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News Archive - September 3, 2010

D.C. Council Members Fights Voter Confusion Over Name

By Patrick Madden

A case of mistaken identity is threatening to cost a D.C. Council Member his job.

At-large incumbent Phil Mendelson is trailing a relatively unknown opponent in the polls, and it seems some voters have confused the candidate with another popular politician who shares...

MarylandReporter.com State Roundup, September 3, 2010

From the MarylandReporter.com website:

CURRIE ANALYSIS The Washington Post’s Aaron Davis analyzes the political implications of the indictment of state Sen. Ulysses Currie. Writing for the Daily Record, C. Fraser Smith says that the indictment of Sen. Currie is a crashing embarrassment for...

Hundreds Of Spectators Watch Earl Pass By Ocean City

By Bryan Russo

As Hurricane Earl raced up the Eastern Seaboard today, hundreds flocked to the Ocean City Boardwalk to watch the storm pass by.

Hurricane Earl appears to have been nothing more than a spectacle as hundreds of people couldn’t help but go see the storm they’d been watchin...

Early Voting Starts Today In Maryland

By Matt Bush

In Maryland, early voting gets underway today for this month's primary election. The chairs of both the Maryland Democratic and Republican parties are encouraging voters who can cast their ballots early to do so, saying it offers a level of convenience to voters who may not be...

Power Breakfast For September 3, 2010

From the unleaded to the unemployed, and for today anyway, unplugged.

The Pray at the Pump movement emerged in 2008, the Summer of Our Discontent with high gas prices.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Latest Maryland Regional News

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Officials in Maryland's capital are ready to respond to Hurricane Earl. The Annapolis Department of Public Works has deployed 360 sandbags to City Dock and 90 more to the 2nd Street Pumping Station.

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (AP) Fire officials say four people, including a f...

Lee Was Declared Mentally Competent After First Montgomery Co. Arrest

By Jonathan Wilson

Two days after police in Montgomery County, Maryland, fatally shot a man threatening hostages in downtown Silver Spring, more details are emerging about the man's past.

43-year-old James J. Lee, who took hostages in the lobby of the Discovery Channel's headquarters,...

The Region's Top Stories With Post Columnist Robert McCartney

There's a week and a half to go before primary day in the D.C. mayoral race.

A Washington Post poll shows Fenty behind Gray -- what would the mayor need to do to close that gap?

Also, Ward 3 council member Mary Cheh announces her backing Gray for mayor.

In Maryland, State Senato...

Ocean City Surveys Beaches for Damage

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Any big storm like Hurricane Earl has the potential to erode beaches and the sand dunes that protect seaside homes and businesses.

Ocean City has spent millions on this over the years and is preparing to survey the damage once again.

The riptides and the wave...

Art Beat & Weekend Events With Sabri Ben-Achour, Friday September 3rd 2010

"Art Beat" with Sabri Ben-Achour - Weekend Events, September 3-5, 2010 With spoken word, music, and theater to spare this long weekend, free is the operative word:

(September 3) STORY/STEREO Story/Stereo couples authors and musicians for enlightened evenings of storytelling and music. It’s...

Ocean City Is Already Thinking Past Storm

By Sabri Ben-Achour

As hurricane Earl marches up the East Coast, battering the coast with rough surf and tropical storm winds, coastal residents say they're ready

A ditch digger is carrying signs and lifeguard chairs off the beach to more sheltered areas.

Anyone with anything th...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) A power outage has knocked out service to all elevators and escalators at the Dupont Circle Metro station in northwest Washington. The station is open and shuttle bus service has been requested. Three new escalators are scheduled to be installed there next year.

WASHINGTON (...

Education Secretary Responds To A Teacher

By Michael Pope

In Virginia, Education Secretary Arne Duncan participated in a convocation ceremony at T. C. Williams High School. But, as Michael Pope reports, one teacher challenged the secretary on No Child Left Behind.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan's love of basketball is well k...

Hurricane Earl Will Take Longer To Move Over Del Marva Pennisula

Hurricane Earl, now a category 2 storm, will be passing within 150 miles of the Ocean City shore and is expected to rush over the coast through the day.

Sabri Ben-Achour reports...

Lawsuit Over Silver Spring Concert Venue

By Matt Bush

In Maryland, the groundbreaking for a new concert venue in Silver Spring has passed.

But one local concert promoter is still fighting the project.

Promoter IMP, which owns several concert venues including DC's 930 Club, has sued Montgomery County over the Fillmore S...

Ward 3 Cheh Backs Gray

By Patrick Madden

D.C. Council Member Mary Cheh is throwing her support behind Council Chairman Vincent Gray in this year's mayoral race.

While the endorsement was not a shock, Cheh has been a vocal critic of Mayor Adrian Fenty. Her decision to actively campaign for Gray could hurt th...

Latest Virginia Regional News

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) Hurricane Earl kicked up wind and light rain as the storm began its pass by Virginia's coast. National Weather Service meteorologist Wayne Albright says the state dodged a major storm as Earl's track kept the center of the Category 2 hurricane out at sea.

VIRGINIA B...

Discovery 911 Calls Tell the Story of Discovery Gunman

Montgomery County police have released the 911 tapes from this week's hostage siege at the Discovery Channel buiilding in Silver Spring, Maryland.

At around 1 pm Wednesday, the calls started coming in...

The gunman, James Jay Lee, held three people hostage inside the building for four...

Commentary...Education and Family Poverty...Walter Smith

Progress has slowed in narrowing the racial achievement gap in D.C.’s public schools and commentator Walter Smith says it’s another indication that it’s time for city leaders to address the issue of family poverty. Smith is Executive Director of D.C. Appleseed.

Tell us what you think at con...

MoCo Rescue Team Helps Prep Massachusetts For Hurricane

By Kavitha Cardoza

Montgomery County authorities have sent a team to Springfield, Massachusetts to help with any Hurricane Earl response.

Scott Graham with Montgomery County's Fire and Rescue Service says the 80-person team is part of the federal response to the hurricane. He says the...

This Week in Congress - September 3, 2010

I’m Elizabeth Wynne Johnson of Capitol News Connection. This Week in Congress…AMB gavel

…was once again quiet on the Hill, with lawmakers still spread far and wide across their districts and states. But Tuesday evening, President Obama drew the focus back to Washington.

OBAMA Good e...