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News Archive - August 2, 2010

Metro Delays Fare Increases By A Day

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Metro was going to raise fares Monday.

By 25 cents if you use a paper card instead of a smart trip card, and 20 cents more for everyone during afternoon rush hour 4:30 to 6 pm and after midnight on friday and saturday nights.

But those changes will wait till...

Lottery Opens For Expanded Md. Black Bear Hunt

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) The state Department of Natural Resources says it is accepting applications from those hoping to participate in this year's black bear hunt in western Maryland.

The agency said Monday it is increasing its harvest goal to a range of 65 to 90 bears. That's five more than...

Latest Virginia Regional News

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) A man faces the scheduled start of try today in Harrisonburg, accused of aiding his brother in a 2006 jailhouse escape that led to two slayings. Michael Morval is charged with conspiring to help his brother William Morval escape from jail in August 2006.

NORFOLK, Va....

T.C. Williams Prepares For Transformation

By Michael Pope

After years of failing test scores, T.C. Williams High School was designated a "persistently lowest achieving school" earlier this year by the Virginia Department of Education. Now School Board members have approved a plan to respond to the designation, creating an academic...

Minorities Make Up More Than Half Of U.S Organ Transplant Wait List

By Cathy Carter

Every day 18 people in the U.S die while waiting for an organ transplant, minorities are especially at risk.

In Southeast Washington Rhonda Griffin from the Washington Regional Transplant Community is manning the table at a community health fair. She's registering peop...

Controversy Over Wal-Mart In D.C., MD.

By Cathy Duchamp

The Baltimore Planning Commission this week will decide whether to approve the framework that would allow construction of a Wal-Mart on the city’s northside. Wal-Mart also wants to open a store in D.C., the debate in both cases pits low prices against competitive wages....

Police: Crime in Prince George's County on Decline

Police: Crime in Prince George's Co. drops Eds: APNewsNow.

PALMER PARK, Md. (AP) Police say crime in Prince George's County is continuing to drop this year.

Officials say the overall number of crimes was down 6.3 percent in the first six months of this year compared with the same peri...

Latest D.C. Local news

WASHINGTON (AP) Riders have one more day before Metro fares go up during the peak afternoon commuter rush. Fares were supposed to go up Sunday, but Metro says it is now delaying the changes until Tuesday before hiking peak afternoon use charges by an added 20 cents.

WASHINGTON (AP) Local re...

Virginia AG: Police Can Inquire About Immigration Status

By Jonathan Wilson

Virginia's Attorney General -- Ken Cuccinelli -- is weighing in on immigration enforcement in the Commonwealth.

Cuccinelli says police in Virginia have the right to inquire about the immigration status of people they arrest or even pullover.

"Virginia law enfo...

Series...D.C. Area Students Succeed Against Tough Odds

Kavitha Cardoza covers education for WAMU, and sometimes she runs into truly remarkable students who seem destined to succeed, against all odds. Today, in the first of three stories, we hear about Troniece Harrington from Springarn Senior High School in northeast D.C.

Ginger Moored helped i...

Power Breakfast For August 2, 2010

Before breaking camp and packing up for the month, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer shared a rundown of his party's "talking points."

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Metro Delays Fare Increases By A Day

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Metro was going to raise fares Monday.

By 25 cents if you use a paper card instead of a smart trip card, and 20 cents more for everyone during afternoon rush hour 4:30 to 6 pm and after midnight on friday and saturday nights.

But those changes will wait till...

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup August 2, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

BUDGET STRATEGY The Baltimore Sun's Annie Linskey finds that Gov. Martin O'Malley and challenger former governor Bob Ehrlich used similar budgeting tools. WBAL fact checks job growth claims in O'Malley's ads.

BROWN LEADING LGs Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown...

Latest Virginia Regional News

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) A man faces the scheduled start of try today in Harrisonburg, accused of aiding his brother in a 2006 jailhouse escape that led to two slayings. Michael Morval is charged with conspiring to help his brother William Morval escape from jail in August 2006.

NORFOLK, Va....

T.C. Williams Prepares For Transformation

By Michael Pope

After years of failing test scores, T.C. Williams High School was designated a "persistently lowest achieving school" earlier this year by the Virginia Department of Education. Now School Board members have approved a plan to respond to the designation, creating an academic...

Minorities Make Up More Than Half Of U.S Organ Transplant Wait List

By Cathy Carter

Every day 18 people in the U.S die while waiting for an organ transplant, minorities are especially at risk.

In Southeast Washington Rhonda Griffin from the Washington Regional Transplant Community is manning the table at a community health fair. She's registering peop...

Controversy Over Wal-Mart In D.C., MD.

By Cathy Duchamp

The Baltimore Planning Commission this week will decide whether to approve the framework that would allow construction of a Wal-Mart on the city’s northside. Wal-Mart also wants to open a store in D.C., the debate in both cases pits low prices against competitive wages....

Virginia's Health Reform Lawsuit Allowed to Move Forward

By Rebecca Blatt

Virginia's lawsuit challenging the national health care reform law has cleared its first legal hurdle.

A federal judge is refusing to dismiss the case.

Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli argues Congress exceeded its authority by passing the health reform...

Latest D.C. Local news

WASHINGTON (AP) Riders have one more day before Metro fares go up during the peak afternoon commuter rush. Fares were supposed to go up Sunday, but Metro says it is now delaying the changes until Tuesday before hiking peak afternoon use charges by an added 20 cents.

WASHINGTON (AP) Local re...

Virginia Suit Against Health Reform Law Moves Forward

By Kavitha Cardoza

The Attorney General of Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli, says he's "very happy" with a federal district court ruling allowing the state's lawsuit challenging the new federal health care law to move forward.

Cuccinelli's argues that it's unconstitutional for Congress to req...

Series...D.C. Area Students Succeed Against Tough Odds

Kavitha Cardoza covers education for WAMU, and sometimes she runs into truly remarkable students who seem destined to succeed, against all odds. Today, in the first of three stories, we hear about Troniece Harrington from Springarn Senior High School in northeast D.C.

Ginger Moored helped i...

Power Breakfast For August 2, 2010

Before breaking camp and packing up for the month, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer shared a rundown of his party's "talking points."

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Mailbombs in Fairfax County

By Jessica Gould

Homemade chemical bombs have been turning up in mailboxes in Virginia's Fairfax County over the past few months, and authorities are warning residents to be on the lookout.

The Fairfax County Fire Department says at least eight of the devices have been found in Reston...

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup August 2, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

BUDGET STRATEGY The Baltimore Sun's Annie Linskey finds that Gov. Martin O'Malley and challenger former governor Bob Ehrlich used similar budgeting tools. WBAL fact checks job growth claims in O'Malley's ads.

BROWN LEADING LGs Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown...

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) Wind turbines and cell phone towers are on the agenda for a planned meeting today of the Baltimore County Council. The Council is considering a five-year pilot program to test wind turbines for use in manufacturing or rural areas.

BALTIMORE (AP) A Maryland group that sold Tor...

Commentary...Stu Rushfield

In Maryland, police are continuing their investigation of last week's desecration of the B'Nai Shalom of Olney synagogue.

For commentator Stu Rushfield the incident was personal.

Rushfield works for NPR in downtown Washington.

Tell us what you think at conversation.wamu.org, Cli...

Md. Wants Wal-Mart To Pay Fair Wages

By Cathy Duchamp

Baltimore was the first city in the nation to require businesses with city contracts to pay workers a so-called living wage.

This week efforts are underway to apply that law to Walmart, which wants to open a store in the city.

Matthew Weinstein works for the pro...

Virginia's Health Reform Lawsuit Allowed to Move Forward

By Rebecca Blatt

Virginia's lawsuit challenging the national health care reform law has cleared its first legal hurdle.

A federal judge is refusing to dismiss the case.

Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli argues Congress exceeded its authority by passing the health reform...

Lottery Opens For Expanded Md. Black Bear Hunt

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) The state Department of Natural Resources says it is accepting applications from those hoping to participate in this year's black bear hunt in western Maryland.

The agency said Monday it is increasing its harvest goal to a range of 65 to 90 bears. That's five more than...

Virginia Suit Against Health Reform Law Moves Forward

By Kavitha Cardoza

The Attorney General of Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli, says he's "very happy" with a federal district court ruling allowing the state's lawsuit challenging the new federal health care law to move forward.

Cuccinelli's argues that it's unconstitutional for Congress to req...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Monday, August 2, 2010

(August 2-September 30) FROM EAST OF THE RIVER Anacostia gets artful during Greetings From East of the River, a free multi-venue art show highlighting this multifaceted neighborhood. Local artists from Wards 7 and 8 drew inspiration from the borough's historical and social issues to produce paint...

Activists Want Millions More To Help Tenants Buy Their Buildings

By Jessica Gould

Affordable housing advocates in D.C. want to see the city dedicate more funds to help low income tenants stay in their homes.

Farah Fosse is a director of the affordable housing program at the Latino Economic Development Corporation. She says one of the best ways to p...

Mailbombs in Fairfax County

By Jessica Gould

Homemade chemical bombs have been turning up in mailboxes in Virginia's Fairfax County over the past few months, and authorities are warning residents to be on the lookout.

The Fairfax County Fire Department says at least eight of the devices have been found in Reston...

Police: Crime in Prince George's County on Decline

Police: Crime in Prince George's Co. drops Eds: APNewsNow.

PALMER PARK, Md. (AP) Police say crime in Prince George's County is continuing to drop this year.

Officials say the overall number of crimes was down 6.3 percent in the first six months of this year compared with the same peri...

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) Wind turbines and cell phone towers are on the agenda for a planned meeting today of the Baltimore County Council. The Council is considering a five-year pilot program to test wind turbines for use in manufacturing or rural areas.

BALTIMORE (AP) A Maryland group that sold Tor...

Va. Higher Ed. Council: Budget Cuts Put Public College System at Risk

By Bill Redlin

Federal stimulus funds are helping to hold down some costs for in-state students at public colleges and universities. But when the federal money runs out, the Virginia Council of Higher Education says the system will be at risk because of budget cuts.

The council's repo...

Commentary...Stu Rushfield

In Maryland, police are continuing their investigation of last week's desecration of the B'Nai Shalom of Olney synagogue.

For commentator Stu Rushfield the incident was personal.

Rushfield works for NPR in downtown Washington.

Tell us what you think at conversation.wamu.org, Cli...

Md. Wants Wal-Mart To Pay Fair Wages

By Cathy Duchamp

Baltimore was the first city in the nation to require businesses with city contracts to pay workers a so-called living wage.

This week efforts are underway to apply that law to Walmart, which wants to open a store in the city.

Matthew Weinstein works for the pro...