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News Archive - July 12, 2010

July 4th Weekend Another Record Breaker For VA State Parks

By Kavitha Cardoza

The July 4th weekend was another record-breaker for Virginia's state parks. The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation says state parks drew almost 267,000 visitors; that's almost 50,000 more than last year.

David Johnson is the conservation and recreati...

VA Higher-Education Reform Commission Meets

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A new higher-education reform commission appointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell is focusing on improving education in Virginia.

The Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment held its first meeting Monday at the Chesterfield County campus of John Tyler Comm...

Gov. O'Malley Discusses Immigration And Economy

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Gov. Martin O'Malley says job creation should be the focus of the next four months leading up to elections, but he says he respects the Obama administration's decision to sue Arizona over its immigration law.

O'Malley, a Democrat, spoke to reporters Monday about what he...

Torpedo Factory Braces For Change

By Michael Pope

For years, the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia, made munitions. Now it's an art center where many artists work in public for visitors. But some are concerned proposed changes could affect that mission.

Potential changes include closing the south half of the fir...

D.C. Is Bidding To Bring European Cycling Event To The Nation's Capital

By Cathy Carter

One of the world's largest sporting events is hoping to increase its visibility in the U.S and local organizers say Washington D.C. can help them do that.

Professional cycling returned to Washington over the weekend with the Capital Criterium. Race Director Mark Sommer...

Former Bomb Factory Turned Art Space In VA

By Michael Pope

For years, the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia, made bombs. Now it's an art center where artists perform their craft in public for visitors. But some are concerned proposed changes could blow it up.

Potential changes include closing the south half of the first...

Latest Virginia Regional News

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) Virginia Railway Express has a new operator. Keolis Rail Services America, the U.S. subsidiary of a French company, has a five-year, $85 million contract with the VRE. Amtrak has operated VRE trains since the system started in 1992.

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) The remains of a...

New VRE Operator Begins This Week

By David Schultz

Today is the first day Keolis, private transportation company based out of France, is operating Virginia's commuter train service. It won the five-year $85 million VRE contract, beating out Amtrak.

Amtrak had been running the commuter trains in Northern Virginia for t...

Passport Fees Rise At Midnight

By Rebecca Sheir

Some residents of the National Capital Region are hurrying to get their passports before the midnight deadline. William Daroff and his family set out from their home in Potomac, Maryland, first thing this morning to renew their passports.

"I was afraid that there was...

How Ozone Is Formed, And Why You Care

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Dr. Jeffrey Dubin is an emergency physician at Washington Hospital Center. He says when the air quality gets bad - code orange or even worse, code red days - people suffer.

"The typical complaint when people first walk in: 'how can we help you--''I'm having trouble...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Monday, July 12, 2010

(July 12) SREEN ON THE GREEN D.C. summer favorite Screen on the Green) returns to a National Mall near you, opening as the sun goes down with Bond, James Bond in Gold, Goldfinger. You can take in a few monumental silver screen gems in the shadow of a few Washington monuments over the next four M...

July 4th Weekend Another Record Breaker For VA State Parks

By Kavitha Cardoza

The July 4th weekend was another record-breaker for Virginia's state parks. The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation says state parks drew almost 267,000 visitors; that's almost 50,000 more than last year.

David Johnson is the conservation and recreati...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Parts of the heavily traveled 16th Street commuter route in Washington are going to be closed this week as the National Park Service repairs a wall along the edge of Meridian Hill Park. The work will be conducted between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

WASHINGTON (...

Maryland Governors Race Ready To Hit TV

By Matt Bush

In Maryland, the gubernatorial race is about to hit the small screen. Gov. Martin O'Malley will run his first television ad this week, which focuses on budget cuts he has made during his first term in office.

The Democrat says he has reversed a large budget deficit that h...

Torpedo Factory Braces For Change

By Michael Pope

For years, the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia, made munitions. Now it's an art center where many artists work in public for visitors. But some are concerned proposed changes could affect that mission.

Potential changes include closing the south half of the fir...

Public Transit Costs Rise In Arlington County

By Cathy Carter

Transit costs continue to rise around the region. A Virginia county is no exception.

Lou Allen is at Courthouse Square in Arlington waiting for the Number 41 bus. His ride costs a bit more now, and he's feeling the pinch.

"I catch the bus every day to go to work...

Power Breakfast For July 12, 2010

Back in 2007, the United States was one of just four countries that voted against the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. That move disappointed a lot of Native Americans, those who think the declaration would bolster their rights to self determination, and that it cou...

Latest Maryland Regional News

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) Montgomery County police say they have arrested a Silver Spring man after a fatal stabbing over the weekend in Silver Spring. Alexander Chambers is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Merlin Recinos. The victim was found dead early Saturday morning.

ROCK...

In 1st Year, D.C. Community College Hints At Success

WASHINGTON (AP) The only community college in the nation's capital is showing early signs of success after splitting off from the University of the District of Columbia.

The new school under UDC's umbrella has rising enrollment and is retaining more students past the first year.

After...

Passport Fees Rise At Midnight

By Rebecca Sheir

Some residents of the National Capital Region are hurrying to get their passports before the midnight deadline. William Daroff and his family set out from their home in Potomac, Maryland, first thing this morning to renew their passports.

"I was afraid that there was...

D.C. Council Poised To Pass Bill Allowing Overhead Streetcar Wires

By David Schultz

The bill has drawn criticism from the National Capital Planning Commission, and from some residents of Capitol Hill. They're concerned the wires would obstruct D.C.'s famous vistas.

But Councilman Tommy Wells, a major streetcar backer, says alternatives to overhead wi...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Monday, July 12, 2010

(July 12) SREEN ON THE GREEN D.C. summer favorite Screen on the Green) returns to a National Mall near you, opening as the sun goes down with Bond, James Bond in Gold, Goldfinger. You can take in a few monumental silver screen gems in the shadow of a few Washington monuments over the next four M...

Former Bomb Factory Turned Art Space In VA

By Michael Pope

For years, the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia, made bombs. Now it's an art center where artists perform their craft in public for visitors. But some are concerned proposed changes could blow it up.

Potential changes include closing the south half of the first...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Parts of the heavily traveled 16th Street commuter route in Washington are going to be closed this week as the National Park Service repairs a wall along the edge of Meridian Hill Park. The work will be conducted between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

WASHINGTON (...

New VRE Operator Begins This Week

By David Schultz

Today is the first day Keolis, private transportation company based out of France, is operating Virginia's commuter train service. It won the five-year $85 million VRE contract, beating out Amtrak.

Amtrak had been running the commuter trains in Northern Virginia for t...

Public Transit Costs Rise In Arlington County

By Cathy Carter

Transit costs continue to rise around the region. A Virginia county is no exception.

Lou Allen is at Courthouse Square in Arlington waiting for the Number 41 bus. His ride costs a bit more now, and he's feeling the pinch.

"I catch the bus every day to go to work...

Power Breakfast For July 12, 2010

Back in 2007, the United States was one of just four countries that voted against the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. That move disappointed a lot of Native Americans, those who think the declaration would bolster their rights to self determination, and that it cou...

Latest Virginia Regional News

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) Virginia Railway Express has a new operator. Keolis Rail Services America, the U.S. subsidiary of a French company, has a five-year, $85 million contract with the VRE. Amtrak has operated VRE trains since the system started in 1992.

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) The remains of a...

VA Higher-Education Reform Commission Meets

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A new higher-education reform commission appointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell is focusing on improving education in Virginia.

The Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment held its first meeting Monday at the Chesterfield County campus of John Tyler Comm...

Gov. O'Malley Discusses Immigration And Economy

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Gov. Martin O'Malley says job creation should be the focus of the next four months leading up to elections, but he says he respects the Obama administration's decision to sue Arizona over its immigration law.

O'Malley, a Democrat, spoke to reporters Monday about what he...

Commentary...Love Can Bring Us Together...Maria Snellings

Mankind has been divided for centuries because of race, nationality and culture but as commentator Maria Snellings notes, there’s one very human emotion that can help us transcend our differences.

Snellings, an aspiring screenwriter, is a rising senior at D.C.’s Edmund Burke High School....

D.C. Immigrant Rights Activists Voice Concerns About Federal Program

By Jessica Gould

In November, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier signed onto a federal program called Secure Communities. But some immigrant-rights activists say the program could make their communities less secure.

Juan Carlos Ruiz is an organizer with the Latino Federation of Greater Wa...

Former Bomb Factory Turned Art Space In VA

By Michael Pope

For years, the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia, made bombs. Now it's an art center where artists perform their craft in public for visitors. But some are concerned proposed changes could blow it up.

Potential changes include closing the south half of the first...

Latest Maryland Regional News

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) Montgomery County police say they have arrested a Silver Spring man after a fatal stabbing over the weekend in Silver Spring. Alexander Chambers is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Merlin Recinos. The victim was found dead early Saturday morning.

ROCK...

New VRE Operator Begins This Week

By David Schultz

Today is the first day Keolis, private transportation company based out of France, is operating Virginia's commuter train service. It won the five-year $85 million VRE contract, beating out Amtrak.

Amtrak had been running the commuter trains in Northern Virginia for t...

Metro Tightens Security After Stolen Bus Incident

By David Schultz

Metro says William Jackson, a 19-year-old D.C. resident, walked into its Bladensburg bus depot late last week and stole one of its buses. Jackson drove the bus into a tree in southeast D.C., Metro says, and then fled on foot before he was captured by police officers.

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Public Transit Costs Rise In Arlington County

By Cathy Carter

Transit costs continue to rise around the region. A Virginia county is no exception.

Lou Allen is at Courthouse Square in Arlington waiting for the Number 41 bus. His ride costs a bit more now, and he's feeling the pinch.

"I catch the bus every day to go to work...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Monday, July 12, 2010

(July 12) SREEN ON THE GREEN D.C. summer favorite Screen on the Green) returns to a National Mall near you, opening as the sun goes down with Bond, James Bond in Gold, Goldfinger. You can take in a few monumental silver screen gems in the shadow of a few Washington monuments over the next four M...