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News Archive - July 29, 2010

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) A Baltimore man accused of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of a Johns Hopkins University researcher has been ordered held without bond. A District Court judge denied bond yesterday for 34-year-old John Wagner, saying his record shows "an extreme disregard for others."

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PEPCO Planning For Another Storm

By Matt Bush

Another round of severe weather is poised to hit the D.C.-region, and it could complicate PEPCO's efforts in restoring power to those who still don't have it after last Sunday's storms.

Regardless of what happens during the latest storms, PEPCO President Thomas Graham say...

New Storms Bring New Outages

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore-Washington area, still recovering from thunderstorms on Sunday that left hundreds of thousands without power, was hit again by severe weather.

Thunderstorms rolled through the region Thursday afternoon, bringing down trees and cutting power to thousands.

B...

Boy Charged For Killing Worker At Youth Facility

By Matt Bush

In Maryland, a 14-year-old boy has been charged as juvenile for the murder of a worker at a state youth facility in Prince George's County where he was housed. Following the murder of 65-year-old Hannah Wheeling, the superintendent of the Cheltenham Youth Facility was demoted,...

Power Breakfast For July 29, 2010

Cadmium. It's the new lead.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A September execution has been set for Virginia's only woman on death row. A Pittsylvania County Circuit judge set a Sept. 23 execution for 40-year-old Teresa Lewis today. She was sentenced to death for plotting to have her husband and stepson killed in 2002 so she could collec...

Severe Thunderstorm Watch For Washington Region

From the National Weather Service:

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued until 7 p.m. Showers and thunderstorms are expected this afternoon, with damaging winds possible.

Heat indexes will increase to at or just above 100 degrees into the afternoon hours across southern Maryland...

Grand Jury Indicts in Md. Trooper Slaying

By Rebecca Blatt

A grand jury in Prince George's County, Maryland has handed down an indictment in the slaying of a Maryland state trooper in June.

Anthony Milton II, 28, is charged with first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, as well as weapons charges in the death of M...

Trains Affected As Storm Brings Lines, Trees

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) Commuter rail service in the Silver Spring area has been halted after a storm moved through the region, bringing down power lines and trees along the tracks.

MARC says a train is stopped west of the Silver Spring station. Maryland Transit Administration spokesman Dav...

Go-Go Track Sings Fenty's Praises

By Patrick Madden

The D.C. mayor's race is about to get a lot funkier as Mayor Adrian Fenty uses go-go to help get-out-the-vote. Campaign songs are as old as, well, at least 1840 when that chart-busting "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too" helped carry William Henry Harrison into the White House.

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Metro Rail Fares Go Up Sunday

WASHINGTON (AP) Metro fares are changing this weekend.

Beginning on Sunday, Metrorail customers who use a paper ticket will pay 25 cents more per trip than customers who use a plastic SmarTrip card.

Metro will also start adding a 20 cent additional charge during so-called "peak-of-the...

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) A Baltimore man accused of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of a Johns Hopkins University researcher has been ordered held without bond. A District Court judge denied bond yesterday for 34-year-old John Wagner, saying his record shows "an extreme disregard for others."

...

Amnesty Notices Mailed To Delinquent Tax Payers

By Meymo Lyons

Delinquent taxpayers will get a rare opportunity to pay outstanding taxes and interest to the District of Columbia and avoid criminal prosecution. The D.C. Tax Amnesty program will run from Aug. 2, 2010 through Sept. 30, 2010, offering individuals and businesses the opportuni...

New Storms Bring New Outages

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore-Washington area, still recovering from thunderstorms on Sunday that left hundreds of thousands without power, was hit again by severe weather.

Thunderstorms rolled through the region Thursday afternoon, bringing down trees and cutting power to thousands.

B...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Thursday, July 29, 2010

(July 29) ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti is an analog band trying to make it in a digital world. The lo-fi Los Angeles-based pop-rockers spend the evening at the Rock N Roll Hotel tonight, on H Street in Northeast D.C.

(July 29-January 2) UP WHERE WE BELONG From...

Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Spann Watson Buried At Arlington Cemetery

By Elliott Francis

Lt Col.Spann Watson, one of 160 original black World War II fighter pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen, will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery this morning. He died in April.

Spann Watson was just 10-years old in 1927 when his love of flying began. His son,...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A September execution has been set for Virginia's only woman on death row. A Pittsylvania County Circuit judge set a Sept. 23 execution for 40-year-old Teresa Lewis today. She was sentenced to death for plotting to have her husband and stepson killed in 2002 so she could collec...

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup July 29, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

ENVIRO BRAWL Maryland's two leading candidates for governor -- incumbent Martin O'Malley and former gov Bob Ehrlich -- slammed one another over their environmental records and diverting funds from two programs, Julie Bykowicz reports for the Baltimore Sun...

Grand Jury Indicts in Md. Trooper Slaying

By Rebecca Blatt

A grand jury in Prince George's County, Maryland has handed down an indictment in the slaying of a Maryland state trooper in June.

Anthony Milton II, 28, is charged with first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, as well as weapons charges in the death of M...

Immigration Debate Moves To Virginia

By Michael Pope

Despite a ruling that puts a hold on Arizona's controversial new immigration crackdown, one Virginia politician is trying to push similar legislation in Richmond.

Prince William County Board of Supervisors Corey Stewart says he agrees with the federal judge who blocked...

Go-Go Track Sings Fenty's Praises

By Patrick Madden

The D.C. mayor's race is about to get a lot funkier as Mayor Adrian Fenty uses go-go to help get-out-the-vote. Campaign songs are as old as, well, at least 1840 when that chart-busting "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too" helped carry William Henry Harrison into the White House.

...

Metro Rail Fares Go Up Sunday

WASHINGTON (AP) Metro fares are changing this weekend.

Beginning on Sunday, Metrorail customers who use a paper ticket will pay 25 cents more per trip than customers who use a plastic SmarTrip card.

Metro will also start adding a 20 cent additional charge during so-called "peak-of-the...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHIGTON (AP) Metro fares are changing this weekend. Beginning on Sunday, Metrorail customers who use a paper ticket will pay 25 cents more per trip than customers who use a plastic SmarTrip card.

WASHINGTON (AP) The head of the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center is leaving her position overseein...

Amnesty Notices Mailed To Delinquent Tax Payers

By Meymo Lyons

Delinquent taxpayers will get a rare opportunity to pay outstanding taxes and interest to the District of Columbia and avoid criminal prosecution. The D.C. Tax Amnesty program will run from Aug. 2, 2010 through Sept. 30, 2010, offering individuals and businesses the opportuni...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Thursday, July 29, 2010

(July 29) ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti is an analog band trying to make it in a digital world. The lo-fi Los Angeles-based pop-rockers spend the evening at the Rock N Roll Hotel tonight, on H Street in Northeast D.C.

(July 29-January 2) UP WHERE WE BELONG From...

Arlington May Have More Unmarked Graves Than Initially Thought

By Manuel Quinones

A top Democrat says as many as 6,600 graves could be unmarked or mislabeled at Arlington National Cemetery because workers didn’t do their jobs properly. The new estimate was revealed at a Senate oversight hearing and is much higher than previous numbers.

Missouri S...

Metro Circuit Company Working In Other Cities To Prevent Future Crashes

By David Schultz

Metro's track circuits are being blamed for last year's deadly Red Line crash, and the company that designed the circuits says it's working with its clients across the country to make sure the crash doesn't happen again.

SEPTA, the public transportation agency in Phil...

VA Police Chase Ends At Alexandria's City Hall

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) Two people are in custody after an alleged armed robbery and police chase in Virginia that ended in Alexandria's city hall.

Police say the chase began at about 8 p.m. Wednesday when the two men allegedly robbed a Best Western hotel in Arlington. The suspects were chased...

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup July 29, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

ENVIRO BRAWL Maryland's two leading candidates for governor -- incumbent Martin O'Malley and former gov Bob Ehrlich -- slammed one another over their environmental records and diverting funds from two programs, Julie Bykowicz reports for the Baltimore Sun...

PEPCO Planning For Another Storm

By Matt Bush

Another round of severe weather is poised to hit the D.C.-region, and it could complicate PEPCO's efforts in restoring power to those who still don't have it after last Sunday's storms.

Regardless of what happens during the latest storms, PEPCO President Thomas Graham say...

Immigration Debate Moves To Virginia

By Michael Pope

Despite a ruling that puts a hold on Arizona's controversial new immigration crackdown, one Virginia politician is trying to push similar legislation in Richmond.

Prince William County Board of Supervisors Corey Stewart says he agrees with the federal judge who blocked...

Boy Charged For Killing Worker At Youth Facility

By Matt Bush

In Maryland, a 14-year-old boy has been charged as juvenile for the murder of a worker at a state youth facility in Prince George's County where he was housed. Following the murder of 65-year-old Hannah Wheeling, the superintendent of the Cheltenham Youth Facility was demoted,...

Power Breakfast For July 29, 2010

Cadmium. It's the new lead.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHIGTON (AP) Metro fares are changing this weekend. Beginning on Sunday, Metrorail customers who use a paper ticket will pay 25 cents more per trip than customers who use a plastic SmarTrip card.

WASHINGTON (AP) The head of the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center is leaving her position overseein...

Severe Thunderstorm Watch For Washington Region

From the National Weather Service:

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued until 7 p.m. Showers and thunderstorms are expected this afternoon, with damaging winds possible.

Heat indexes will increase to at or just above 100 degrees into the afternoon hours across southern Maryland...

Arlington May Have More Unmarked Graves Than Initially Thought

By Manuel Quinones

A top Democrat says as many as 6,600 graves could be unmarked or mislabeled at Arlington National Cemetery because workers didn’t do their jobs properly. The new estimate was revealed at a Senate oversight hearing and is much higher than previous numbers.

Missouri S...

Trains Affected As Storm Brings Lines, Trees

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) Commuter rail service in the Silver Spring area has been halted after a storm moved through the region, bringing down power lines and trees along the tracks.

MARC says a train is stopped west of the Silver Spring station. Maryland Transit Administration spokesman Dav...

Metro Circuit Company Working In Other Cities To Prevent Future Crashes

By David Schultz

Metro's track circuits are being blamed for last year's deadly Red Line crash, and the company that designed the circuits says it's working with its clients across the country to make sure the crash doesn't happen again.

SEPTA, the public transportation agency in Phil...

VA Police Chase Ends At Alexandria's City Hall

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) Two people are in custody after an alleged armed robbery and police chase in Virginia that ended in Alexandria's city hall.

Police say the chase began at about 8 p.m. Wednesday when the two men allegedly robbed a Best Western hotel in Arlington. The suspects were chased...