News Archive - October 5, 2010

Turning Around Low Performing Schools

The Obama administration has made a priority of what's called "school turnaround," or changing what are now the lowest performing schools. The administration has made $3.5 billion available so districts across the country can take schools where most children can't read or do math at grade level,...

Affordable Green Housing Community Opens In Southeast D.C.

By Elliott Francis

In the District, a coalition of developers, community activists and financial institutions are partnering to create the regions first affordable, green housing.

Wheeler Terrace, located in D.C.'s in Ward 8, was one of the city's most notorious crime hotspots.


DCPS Reports Enrollment Increase For First Time In 39 Years

By Kavitha Cardoza

DC Schools' Chancellor Michelle Rhee says enrollment in traditional public schools has increased for the first time in almost 40 years. The increase is modest: one percent.

But this reverses years of decreasing enrollment, and Rhee says that's important.

"We k...

Groups Work To Combat Bullying Against LGBT Students In D.C. Public Schools

By Matt Laslo

A survey shows gay and lesbian students in the District's public schools are reporting high levels of harassment.

Approximately a quarter of gay, lesbian and bi-sexual teens in D.C. say they get harassed by classmates. David Mariner, of the D.C. Center for the LGBT Commu...

HIV Testing Begins At D.C.'s Penn Branch DMV

By Jonathan Wilson

Today, residents in D.C. had their first chance to take advantage of free HIV testing at one of the city's DMV branches.

Angela Fulwood-Wood is with Family and Medical Counseling Services, the non-profit organization administering the tests.

She says the progr...

Virginia Police Documents To Remain Secret

By Michael Pope

In Virginia, police records will remain unavailable to the public as the result of a panel that met in Richmond this week.

A key advisory body tabled an effort that could have increased availability of police records in Virginia, which has some of the most restrictive...

Cuccinelli Renews Climate Investigation into Former UVA Professor

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Virginia's Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, is renewing his effort to investigate a former University of Virginia professor for fraud--an investigation that many scientists and faculty are calling an ideological witch hunt.

The attorney general doesn't believe in...

Power Breakfast For October 5, 2010

Just before the break, Congress put an end to months of debate over the future of NASA and human space flight. An end to the beginning, anyway.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Montgomery County Celebrating New Economic Development Area

By Matt Laslo

Tractors and massive drills are prepping the site of an apartment complex just feet away from the Silver Spring Metro station. It's called the Ripley District and it's just north of the metro and to the west of Wayne Avenue.

Area businesses have complained the downtown r...

Habitat For Humanity Builds New Homes In D.C. And Maryland

By Jessica Jordan

Habitat for Humanity volunteers will build and rehabilitate 86 affordable homes this week, many of them in D.C. and Maryland.

Despite the rain and cold, construction work goes on for hundreds of volunteers building homes in the Ivy City neighborhood in Northeast D.C....

Enrollment Up In District Public Schools

By Jonathan Wilson

Overall enrollment in D.C.'s public schools increased this fall for the first time in almost 40 years.

73 public schools in the city saw an enrollment increase, and 14 different schools had to create wait lists for the first time.

Schools chancellor Michelle R...

D.C. Freezes Hiring

By Patrick Madden

To get a handle on D.C.’s growing budget deficit, city leaders are freezing government hiring and employee raises.

Mayor Adrian Fenty’s executive order not only freezes spending on new hires and raises, it also calls for an across-the-board 10 percent cut in expendit...

Developers Line Up For Chance To Work On New Carrollton Site

By David Schultz

Dozens of developers and contractors are vying for a chance to transform the New Carrollton Metro station into a business and residential hub.

Despite its location near Metro, Amtrak, MARC, the Beltway, Route 50 and--soon--the Purple Line, New Carrollton in Prince Geo...

Art Beat For Tuesday, October 5, 2010

"Art Beat" with Sabri Ben-Achour - Tuesday, October 5, 2010 (October 5-July 10) FAIR PLAY In the 1930’s, people came to World’s Fairs to see the future. Some of what they saw - super tall skyscrapers - became reality while others -- like an end to traffic congestion - still await us. You can see...