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News Archive - October 12, 2010

What Makes The Perfect Pig?

More than 250,000 people enjoyed the dizzying rides and junk food at the State Fair of Virginia this year. But it turns out in the midst of all of that, the swine barn hosts a fiercely competitive contest based on exacting standards of beauty.

Google Announces Offshore Wind Investment

A group of investors, with Google at the helm, has set aside $1.8 billion to build a network of underwater transmission lines to connect future offshore wind turbine farms off the Eastern Seaboard to the electrical grid on the mainland.

Offshore farms have been proposed off the coast of Reh...

Va. Rep. Lets Challenger's Accusations Go Unanswered In Debate

In Virginia, Democratic Rep. Jim Moran took the stage with Republican challenger Patrick Murray on the campus of George Mason University today.

Murray went on the offensive in today's debate, accusing Moran of engaging in pay-to-play tactics with the giant new Department of Defense building...

Candidates For Maryland Governor Square Off In First Debate

Last night's first debate between Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and his Republican rival former Gov. Bob Ehrlich displayed the candidates contrasting message, and set the tone for the next three weeks.

O'Malley, a Democrat, set out to convince voters that he made the decisions in difficult...

Latest Maryland Regional News

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Prince George's County police say four men have been stabbed during a fight in College Park. A police spokeswoman says the fight started at The Thirsty Turtle bar and then spilled onto the street and ended outside another nearby bar about 1:30 this morning. The men were tak...

Art Beat: Tuesday, Oct. 12

"Art Beat" with Sabri Ben-Achour

(Oct. 13) GO-GO 101 If your familiarity with go-go is so-so, you may want to take advantage of the refresher course offered by Kip Lornell tomorrow night at the Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library in Northwest Washington. Lornell explores D.C.’s homegr...

Quadruple Stabbing In College Park Involves Students

Four young people were stabbed after a fight broke out early this morning at a college bar near the University of Maryland at College Park.

Police have now confirmed three of the victims are students at the school.

Prince George’s County police spokesperson Erica Johnson says the figh...

Briggs Named Education Reform Director For Bush Institute

Just weeks after resigning as D.C.'s state superintendent for education, Kerri Briggs is beginning work as director of education reform for the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas, Texas.

In her new position, Briggs says she will focus on principals and their role in schools: "How principals...

Sierra Club Criticizes McDonnell's Energy Agenda

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's energy conference gets under way today. McDonnell says he wants to make Virginia the energy capital of the East Coast, but on the eve of the conference the governor's record on energy came under fire from the Sierra Club.

The Sierra Club says McDonnell is pursu...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson has agreed to testify on behalf of residents attempting to block the construction of a Walmart Supercenter near an endangered Civil War battlefield in northern Virginia. McPherson will testify that the Walmart site in Locust Grov...

Judge Orders Rogue States Burgers To Stop Grilling

The restaurant named best burger joint in D.C. by USA Today is being ordered to stop grilling by a D.C. Superior Court judge.

Rogue States opened near Dupont Circle in February and since then, owner Raynold Mendizabal says, business has been booming. But a neighboring law firm, Steptoe and...

Transitional Home In D.C. Helps Homeless LGBT Youth

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force estimates that up to 40 percent of all homeless youth are LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender). The group says the primary reason for living on the streets is family conflict.

But The Wanda Alston House, a transitional home located in the Dist...

Voting Machine Testing Begins Today

D.C.'s Board of Elections and Ethics will publicly test its election equipment today to prepare for November's election.

Tests like these are performed every time the city has an election but there were major glitches and hiccups during the September primary. Part of the problem, voting off...

More Car Accidents In Maryland

In Maryland, Montgomery County has seen a rash of incidents where pedestrians have been hit by vehicles.

Overnight, a woman was killed after being struck twice on Interstate 270 in Gaithersburg. The victim was first hit by a car, and then by an out-of-service Metrobus on the southbound side...

Georgetown Home Is The First To Go Solar

One D.C. resident is going green while putting a modern twist on his historic home. He's the first Georgetown resident to install a solar power system.

Patrick Clawson's 128-year-old row house on 33rd Street is now covered by 14 large solar panels. Clawson says he'll save money with the ins...

State Roundup: Tuesday, Oct. 12

From MarylandReporter.com

THE DEBATE: In their first debate of the election year, Gov. Martin O'Malley and rival Bob Ehrlich each insisted he has a better plan for jobs, education and spending taxpayer dollars wisely as Maryland emerges from a national recession, writes Julie Bykowicz and A...

Health Official Gives Montogmery County Bedbug Update

Health officials in Maryland are educating residents to help prevent a widespread infestation of bedbugs in Montgomery County.

Dr. Ulder Tillman, the county's health officer, met with members of the county council this morning to let them know what's going on with bedbugs.

"…[W]e've o...

Power Breakfast: Tuesday, Oct. 12

When it comes to off-shore wind power, Congress has been doing a lot of huffing and puffing. Now along comes a private sector initiative that just might blow the old 'house' down.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is sure to get a friendly audience at his latest town hall -- his guests will be his supporters. Spending ever more time on political campaigning, Obama tonight will speak to an audience that includes students from host George Washington University.

WA...