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News Archive - August 18, 2010

Maryland Bill Would Target PEPCO

In Maryland, the legislature could vote next year on a bill that would force power companies to reach service standards...or lose money.

The bill being crafted by delegate Brian Feldman of Montgomery County would apply to all power utilities in the state, forcing them to meet service standa...

"30 Mosques" Project Comes to D.C.

By Sanaz Meshkinpour

For the Muslim month of Ramadan, two bloggers have taken on a mission: to visit 30 mosques, in 30 states, in 30 days--while fasting. The bloggers made a stop in DC.

It's been five days, and standing outside Masjid Muhammad in Shaw, New York-bloggers Aman Ali and B...

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) Pepco is defending its response to recent storms that left many without power for days. But Pepco officials also admitted during a hearing yesterday before the Maryland Public Service Commission that they've had problems communicating with customers.

NORTH EAST, Md. (AP) Natu...

AFT To Conduct Local Teacher Union Elections

By Kavitha Cardoza

The Washington Teachers Union has been placed under what's called "administratorship" by its parent organization, the American Federation of Teachers.

This means the AFT will conduct the local elections.

The WTU elections were supposed to have been conducted i...

Falls Church Police Issue Va.'s First Citations Under Smoking Ban

By Jonathan Wilson

More than nine months into Virginia's ban on smoking in restaurants, police say they have issued their first citations under the law.

Ten people were stopped in a crackdown on smoking at restaurants in Falls Church this week.

Responding to months of complaints...

Bloomberg Backs Fenty in Mayoral Race

by Patrick Madden

Michael Bloomberg is throwing his support behind Mayor Adrian Fenty in this year's mayoral contest. Patrick Madden reports why an endorsement from the mayor of New York almost seems to make sense.

Carmine's was a fitting venue for Bloomberg's endorsement. Like the N...

Latest Virginia Regional News

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) Virginia authorities say 13 people were arrested in a crackdown on smoking at restaurants in the Falls Church area. Police arrested nine smokers for lighting up at a group of Vietnamese restaurants in Eden Center over the weekend. Four more people were arrested for allowing...

Off-Duty Army Officer Charged with Shooting Dog in Md.

By Greg Peppers

Prosecutors in Anne Arundel County have charged an off duty civilian Army police officer in connection with the fatal shooting of a dog in Severn, Maryland.

The shooting of the three-year-old Siberian Husky, known as Bear-Bear, has prompted Anne Arundel County Executiv...

Extreme Heat Does Damage To Local Highways

By David Schultz

It's been hot enough this summer to literally melt the asphalt on this eight-lane highway.

The extreme weather creates buckles and bumps in the road, which are costing the Virginia Department of Transportation almost $10 million to repair in this region alone, accordi... State Roundup, August 18, 2010

From the website:

PEPCO PROBE Gov. Martin O'Malley called into morning radio programs and held a news conference outside the State House to draw attention to the start of an investigation of Pepco following lots of power outages, mostly in Prince George's and Montgomery...

Art Beat - Wednesday August 18th 2010

"Art Beat" with Sabri Ben-Achour - Wednesday, August 18, 2010

(August 18) AROUND A SMALL MOUNTAIN A curious onlooker ingratiates himself into a French circus in Around a Small Mountain, screening at Northwest Washington’s Avalon Theatre tonight at 8. Director Jacques Rivette’s quiet charact...

Fenty and Gray Close in New Poll

WASHINGTON (AP) It's a close race between D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and his main challenger in the Democratic primary according to a new poll.

The poll released Wednesday found 39 percent of voters surveyed favored challenger Vincent Gray while 36 percent favored Fenty. But the difference bet...

Racial Divide in D.C. Mayor's Race

By Patrick Madden

The vote in the D.C. mayor's race is breaking down along racial lines -- that's according to the results of a new poll by Clarus Research Group.

And for the first time this campaign season, the issue of race has become, well, an issue.

According to Clarus, top...

Stoddert Elementary School Is The First In DCPS To Use Geothermal Energy

Stoddert Elementary School in Northwest D.C. has undergone a $34 million makeover and is the first DC public school to have a geothermal energy system among it's many environmentally friendly features.

Ryan Lewis has been attending Stoddert since he was in kindergarten. And this doesn't loo...

Latest DC Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Firefighters have been rescuing stranded motorists as heavy rains flood roads around the mid-Atlantic region. A D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman says several vehicles were stranded on Broad Branch Road northwest this morning and at least four people were rescued from a car there.


Power Breakfast - Wednesday, August 18 2010

Among the people exasperated by the partisan gridlock in Congress - Native Americans and Black farmers. Manuel Quinones brings us the latest from Capitol Hill in today's Power Breakfast.