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News Archive - October 13, 2010

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli promises that a national investigation into mortgage foreclosure practices will be thorough and fair to both homeowners and lenders. He says he's joining other state attorneys general in an investigation of broken laws in foreclosures na...

Historian To Testify Against Wal-Mart Supercenter Construction

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson has agreed to testify on behalf of residents attempting to block the construction of a Wal-Mart Supercenter near an endangered Civil War battlefield in northern Virginia.

McPherson will testify that the Wal-Mart site in Locust Grove was blood...

Familiarity Breeds Contempt In Northern Va. Congressional Rematch

Congressional candidates in Virginia's closely contested 11th District are familiar with one another, they faced off for the same seat just two years ago.

But that doesn't mean debates are any less heated this time around.

Minutes into the debate, Keith Fimian, the Republican challeng...

State Roundup: Wednesday, Oct. 13

From the MarylandReporter.com website:

STATE PENSIONS In a strongly worded editorial, the Washington Post criticizes the silence of both Gov. Martin O’Malley and former Gov. Bob Ehrlich on Maryland’s $18 billion in unfunded pension liabilities for state employees and teachers, as well as $...

Metro Conducts Internal Review Of Escalators, Elevators

An investigation into Metro's escalators and elevators has uncovered problems with their maintenance and upkeep.

Escalator switches are unclean, water intrudes into the elevators' machine rooms, and there's a shortage of supervisors to manage the escalator/elevator operation.

Those ar...

Rhee Leaving After Tumultuous Period In DCPS

Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee is stepping down.

The hard-charging Rhee served three contentious years as chancellor. She became a national symbol for education reform, famously appearing on the cover of Time Magazine with a broom.

And under her tenure, test scores rose and she nego...

Reduce, Reuse, Re-Oyster

Restaurants have been known to recycle glass bottles and even compost their food. Now, some are recycling items that aren't usually thought of as recyclable: oyster shells. One local operation, made up of restaurants and scientists, is turning old oysters into new ones--and giving the entire spec...

Montgomery County Heath Officials Talk About Bedbugs

Although health officials in Montgomery County, Maryland acknowledge bedbug infestation in the county is not as bad as other regions, they say residents should still be informed, and vigilant.

It's hard to believe, but some folks in Montgomery County are still unaware of bedbugs.

"Wha...

Latest Maryland Regional News

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) State Sen. Ulysses Currie, who was indicted by a federal grand jury in September, is no longer unopposed in November's election for his Senate seat. Sixty-three-year-old Jennifer Lowery-Bell is running as a Democratic write-in candidate.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey...

Former D.C. State Superindent Heads To Bush Institute

After nine years in D.C., Kerri Briggs--formerly an assistant secretary of education in the Bush administration and most recently D.C.'s state superintendent of education--has returned to her home state of Texas. She's been named director of education reform for the George W. Bush Institute in Da...

Power Breakfast: Wednesday, Oct. 13

To frack or not to frack? That is a question.

The quest for domestic sources of energy has a fractured Congress drilling ever-deeper into a debate over hydraulic fracturing.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Chilean Embassy In D.C. Celebrates Miners' Rescue

In the District, officials and staff of the Chilean embassy in Northwest, like much of the world, are celebrating the rescue of the 33 miners from Chile's San Jose Mine.

A jumbotron parked outside the embassy on Massachusetts Avenue just south of Dupont Circle has displayed every moment of...

Google's Investment Could Pressure Lawmakers To Act On Offshore Wind

Google has announced it will lead a group of private investors in funding hundreds of miles of underwater transmission lines, linking future offshore wind farms to the Eastern seaboard. Google’s involvement could put added pressure on Maryland lawmakers.

Instead of each offshore wind farm b...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) D.C. police say this morning's double shooting at a city public works lot that killed one worker was not a random incident. Authorities say 51-year-old Larry Hutchins died after being shot at the lot's entrance in northeast Washington. Another victim is hospitalized in good condit...

Geriatric Center Loses Certification; Va. To Pay

Virginia must come up with nearly $1 million to care for patients at a state-run geriatric psychiatric center this month after losing its certification from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.

The federal agency pulled the Medicaid funding after Eastern State Hospital's Hancock...

Art Beat: Wednesday, Oct. 13

“Art Beat” with Sabri Ben-Achour

(Oct. 14-23) BLOOD WEDDING Georgetown University’s Theater and Performance Studies Program opens a season of faculty-helmed productions tomorrow night at the Davis Performing Arts Center. Federico Garcia Lorca’s Blood Wedding is staged through October 23. Su...

Additional Aid for Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

Homeowners facing foreclosure in our area may soon have more resources in place to help them save their home.

The Capital Area Foreclosure Network plans to set up a fund to support counseling agencies overwhelmed by foreclosure clients. The group, led by the Metropolitan Washington Council...

D.C. Gay Marriage Opponents Petition U.S. Supreme Court

Opponents of same-sex marriage in Washington are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take their case.

A group headed by Bishop Harry Jackson, which had opposed same-sex marriage in the city, says it filed a petition with the high court Tuesday, asking the justices to take their case.

Was...