News Archive - August 26, 2010

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Radioactive Material Found At Walter Reed Medical Center

By Greg Peppers

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is investigating an incident that took place at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Federal regulators are trying to find out why two packages of radioactive material sat under a counter in the medical center's main lobby, for nearly...

Library Of Congress Evacuated Due To Fire Alarm

WASHINGTON (AP) A U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman says a building at the Library of Congress was evacuated following a fire alarm.

Sgt. Kimberly Schneider says the alarm went off about 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Madison building. Schneider says people were allowed to re-enter the building ab...

Future Of Housing Market Uncertain

By Matt Laslo

Sales of existing homes are down in the Washington region, but home prices are up. Economists agree an $8,000 tax credit for first time home buyers, had a positive impact on home sales.

With the tax credit gone, home sales are slumping even in the economically robust Was...

Latest Virginia Regional News

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) One day after they were issued, swimming bans along parts of Virginia Beach's oceanfront and Chesapeake Bay have been lifted. Health officials in the resort city lifted the swimming and wading advisories today after testing revealed that bacteria levels for the beaches we...

Wanted Virginian Apprehended in Poland

By Rebecca Blatt

Polish authorities say they have arrested an American citizen wanted for allegedly sexually abusing five boys in Virginia. Now a Polish court will have to decide whether to extradite him to the United States.

Interpol says 39-year-old John Edward Hamilton was schedule...

Suspected Baltimore Drug Kingpin Indicted

By Rebecca Blatt

A suspected drug kingpin who has long eluded police in Baltimore, is now facing a federal indictment on charges that carry the possibility of a life sentence.

After 2 years of surveillance, 26-year-old Steven Blackwell Junior has been charged with conspiring to distri...

DC Voting Rights Rally In Front Of White House

By Matt Bush

Supporters of getting the District a vote in Congress will spend the day rallying outside of the White House. Six women started the morning marching in Lafayette Park, marking the 90th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote. But they're also pushing for D.C. to receiv...

Weed Warriors Amass Forces in Montgomery County

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Invasive plants can overwhelm a forest or grassland where they don't belong, and that can affect much more than just the scenery.

But at Wheaton park in Maryland, a small army of volunteers is trying to do something about it.

Carole Bergmann is leading her tr...

Major Housing Slump Hits The Region

By Matt Laslo

New housing data for the Washington area paints a conflicting image of the region's real estate market. Last month existing home sales in the region dropped by eighteen percent, according to the National Association of Realtors.

That's much better than the 27 percent dec...

Rally Draws Similarities Between Women's Suffrage And D.C. Voting Rights

By Matt Bush

Demonstrators, some dressed as suffragettes, are gathering in front of the White House today to honor the anniversary of the 19th Amendment that guaranteed women the right to vote. They'll also be calling attention to the issue of D.C. voting rights.

Marchers will be wear...

Md. Senate Gets Attention In Primary Races

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Primary races in the Maryland State Senate are creating most of the drama for Sept. 14 primaries, particularly in the Maryland suburbs of the nation's capital.

They feature a variety of competitive contests in Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

Several Montgo...

Metro Tightens Security For School Kids

By David Schultz

Every year when students return to school, Metro Police Officers patrol train stations and platforms in the hours after students get out of class. Security this year will be tighter than usual.

The scene at the Van Ness Metro Station at 3:30 in the afternoon can be de...

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Primary races in the Maryland State Senate are creating most of the drama for September 14th primaries, particularly in the Maryland suburbs of the nation's capital. They feature a variety of competitive contests in Montgomery and Prince George's counties.


Metro Installing Driver Monitoring Cameras On Buses

By David Schultz

The cameras will be at the front of the bus, recording the road and the bus driver.

They'll be activated any time the bus does something erratic, such as swerving, stopping short or quickly speeding up.

Metro spokesman Reggie Woodruff says the footage these came...

Navy Contructs Plan To Restore Chesapeake

By Sabri Ben-Achour

The Navy has outlined how the Department of Defense is going to help restore the Chesapeake Bay.

President Obama's first executive order was to launch a vast federal effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, and one part of that was to ask that the federal government l...

Despite Friendly Crowd, McDonnell Still Has To Do Some Convincing On Liquor

By Jonathan Wilson

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell stopped in Fairfax County for the fifth of eight planned town hall meetings Wednesday night.

He spent much of the meeting discussing his plan to privatize the state's liquor stores to raise money for transportation needs.


No Free Rides For SmarTrip Riders

By Meymo Lyons

Metro says it's going to stop helping out SmarTrip riders who come up short on their fares.

SmarTrip users can now exit the system even if the amount on their cards can't cover the price of their trips. The system deducts the amount needed to exit the next time the user...

A Q&A With D.C. Mayoral Candidate Vincent Gray

In the District, the race for mayor is heading into the final stretch. The primary is just weeks away and starting Monday, voters can cast a ballot at one of the early voting centers. The latest polling shows the two top candidates, Mayor Adrian Fenty and D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray, neck...

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WASHINGTON (AP) Glenn Beck's rally on the anniversary and at the site of Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous ``I Have a Dream'' speech is causing criticism, protests and questions about his intentions. Beck says the event Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial is not about politics, even though Beck and fo...

Senator's Attorney Reports Inconsistencies In Campaign Account

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) An attorney for a state senator is reporting that his campaign is investigating inconsistencies in the senator's campaign finance reports.

Sen. Ulysses Currie, the chairman of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, filed his financial disclosure form about a week late...