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News Archive - October 8, 2010

Drought Watch Lifted For Metro Area

By Greg Peppers

The drought watch that was issued for the metro area last month has been lifted.

The drought watch went into effect on Sept. 9, but due to rains from tropical storm Nicole, officials with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments have made a decision to lift t...

Maryland Puts Ballots Online

By Meymo Lyons

Maryland is becoming the first state in the nation to make absentee ballots available online. The University of Maryland's Center for American Politics and Citizenship is making the ballots available in a partnership with the Maryland State Board of Elections.

Ballots w...

War Of Words: Escalation In Md. Casino Fight

By Matt Bush

In Maryland, the war of words is escalating between a developer looking to build a slots casino in Anne Arundel County and a group of residents looking to stop the project.

Voters in Anne Arundel County will decide next month whether the Cordish Companies will be allowed...

Power Breakfast For Oct. 8, 2010

Some Senators want a nationwide investigation of the Indian Health Service, to follow up on the findings of a recent Senate committee probe of health care facilities throughout the Dakotas, Iowa and Nebraska.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Latest Maryland Regional News

WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama offers his thoughts on the government's latest employment report after he tours a small business in suburban Washington. His visit today to Bladensburg, Md., comes after the Labor Department releases its September job figures.

WASHINGTON (AP) The Metro...

Commentary On Food Safety With Robin Strosnider Dimock

Recent outbreaks of food-borne illness in lettuce, peanut butter and cookie dough has some advocates calling for a national solution. Among them is commentator Robin Strosnider Dimock.

She’s with Safe Tables Our Priority, which works to prevent illness and death caused by food-borne pathoge...

Three-Day Walk For Breast Cancer Research Begins

By Jonathan Wilson

Thousands have been gathering this morning at Nationals Park for the start of the Susan G. Komen three-day walk to raise money for breast cancer research.

Participants in the fundraiser for breast cancer research plan to walk 60 miles over the next three days. They'...

D.C. Online Voting Experiment Reveals Major Vulnerabilities

By Patrick Madden

When D.C.'s Board of Elections and Ethics dared people to try to hack it's prototype for online voting, a professor and his students from the University of Michigan rose to the occasion.

They infiltrated the system and even embedded the school's fight song on the We...

President Rallies Democrats In Prince George's County

By Elliott Francis

Hundreds of people turned out to hear President Obama campaign on behalf of Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley. Yesterday's rally was held at Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland, and as the President made his appeal, some people attending the event fell ill.

Pr...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says localities can't opt out of a federal program to identify illegal immigrants using fingerprints from arrests. ICE Director John Morton says the agency's agreement for the Secure Communities program is with the state,...

Cheating Scandal In P.G.'s Police Dept. Blamed On Laziness

By Jonathan Wilson

In Maryland, the police chief in Prince George's County says that laziness from an instructor, and not cheating by cadets, is what led to a slew of perfect scores on police academy exams last year.

Police Chief Roberto Hylton says an internal audit showed that out o...

Art Beat: Weekend Events, Oct. 8-10

"Art Beat" with Sabri Ben-Achour

There will be plenty an opportunity to folk about the region this weekend…

(Oct. 8) EBONY HILLBILLIES The Ebony Hillbillies have played their version of African-American String music on New York's subway platform circuit for 20 years, taking the odd ni...

Gray Courts Voters In Ward 3

By Patrick Madden

D.C.'s Democratic nominee for mayor, Vincent Gray, is trying to woo voters in a part of the city that overwhelmingly supported his opponent in September's primary.

Gray held a town hall meeting last night in upper Northwest Washington as part of his citywide listenin...

Illegal Immigrants Convicted, Arrested For Sexual Offenses

By Greg Peppers

In Virginia, state and federal officials have arrested 15 illegal immigrants who were convicted of sexual offenses in the Commonwealth and the District.

The 15 illegal immigrants were arrested as part of Operation SOAR (Sexual Offender Alien Removal). All of them had b...

ICE Says Local Governments Can't Opt Out Of Agency Program

By Greg Peppers

The head of the U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement says local governments, including Arlington County, Va., cannot opt out of a federal program that checks fingerprints of people who are arrested to see if they are illegal immigrants.

Last month officials in Arli...

McDonnell's Bid To Change Metro Board Fails Again

By Bob McDonnell

The attempts of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to appoint his representatives to the Metro Board of Directors have, once again, been blocked.

The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission is the local group that appoints Virginia's representatives on the board. Earlier...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Chandra Levy's mother will be allowed to attend the entire trial of the man who's accused of killing the federal intern. A judge ruled that Susan Levy will be able to attend the trial, even though she likely will be called as a witness.

WASHINGTON (AP) It may be decades, if...