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News Archive - July 8, 2010

Newspaper Finds Omissions In MD Senator's Forms

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) A newspaper is reporting that a Maryland senator repeatedly provided false or incomplete information on financial disclosure forms.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that Sen. David Harrington, D-Prince George's, failed to disclose an income source that was required...

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup July 8, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION Gov. O'Malley pledged to spend an additional $1 billion for school construction, repeating a campaign promise he made and kept four years ago, Annie Linskey of the Sun writes. John Rydell of WBFF-TV reports that the announcement sparks...

O'Malley Unveils School Construction Plan

By Matt Bush

Maryland governor Martin O'Malley is outlining his plan for public school construction in the state should he be re-elected this fall. O'Malley's plan should he receive a second term looks much like what happened during his first. He wants to fulfill spending goals on school co...

Metro Faces Air Conditioning Problems On Trains

WASHINGTON (AP) As temperatures hover around triple digits in the D.C. area, some Metrorail riders are complaining about sweaty commutes on cars with air conditioning problems.

Metro General Manager Richard Sarles says the transit agency is facing challenges with air conditioning on trains....

Fairfax School Board Set To Decide Future Of Clifton Elementary

By Jonathan Wilson

In Virginia, the Fairfax County Public School Board is expected to vote Thursday night on whether to close the elementary school in the small town of Clifton.

It's an issue that seems to have split the board, but one at-large member thinks she has a win-win solution...

Amtrak Adds Richmond-To-D.C. service

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Starting July 20, Amtrak is adding a daily round-trip service between Richmond and Washington.

That means a total of five trains will depart Richmond daily for Washington, with six return departures in the afternoon and evening.

The new service is sponsored by the s...

Power Breakfast For July 8, 2010

Today the 2nd annual Cybersecurity Symposium kicks off with a clip from last February's "Cyber Shockwave" simulation exercise - in which real-life officials engaged in an elaborately-produced 'what-if.' And the results played out before a national audience.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports.....

D.C. Mayoral Candidate Has Outstanding 2002 Ticket

WASHINGTON (AP) The chairman of the D.C. council didn't pay a traffic ticket for more than seven years, and only sought to pay after he launched his campaign for mayor.

The Washington Post reports that Vincent Gray got the ticket in Maryland in 2002. Campaign spokeswoman Traci Hughes told t...

Maryland Police Arrest 17-Year-Old Escapee

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) A 17-year-old boy who escaped from the Green Ridge Youth Center in western Maryland has been arrested near Gaithersburg.

Maryland State Police arrested Edwin Cortez on Wednesday without incident at his girlfriend's house in Montgomery County. He reportedly fled Sunday i...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Thursday, July 8, 2010

(July 9-17) THE NINA VARIATIONS The vicissitudes of a doomed relationship are wrung dry in The Nina Variations, aptly staged in The Bedroom at Fort Fringe tomorrow night through July 17. Nina and Treplev revisit their relationship over the course of several short scenes in the half-homage, half-d...

Maryland Appeals Court To Decide Local Slots Vote

By Meymo Lyons

Maryland's highest court has agreed to hear an appeal of a lower court's ruling that stopped a public vote on whether a casino should be allowed near a shopping mall.

The Baltimore-based Cordish Co. wants to build the casino near Arundel Mills Mall in Anne Arundel Count...

Prevent Broken Air Conditioning Units

By Natalie Neumann

Air conditioning repair technicians are working overtime to help people beat the heat, and letting people know some things you can do to prevent a visit.

Jason Welch works as a technician for Thomas E. Clark, a plumbing, heating and A/C company in Silver Spring, Mar...

Cuccinelli Criticizes U.S. Arizona Challenge

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia's attorney general is critical of the federal government's legal challenge of Arizona's new immigration.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said Thursday the legal challenge is hypocritical in view of the position the government has taken in its bid to dismiss Virgi...

Heat Causes Work Slowdown On Dulles Metro Project

By David Schultz

Construction workers building the extension of Metro out to Dulles Airport have been sent home early the past two days due to extreme heat.

By mid-afternoon, most workers are gone from the Dulles Metrorail project's construction site in Northern Virginia, although a f...

Latest Maryland Regional News

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) A former aide to state Sen. Andrew Harris is formally in the race for a House of Delegates seat in a legislative district that includes parts of Baltimore and Harford counties. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller told Harris that Kathy Szeliga should resign her position bec...

National Public Radio Becomes NPR

WASHINGTON (AP) Just call it NPR. National Public Radio has asked its staff to use just its initials.

The Washington-based news organization says over the last several years it has been making the change, but it says it has now formally asked its staffers not to use the longer name on air....

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup July 8, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION Gov. O'Malley pledged to spend an additional $1 billion for school construction, repeating a campaign promise he made and kept four years ago, Annie Linskey of the Sun writes. John Rydell of WBFF-TV reports that the announcement sparks...

Commentary...Lead In D.C.'s Water...Yanna Lambrinidou

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently admitted to the Washington Post that the agency’s 2004 study about lead in the District of Columbia’s water a few years ago contained inaccurate conclusions.

Commentator Yanna Lambrinidou argues that it’s time for the CDC to recall the...

Gray Calls For Fenty To Fire D.C.'s Attorney General

By Patrick Madden

D.C. Council Chair and mayoral candidate Vincent Gray is calling on Mayor Adrian Fenty to fire the city's attorney general. This afternoon, the Vince Gray for Mayor campaign released a statement calling for the removal of Attorney General Peter Nickles.

In it, Gray s...

Pepco Explains Delay In NE Neighborhood Repairs

By Elliot Francis

The difficulty of restoring electricity this week to one Northeast D.C. neighborhood is compounded by property improvements made by area homeowners.

The H Street corridor around 12 Street NE, is a neighborhood on the rise. Clay Anderson, spokesperson for Pepco says h...

Cuccinelli Criticizes U.S. Arizona Challenge

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia's attorney general is critical of the federal government's legal challenge of Arizona's new immigration.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said Thursday the legal challenge is hypocritical in view of the position the government has taken in its bid to dismiss Virgi...

Gushing Water Main In Potomac Creates Impromptu Block Party

By David Schultz

People in Rockville, Maryland are being told not to use water outdoors, and to limit how much they use indoors, following a water main break yesterday evening that shot water high into the air above the intersection of South Glen Road and Deep Glen Drive. While crews tried...

D.C. Mayoral Candidate Has Outstanding 2002 Ticket

WASHINGTON (AP) The chairman of the D.C. council didn't pay a traffic ticket for more than seven years, and only sought to pay after he launched his campaign for mayor.

The Washington Post reports that Vincent Gray got the ticket in Maryland in 2002. Campaign spokeswoman Traci Hughes told t...

Maryland Police Arrest 17-Year-Old Escapee

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) A 17-year-old boy who escaped from the Green Ridge Youth Center in western Maryland has been arrested near Gaithersburg.

Maryland State Police arrested Edwin Cortez on Wednesday without incident at his girlfriend's house in Montgomery County. He reportedly fled Sunday i...

D.C. Faces Blood Shortage

By Rebecca Blatt

The D.C. area is facing a critical blood shortage and is asking for donors to come forward. The Red Cross says blood type O-Negative, the universal donor often used to treat trauma victims, is in high demand. Spokesperson Katie Turner says, without a steady supply, there ar...

Maryland Appeals Court To Decide Local Slots Vote

By Meymo Lyons

Maryland's highest court has agreed to hear an appeal of a lower court's ruling that stopped a public vote on whether a casino should be allowed near a shopping mall.

The Baltimore-based Cordish Co. wants to build the casino near Arundel Mills Mall in Anne Arundel Count...

Prevent Broken Air Conditioning Units

By Natalie Neumann

Air conditioning repair technicians are working overtime to help people beat the heat, and letting people know some things you can do to prevent a visit.

Jason Welch works as a technician for Thomas E. Clark, a plumbing, heating and A/C company in Silver Spring, Mar...

Metro Faces Air Conditioning Problems On Trains

WASHINGTON (AP) As temperatures hover around triple digits in the D.C. area, some Metrorail riders are complaining about sweaty commutes on cars with air conditioning problems.

Metro General Manager Richard Sarles says the transit agency is facing challenges with air conditioning on trains....

Fairfax School Board Set To Decide Future Of Clifton Elementary

By Jonathan Wilson

In Virginia, the Fairfax County Public School Board is expected to vote Thursday night on whether to close the elementary school in the small town of Clifton.

It's an issue that seems to have split the board, but one at-large member thinks she has a win-win solution...

Latest Virginia Regional News

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) The state medical examiner's office says a University of Virginia women's lacrosse player was killed by blunt force injury to her head. Yeardley Love's death also has been officially ruled a homicide.

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Pentagon officials are reviewing planned cha...

National Public Radio Becomes NPR

WASHINGTON (AP) Just call it NPR. National Public Radio has asked its staff to use just its initials.

The Washington-based news organization says over the last several years it has been making the change, but it says it has now formally asked its staffers not to use the longer name on air....

More Mandatory Water Restrictions For Rockville

By Rebecca Sheir

A day after a broken pipe spewed water nearly 70 feet above a neighborhood in Potomac, Maryland, work to repair the water main continues.

Restrictions on water use are expected to be in place through the end of the week.

Phyllis Marcuccio, the mayor of Rockville...

Commentary...Lead In D.C.'s Water...Yanna Lambrinidou

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently admitted to the Washington Post that the agency’s 2004 study about lead in the District of Columbia’s water a few years ago contained inaccurate conclusions.

Commentator Yanna Lambrinidou argues that it’s time for the CDC to recall the...

Veterans Plaza And New Civic Building Opens In Silver Spring

By Matt Bush

In Maryland, the finishing touches are being put on a new addition to downtown Silver Spring. Benches and a massive glass canopy dot the new public square at the corner of Fenton Street and Ellsworth Drive.

A public square can be anything, according to Reemberto Rodriguez...

Virginia Man On No-Fly List, Stuck In Egypt

Yahyah Wehelie is a 26-year-old American citizen, born and raised in Fairfax, Virginia. A year and a half ago he went to Yemen to study.

On May 4th on his way home, while he was trying to make a connecting flight in Egypt, he was stopped by authorities. And he's been there ever since.

...

Amtrak Adds Richmond-To-D.C. service

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Starting July 20, Amtrak is adding a daily round-trip service between Richmond and Washington.

That means a total of five trains will depart Richmond daily for Washington, with six return departures in the afternoon and evening.

The new service is sponsored by the s...

Gushing Water Main In Potomac Creates Impromptu Block Party

By David Schultz

People in Rockville, Maryland are being told not to use water outdoors, and to limit how much they use indoors, following a water main break yesterday evening that shot water high into the air above the intersection of South Glen Road and Deep Glen Drive. While crews tried...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) As temperatures hover around triple digits in the D.C. area, some Metrorail riders are complaining about sweaty commutes on cars with air conditioning problems. Metro General Manager Richard Sarles says the transit agency is facing challenges with air conditioning on trains.

...

Maryland Police Arrest 17-Year-Old Escapee

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) A 17-year-old boy who escaped from the Green Ridge Youth Center in western Maryland has been arrested near Gaithersburg.

Maryland State Police arrested Edwin Cortez on Wednesday without incident at his girlfriend's house in Montgomery County. He reportedly fled Sunday i...

Red Panda Cub Dies At National Zoo In D.C.

WASHINGTON (AP) The first red panda cub born at the National Zoo in Washington in 15 years has died.

The 21-day-old male cub was found dead Wednesday. He was the first cub born to red pandas Shama and Tate.

The cause of death was not immediately known.

The zoo says animal keeper...

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup July 8, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION Gov. O'Malley pledged to spend an additional $1 billion for school construction, repeating a campaign promise he made and kept four years ago, Annie Linskey of the Sun writes. John Rydell of WBFF-TV reports that the announcement sparks...

O'Malley Unveils School Construction Plan

By Matt Bush

Maryland governor Martin O'Malley is outlining his plan for public school construction in the state should he be re-elected this fall. O'Malley's plan should he receive a second term looks much like what happened during his first. He wants to fulfill spending goals on school co...

Veterans Plaza And New Civic Building Opens In Silver Spring

By Matt Bush

In Maryland, the finishing touches are being put on a new addition to downtown Silver Spring. Benches and a massive glass canopy dot the new public square at the corner of Fenton Street and Ellsworth Drive.

A public square can be anything, according to Reemberto Rodriguez...

Pepco Explains Delay In NE Neighborhood Repairs

By Elliot Francis

The difficulty of restoring electricity this week to one Northeast D.C. neighborhood is compounded by property improvements made by area homeowners.

The H Street corridor around 12 Street NE, is a neighborhood on the rise. Clay Anderson, spokesperson for Pepco says h...

National Zoo Investigates Death Of Baby Red Panda

By Greg Peppers

The National Zoo is investigating the death of its 21-day old Red Panda cub.

The cub was found dead on Wednesday but the cause of death is still unknown.

Don Moore is Associate Director for Animal Care Sciences at the Zoo. He says they'd been keeping a close watc...

Power Breakfast For July 8, 2010

Today the 2nd annual Cybersecurity Symposium kicks off with a clip from last February's "Cyber Shockwave" simulation exercise - in which real-life officials engaged in an elaborately-produced 'what-if.' And the results played out before a national audience.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports.....

D.C. Mayoral Candidate Has Outstanding 2002 Ticket

WASHINGTON (AP) The chairman of the D.C. council didn't pay a traffic ticket for more than seven years, and only sought to pay after he launched his campaign for mayor.

The Washington Post reports that Vincent Gray got the ticket in Maryland in 2002. Campaign spokeswoman Traci Hughes told t...

More Mandatory Water Restrictions For Rockville

By Rebecca Sheir

A day after a broken pipe spewed water nearly 70 feet above a neighborhood in Potomac, Maryland, work to repair the water main continues.

Restrictions on water use are expected to be in place through the end of the week.

Phyllis Marcuccio, the mayor of Rockville...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Thursday, July 8, 2010

(July 9-17) THE NINA VARIATIONS The vicissitudes of a doomed relationship are wrung dry in The Nina Variations, aptly staged in The Bedroom at Fort Fringe tomorrow night through July 17. Nina and Treplev revisit their relationship over the course of several short scenes in the half-homage, half-d...

Gray Calls For Fenty To Fire D.C.'s Attorney General

By Patrick Madden

D.C. Council Chair and mayoral candidate Vincent Gray is calling on Mayor Adrian Fenty to fire the city's attorney general. This afternoon, the Vince Gray for Mayor campaign released a statement calling for the removal of Attorney General Peter Nickles.

In it, Gray s...

Virginia Man On No-Fly List, Stuck In Egypt

Yahyah Wehelie is a 26-year-old American citizen, born and raised in Fairfax, Virginia. A year and a half ago he went to Yemen to study.

On May 4th on his way home, while he was trying to make a connecting flight in Egypt, he was stopped by authorities. And he's been there ever since.

...

Cuccinelli Criticizes U.S. Arizona Challenge

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia's attorney general is critical of the federal government's legal challenge of Arizona's new immigration.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said Thursday the legal challenge is hypocritical in view of the position the government has taken in its bid to dismiss Virgi...

Heat Causes Work Slowdown On Dulles Metro Project

By David Schultz

Construction workers building the extension of Metro out to Dulles Airport have been sent home early the past two days due to extreme heat.

By mid-afternoon, most workers are gone from the Dulles Metrorail project's construction site in Northern Virginia, although a f...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) As temperatures hover around triple digits in the D.C. area, some Metrorail riders are complaining about sweaty commutes on cars with air conditioning problems. Metro General Manager Richard Sarles says the transit agency is facing challenges with air conditioning on trains.

...