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News Archive - October 14, 2010

Comic Retraces His Start in D.C.

Comedian Mike Birbiglia is known for his specials on Comedy Central and his stories on This American Life, but Birbiglia got his start as a comic at The DC Improv.

Birbiglia's book, "Sleepwalk With Me and Other Painfully True Stories," is just out this week, and he's performing at D.C.'s Wa...

Chile's Ambassador Tracks Rescue From D.C.

Chile's Ambassador to the U.S., Arturo Fermandois, followed the rescue of the 33 miners from his office in Northwest D.C. Now he hopes to hear answers about the cause of the mine collapse.

For 69 days, the miners waited deep underground. Their two-day rescue was a dramatic achievement. The...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Michelle Rhee says she's looking for a job where she can have an impact but also be closer to her fiance. Rhee stepped down yesterday as the head of the D.C. public school system. Rhee is engaged to Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA player.

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) The...

Bill Gates Donates High-Tech Center To United Way

Mumbai, India, is just a few clicks away from the sleek new center at the United Way's headquarters in Old Town Alexandria, Va. During a demonstration of the new Mary M. Gates Learning Center, leaders of United Way performed high-definition video conferences with India, San Francisco and South A...

New Museum To Open In D.C.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will take part in a ceremonial ground breaking today for Washington's newest museum, the National Law Enforcement Museum, which is slated to open in 2013.

Today's ceremony comes two years later than planned. Organizers say fundraising and design approvals h...

Metro Budget Falls Short Two Months In

Metro just finished raising fares and slashing expenses to balance its budget. But, according to the latest numbers, it may not have gone far enough.

Metro's current budget--the one that contains historic fare increases and reduced service--is short by $10 million after just two months.

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WAMU's Education Reporter Talks With Rhee About Leaving DCPS

Transition to a new administration is under way in the District with the announcement that school's chancellor Michele Rhee is stepping down at the end of this month.

Kaya Henderson, Rhee's current deputy chancellor, will take over as interim chancellor and her management team will remain i...

Latest Virginia Regional News

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) A search is under way for a Coast Guard member who fell off a small boat during tactical operations near the Monitor-Merrimac Bridge Tunnel. Officials say a member of the Maritime Safety and Security Team New York fell into the water last night.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP...

Arlington, Alexandria Leaders To Discuss Transportation Challenges

The top-ranking politicians from Arlington and Alexandria will be getting together later today for a rare joint meeting on local transportation issues.

The revitalization of Crystal City, Potomac Yard and Columbia Pike will be on the agenda this evening when the Arlington County Board meets...

Power Breakfast: Oct. 14

A new report out today offers an updated snapshot of a profound shift in electoral demographics.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Ocean City Council Hopeful Arrested for DUI

Seven candidates will fight for three open seats on the Ocean City Council on Tuesday.

Yet, one of the hopefuls has been arrested for DUI.

Council hopeful Sean Rox, 37, was arrested late Wednesday night by resort officials for Driving Under the Influence in downtown Ocean City.

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Kaya Henderson Named Interim Chancellor Of DCPS

Kaya Henderson, the current deputy chancellor of D.C.'s traditional public schools will take over Chancellor Michelle Rhee's job at the end of this month on an interim basis.

Henderson and Rhee worked together at The New Teacher Project, a teacher recruiting nonprofit group that Rhee founde...

State Roundup: Thursday, Oct. 14

From MarylandReporter.com

ANIMOSITY REIGNS: Allusions of racism, rude interruptions and burning glares between Maryland's two leading candidates for governor have revealed anew an ugly tension fueling the rematch between Gov. Martin O'Malley and former Gov. Bob Ehrlich. They really don't li...

Art Beat: Thursday, Oct. 14

"Art Beat" with Sabri Ben-Achour: Thursday, Oct. 14

(Oct. 14) THE OLMSTED CONNECTION Though we may not realize it, we’re all a little indebted to Frederick Law Olmsted. The seminal landscape architect and his progeny designed more than 5,000 of our campuses, neighborhoods, and parks, includ...

Manassas Food Assistance Center Desperate For Giving Season

It's not quite the official holiday season, but a nonprofit food assistance program in Prince William County, Va., is desperate for local residents and businesses to get in the giving mood a little early.

The food distribution room at SERVE, the largest food assistance provider in Prince Wi...

Latest Maryland Regional News

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) Prince George's County Police say a 4-year-old child was in the back of a vehicle that was briefly carjacked. The car was taken from a Shell gas station in the Oxon Hill area last night and was found about half an hour later about a mile away. The child was asleep and unharmed...

Coalition Works To Support Overwhelmed Foreclosure Counselors

Many local foreclosure counselors say they are overwhelmed by their caseloads. A coalition is working to put more counselors in housing offices to help provide some relief.

The Capital Area Foreclosure Network says more counselors are needed to answer an increase in caseloads, noting more t...

Report: Employment Gap Widens in D.C.

A D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute report shows the employment gap widening in the District.

The think tank says while employment remained relatively steady for white D.C. residents and those with a four-year college degree during the recession, unemployment surged last year for Latino and Afri...

Ehrlich And O'Malley Square Off For Second Time

Plenty of questions were asked during today's Maryland governor's debate, sponsored in part by WAMU. But both Gov. Martin O'Malley and former Gov. Bob Ehrlich accused each other of not answering those questions.

Ehrlich was asked how he would make up hundreds of millions of dollars in reven...