News Archive - August 20, 2010

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Pepco, the utility company has been criticized for storm-related power outages that sometimes lasted for days in Maryland, has released a plan to improve its reliability. The utility says the five-year plan, released yesterday, will cost more than $250 million.


Fairfax Police Simulate Terrorist Scenario

By Matt Laslo

Mount Vernon, Virginia isn't where one might expect terrorists to strike the region.

Even so, a group of the town's bike officers spent the day training to respond to a deadly attack.

Mount Vernon's Neighborhood Patrol Unit teamed up with U.S. Marshalls and members...

Petition To Stop Ambulance Fees In Maryland

By Elliott Francis

In Montgomery County, Maryland, supporters of a proposed ballot initiative have pledged to file legal action if additional signatures they collected to fight the county's ambulance fee, are thrown out.

Even if half of the 20,000 additional signatures submitted are r...

Panel Considers Making Va. Police Records Public

By Michael Pope

A key advisory body to the Virginia General Assembly is considering a plan that could make police documents more available to the public.

In most states, police incident reports are a matter of public record. Not in Virginia, where police have discretion to make them p...

Discovery in Frederick Sheds New Light on 18th-Century Md. Slaves

By Tamar Hallerman

Very little is known about 18th-century slaves who lived in central Maryland, but a recent discovery at the Monocacy Battlefield in Frederick may shed some new light on them.

Archaeologists have known about the site for nearly a decade, but didn’t have the funds to...

Latest Virginia Regional News

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) About 300 members of a Lynchburg-based National Guard infantry battalion have returned from Iraq. The soldiers are at Camp Shelby in Mississippi and plan to spend a few days there before heading back to Virginia.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) Virginia Beach is stepping up mos...

Israelis, Palestinians Live Work and Learn Together in DC

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced the relaunch of direct talks betwen Palestinian and Israeli leaders to begin in September.

But as Sabri Ben-Achour reports, one group of Israelis and Palestinians here in DC have beat them to it.

"I'm Liel Magh...

Local Muslims React To Controversy Over Ground Zero Islamic Center

By Sanaz Meshkinpour

Opponents of the proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero in New York have been vocal and insistent. Washington-area Muslim leaders speak to where Muslim-American voices have been.

Asma Hanif, chair person of the area's Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations... State Roundup, August 20, 2010

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GOV RACE John Rydell of WBFF-TV takes a closer look at the governor's race following the financial disclosures, where Gazette analyst Barry Rascovar says Gov. O'Malley's big bucks are more important right now than Bob Ehrlich's large supporter base....

D.C.-Area Jobless Rate Expected To Drop

By Rebecca Sheir

The Bureau of Labor Statistics plans to announce the latest unemployment numbers for the D.C. area today. Analysts expect joblessness to drop for the seventh month in a row. But for residents still out of work, staying optimistic can be a challenge.

Wendy Jason of Tak...

This Week in Congress - August 20, 2010

I’m Manuel Quinones of Capitol News Connection in for Elizabeth Wynne Johnson. This Week in Congress...

...was one where all the action was away from Capitol Hill.

In events, town hall meetings, press conferences and special appearances -- challengers and incumbents are spending the s...

Gas Guzzling Lawn Mowers

By Garland McLaurin

Power Breakfast For August 20, 2010

Amid the partisan rancor and bitter debates, one Congresswoman can be so cheerful that a colleague once referred to her as 'Miami Nice.'

Manuel Quinones reports...

Latest Maryland Regional News

POTOMAC, Md.(AP) A funeral Mass is scheduled for Alaska plane crash victim and lobbyist Bill Phillips. The Mass will be held at 11 this morning at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Potomac.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Students, faculty and staff at the University of Virginia will hold a da...

School Starts At New School Monday In DC

By Matt Bush

School starts on Monday in the District.

For students at one high school, that means going to a new school.

Students will still be going to Woodrow Wilson High School this year, but in a different building.

While the original school is being renovated in Tenle...

Art Beat With Sabri Ben-Achour, Weekend Events August 20-22, 2010

"Art Beat" with Sabri Ben-Achour - Weekend Events, August 20-22, 2010 (August 20-June 2011) AMERICAN BEAUTY The National Portrait Gallery opens Americans Now today. You have a little under a year to appreciate the likenesses of Martha Stewart, President Obama, and many other prominent faces of A...

The Region's Top Stories With Post Columnist Robert McCartney

A battle of personalities seems to be dominating the D.C. mayoral debate, Virginia Governor McDonnell announces a surplus and Maryland places Pepco under fire for a succession of power outages.

Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey talks with Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney about t...

Report: Staffers at Md. Youth Facility Left Resident Unsupervised With Teacher

By Jonathan Wilson

An investigative report shows that staffers at a juvenile detention center in Maryland left a teenage resident unsupervised with a teacher for more than an hour on the day the teacher was killed.

Sixty-five-year-old Hannah Wheeling was bludgeoned to death in Februar...

Court To Hear Oral Arguments In Climate Change Fight

By Sabri Ben-Achour

A Virginia Circuit Court is hearing oral arguments today in the fight between Virginia's Attorney General and the University of Virginia over the records of a former professor.

Back in April, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli demanded documents from the University of...