News Archive - July 28, 2010

Latest Maryland Regional News

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) A Prince George's County grand jury has indicted a 27-year-old Maryland man who police say is a methodical serial killer. Former UPS worker Jason Thomas Scott of Upper Marlboro is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the March 2009 slayings of nurse Delores D...

Boy Charged In Murder Of Youth Facility Worker

By Matt Bush

In Maryland, a 14-year-old boy has been charged as a juvenile in the murder and rape of an employee of a Prince George's County youth center.

The boy was 13 when he allegedly murdered and raped 65-year-old Hannah Wheeling last February. Her body was found on the ground of...

Transportation Safety Bill Blocked In Senate

By David Schultz

The National Transportation Safety Board is calling on Congress to pass a new transit safety bill to prevent accidents like last year's deadly Metro crash. The bill would give the federal government power to regulate transit agencies like Metro.

It passed unanimously...

Report Highlights Problem Of Childhood Poverty In The D.C. Area

By Max Cole

The Annie E. Casey Foundation report finds that the District's poverty rate among children is much higher than the national average.

The reason is the way D.C.'s population breaks down. Kinaya Sokoya is with the D.C. Kids Count Collaborative.

"When you look at the re...

School Gets Creative To Pay For Solar Panels

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Though the cost of solar energy has come down over the years, it remains a big road block. But one of the area’s leading private schools has found it's own creative way of paying for it.

On the roof of the gym at Sidwell Friends' lower school in Bethesda, Maryland,...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) The Justice Department is investigating whether hundreds of FBI agents cheated on a test of new rules allowing the bureau to conduct surveillance and open cases without evidence that a crime has been committed. In some instances, agents took the open-book test together, violating...

VA Launching Energy Savings Program

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia is launching a program to help people statewide reduce the amount of electricity they use.

The program, called Virginia Energy Sense, is being kicked off Wednesday by the State Corporation Commission.

Officials say the program uses tools, resources and outr...

Ehrlich Touts Flush Tax In Baltimore Area Visit

By ALEX DOMINGUEZ Associated Press Writer

ESSEX, Md. (AP) Former Gov. Robert Ehrlich touted the "flush tax" passed during his tenure to fund sewage treatment plant upgrades, promised more "big ideas" and criticized current Gov. Martin O'Malley for using the fund for other purposes during a...

Suspect In 'Mother-Daughter' Murders Charged

By Elliott Francis

The 27-year-old man indicted in connection with the murder of a mother and her 20-year-old daughter is also the prime suspect in a similar crime. And reports that Prince George's County Police believe he may have committed many more.

The grand jury indictment again...

Power Breakfast For July 28, 2010

Filibuster reform a Lost Cause? Tell that to Mr. Smith. And Mr. Lautenberg. And Mr. Bennet...

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Latest Maryland Regional News

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) A Prince George's County grand jury has indicted a 27-year-old Maryland man who police say is a methodical serial killer. Former UPS worker Jason Thomas Scott of Upper Marlboro is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the March 2009 slayings of nurse Delores D...

Judge Blocks Parts Of Arizona Immigration Law

By JACQUES BILLEAUD and AMANDA MYERS Associated Press Writers

PHOENIX (AP) A federal judge on Wednesday blocked the most controversial parts of Arizona's immigration law from taking effect, delivering a last-minute victory to opponents of the crackdown.

The overall law will still take...

Transportation Safety Bill Blocked In Senate

By David Schultz

The National Transportation Safety Board is calling on Congress to pass a new transit safety bill to prevent accidents like last year's deadly Metro crash. The bill would give the federal government power to regulate transit agencies like Metro.

It passed unanimously...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Wednesday, July 28, 2010

(July 28-September 12) THE DA VINCI NODE What's the old adage..."genius loves company?" If it holds any truth, you may want to make your way to Da Vinci - The Genius showing through mid-September at the National Geographic Museum in downtown D.C. The free exhibit features full-scale reproduction...

Metro May Not Follow NTSB Recommendations

By David Schultz

For six hours, Metro's General Manager Richard Sarles sat and listened while Safety Board members eviscerated nearly every aspect of his organization, from track workers to senior leadership. When asked if the NTSB's findings were fair, Sarles replied "I think they were wel...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) The Justice Department is investigating whether hundreds of FBI agents cheated on a test of new rules allowing the bureau to conduct surveillance and open cases without evidence that a crime has been committed. In some instances, agents took the open-book test together, violating...

Pepco: 30,800 Still Without Power Days After Storm

WASHINGTON (AP) Pepco says it has restored power to 90 percent of customers who lost electricity three days ago.

The utility says about 30,800 customers were still in the dark at noon Wednesday. About 23,000 of those outages are in Montgomery County.

Pepco says power should be restore...

Ehrlich Touts Flush Tax In Baltimore Area Visit

By ALEX DOMINGUEZ Associated Press Writer

ESSEX, Md. (AP) Former Gov. Robert Ehrlich touted the "flush tax" passed during his tenure to fund sewage treatment plant upgrades, promised more "big ideas" and criticized current Gov. Martin O'Malley for using the fund for other purposes during a...

Lawmakers Watching Metro's Response To NTSB

By Manuel Quinones

Area lawmakers are urging action to promote safety on Metro following findings and recommendations by the National Transportation Safety Board regarding last year's Red Line crash.

The NTSB said Metro could have prevented the accident through a stronger emphasis on...

Power Breakfast For July 28, 2010

Filibuster reform a Lost Cause? Tell that to Mr. Smith. And Mr. Lautenberg. And Mr. Bennet...

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia is launching a program to help people statewide reduce the amount of electricity they use. The program called "Virginia Energy Sense" is being kicked off today by the State Corporation Commission.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Eleven Somali nationals accused in separate atta...

Judge Blocks Parts Of Arizona Immigration Law

By JACQUES BILLEAUD and AMANDA MYERS Associated Press Writers

PHOENIX (AP) A federal judge on Wednesday blocked the most controversial parts of Arizona's immigration law from taking effect, delivering a last-minute victory to opponents of the crackdown.

The overall law will still take...

DelMarVa Beaches In Good Shape, Mostly

By Sabri Ben Achour

Jon Devine is with the Natural Resources Defense Council. He's been taking a look at the nation's beaches - how often they are closed because of unsanitary conditions, how often much bacteria is in the water, and how closely they're monitored. He says beaches in Delaware...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Wednesday, July 28, 2010

(July 28-September 12) THE DA VINCI NODE What's the old adage..."genius loves company?" If it holds any truth, you may want to make your way to Da Vinci - The Genius showing through mid-September at the National Geographic Museum in downtown D.C. The free exhibit features full-scale reproduction...

Metro May Not Follow NTSB Recommendations

By David Schultz

For six hours, Metro's General Manager Richard Sarles sat and listened while Safety Board members eviscerated nearly every aspect of his organization, from track workers to senior leadership. When asked if the NTSB's findings were fair, Sarles replied "I think they were wel...

Pepco Cites Serious Progress Third Night After Storm

By Jonathan Wilson

Things are returning to normal for much of Montgomery County in Maryland, but there are still thousands of residents and businesses waiting to get their power back three days after the weekend's brief but intense storm.

Pepco says repair crews made serious progress...

Pepco: 30,800 Still Without Power Days After Storm

WASHINGTON (AP) Pepco says it has restored power to 90 percent of customers who lost electricity three days ago.

The utility says about 30,800 customers were still in the dark at noon Wednesday. About 23,000 of those outages are in Montgomery County.

Pepco says power should be restore...

Boy Charged In Murder Of Youth Facility Worker

By Matt Bush

In Maryland, a 14-year-old boy has been charged as a juvenile in the murder and rape of an employee of a Prince George's County youth center.

The boy was 13 when he allegedly murdered and raped 65-year-old Hannah Wheeling last February. Her body was found on the ground of...

Lawmakers Watching Metro's Response To NTSB

By Manuel Quinones

Area lawmakers are urging action to promote safety on Metro following findings and recommendations by the National Transportation Safety Board regarding last year's Red Line crash.

The NTSB said Metro could have prevented the accident through a stronger emphasis on...

School Gets Creative To Pay For Solar Panels

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Though the cost of solar energy has come down over the years, it remains a big road block. But one of the area’s leading private schools has found it's own creative way of paying for it.

On the roof of the gym at Sidwell Friends' lower school in Bethesda, Maryland,...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia is launching a program to help people statewide reduce the amount of electricity they use. The program called "Virginia Energy Sense" is being kicked off today by the State Corporation Commission.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Eleven Somali nationals accused in separate atta...

VA Launching Energy Savings Program

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia is launching a program to help people statewide reduce the amount of electricity they use.

The program, called Virginia Energy Sense, is being kicked off Wednesday by the State Corporation Commission.

Officials say the program uses tools, resources and outr...

DelMarVa Beaches In Good Shape, Mostly

By Sabri Ben Achour

Jon Devine is with the Natural Resources Defense Council. He's been taking a look at the nation's beaches - how often they are closed because of unsanitary conditions, how often much bacteria is in the water, and how closely they're monitored. He says beaches in Delaware...

Suspect In 'Mother-Daughter' Murders Charged

By Elliott Francis

The 27-year-old man indicted in connection with the murder of a mother and her 20-year-old daughter is also the prime suspect in a similar crime. And reports that Prince George's County Police believe he may have committed many more.

The grand jury indictment again...

Pepco Cites Serious Progress Third Night After Storm

By Jonathan Wilson

Things are returning to normal for much of Montgomery County in Maryland, but there are still thousands of residents and businesses waiting to get their power back three days after the weekend's brief but intense storm.

Pepco says repair crews made serious progress...