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News Archive - July 22, 2010

Latest Maryland Regional News

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Maryland's highest court has ordered a judge who deflated the tire of a cleaning woman's car suspended for five days without pay. The court of Appeals ruled yesterday that Charles County Circuit Judge Robert Nalley must complete the suspension within 30 days.

PALMER PARK...

"Sizeable Number" Of DCPS teachers Will Receive Pink Slips In The Coming Days

By Kavitha Cardoza

A "sizable number" of D.C. Public School teachers will receive pink slips in the coming days, District administrators say. But the exact number has not been released.

Administrators say they're still going through the final results of the new evaluation system, IMPA...

Chesser To Make Second Court Appearance Friday

By Jonathan Wilson

Zachary Chesser, the man from Northern Virginia charged with supporting a foreign terrorist group, is expected in court tomorrow for a preliminary detention hearing.

Chesser had little to say in his first courtroom appearance Thursday.

Chesser, also known as A...

Fenty Questions Proposed Anti-Voter Fraud Legislation

By Patrick Madden

As D.C. prepares for this falls local elections, some lawmakers say the city needs to toughen its anti-voter fraud legislation.

It was one of the D.C. Councils final acts before breaking for summer recess: emergency legislation making it illegal to pay someone to vot...

National Minority Mental Health Month Raises Awareness In D.C.

By Elliott Francis

July is National Minority Mental Health month. Last evening a community forum was held in the District to increase awareness of problems specific to people of color struggling with mental health issues.

At-Large D.C. City Councilmember Michael Brown hosted the event...

Colleague Of Murdered Rockville MD Artist Speaks

By Elliott Francis

As the investigation into the murder of an artist from Montgomery County continues, the man who runs the studio where police believe she was killed is speaking out.

His name is Tony Kurts, and he rented space to Azeen Naimi in his art warehouse just off Rockville Pi...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Authorities say a teenager and a child are hospitalized in serious condition after they were hit by a car in northwest Washington. D.C. emergency personnel were dispatched about 9 p.m. yesterday after the 16-year-old and 8-year-old were hit.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Thursday, July 22, 2010

(July 22-31) CULPEPER CUTS If you're looking to brush up on some cinematic classics, the Library of Congress Packard Campus in Culpeper, Virginia is a good place to start. This center of conservation reaches into its archives through the end of the month, presenting the best of cinema Americana,...

Anne Arundel OK's Residential Wind Turbines

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Windmills may be sprouting up in backyards in Anne Arundel County, Maryland in the next few months thanks to a new law.

Up until this week, anyone who wanted to put up a windmill in their back yard was shot down by neighbors and the county, in part because before n...

O'Malley And Ehrlich Differ On Purple Line

By Matt Bush

In Maryland, the Montgomery County council is expected next week to approve a station alignment plan for the proposed Purple Line, to Prince George's County. But some argue the plan may end up being meaningless.

Nearly a year ago, governor Martin O'Malley and several othe...

Tyras Athey, Former State Legislator, Dead At 83

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Tyras Athey, who was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates for more than 25 years, has died. He was 83.

Donaldson's Funeral Home in Odenton confirmed the death.

Athey, a Democrat, died on Tuesday. He represented Anne Arundel County in the House of Delegates f...

Fairfax Man Charged With Supporting Somalia-Based Terrorist Group

By Jonathan Wilson

A 20-year-old man from Fairfax County, Virginia faces charges in connection with his support for a foreign terrorist group.

Federal agents say Zachary Chesser, also known as Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee, told them that he attempted on two different occasions to travel to S...

D.C. Adopts Common Core Standards

By Kavitha Cardoza

D.C. has joined more than two dozen states in adopting common standards of what children are expected to know in English and math.

The D.C. State Board of Education voted 6 to 1 in favor of adopting what are called "common core standards." They spell out what studen...

VA Man Charged with Supporting Terror to be Appointed Lawyer

By Jonathan Wilson

A Northern Virginia man charged with supporting a foreign terrorist organization made his first appearance in federal court this morning.

Zachary Chesser, 20, walked into the courtroom in Alexandria wearing a short-sleeve blue button up shirt and khaki cargo pants....

Sanctuaries Last Best Hope For Oysters, Scientists Say

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Maryland is drawing up plans to set aside 25 percent of all Oyster habitats in the bay as sanctuaries where they can't be harvested. It’s part of a broader effort to bring back what scientists call the coral reefs of the Chesapeake.

It's caused controversy among wa...

DDOT Launches "Pay-By-License-Plate" Parking

By Rebecca Sheir

Parking enforcement officers in Northwest D.C. are using license plate numbers to monitor who's paid for parking. The D.C. Department of Transportation is testing the new system for 90 days.

Noah Cruzan of Cale Parking Systems is helping drivers with the new meters on...

Virginia Prison Officials Sued Over Book Ban

By Rebecca Blatt

Two civil rights organizations are suing Virginia prison officials, after they banned inmates from receiving a book teaching them how to file lawsuits against prisons. They claim the ban violates the first and fourteenth amendment rights of inmates.

The book at the ce...

National Minority Mental Health Month Raises Awareness In D.C.

By Elliott Francis

July is National Minority Mental Health month. Last evening a community forum was held in the District to increase awareness of problems specific to people of color struggling with mental health issues.

At-Large D.C. City Councilmember Michael Brown hosted the event...

Colleague Of Murdered Rockville MD Artist Speaks

By Elliott Francis

As the investigation into the murder of an artist from Montgomery County continues, the man who runs the studio where police believe she was killed is speaking out.

His name is Tony Kurts, and he rented space to Azeen Naimi in his art warehouse just off Rockville Pi...

Latest Virginia Regional News

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) A Virginia man known for an online warning to the creators of "South Park" that they risked death by mocking the Prophet Muhammad and charged with offering himself as a fighter to a Somali terror group linked to al-Qaida is due in federal court. Twenty-year-old Zachary Chesse...

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup July 22, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

CRAB & POLITICS The weather was hot and humid, the crabs were warm and spicy, and the politicians and their supporters were sweating buckets at the Tawes Crab & Clam Bake. Len Lazarick reports on the event for MarylandReporter.com. It wasn't just...

Girl Gets Hand Stuck In D.C. Metro Station Escalator

WASHINGTON (AP) A D.C. fire spokesman says a young girl has been taken to the hospital after getting her fingers stuck in a Washington metro station escalator.

Fire and rescue spokesman Pete Piringer says the incident happened around noon Thursday at the L'Enfant Plaza Metro station. Accord...

Tyras Athey, Former State Legislator, Dead At 83

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Tyras Athey, who was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates for more than 25 years, has died. He was 83.

Donaldson's Funeral Home in Odenton confirmed the death.

Athey, a Democrat, died on Tuesday. He represented Anne Arundel County in the House of Delegates f...

Fairfax Man Charged With Supporting Somalia-Based Terrorist Group

By Jonathan Wilson

A 20-year-old man from Fairfax County, Virginia faces charges in connection with his support for a foreign terrorist group.

Federal agents say Zachary Chesser, also known as Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee, told them that he attempted on two different occasions to travel to S...

Power Breakfast For July 22, 2010

It's time for today's installment of "Strange Bedfellows and the Policies that Make Them."

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

VA Man Charged with Supporting Terror to be Appointed Lawyer

By Jonathan Wilson

A Northern Virginia man charged with supporting a foreign terrorist organization made his first appearance in federal court this morning.

Zachary Chesser, 20, walked into the courtroom in Alexandria wearing a short-sleeve blue button up shirt and khaki cargo pants....

Sanctuaries Last Best Hope For Oysters, Scientists Say

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Maryland is drawing up plans to set aside 25 percent of all Oyster habitats in the bay as sanctuaries where they can't be harvested. It’s part of a broader effort to bring back what scientists call the coral reefs of the Chesapeake.

It's caused controversy among wa...

DDOT Launches "Pay-By-License-Plate" Parking

By Rebecca Sheir

Parking enforcement officers in Northwest D.C. are using license plate numbers to monitor who's paid for parking. The D.C. Department of Transportation is testing the new system for 90 days.

Noah Cruzan of Cale Parking Systems is helping drivers with the new meters on...

Virginia Prison Officials Sued Over Book Ban

By Rebecca Blatt

Two civil rights organizations are suing Virginia prison officials, after they banned inmates from receiving a book teaching them how to file lawsuits against prisons. They claim the ban violates the first and fourteenth amendment rights of inmates.

The book at the ce...

VA Awarded Federal Funds For Safe Neighborhoods

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia will receive two federal grants totaling $261,000 for a project designed to reduce gun and gang crime.

Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner announced the funding from the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance on Thursday. The grants will be used to su...

Coalition Aims To Serve Children Of Service Members

By Rebecca Sheir

Two million children in the U.S. have parents serving in the military.

The D.C. area is home to a number of these children, and a national coalition is working to ensure these young people get the educational opportunities they need.

Loretta Clemin lives in Anna...

Latest Virginia Regional News

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) A Virginia man known for an online warning to the creators of "South Park" that they risked death by mocking the Prophet Muhammad and charged with offering himself as a fighter to a Somali terror group linked to al-Qaida is due in federal court. Twenty-year-old Zachary Chesse...

Latest Maryland Regional News

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Maryland's highest court has ordered a judge who deflated the tire of a cleaning woman's car suspended for five days without pay. The court of Appeals ruled yesterday that Charles County Circuit Judge Robert Nalley must complete the suspension within 30 days.

PALMER PARK...

"Sizeable Number" Of DCPS teachers Will Receive Pink Slips In The Coming Days

By Kavitha Cardoza

A "sizable number" of D.C. Public School teachers will receive pink slips in the coming days, District administrators say. But the exact number has not been released.

Administrators say they're still going through the final results of the new evaluation system, IMPA...

Chesser To Make Second Court Appearance Friday

By Jonathan Wilson

Zachary Chesser, the man from Northern Virginia charged with supporting a foreign terrorist group, is expected in court tomorrow for a preliminary detention hearing.

Chesser had little to say in his first courtroom appearance Thursday.

Chesser, also known as A...

Fenty Questions Proposed Anti-Voter Fraud Legislation

By Patrick Madden

As D.C. prepares for this falls local elections, some lawmakers say the city needs to toughen its anti-voter fraud legislation.

It was one of the D.C. Councils final acts before breaking for summer recess: emergency legislation making it illegal to pay someone to vot...

Freezing Federal Pay? A Q & A With CQ Weekly's David Hawkins

WAMU's Pat Brogan speaks with David Hawkins about salary increases for federal workers. Some members of the GOP want to freeze federal pay while Democrats say no way...

Power Breakfast For July 22, 2010

It's time for today's installment of "Strange Bedfellows and the Policies that Make Them."

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Authorities say a teenager and a child are hospitalized in serious condition after they were hit by a car in northwest Washington. D.C. emergency personnel were dispatched about 9 p.m. yesterday after the 16-year-old and 8-year-old were hit.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated...

Infant Mortality Down In MD, Racial Disparities Remain

By Rebecca Blatt

Maryland's infant mortality rate has dropped to its lowest annual rate in 10 years, according to new data from the state's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

But the numbers aren't all moving in the right direction. Preliminary statistics show the overall infant...

Anne Arundel OK's Residential Wind Turbines

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Windmills may be sprouting up in backyards in Anne Arundel County, Maryland in the next few months thanks to a new law.

Up until this week, anyone who wanted to put up a windmill in their back yard was shot down by neighbors and the county, in part because before n...

O'Malley And Ehrlich Differ On Purple Line

By Matt Bush

In Maryland, the Montgomery County council is expected next week to approve a station alignment plan for the proposed Purple Line, to Prince George's County. But some argue the plan may end up being meaningless.

Nearly a year ago, governor Martin O'Malley and several othe...

VA Awarded Federal Funds For Safe Neighborhoods

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia will receive two federal grants totaling $261,000 for a project designed to reduce gun and gang crime.

Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner announced the funding from the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance on Thursday. The grants will be used to su...

Coalition Aims To Serve Children Of Service Members

By Rebecca Sheir

Two million children in the U.S. have parents serving in the military.

The D.C. area is home to a number of these children, and a national coalition is working to ensure these young people get the educational opportunities they need.

Loretta Clemin lives in Anna...

D.C. Adopts Common Core Standards

By Kavitha Cardoza

D.C. has joined more than two dozen states in adopting common standards of what children are expected to know in English and math.

The D.C. State Board of Education voted 6 to 1 in favor of adopting what are called "common core standards." They spell out what studen...