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News Archive - September 1, 2010

Montgomery County A Key For Ehrlich

By Matt Bush

In Maryland, former governor Bob Ehrlich says he thinks he's found an issue in Montgomery County that will help him win back his old job.

For every dollar in state taxes paid by Montgomery County, it receives only about 17 or 18 cents in state funding. Ehrlich says the e...

Latest Maryland Regional News

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) Police say they have shot an armed man who took three people hostage in the Discovery Channel network's headquarters in suburban Washington. All of the hostages are safe.

MIAMI (AP) Forecasters say Hurricane Earl has become a Category 4 storm with top sustained winds...

Police: Discovery Building Gunman Identified

A gunman continues to hold at least one hostage at the headquarters of the Discovery Channel in Silver Spring, Maryland. Police have identified the gunman as James J. Lee.

David Schultz is in Silver Spring and files this report.

Power Breakfast For September 1, 2010

As we speak, some 7,700 gauges are continuously measuring the flow of water in rivers and streams all over the country.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Police: Man Holds Hostages In Discovery Building

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) Authorities say a man upset with the Discovery Channel's environmental programming took several people hostage at gunpoint at the company's headquarters Wednesday while wearing canisters strapped to his body.

Police were negotiating by phone with the gunman, who burs...

Gunman Returns To Discovery After History Of Protests

By Greg Peppers

The gunman who was shot and killed during the hostage siege at the Discovery Channel had a history of protesting the building.

43 year old James Jay Lee was arrested in February of 2008 outside the Discovery Channel building on charges of littering and disorderly condu...

Not All Tour Buses Pass Surprise Safety Inspections

By David Schultz

This week, federal safety regulators are stopping tour buses on the National Mall and subjecting them to surprise inspections. And not all of them are passing.

Vincenzo Misuraca, a special inspector with the Federal Motor Carrier Administration, is checking the lug nu...

Latest D.C. Local News

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) Police say three hostages are safe and a suspect has been fatally shot after a standoff at the Discovery Channel headquarters in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. Authorities say the incident happened this afternoon.

WASHINGTON (AP) Mayor Adrian Fenty and his...

Police Communicating With Gunman In Discovery Building

Montgomery County SWAT teams are responding to the Discovery building in Silver Spring, Maryland -- where there is reportedly an armed gunman who may have an explosive device. A spokesman says police are in communication with the man. He says this is a fluid situation, but there haven't been any...

Leaders In Ocean City Prep For Earl

By Bryan Russo

Officials in Ocean City will be meeting today to solidify the final preparations for Hurricane Earl’s arrival on Friday, and although they say they are ready for the worst, the real uncertainty is determining how bad conditions are going to get.

Ocean City is no strange...

SWAT Team Called For Gunman In Discovery Building

By Rebecca Blatt

A SWAT team in Montgomery County, Maryland is heading to the Discovery Building in Silver Spring after reports of an armed man -- possibly wearing an explosive device -- in the lobby.

Angela Cruz, a spokesperson for Montgomery County police, says police were called to...

Discovery Channel Employees Recount Their Experience In Hostage Sitaution

By David Schultz

Thedra White was not one of the people in the Discovery building when the gunman, James Lee, entered and started taking hostages. She just happened to be walking down a nearby street when she saw people running away. "No talking or anything but you could see a look of panic...

Art Beat With Sabri Ben-Achour, Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

"Art Beat" with Sabri Ben-Achour - Wednesday, September 1, 2010

(September 1-26) SCULPTING PRESENCE

Simultaneous Presence is an exhibit about contrasts coexisting. It’s a sculpture exhibit at Baltimore’s Evergreen House, it connects the local history of that place to global narratives...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Gov. Bob McDonnell has declared a state of emergency to help prepare for Hurricane Earl. The governor's declaration allows additional resources and staff to be positioned ahead of the storm.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) About 200 members of the Virginia National Guard are being sen...

Gunman Reported In Discovery Communications Building

Montgomery County SWAT teams are responding to the Discovery building in Silver Spring, Maryland, where there are reports of a gunman in the lobby. Police are working to evacuate the area.

David Schultz is on the scene with the latest.

Early Voting Begins In Maryland

By Elliott Francis

For the first time, voters in Maryland will be able to cast their ballots early, 11 days before the September primary.

On Tuesday, Governor Martin O’Malley joined the state’s legislative Black Caucus to encourage voters to cast their ballot before the state's offici...

MarylandReporter.com State Roundup, September 1, 2010

From the MarylandReporter.com website:

CHEAPSKATE GOVS If the past three years are any guide, the man who gets elected governor in November -- either incumbent Martin O'Malley or rival Bob Ehrlich -- will be an extreme fiscal conservative with his own charitable contributions, writes Jason...

Ocean City Braces for Earl

Communities up and down the east coast are bracing for the approach of Hurricane Earl. Hurricane watches are in effect for the Virginia, Maryland and Delaware beaches. Today Virginia's Governor Bob McDonnell and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley both declared a state of emergency to help prepare...

D.C. Schools Improve, But Still Have Long Road Ahead

By Kavitha Cardoza

D.C.'s traditional public schools have shown dramatic improvements in the past five years, that's according to a new report by the Washington Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.

But there is still lots left to do before D.C. catches up to neighbor...

Ocean City Braces For Storm... And Clean Up

By Bryan Russo

Ocean City, Maryland is on high alert as Hurricane Earl churns up the Eastern seaboard.

Public Works Director Hal Adkins has been sitting in meetings all day today preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Earl sometime early Friday morning. He says that based on Earl’s cu...

Discovery Hostage Standoff Ends, Gunman Killed

By Elliott Francis

The hostage ordeal at Discovery Communications in Silver Spring, Md., which ended when police shot and killed the gunman, lasted nearly four and a half hours.

The first sign of trouble came at approximately 12:45 via email. The message sent to all employees of Disco...