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News Archive - July 13, 2010

Power Breakfast For July 13, 2010

This afternoon, House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller holds a hearing on mine safety.

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) An 11-year-old Texas boy has died after being struck by a car in Georgetown over the weekend. He suffered a severe head injury and died yesterday. Police say it appears the boy had been with his parents and a brother at the time.

O'Malley Proposes Waiving AP Exam Fee

BALTIMORE (AP) Gov. Martin O'Malley wants to waive the $86 fee per subject for Advanced Placement tests in Maryland.

VA, MD Farmers Waiting On Details Of Farm Bill

With a budget axe threatening, Maryland and Virginia farm interests are hoping to protect their turf as Congress begins to hash out the details of the next Farm bill. Federal payments to farmers continue to be an attractive target for budget hawks.

New D.C. Bill Aims To Improve Food Options In Low-Income Areas

Councilmembers Mary Cheh, David Catania, Kwame Brown and Tommy Wells have joined forces to introduce the FEED D.C. Act. The bill proposes the creation of a public-private partnership to attract grocery stores to low income areas and improve the food choices available in existing stores.

Metro Enhances Security After Major Lapse

Metro spokesman Steve Taubenkibel says Metro is working to install fencing, lighting and security cameras at it's bus depots. He also says Metro is implementing tighter security checks for its personnel, as well as new technology that can remotely disable buses.

Fairfax Co. Takes Another Crack At Revitalizing Baileys Crossroads

Today in Virginia, Fairfax County Supervisors will consider a vision for revitalizing the economic and physical landscape of the Baileys Crossroads community.

Escalators Remain Broken At Du Pont Circle Metro Station

There was a lot of huffing and puffing from riders for a second day at Metro's DuPont Circle station. It was because for a second day, the escalators at the station's south exit were broken, forcing riders to hike the stairs.

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) A Baltimore police officer is facing a maximum penalty of life without parole after being indicted yesterday on a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of an unarmed man outside a nightclub. Officer Gahiji Tshamba is accused of shooting Tyrone Brown 12 times on June 5.

Test Scores Drop For D.C. Elementary School Students

After two years of gains under D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, in the latest round of standardized tests, elementary scores have fallen.

Passport Fee Hike Sparks Travel Worries

Now that a record 15-million people are applying for passports each year, the State Department is increasing passport fees to help cover production and processing costs. But some fear the hike could hurt families' travel budgets.

DEA Seeks To Ban Synthetic Marijuana Drug

Federal Drug authorities are working to learn more about a synthetic drug known as K2, or Spice. It's showing up in novelty stores in the District, Maryland and Virginia, and it's legal in all three states.

Power Breakfast For July 13, 2010

This afternoon, House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller holds a hearing on mine safety.

Latest Virginia Regional News

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Three Norfolk-based Marines drowned while swimming off a recreational beach at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. The three were among five Marines who were swimming off Cable Beach on July 4. Two made it safely to shore. A memorial service was held last week at the base.

O'Malley Proposes Waiving AP Exam Fee

BALTIMORE (AP) Gov. Martin O'Malley wants to waive the $86 fee per subject for Advanced Placement tests in Maryland.

Yankees Say George Steinbrenner Dies At 80

NEW YORK (AP) The Yankees say owner George Steinbrenner has died. He was 80.

Metro Enhances Security After Major Lapse

Metro spokesman Steve Taubenkibel says Metro is working to install fencing, lighting and security cameras at it's bus depots. He also says Metro is implementing tighter security checks for its personnel, as well as new technology that can remotely disable buses.

Fairfax Co. Takes Another Crack At Revitalizing Baileys Crossroads

Today in Virginia, Fairfax County Supervisors will consider a vision for revitalizing the economic and physical landscape of the Baileys Crossroads community.

President Ready To Unveil HIV-AIDS Plan

Later today, President Obama will unveil his administration's plan to combat new cases of HIV-AIDS.

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) A Baltimore police officer is facing a maximum penalty of life without parole after being indicted yesterday on a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of an unarmed man outside a nightclub. Officer Gahiji Tshamba is accused of shooting Tyrone Brown 12 times on June 5.

W. VA Priest Arrested Fairfax On Sex Charge

A West Virginia priest is in custody today in Fairfax after police allege that he had inappropriate contact with an 11-year-old girl. Felix Owino is being charged with one count of aggravated sexual battery and is still being held by Fairfax County authorities without bond.

Commentary...London...A Bright Future For D.C. Children

With the right opportunities, tools and support, commentator Ellen London says even our most vulnerable youngsters can enjoy successful futures.

DEA Seeks To Ban Synthetic Marijuana Drug

Federal Drug authorities are working to learn more about a synthetic drug known as K2, or Spice. It's showing up in novelty stores in the District, Maryland and Virginia, and it's legal in all three states.

Developers Use 'LLCs' To Make Multiple Campaign Contributions

This year's race for mayor will go down as the most expensive campaign in District history. With all of this money flowing in, it can be hard to keep track of where the cash is coming from.

Latest Virginia Regional News

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Three Norfolk-based Marines drowned while swimming off a recreational beach at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. The three were among five Marines who were swimming off Cable Beach on July 4. Two made it safely to shore. A memorial service was held last week at the base.

ICE Chief: States Shouldn't Follow Arizona's Lead

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The head of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says Virginia and other states should not follow Arizona's lead and enact strict new immigration laws because ridding the country of illegal immigrants is the federal government's job.

Escalator Problems Continue To Bedevil Dupont Circle Station

There have been three major escalator meltdowns at the Dupont Circle Metro Station in the past two days. And the problems at Dupont haven't been fully worked out.

Veterinarians From The National Zoo Are Helping Out In The Gulf Coast

Veterinarians from the Smithsonian's National Zoo are heading to the Gulf Coast to oversee the release of wildlife recovering from the oil spill into safer areas.

Fairfax Co. Takes Another Crack At Revitalizing Baileys Crossroads

Today in Virginia, Fairfax County Supervisors will consider a vision for revitalizing the economic and physical landscape of the Baileys Crossroads community.

President Ready To Unveil HIV-AIDS Plan

Later today, President Obama will unveil his administration's plan to combat new cases of HIV-AIDS.

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) An 11-year-old Texas boy has died after being struck by a car in Georgetown over the weekend. He suffered a severe head injury and died yesterday. Police say it appears the boy had been with his parents and a brother at the time.

W. VA Priest Arrested Fairfax On Sex Charge

A West Virginia priest is in custody today in Fairfax after police allege that he had inappropriate contact with an 11-year-old girl. Felix Owino is being charged with one count of aggravated sexual battery and is still being held by Fairfax County authorities without bond.

Commentary...London...A Bright Future For D.C. Children

With the right opportunities, tools and support, commentator Ellen London says even our most vulnerable youngsters can enjoy successful futures.

New D.C. Bill Aims To Improve Food Options In Low-Income Areas

Councilmembers Mary Cheh, David Catania, Kwame Brown and Tommy Wells have joined forces to introduce the FEED D.C. Act. The bill proposes the creation of a public-private partnership to attract grocery stores to low income areas and improve the food choices available in existing stores.

DEA Seeks To Ban Synthetic Marijuana Drug

Federal Drug authorities are working to learn more about a synthetic drug known as K2, or Spice. It's showing up in novelty stores in the District, Maryland and Virginia, and it's legal in all three states.

Developers Use 'LLCs' To Make Multiple Campaign Contributions

This year's race for mayor will go down as the most expensive campaign in District history. With all of this money flowing in, it can be hard to keep track of where the cash is coming from.

Escalators Remain Broken At Du Pont Circle Metro Station

There was a lot of huffing and puffing from riders for a second day at Metro's DuPont Circle station. It was because for a second day, the escalators at the station's south exit were broken, forcing riders to hike the stairs.

ICE Chief: States Shouldn't Follow Arizona's Lead

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The head of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says Virginia and other states should not follow Arizona's lead and enact strict new immigration laws because ridding the country of illegal immigrants is the federal government's job.

Test Scores Drop For D.C. Elementary School Students

After two years of gains under D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, in the latest round of standardized tests, elementary scores have fallen.

Passport Fee Hike Sparks Travel Worries

Now that a record 15-million people are applying for passports each year, the State Department is increasing passport fees to help cover production and processing costs. But some fear the hike could hurt families' travel budgets.

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Hairspray, strange magic and milkshake brings all the kids to the yard.