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News Archive - July 14, 2010

Prisoner Confesses To Five Other Murders; Sheds Light On Violent Period In D.C.

A man already in jail for committing two murders in the district is now admitting to killing five others in the city.

Ronald Brisbon is in prison for killing two people in a drive-by shooting along East Capitol Street in 2000. Court documents now show he has admitted to killing five other p...

Charges Dropped Against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Protesters

By Meymo Lyons

Prosecutors have dropped all charges against an openly gay Iraq War veteran who twice chained himself to a White House fence to protest the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Lt. Dan Choi and a gay army captain honorably discharged for disclosing his sexual orie...

Storms In D.C. Area Cause Power Outages

WASHINGTON (AP) Many residents in the Washington area are without power following a strong storm in the region.

Pepco was reporting about 1,600 outages in Washington and Montgomery and Prince George's counties on Wednesday afternoon. A Pepco spokesman says all of the outages have been weath...

D.C. Test Scores Decline For Elementary Students

By Patrick Madden

The effort to reform D.C.'s public schools under school's chancellor Michelle Rhee has suffered a setback, as test scores dropped for elementary school students in the District.

Despite a press release announcing "overall progress after three years of reform" the lat...

Report: Local Crab Picking Houses Relying More On Immigrant Women

By Kavitha Cardoza

Eastern Shore crab picking houses are increasingly relying on immigrant women who are often forced to pay foreign recruiters for low-paying jobs in isolated rural areas, that's according to a report by American University and an immigrant rights group.

Jayesh Rathod...

Spanish Phrasing Giveaway On Counterfeit Bills

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) Police in Prince William County have charged two Virginia men with possessing counterfeit $100 bills that had a Spanish phrase inscribed on them roughly translating to "lucky ticket."

Police say the Secret Service has seen more than 100 such notes worldwide with the with...

Plans For Day Laborer Center Move Forward Despite Opposition

By Jonathan Wilson

In Fairfax County, Virginia, a non-profit group in Centreville is moving forward with plans to open a center for day laborers adjacent to a local mall.

The group is doing so despite fierce community opposition.

It's not hard to find stark difference in opinion...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia government ended its latest budget year with a bigger surplus than it expected. State officials will announce today that the battered budget for fiscal year 2010 will leave an unspent balance of about $220 million.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The head of the U.S. Immigrat...

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) After hundreds of MARC riders were stranded on a hot train for hours without air conditioning last month, the Maryland Transit Administration is trying to make amends. The MTA announced yesterday that people who were passengers on Train 538 on June 21st are eligible for five MARC V...

New Digital Voting Option For District Residents Living Abroad

By Tara Nelson

D.C. is set to launch a new digital ballot alternative for military and district residents voting overseas. The pilot program slated for the upcoming September election aims to improve the security and speed of absentee ballot delivery abroad.

In November 2008 just unde...

Police Search For Driver In Metro Access Assault

By Elliott Francis

Investigators are searching for a Metro Access driver wanted in connection with the sexual assault of a disabled Metro Access passenger.

The unidentified Metro Access rider told Metro Transit investigators the driver who picked her up at an adult day care center lat...

National Zoo Sends Veterinarians To Gulf Region

By Rebecca Sheir

Veterinarians from the National Zoo are heading to the Gulf of Mexico to help rescue birds affected by the oil slick.

It's part of a government-wide response to the worst oil leak in US history.

Of all the feathered denizens in the National Zoos birdhouse, one s...

Prisoner Confesses To Five Other Murders; Sheds Light On Violent Period In D.C.

A man already in jail for committing two murders in the district is now admitting to killing five others in the city.

Ronald Brisbon is in prison for killing two people in a drive-by shooting along East Capitol Street in 2000. Court documents now show he has admitted to killing five other p...

Perceptions Of Overhaul Still Divided Along Partisan Lines

From the Congressional Poll Connection: By Jason Dick

If President Obama and Democrats were hoping the public would come around on the healthcare overhaul passed in March, they might want to step up their outreach efforts. Just a few months after passage, perception of the law is deeply div...

Storms In D.C. Area Cause Power Outages

WASHINGTON (AP) Many residents in the Washington area are without power following a strong storm in the region.

Pepco was reporting about 1,600 outages in Washington and Montgomery and Prince George's counties on Wednesday afternoon. A Pepco spokesman says all of the outages have been weath...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Wednesday, July 14, 2010

(July 14) INCOMING! If you're in the vicinity of Vienna, Virginia tonight, you may want to watch out for a set of low-flying, lobster rocking B-52s. The pop band makes a landing at Wolf Trap with a new-wave sonic boom tonight at 8.

(July 15-August 15) AVENUE Q, BACK FOR YOU The musical Aven...

Gulf Oil Spills Impact On Local Fisherman

Chesapeake Bay fisherman talk about how the Gulf oil spill has affected them.

NBC4 Video:

Spanish Phrasing Giveaway On Counterfeit Bills

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) Police in Prince William County have charged two Virginia men with possessing counterfeit $100 bills that had a Spanish phrase inscribed on them roughly translating to "lucky ticket."

Police say the Secret Service has seen more than 100 such notes worldwide with the with...

Plans For Day Laborer Center Move Forward Despite Opposition

By Jonathan Wilson

In Fairfax County, Virginia, a non-profit group in Centreville is moving forward with plans to open a center for day laborers adjacent to a local mall.

The group is doing so despite fierce community opposition.

It's not hard to find stark difference in opinion...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Many residents in the Washington area are without power after a strong storm in the region. Pepco was reporting about 900 outages in Washington and Montgomery and Prince George's counties this morning. Baltimore Gas and Electric also says about 1,400 of their customers are without...

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) After hundreds of MARC riders were stranded on a hot train for hours without air conditioning last month, the Maryland Transit Administration is trying to make amends. The MTA announced yesterday that people who were passengers on Train 538 on June 21st are eligible for five MARC V...

Children's, GWU Hospitals Get $20 Million Research Grant

WASHINGTON (AP) Children's National Medical Center says a new grant will help researchers more quickly translate scientific discoveries made in laboratories into solutions for young patients suffering from diseases.

The hospital said Wednesday it has received a $20 million award along with...

Police Search For Driver In Metro Access Assault

By Elliott Francis

Investigators are searching for a Metro Access driver wanted in connection with the sexual assault of a disabled Metro Access passenger.

The unidentified Metro Access rider told Metro Transit investigators the driver who picked her up at an adult day care center lat...

National Zoo Sends Veterinarians To Gulf Region

By Rebecca Sheir

Veterinarians from the National Zoo are heading to the Gulf of Mexico to help rescue birds affected by the oil slick.

It's part of a government-wide response to the worst oil leak in US history.

Of all the feathered denizens in the National Zoos birdhouse, one s...

VA Attorney General Joins Eight Other States Backing Arizona Law

By LARRY O'DELL Associated Press Writer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has signed onto a friend-of-the-court brief supporting Arizona's strict new immigration law.

Cuccinelli said Wednesday that Virginia is one of nine states supporting Arizona's law, whic...

Power Breakfast For July 14, 2010

On the Hill everyone’s feeling the heat – the literal kind and the legislative kind as well. Today, however, there’s a chance to bathe the senses in a cool cultural offering. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Perceptions Of Overhaul Still Divided Along Partisan Lines

From the Congressional Poll Connection: By Jason Dick

If President Obama and Democrats were hoping the public would come around on the healthcare overhaul passed in March, they might want to step up their outreach efforts. Just a few months after passage, perception of the law is deeply div...

Dry, Hot Conditions Put VA In Drought Watch

By STEVE SZKOTAK Associated Press Writer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A drought watch has been issued for Virginia as a long hot, dry spell has stunted crops, heightened the threat of wildfires and drawn down reservoirs.

The watch issued Wednesday by the Virginia Department of Environmental Qua...

Gulf Oil Spills Impact On Local Fisherman

Chesapeake Bay fisherman talk about how the Gulf oil spill has affected them.

NBC4 Video:

Fairfax Supervisors Send Letter Requesting Roads Be Fixed

By Jonathan Wilson

As Fairfax supervisor Jeff McKay stands on the corner of Amherst and Bland, one of the busiest vehicular and pedestrian intersections in Springfield, he breathlessly runs through the list of problems he sees.

"There's been so many patches put on this road that you c...

Federal Government Unveils Plan To Fight HIV/AIDS

By Elliott Francis

D.C.’s Whitman Walker clinic is a community health center which specializes in HIV/AIDS care. Clinic administrators say they are encouraged by recent news of the Federal government’s comprehensive strategy against HIV/AIDS.

Clinic Executive director Don Blanchon say...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Many residents in the Washington area are without power after a strong storm in the region. Pepco was reporting about 900 outages in Washington and Montgomery and Prince George's counties this morning. Baltimore Gas and Electric also says about 1,400 of their customers are without...

Charges Dropped Against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Protesters

By Meymo Lyons

Prosecutors have dropped all charges against an openly gay Iraq War veteran who twice chained himself to a White House fence to protest the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Lt. Dan Choi and a gay army captain honorably discharged for disclosing his sexual orie...

Children's, GWU Hospitals Get $20 Million Research Grant

WASHINGTON (AP) Children's National Medical Center says a new grant will help researchers more quickly translate scientific discoveries made in laboratories into solutions for young patients suffering from diseases.

The hospital said Wednesday it has received a $20 million award along with...

D.C. Test Scores Decline For Elementary Students

By Patrick Madden

The effort to reform D.C.'s public schools under school's chancellor Michelle Rhee has suffered a setback, as test scores dropped for elementary school students in the District.

Despite a press release announcing "overall progress after three years of reform" the lat...

Report: Local Crab Picking Houses Relying More On Immigrant Women

By Kavitha Cardoza

Eastern Shore crab picking houses are increasingly relying on immigrant women who are often forced to pay foreign recruiters for low-paying jobs in isolated rural areas, that's according to a report by American University and an immigrant rights group.

Jayesh Rathod...

VA Attorney General Joins Eight Other States Backing Arizona Law

By LARRY O'DELL Associated Press Writer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has signed onto a friend-of-the-court brief supporting Arizona's strict new immigration law.

Cuccinelli said Wednesday that Virginia is one of nine states supporting Arizona's law, whic...

Power Breakfast For July 14, 2010

On the Hill everyone’s feeling the heat – the literal kind and the legislative kind as well. Today, however, there’s a chance to bathe the senses in a cool cultural offering. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia government ended its latest budget year with a bigger surplus than it expected. State officials will announce today that the battered budget for fiscal year 2010 will leave an unspent balance of about $220 million.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The head of the U.S. Immigrat...

Dry, Hot Conditions Put VA In Drought Watch

By STEVE SZKOTAK Associated Press Writer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A drought watch has been issued for Virginia as a long hot, dry spell has stunted crops, heightened the threat of wildfires and drawn down reservoirs.

The watch issued Wednesday by the Virginia Department of Environmental Qua...

New Digital Voting Option For District Residents Living Abroad

By Tara Nelson

D.C. is set to launch a new digital ballot alternative for military and district residents voting overseas. The pilot program slated for the upcoming September election aims to improve the security and speed of absentee ballot delivery abroad.

In November 2008 just unde...

Fairfax Supervisors Send Letter Requesting Roads Be Fixed

By Jonathan Wilson

As Fairfax supervisor Jeff McKay stands on the corner of Amherst and Bland, one of the busiest vehicular and pedestrian intersections in Springfield, he breathlessly runs through the list of problems he sees.

"There's been so many patches put on this road that you c...

Federal Government Unveils Plan To Fight HIV/AIDS

By Elliott Francis

D.C.’s Whitman Walker clinic is a community health center which specializes in HIV/AIDS care. Clinic administrators say they are encouraged by recent news of the Federal government’s comprehensive strategy against HIV/AIDS.

Clinic Executive director Don Blanchon say...