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News Archive - July 23, 2010

Struggling Homeowners Can Seek Help At D.C. Convention Center

By Patrick Madden

This morning, hundreds, if not thousands, of struggling homeowners from around the region will be at the Washington Convention Center for a chance to lower their mortgage payments.

NACA or the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America is coming back to D.C.

...

Latest Virginia Regional News

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) A Virginia man known for an online threat against the creators of the animated series "South Park" is returning to court on unrelated charges that he twice tried to join a Somali terror group linked to al-Qaida. A detention hearing is scheduled this afternoon for 20-year-old...

Latest Maryland Regional News

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) Ocean City police say three children have been injured in a roller coaster accident. Police and fire personnel were called to Trimper's Rides on South Atlantic Avenue around 9:30 last night. Authorities say the injuries do not appear to be life threatening.

UPPER MARLBO...

Capitol Hill Bar Forerunner In Wheelchair Accesibility

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA may be best known for requiring the creation of ramps in public places to accommodate people who use wheelchairs. It helped open doors to employment, stores, and everything else the general public...

241 D.C.P.S. Teachers Fired, Mostly For Poor Performance

By Kavitha Cardoza

D.C. School's Chancellor Michelle Rhee says she's firing 241 teachers, mostly because of poor performance under the new evaluation system called IMPACT.

Teachers received ratings of "ineffective", based on criteria including multiple classroom observations and stand...

This Week In Congress July 23, 2010

SCRIPT:

I’m Elizabeth Wynne Johnson of Capitol News Connection. This Week in Congress...began with an official arrival.

Vice President Joe Biden administered the oath of office to Sen. Carte Goodwin, Democrat of West Virginia.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller was having nothing of questions...

Report Details Poor Air Quality In Alexandria

By Michael Pope

The Mount Vernon Trail runs right by the front gates of Mirant's Potomac River Generating Station. And according to a report from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, exercising here could be harmful to the health of people like Joyce Stojan. She's lived her...

Teachers Rated "Ineffective" In D.C. Will Soon Receive Pink Slips

By Kavitha Cardoza

The new evaluation system, for teachers and staff called IMPACT, has been in place in D.C. public schools for a year. And those rated "ineffective" will be soon be given pink slips.

Deputy schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says the District will lay off what she cal...

D.C.P.S. Fires 241 Teachers For Poor Evaluations

By Kavitha Cardoza

Two hundred and forty-one D.C. Public School Teachers are losing their jobs after receiving low scores on the District's new evaluation system called IMPACT.

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee says the teachers received an "ineffective" rating in the IMPACT evalu...

MD Fires Worker Who Posted Personal Info. On Web

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) A Maryland Department of Human Resources employee has been fired for posting personal information, including Social Security numbers, of nearly 3,000 department clients on a website.

The state's social service agency announced Friday that the employee, who was not named,...

Chesser's Lawyers Granted A Few More Days Before Detention Hearing

By Jonathan Wilson

Zachary Chesser, the man from Northern Virginia now facing charges for allegedly supporting a foreign terrorist group, will spend the weekend in federal custody after a judge postponed his detention hearing this afternoon.

Judge Teresa Buchanon postponed Chesser's d...

Pay-By-License-Plate Program Uses Electronic Monitoring

By Rebecca Sheir

In an ongoing effort to improve parking in Washington, the D.C. Department of Transportation is offering a new way for drivers to pay for parking.

DDOT is testing its pay-by-license-plate program on a block in Northwest D.C. for the next three months.

Standing n...

Struggling Homeowners Can Seek Help At D.C. Convention Center

By Patrick Madden

This morning, hundreds, if not thousands, of struggling homeowners from around the region will be at the Washington Convention Center for a chance to lower their mortgage payments.

NACA or the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America is coming back to D.C.

...

Veterans Rally For Representation In Congress Today

By Kavitha Cardoza

Veterans in the District are organizing a Statehood Rally this evening, saying it's unacceptable that they don't have a local voice in Congress.

Mathew Carey, with the organization Veterans and Military Families For Progress, says there are almost 35,000 veterans i...

Latest Maryland Regional News

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) Ocean City police say three children have been injured in a roller coaster accident. Police and fire personnel were called to Trimper's Rides on South Atlantic Avenue around 9:30 last night. Authorities say the injuries do not appear to be life threatening.

UPPER MARLBO...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Weekend Events, July 23-25, 2010

(July 23) B-MORE FOR YOUR MONEY Musical forces meet at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore tonight, paying tribute to two of the city's superlative composers. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs compositions by Frank Zappa and Phillip Glass under the baton of Music Director Mari...

VA Senator Calls For Ending Diversity Programs

By BOB LEWIS AP Political Writer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Sen. Jim Webb called for ending government-run diversity programs in a newspaper column Friday, saying they've only disadvantaged struggling whites and hurt the cause of racial harmony.

Webb wrote an op-ed column in Friday's Wall Str...

This Week In Congress July 23, 2010

SCRIPT:

I’m Elizabeth Wynne Johnson of Capitol News Connection. This Week in Congress...began with an official arrival.

Vice President Joe Biden administered the oath of office to Sen. Carte Goodwin, Democrat of West Virginia.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller was having nothing of questions...

Report Details Poor Air Quality In Alexandria

By Michael Pope

The Mount Vernon Trail runs right by the front gates of Mirant's Potomac River Generating Station. And according to a report from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, exercising here could be harmful to the health of people like Joyce Stojan. She's lived her...

Power Breakfast For July 23, 2010

Move over CSI. GAO's got a story to tell about DNA.

For prices ranging from $20 to thousands, companies will perform genetic tests for people who want to know if they're at risk for a particular medical condition. It seems firms are selling results and predictions that are medically unprove...

D.C.P.S. Fires 241 Teachers For Poor Evaluations

By Kavitha Cardoza

Two hundred and forty-one D.C. Public School Teachers are losing their jobs after receiving low scores on the District's new evaluation system called IMPACT.

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee says the teachers received an "ineffective" rating in the IMPACT evalu...

Longtime Journalist Daniel Schorr Dead At Age 93

WASHINGTON (AP) Veteran reporter-commentator Daniel Schorr, whose hard-hitting reporting for CBS got him on President Richard Nixon's notorious "enemies list" in the 1970s, has died. He was 93.

NPR announced his death. Schorr had worked there as a commentator.

Schorr's more than six-d...

Chesser's Lawyers Granted A Few More Days Before Detention Hearing

By Jonathan Wilson

Zachary Chesser, the man from Northern Virginia now facing charges for allegedly supporting a foreign terrorist group, will spend the weekend in federal custody after a judge postponed his detention hearing this afternoon.

Judge Teresa Buchanon postponed Chesser's d...

Pay-By-License-Plate Program Uses Electronic Monitoring

By Rebecca Sheir

In an ongoing effort to improve parking in Washington, the D.C. Department of Transportation is offering a new way for drivers to pay for parking.

DDOT is testing its pay-by-license-plate program on a block in Northwest D.C. for the next three months.

Standing n...

PETA Reminds Dog Owners Not To Leave Dogs Outside During Heat Wave

By Greg Peppers

It's much harder for dogs to cool down during days when the temperature rises well above 90 degrees. With that in mind, PETA is reminding owners about the dangers of leaving dogs in a hot car, where temperatures can rise as high 150 degrees. The group also says owners need t...

Mosque Leader Says Chesser Was Stubborn In Religious Beliefs

By Jonathan Wilson

Zachary Chesser, the man from Northern Virginia charged with supporting a foreign terrorist organization, is set to make his second appearance in federal court this afternoon.

The head of the Islamic Center where Chesser once worked provided some insight into the 20...

Veterans Rally For Representation In Congress Today

By Kavitha Cardoza

Veterans in the District are organizing a Statehood Rally this evening, saying it's unacceptable that they don't have a local voice in Congress.

Mathew Carey, with the organization Veterans and Military Families For Progress, says there are almost 35,000 veterans i...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) A D.C. Public Schools official says a "sizable number" of teachers and school staff who receive substandard appraisals under a new evaluation system will be dismissed. The official says an evaluation system called Impact was used for the first time to determine employees' effectiv...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Weekend Events, July 23-25, 2010

(July 23) B-MORE FOR YOUR MONEY Musical forces meet at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore tonight, paying tribute to two of the city's superlative composers. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs compositions by Frank Zappa and Phillip Glass under the baton of Music Director Mari...

VA Senator Calls For Ending Diversity Programs

By BOB LEWIS AP Political Writer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Sen. Jim Webb called for ending government-run diversity programs in a newspaper column Friday, saying they've only disadvantaged struggling whites and hurt the cause of racial harmony.

Webb wrote an op-ed column in Friday's Wall Str...

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup July 23, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

JOBS O'Malley and Ehrlich are both campaigning on job creation, writes The Gazette's Sean Sedam -- O'Malley hailing his initiatives like tax credits, and Ehrlich saying the state has too many regulations.

SLOTS BOOM, BUST While Charles Town, W.VA.,...

Save The Dream Tour Helps People Stay In Their Homes

A free program to help homeowners struggling with their mortgages is coming back to D.C.

The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America’s Save the Dream Tour begins tomorrow morning at the Washington Convention Center.

People are already here, at the Washington Convention Center,...

Power Breakfast For July 23, 2010

Move over CSI. GAO's got a story to tell about DNA.

For prices ranging from $20 to thousands, companies will perform genetic tests for people who want to know if they're at risk for a particular medical condition. It seems firms are selling results and predictions that are medically unprove...

Latest Virginia Regional News

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) A Virginia man known for an online threat against the creators of the animated series "South Park" is returning to court on unrelated charges that he twice tried to join a Somali terror group linked to al-Qaida. A detention hearing is scheduled this afternoon for 20-year-old...

Longtime Journalist Daniel Schorr Dead At Age 93

WASHINGTON (AP) Veteran reporter-commentator Daniel Schorr, whose hard-hitting reporting for CBS got him on President Richard Nixon's notorious "enemies list" in the 1970s, has died. He was 93.

NPR announced his death. Schorr had worked there as a commentator.

Schorr's more than six-d...

Capitol Hill Bar Forerunner In Wheelchair Accesibility

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA may be best known for requiring the creation of ramps in public places to accommodate people who use wheelchairs. It helped open doors to employment, stores, and everything else the general public...

241 D.C.P.S. Teachers Fired, Mostly For Poor Performance

By Kavitha Cardoza

D.C. School's Chancellor Michelle Rhee says she's firing 241 teachers, mostly because of poor performance under the new evaluation system called IMPACT.

Teachers received ratings of "ineffective", based on criteria including multiple classroom observations and stand...

PETA Reminds Dog Owners Not To Leave Dogs Outside During Heat Wave

By Greg Peppers

It's much harder for dogs to cool down during days when the temperature rises well above 90 degrees. With that in mind, PETA is reminding owners about the dangers of leaving dogs in a hot car, where temperatures can rise as high 150 degrees. The group also says owners need t...

Mosque Leader Says Chesser Was Stubborn In Religious Beliefs

By Jonathan Wilson

Zachary Chesser, the man from Northern Virginia charged with supporting a foreign terrorist organization, is set to make his second appearance in federal court this afternoon.

The head of the Islamic Center where Chesser once worked provided some insight into the 20...

Teachers Rated "Ineffective" In D.C. Will Soon Receive Pink Slips

By Kavitha Cardoza

The new evaluation system, for teachers and staff called IMPACT, has been in place in D.C. public schools for a year. And those rated "ineffective" will be soon be given pink slips.

Deputy schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says the District will lay off what she cal...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) A D.C. Public Schools official says a "sizable number" of teachers and school staff who receive substandard appraisals under a new evaluation system will be dismissed. The official says an evaluation system called Impact was used for the first time to determine employees' effectiv...

MD Fires Worker Who Posted Personal Info. On Web

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) A Maryland Department of Human Resources employee has been fired for posting personal information, including Social Security numbers, of nearly 3,000 department clients on a website.

The state's social service agency announced Friday that the employee, who was not named,...

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup July 23, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

JOBS O'Malley and Ehrlich are both campaigning on job creation, writes The Gazette's Sean Sedam -- O'Malley hailing his initiatives like tax credits, and Ehrlich saying the state has too many regulations.

SLOTS BOOM, BUST While Charles Town, W.VA.,...

Save The Dream Tour Helps People Stay In Their Homes

A free program to help homeowners struggling with their mortgages is coming back to D.C.

The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America’s Save the Dream Tour begins tomorrow morning at the Washington Convention Center.

People are already here, at the Washington Convention Center,...