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News Archive - September 20, 2010

Montgomery County Board Of Elections Seeking GOP And Independent Poll Workers

By Jessica Jordan

In Montgomery County, Board of Elections staff are already starting to recruit election judges to watch polls on November 2. Registered Republicans and Independents are in high demand for the job.

In a county made up of 60 percent registered Democrats, board of elec...

Latest Virginia Regional News

FARMVILLE, Va. (AP) An aspiring rapper who embraced horror-themed lyrics has pleaded guilty to killing four people in central Virginia. In a plea agreement, Richard ``Sam'' McCroskey was sentenced to life in prison today.

FLINT, Mich. (AP) A 33-year-old man suspected in a series of stabbing...

MarylandReporter.com State Roundup, September 20, 2010

From the MarylandReporter.com website:

CURRIE PLEADS NOT GUILTY State Sen. Ulysses Currie, indicted on corruption charges for not reporting income from Shoppers Food Warehouse, pleaded not guilty to the charges in federal court on Friday, reports The Sun's Julie Bykowicz. Currie was represe...

A Bike-Friendly Baltimore

By Cathy Duchamp

The Baltimore City Council will consider, tonight, a trio of bills that would make the city more bike-friendly.

Right now, Baltimore is not the bike-friendliest of cities.

"I’ve been hit by two cars so far and I’ve hit those storm grates that are facing the wron...

Gray Says No Decision Yet on Schools Chancellor Rhee

By Meymo Lyons

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray says an independent report on the city's school reforms is expected to come out soon. Gray says the National Academy of Sciences is wrapping up an evaluation of the implementation of the 2007 school reform law passed by the council. His spok...

Art Beat With Sabri Ben-Achour Monday, September 20th, 2010

"Art Beat" with Sabri Ben-Achour - Monday, September 20, 2010

(September 20-October 10) CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES

It’s worth remembering occasionally that men and women have been imprisoned, exiled, and even killed for their art. It’s happened before, and it happens even today. Breakthro...

Gray Holds Council Presser Now As Potential Mayor

By Patrick Madden

The District's presumptive mayor elect, Vincent Gray, is holding a press conference later this morning. Gray will remain remain the chairman of the city council until January. That's when the next mayor is officially sworn-in.

This week the council returns from its s...

Ronald Walters Remembered for Civil Rights Contributions

By Matt Laslo

Family, friends and political leaders gathered to pay their respects to the late Ronald E. Walters at the Shiloh Baptist Church in North West.

Even amid the sorrow speakers recounted with joy the lasting impact of professor Walters.

In the 1950s the Wichita, Kansas...

Beach Replenishment Starts In Ocean City

By Bryan Russo

Officials in Ocean City Maryland will begin pumping tons of sand on its beach today as part of Beach Replenishment: a program funded through a partnership with the town, the state of Maryland and the Federal Government.

One million cubic yards of sand will be pumped on...

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) The family of a Johns Hopkins doctor shot by a patient's son has issued a statement saying the surgeon is in good condition. The family of Dr. David Cohen says they appreciate the outpouring of concern after he was shot in the abdomen last week.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Three Anne...

Eco-Labels Proliferate

By Sabri Ben-Achour

As the economy becomes more green-oriented, eco-labels and certifications have multiplied. There are hundreds of groups certifying appliances or foods for achieving one green standard or another. That may be causing more confusion than clarity.

"OK. I've got a few...

D.C. Council Considers Bill On Concussions

By Patrick Madden

A D.C. councilmember is introducing a bill which would require children to be examined by a professional if they are suspected of getting a concussion while playing a sport.

Councilmember Phil Mendelson plans to introduce the bill later today at a press conference wi...

Transportation And The Internet

Online forums about local transportation have proliferated in recent years. Government agencies and private citizens alike are using new transportation websites to communicate. Erissa Scalera reports.

Montgomery County Police Combat Rabies

By Matt Laslo

The Montgomery County Police Department is trying to combat the spread of rabies by offering free vaccinations for pets in the county. Captain Michael Wahl says the disease is mostly found in raccoons but that it can easily spread to dogs, cats and ferrets.

"Vaccinating...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Democratic mayoral nominee Vince Gray says he plans to lobby the White House on congressional voting rights for the District of Columbia. Gray tells WTOP Radio he wants to discuss voting rights and several other issues with the Obama administration once he's in office.

WASHI...

Alexandria Considers Add-On Property Tax

By Michael Pope

City leaders in Alexandria have considered raising the commercial property tax rate to fund transportation projects a few times, but in each case the business community strongly opposed the idea and City Council members backed down. But Chamber of Commerce legislative direct...

Power Breakfast For September 20, 2010

Recently, Harvard Business School decided to see how states fare in the competitive sport of Jockeying for Dollars. Looking at earmarks from 1991 and 2008, the HBS study came up with yearly averages by state. On a per capita basis, Tennessee (for example) hasn't fared so well. About $16 a year p...

Capital Bikeshare Launches, But Who Will Be Sharing The Bikes?

By David Schultz

A new regional bike sharing program launches today. Riders can rent a bicycle for a few hours at several dozen stations in D.C. and Northern Virginia.

Marti Reinfeld is a big BikeShare fan. She can now easily make short trips within the city, instead of having to comm...