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News Archive - October 6, 2010

Organ Donor Leave In Montgomery County

By Matt Bush

In Maryland, employees in Montgomery County may soon get paid leave if they plan to donate organs. The county currently doesn't offer paid leave for such a situation, even though the state and federal governments do. County Councilmember Mike Knapp says he didn't know that unti...

Md. Students, Officials Support National "Walk To School" Day

By Jonathan Wilson

This morning, schools across the D.C. Metro area are participating in International Walk to School Day.

Dozens of schools across the area have planned events to highlight the benefits of walking to school.

The nation's secretary of transportation, Ray LaHood,...

Area Students Celebrate Walk-to-School Day

By Jonathan Wilson

Today, students, parents and teachers across the D.C. metropolitan area are celebrating International Walk to School Day.

The excitement from these East Silver Spring Elementary students may have stemmed from the fact that for many, walking to school is a rare treat...

Development In Silver Spring Just The Beginning

By Matt Laslo

Montgomery County, Maryland officials say a new economic development district in Silver Spring is just the start of an effort to revitalize the area.

A massive drill is driving into the wet clay just a stone's throw from the Silver Spring Metro. It's the future sight of...

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) Could crab shells and clay help clean oxygen-robbing algae blooms from the Chesapeake Bay? That's the idea of a group of students at the University of Maryland that will be studied with the help of an $880,000 federal grant.

BALTIMORE (AP) The Maryland Zoo has become one of t...

Rosy Picture For Job Seekers In Virginia

By Meymo Lyons

Job seekers need look no farther that Virginia for opportunities in the professional, science, technical and health care fields.

Data from the Virginia Employment Commission shows those are the industries expected to see employment growth over the next eight years. The...

Power Breakfast For October 6, 2010

The Supreme Court hears oral arguments today in Snyder v. Phelps.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Voter Registration Deadlines Approach

By Rebecca Blatt

Time is running out to register to vote in the November 2nd elections.

In Maryland and Virginia, voter registration forms must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 12th. That's also the deadline to update voter information.

In D.C. the deadline to register by mail...

First Electronic Toll Road In Maryland

By Greg Peppers

Once its completed, Maryland's Inter-County Connector will be the state's first all electronic variably priced toll road.

The first 5.5 miles of Maryland's ICC is scheduled to open in the next two to five months. But, motorists who ride it won't be able to pay with cas...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) The company behind a high-tech sound device that aimed to keep teens from loitering in a Washington neighborhood has squashed use of the controversial product. The device, called ``The Mosquito,'' costs about $1,000 and emits a high-pitched beeping sound that only young people can...

Md. Bomb Squad Investigates Devices In Home

DISTRICT HEIGHTS, Md. (AP) Members of the Prince George's County fire department's bomb squad are entering a District Heights home to investigate suspicious items that officials say have "all the components" of explosive devices.

Spokesman Mark Brady said Wednesday evening that the resident...

Art Beat for Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

"Art Beat" with Sabri Ben-Achour - Wednesday, October 6, 2010 (October 6-October 30) SITAR TURNS TEN Northwest Washington’s Sitar Arts Center teams underserved youth up with professional artists to produce original works. The center presents the inaugural Patricia Sitar Arts Expo this month in ce...

Developers Have Big Plans For New Carrollton

By David Schultz

Some of the region's top developers have big plans for the New Carrollton area in Prince George's County, Maryland. They want to build offices, apartments, even a hotel, at the New Carrollton Metro station.

Several dozen developers are congregating outside a conferenc...

EPA Holds Bay Meeting Tonight

The Environmental Protection Agency is taking its plan to restore the Chesapeake Bay to Richmond. The public meeting this evening at the University of Richmond is one in a series scheduled in Virginia by the agency, which plans to put the bay on a "pollution diet."

At a meeting Monday night...

Firefighter Layoffs Proposed In Montgomery County

By Matt Bush

In Maryland, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett is proposing laying off over 80 firefighters.

The layoffs would be needed according to Leggett if voters reject ambulance user fees at the polls next month. The loss of the revenue raised by the fees would come in bet...

Latest Virginia Regional News

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) It's not a good year for Democrats, but a conservative may be Democratic Representative Glenn Nye's best friend this fall in his first re-election bid. Nye unseated Republican Representative Thelma Drake two years ago in the Democratic sweep led by Barack Obama.

RIC...

Arlington School Cafeterias Struggle To Meet Code

By Michael Pope

In 2006, Arlington Public Schools hired a consultant to visit the county’s public school cafeterias. The consultant found numerous health code violations--everything from dead cockroaches to chemicals stored next to food.

Administrators put together an action plan and...

Developers Make Over Florida Avenue Market

Head to the busy crossroads of Florida and New York Avenues in Northeast D.C., and you'll find yourself at the Florida Avenue Wholesale Market, where more than 30 businesses cover seven square blocks of faded warehouses and industrial buildings.

The Market is celebrating its 80th anniversar...

Rhee Announces Increase In Enrollment In DCPS

By Kavitha Cardoza

D.C. School's Chancellor Michelle Rhee has announced the first increase in traditional school enrollment in 39 years. And she says the momentum in education reform can continue with or without her.

The increase reverses years of decreasing enrollment, even if it jus...

MarylandReporter.com State Roundup, October 6, 2010

From the MarylandReporter.com website:

O'MALLEY AHEAD A just-released Rasmussen Reports poll shows Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley with an eight-point advantage over Republican former Gov. Bob Ehrlich, a lead that comes after months of polls by the firm that had the race in a dead heat, Ju...