virginia, Fairfax County now has a blueprint for the ambitious transformation of Tyson's Corner.

The deciding vote from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors came after a four-hour public hearing, and a board discussion that lasted almost as long Tuesday night....

McChrystal Out; Petraeus Picked For Afghanistan

By JENNIFER LOVEN and ANNE GEARAN Associated Press Writers

WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama ousted Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Wednesday, saying that his scathing published remarks about administration officials undermine civilian control of the...

Interstate 270 Lanes In Montgomery County Reopen

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) Maryland highway officials say they will have to close Interstate 270 briefly overnight in the Gaithersburg area while utility crews pull wires back across the highway.

State Highway Administration spokesman David Buck says a subcontractor hit a water main late Tuesda...

Metro Fights Crash Victims' Families In Court

By David Schultz

Tawanda Brown's daughter died in the train crash last year, so she appreciates the memorial service Metro arranged for her and the other families.

But she says Metro hasn't been as deferential to their lawsuit seeking damages in civil court. "They've asked to dismiss...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Cyclists can now bike between the White House and the U.S. Capitol with ease. The District Department of Transportation opened a new bike lane on Pennsylvania Avenue. The District now has more than 50 miles of bike lanes on 1,200 miles of streets.

WASHINGTON (AP) Family and...

Federal Transportation Officials Name Locals To Advisory Panel

By Meymo Lyons

Federal transportation officials are announcing the members of an advisory committee that will help develop national safety standards for rail transit.

DOT chose 20 transit experts for the advisory committee, including well-known locals: chief safety officer for Metro;...