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News Archive - August 6, 2010

Washington Teachers Union Elections Pushed Into Motion

By Kavitha Cardoza

After an investigation into why Washington Teachers Union elections haven't been held yet, it's parent organization, the American Federation of Teachers, is calling for the election process to start immediately.

Elections were supposed to have been held in May but i...

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) Authorities say track repairs will continue into the evening after Thursday's derailment of a freight train in the Howard Street rail tunnel in Baltimore. Authorities say more than a dozen of the 79 rail cars derailed but all remained upright.

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) A Texas truc...

Power Breakfast For August 6, 2010

The Senate winds down and rolls out, trailing a few loose ends as it goes.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Kagan Celebrates With Obama, To Be Sworn Saturday

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) A beaming Elena Kagan and President Barack Obama on Friday celebrated her imminent ascension to the Supreme Court with jokes and references to the irreverent sense of humor she put on display during her Senate confirmation he...

High School Students Look For An Edge

By Michael Pope

School doesn't start for weeks, but some students are already thinking about getting into the right college. Some of them gather each week at T.C. Williams High School looking for an edge. Rising senior Marian Wolz says the competition for in-state schools is steep.

"T...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Utility companies across the greater Washington area are working to restore power to the last of tens of thousands of customers after a series of storms pummeled the region. Trees and power lines fell in the city and its Maryland and Virginia suburbs as the storms swept through....

Program Exposes Underprivileged Kids To College Life

By Sanaz Meshkinpour

45 Ward 8 middle school students went to college this week to get a taste of what the future can hold.

Brooke Shelton-Epps, along with her classmates, spent three days and nights at Penn State University, sleeping in dorms and going to class. She had a lot of fun...

City Of Alexandria Copes With Damage Comparable To Hurricane Isabel

By Jonathan Wilson

The City of Alexandria is one of the worst hit by Thursday's storm. Crews continue the process of restoring power and cleaning up the hundreds of tree limbs knocked onto streets and sidewalks by the strong winds and lightning.

Thousands of residents woke up this mor...

Tax Free Holiday Incentive For Virginia Shoppers

By Tamar Hallerman

It’s already time to start thinking about new notebooks and tennis shoes and you can save money during Virginia’s tax holiday this weekend.

Starting today, Back-to-school shoppers can avoid Virginia’s five percent sales tax on school supplies. The exemption covers i...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded more than $5.5 million in health-care workforce-training grants. The bulk of the award will go to improving nursing education at universities and colleges across Virginia.

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Virginia Tech, Gen...

D.C. Readies For Medical Marijuana Law

By Patrick Madden

District leaders are expected to release a draft of regulations for the city’s new medical marijuana law later today.

The law officially went into effect last week, after surviving congressional review, but District leaders say patients should not expect to buy pot u...

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup August 6, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

PALIN'S NOD Republican former Gov. Bob Ehrlich said that Sarah Palin's nod to his primary opponent, Brian Murphy, "doesn't change anything" in his bid to win back the governor's mansion, blogs Annie Linskey of the Baltimore Sun. But Murphy says the endors...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Weekend Events 6-8, 2010

This weekend let your iPod recharge at home, while you enjoy the musical synchronicity around the region...

(August 7) SALOMÉ ...starting at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, hosting a free screening of the 1923 classic Salomé Saturday afternoon at 3. The silent film), based on the play...

Prince George's Co. Police Find Four Bodies In Lanham

LANHAM, Md. (AP) Prince George's County police are investigating the deaths of four people found in a Lanham home.

Police spokeswoman Lt. Tammy Sparkman says police received a call about an assault at about 2:40 a.m. Friday. Sparkman says when officers responded to a home in the 6800 block...

D.C. Names Street After Go-Go Pioneer, "Little Benny"

By Rebecca Sheir

A late icon of D.C.’s go-go music scene is about to be commemorated in Northwest Washington. The city is naming a street after Benny Anthony Harley, otherwise known as "Little Benny."

Standing beside the fountains of the U.S. Navy Memorial in downtown D.C., Frank Harl...