News Archive - September 9, 2010

Award-Winning Website Connects D.C. Schools With Families

By Kavitha Cardoza

D.C. Public Schools have won a Digital Education Achievement Award for their website. It's part of their effort to reach more families in the District. During the last academic year, the DCPS website got 6,311,519 page views. That's mainly because of it's revamped website...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The Food and Drug Administration says five electronic cigarette companies are violating federal laws by making unsubstantiated claims about the product and for poor manufacturing practices. The FDA says it sent warning letters to the companies, saying that the e-cigarettes are...

Md., Va. and D.C. Sign Settlement with Publishers Clearing House

By Rebecca Blatt

Thirty-one states, including Maryland and Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia are signing onto an agreement with Publishers Cleaning House over allegations of deceptive marketing practices.

The states allege that Publishers Clearning House mailed promotional...

Local Muslim Community Speaks; Quran Burning Will Fuel Extremists

By Jessica Jordan

The Ahmadiyya Muslim community is speaking out against plans by a church in Florida to burn the Quran on September 11th. The group held its first interfaith dialogue in Silver Spring last night.

The national vice president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, Imam Nase...

Environmentalists Say Va. Plan For Chesapeake Falls Short

By Sabri Ben-Achour

The EPA asked states to draw up plans for how they would contribute to restoring the Chesapeake Bay. States have been trying and failing for 25 years to stick to any of their water quality goals so this was part of an attempt by the Obama administration to get things mov...

Hearing May Move D.C. Teacher's Union Closer To Vote

By Kavitha Cardoza

Representatives from the Washington Teacher's Union and the American Federation of Teachers will provide testimony at a hearing Friday morning. This will be the next step in determining when teachers in D.C. can vote for a union president.

Last month the AFT declare...

Height Left Stamp On Nation, May Leave Name On Nation's Post Office

By Sabri Ben-Achour

The late civil rights icon Dorothy Height left her mark on the course of the nation's history, now, some in DC want to honor her by renaming one of D.C.'s historic buildings.

Dorothy Height left her stamp on the Civil Rights movement for 80 years, working alongside...

Former DCPS Student Files Lawsuit Against Former Teacher and DCPS Management

By Kavitha Cardoza

A former student from DC Public Schools has filed a lawsuit against a former teacher and District management, alleging a sexual relationship that resulted in the birth of her daughter.

Ayanna Blue was a student at the Transition Academy at SHADD, a school for studen...

Debate Over Religious Displays At Loudoun Courthouse Could Continue

By Jonathan Wilson

In Virginia, Loudoun County Supervisors have voted to continue allowing religious holiday displays at the county courthouse, putting an end to a months long debate.

But some say the controversy could ignite again this holiday season.

Barry Lynn, executive dire...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Metro says the Federal Emergency Management Agency will reimburse it $1.76 million to cover snow removal costs from the February storms. FEMA has already given Metro $1 million for the December snowstorm.

WASHINGTON (AP) The Kennedy Center plans to launch its new arts educat...

Barry Stumps For Gray

By Patrick Madden

D.C. Council Member Marion Barry has yet to officially endorse anyone in this year's race for mayor. But that doesn't mean the former mayor is staying on the sidelines.

Barry is quickly becoming one of Vincent Gray's most visible supporters. The latest Barry sighting...

Power Breakfast For September 9, 2010

The notion of comprehensive immigration reform has been stewing for years. But little has happened, and Latino voters may hold both parties responsible.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Civil Rights Leader Honored with Post Office Soon

By Matt Laslo

The woman some call the unofficial "godmother" of the civil rights movement, Dorothy Height, may soon be getting a post office named after her in the District.

From the 1930s on Height fought simultaneously for racial and gender equality. She became one of the most promi...

How A Bald-Faced Bluff May Have Saved Reagan National Airport After 9/11

At almost any time on almost any day, an airport is filled with sounds: PA announcements over the loudspeakers, the omnipresent click-clack of rolling luggage and, of course, the airplanes themselves.

But for several weeks after the September 11th attacks, the airport, was empty.

With...

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) Prosecutors say a 14-year-old girl charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a man during a robbery attempt has been indicted on the charge. A grand jury indicted Arteesha Holt of Baltimore yesterday.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) The Chesapeake Bay Foundati...

Art Beat With Sabri Ben-Achour Thursday, September 9, 2010

"Art Beat" with Sabri Ben-Achour - Thursday, September 9, 2010 (September 9) PHILLIP GLASS From non-narrative operas to Sesame Street to Grand Theft Auto IV, the compositions of Baltimore’s Philip Glass have ended up in every corner of our musical stratosphere. The composer discusses his prolific...

Haitian Dancers Tour Area To Rebuild From Earthquake

By Matt Laslo

A dance group called the Resurrection Dance Theater of Haiti is kicking off its U.S. tour in the Washington area. They're raising money to rebuild two orphanages destroyed in January's earthquake.

When on stage dancing in their bright yellows, vibrant greens and big smil...

MarylandReporter.com State Roundup, September 9, 2010

From the MarylandReporter.com website:

LEOPOLD SUIT The allegations of impropriety against Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold broadened as an expanded lawsuit portrayed him as a womanizing megalomaniac, reports Erin Cox of the Annapolis Capital. A draft of the complaint accuses Leop...