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News Archive - July 7, 2010

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) Maryland health officials say they are moving all 150 residents out of a Baltimore nursing home whose operators didn't report a broken air conditioner. Officials say the air conditioner at the Ravenwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center stopped working on Saturday but the state was...

Pepco Investigates NE D.C. Power Outages

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$1.6 Million Heading To VA Homeless Programs

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) More than $1.6 million is headed to Virginia to assist programs for the homeless.

The federal funding announced Wednesday by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan will support 10 projects around the state.

The funding is atop the nearly $19 million i...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Wednesday, July 7, 2010

(July 7) FREE STRATHMORE! The Music Center at Strathmore frees itself of all formality tonight during its outdoor summer concert series in North Bethesda. Starting at 5:30, you can expect a mini street festival with mimes, clowns, chalk artists and jugglers, followed by a free concert with the se...

Heat Could Cause Metro Delays

By Rebecca Sheir

Another sweltering day is expected in the D.C. area, and Metro reports the steamy temperatures could affect Metrorail service.

Metro says high temperatures sometimes cause "heat kinks" on the rails: that means the overheated tracks expand, so Metro needs to slow train...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) D.C.'s Fire and EMS Department is fielding more calls than usual during the heat wave. Department spokesman Peter Piringer says the agency received 665 calls yesterday -- about 200 more than a normal day. The majority of those calls were for heat-related emergencies.

WASHING...

Deadline Looms For Some District Candidates

By Meymo Lyons

Candidates for office in the District have until the close of business today to gather enough signatures to qualify them to be on September's primary election ballot. The Board of Elections and Ethics will not accept the signatures after 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Candidates who...

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup July 7, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

RUNNING MATE NO. 2 Maryland GOP gubernatorial hopeful Brian Murphy unveiled his second running mate of the election season, tapping a fellow Montgomery County resident to fill out his long-shot ticket, John Wagner writes for the Post.

GREEN PARTY CA...

Heat Linked To Death Of Baltimore Resident

BALTIMORE (AP) Maryland health officials say this week's heat has been linked to the death of a Baltimore resident.

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced Wednesday that an adult resident of Baltimore was found in a home with air temperatures over 90 degrees.

O...

Local Farmers Need Days Of Rain To Reverse Impact Of Drought

By Jonathan Wilson

This may have been the first day for triple digit temperatures in our region.

But local farmers say their crops have been dealing with conditions hotter and drier than normal for a couple of months now, and there's no relief on the immediate horizon.

Rodney Mo...

Dulles Rail Crews Toil In Record Heat

By Rebecca Sheir

Work is continuing on the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project after hundreds of workers were sent home early yesterday, because of the excessive heat.

Many crew members are finding ways to keep cool.

Terry Jenkins, a foreman with Brayman Construction, says the 100...

D.C. Officials Clean Up Grease Spill

WASHINGTON (AP) Officials are cleaning up oil and grease left by a truck on a main road in Washington.

Department of Public Works spokeswoman Linda Grant says a vehicle that collects cooking oil from restaurants appears to have had a leak as it traveled down U Street on Wednesday.

Off...

Pepco Investigates NE D.C. Power Outages

View more news videos at: http://www.nbcwashington.com/video.

Air Conditioning Repairs In High Demand

By Natalie Neumann

As the heat continues, air conditioning repair technicians are in high demand. Many are working overtime.

Sweat rolls down the forehead and off the nose of Jason Welch. He's at Fitness Together in Georgetown, but he's not working out: he's working on the broken air...

Power Breakfast For July 7, 2010

A Wyoming Senator wants changes to a major court settlement between Indian Country and the United States. His intentions - open to very different interpretations. According to Senator John Barrasso...

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Gov. Bob McDonnell says persistent temperatures topping 95 degrees and little rain are creating ideal conditions for wildfires in Virginia. He warned Virginia residents today to be careful when doing any activity that could cause a spark, such as operating lawn mowers, burning...

Pools Extend Hours Due To Hot Weather

Indoor pools, spray parks, and children's pools will continue to have regular hours in Washington, D.C.

Outdoor pools will open two hours early and those with outdoor lighting will stay open a little later than usual (9 p.m.) until Thursday.

Anacostia, 1800 Anacostia Drive, SE, (202)...

Hot Town: Summer In The City

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Yes, we all know, it's hot. It is so hot that Dominion and Pepco are reporting sporadic outages as millions of people crank up the AC.

Elsewhere on the eastern seaboard roads are buckling, two high school coaches have been arrested for making their players train, a...

Broken Water Main Creates Geyser In Maryland

From NBC4:

A broken water main reportedly is shooting water 100 feet into the air in Potomac, Md.

The 24-inch water main broke in the 10800 block of Deep Glen Road at about 3:30 p.m.

The road is closed at Norton Road while the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission tries to fix...

Study On MARC Train Ridership Shows Environmental Benefits

By Matt Bush

An environmental group in Maryland says ridership on MARC commuter trains is making a dent in global warming pollution. More than 8.1 million trips were taken on MARC trains last year. Tommy Landers of Environment Maryland says that's not just a drop in the bucket.

"Every...

Oysters To Get Sanctuaries

By Sabri Ben-Achour

The State of Maryland is asking for input from the public on its plans to set aside 25 percent of the Chesapeake Bay as Oyster Sanctuary. Watermen and environmentalists are at odds over the plan.

Out on the Severn river near Annapolis, Chesapeake Bay Foundation sci...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) D.C.'s Fire and EMS Department is fielding more calls than usual during the heat wave. Department spokesman Peter Piringer says the agency received 665 calls yesterday -- about 200 more than a normal day. The majority of those calls were for heat-related emergencies.

WASHING...

Deadline Looms For Some District Candidates

By Meymo Lyons

Candidates for office in the District have until the close of business today to gather enough signatures to qualify them to be on September's primary election ballot. The Board of Elections and Ethics will not accept the signatures after 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Candidates who...

Air Conditioning Repairs In High Demand

By Natalie Neumann

As the heat continues, air conditioning repair technicians are in high demand. Many are working overtime.

Sweat rolls down the forehead and off the nose of Jason Welch. He's at Fitness Together in Georgetown, but he's not working out: he's working on the broken air...

Power Breakfast For July 7, 2010

A Wyoming Senator wants changes to a major court settlement between Indian Country and the United States. His intentions - open to very different interpretations. According to Senator John Barrasso...

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

D.C. Fire And EMS Respond To The Heat

By Kate Sheehy

With temperatures predicted to be near 100 again today, D.C.'s fire department is fielding more calls than usual.

D.C.'s Fire Chief Dennis Rubin says due to the heat, the city's fire and EMS department has seen a 50 to 75 percent uptick in calls from people needing help...

D.C. Officials Clean Up Grease Spill

WASHINGTON (AP) Officials are cleaning up oil and grease left by a truck on a main road in Washington.

Department of Public Works spokeswoman Linda Grant says a vehicle that collects cooking oil from restaurants appears to have had a leak as it traveled down U Street on Wednesday.

Off...

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup July 7, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

RUNNING MATE NO. 2 Maryland GOP gubernatorial hopeful Brian Murphy unveiled his second running mate of the election season, tapping a fellow Montgomery County resident to fill out his long-shot ticket, John Wagner writes for the Post.

GREEN PARTY CA...

Broken Water Main Creates Geyser In Maryland

From NBC4:

A broken water main reportedly is shooting water 100 feet into the air in Potomac, Md.

The 24-inch water main broke in the 10800 block of Deep Glen Road at about 3:30 p.m.

The road is closed at Norton Road while the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission tries to fix...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Wednesday, July 7, 2010

(July 7) FREE STRATHMORE! The Music Center at Strathmore frees itself of all formality tonight during its outdoor summer concert series in North Bethesda. Starting at 5:30, you can expect a mini street festival with mimes, clowns, chalk artists and jugglers, followed by a free concert with the se...

Power Breakfast For July 7, 2010

A Wyoming Senator wants changes to a major court settlement between Indian Country and the United States. His intentions - open to very different interpretations. According to Senator John Barrasso...

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) D.C.'s Fire and EMS Department is fielding more calls than usual during the heat wave. Department spokesman Peter Piringer says the agency received 665 calls yesterday -- about 200 more than a normal day. The majority of those calls were for heat-related emergencies.

WASHING...

Deadline Looms For Some District Candidates

By Meymo Lyons

Candidates for office in the District have until the close of business today to gather enough signatures to qualify them to be on September's primary election ballot. The Board of Elections and Ethics will not accept the signatures after 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Candidates who...

Hot Town: Summer In The City

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Yes, we all know, it's hot. It is so hot that Dominion and Pepco are reporting sporadic outages as millions of people crank up the AC.

Elsewhere on the eastern seaboard roads are buckling, two high school coaches have been arrested for making their players train, a...

Looking To Philadelphia For Help With Heat

We've been reporting this week about how people across our region are coping with the heat wave. For many of us the heat is uncomfortable and a nuisance, but it can also be dangerous.

More than 1,500 people die in the U.S. on average from heat-related causes. Many cities and counties have d...

Local Farmers Need Days Of Rain To Reverse Impact Of Drought

By Jonathan Wilson

This may have been the first day for triple digit temperatures in our region.

But local farmers say their crops have been dealing with conditions hotter and drier than normal for a couple of months now, and there's no relief on the immediate horizon.

Rodney Mo...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Gov. Bob McDonnell says persistent temperatures topping 95 degrees and little rain are creating ideal conditions for wildfires in Virginia. He warned Virginia residents today to be careful when doing any activity that could cause a spark, such as operating lawn mowers, burning...