News Archive - June 24, 2010

Severe Thunderstorm Watch For Washington Region

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Washington Metro area. The thunderstorm watch is in effect until 8 p.m., and the most severe weather is expected to occur between 3 and 7 p.m.

The counties affected include:

Washington, D.C.:

The Distric...

Baltimore Settles Suit Over Unwarranted Arrests

By Rebecca Blatt

Baltimore has agreed to an $870,000 settlement with the NAACP and American Civil Liberties Union over arrests people claimed were made without probable cause.

The case focused on what ACLU of Maryland lawyer David Rocah calls "high-discretion, nonviolent offenses" suc...

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) The head of a Muslim American freedom foundation says he has concerns about the trial of five Muslim-Americans from northern Virginia who were convicted of plotting terror attacks in Pakistan. Mahdi Bray says Pakistan may have used the trial to show the U.S. it is tough on te...

First Ladies Visit Local Arts School

By LAUREN SAUSSER Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) An arrangement of Michael Jackson's "Heal the World" topped off a concert given by local high school students for two first ladies.

Michelle Obama and Svetlana Medvedeva, the first lady of Russia, visited the Duke Ellington Sch...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Thursday, June 24, 2010

(June 24) CRAINIUM FOLK Folk music is electrified tonight in Arlington as Samantha Crain takes the stage at the Iota Club and Cafe on Wilson Boulevard. The Oklahoman croons along to luscious instrumentation after an opening set by Michigan folksters Frontier Ruckus.

(June 24-July 11) A MAN...

Power Breakfast Thursday, June 24, 2010

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson brings us the latest from Capitol Hill in today's edition of Power Breakfast. State Roundup June 24, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

OPEN GOVERNMENT In the interest of transparency, we'll get to see General Assembly and Board of Public works meetings on the Internet, writes Barbara Pash on See the report by John Rydell on WBFF-TV on the streaming here. And read Ni...

VDOT To Close Beltway At Braddock Road For Emergency Repair

By Rebecca Blatt

Virginia's Department of Transportation will begin closing lanes on 495 north and south with a detour on Braddock Road tonight, starting at 9:30 p.m. Four lanes in each direction will be closed by 11 p.m.

VDOT says the emergency closure is necessary to remove an old o...

Closing Arguments Expected In Wone Trial

By Patrick Madden

Closing arguments are expected later this morning in the trial of three men accused of covering up the fatal stabbing of D.C. lawyer Robert Wone.

After 21 days of trial and testimony from 40 witnesses, both sides will present their final arguments to Judge Lynn Liebo...

Hundreds Line Up In Washington For New iPhone

By LAUREN SAUSSER Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) Some Washington iPhone fanatics are enjoying the latest model of the gadget after standing in line for more than 24 hours.

The new iPhone was released at 7 a.m. Thursday morning.

Hundreds of people are lined up along Wisc...

Commentary...Foreclosure Process Needs Reform...Manuel Ochoa

The Obama Administration created high expectations when it introduced the "Making Homes Affordable" program to help families avoid foreclosure, but as commentator Manuel Ochoa notes, those expectations have not been realized.

Ochoa is the regional director of Homeownership for D.C.’s Latin...

Nonprofit Sticks With D.C. High School Students Through College

By Jessica Gould

For many high school students, getting into college is just half the battle. One local nonprofit is determined to give students the support they need to graduate.

Dontrell Smith always knew he wanted to go to college. But his freshman year at Howard University was a l...

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BALTIMORE (AP) Maryland's execution chamber will remain in Baltimore, but the rest of Death Row has relocated. Corrections officials have moved the state's five death row inmates this week from Baltimore to a maximum-security prison in western Maryland.

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) Private donors who...

Metro Fare Increases Approved

WASHINGTON (AP) Metro's board of directors has approved a package of fare hikes, its largest ever, as part of next year's budget.

The board gave approval to the fare hikes Thursday. The first phase of fare increases will begin Sunday.

Rail fares will go up about 18 percent overall, wi...

Council Could Honor Local Negro Leagues Heroine

By Rebecca Sheir

Several weeks before the U.S. Postal Service releases its Negro Leagues Baseball stamp, one of the League's local legends is getting closer to receiving a more personal commemoration.

A measure going before the D.C. City Council would designate the multi-purpose field...

O'Malley Rides MARC To Shine Light

By Stephanie Kaye

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and Senator Ben Cardin are on their way to New Carrollton, bringing attention to recent problems with MARC trains.

Before boarding, the two stood outside the station and spoke to passengers in the 90 degree weather about problems the...

VA Mosque President Seeks Justice

By Rebecca Sheir

Now that a Pakistani court has convicted five Muslims from the D.C. area for plotting terrorist attacks, members of the local Muslim community say they worry the young men were not treated fairly.

The president of the Islamic Circle of North America Mosque in Alexandr...

Animal Advocates Urge Local Pet Owners To Keep Pets Cool

By Jonathan Wilson

The 90-degree days are starting to string together in the D.C. area, and animal advocates are urging pet owners to remember that heatstroke can be a problem for dogs and cats, as well as humans.

Susan Sherman, with the Arlington Animal Welfare League, says summer is...

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WASHINGTON (AP) Metro's board of directors has approved its largest package of fare hikes ever to cope with budget cuts. The increases begin on Sunday and raise rail fares about 18 percent overall with a second phase of increases scheduled to take effect starting in August.


Obama, Medvedev Chow Down, Then Chew Over Issues

By DESMOND BUTLER Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama declared Thursday that he and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev have "succeeded in resetting" the relationship between the former Cold War adversaries that had dipped to a dangerous low in recent years.


New Center To Treat Soldiers

By Natalie Neumann

A new center opening this fall in Bethesda, Maryland will help soldiers suffering from psychological health problems, such as post-traumatic stress.

The National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) will be a referral facility for service members who don't respond...

Local Leaders Featured In Documentary On U.S. Public Education System

By Kavitha Cardoza

Michelle Rhee, the DC schools chancellor and Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, both appear in the education documentary, "Waiting For Superman" at the Silver Docs Festival. Before the film screening, both stood together on the red carpet...