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News Archive - October 20, 2010

Montgomery County Schools Receive Money As Runner-Up For Broad Prize

Montgomery County, Md., is one of three runners-up for the prestigious Broad education award. The school superintendent believes the county is in a good position to win it next year.

A county outside Atlanta won, but runner-up brings $250,000 prize to Montgomery County to support college sc...

State Roundup: Wednesday, Oct. 20

From MarylandStateReporter.com:

HIKE + CUTS Almost half of Maryland voters favor a combination of tax hikes and budget cuts to solve the $6 billion in budget deficits the state faces in the coming four years, according to an exclusive poll done by Gonzales Research last week for MarylandRep...

Poll Shows Voters Evenly Divided Over Casino Proposal

A new, independently conducted poll shows voters in Anne Arundel County, Md., are split on whether to allow a massive casino at Arundel Mills Mall.

With more than forty seven hundred glitzy slot machines the proposed casino would be Maryland's largest. County officials approved it but now r...

Power Breakfast: Wednesday, Oct. 20

From Capital News Connection:

Today we serve up Part Two of a two-part 'Breakfast' in which American University professor and veteran Hill-watcher James Thurber ponders the impending lame duck session in Congress. The director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies has li...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) The Obama administration is asking a federal appeals court to immediately suspend a judge's ruling that overturned the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays. The administration says it wants the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco to take action...

Day After Shots Fired At Pentagon: Work, Investigation Continue

Police in Virginia have yet to make any arrests following yesterday's shooting at the Pentagon, which did not injure anyone but did damage several windows.

Workers are quietly going about their business at the Pentagon this morning, entering the massive building the security gates without a...

Group Controlling Airports Operates Out Of Public's Eye

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority controls not only Reagan and Dulles Airports, but also the Dulles Toll Road and, most significantly, the multibillion-dollar Dulles Metrorail project.

But its board of directors makes many of its decisions behind closed doors in what's known as...

D.C. Eases Privacy Rules Surrounding Juveniles' Records

For nearly an hour Tuesday, a contentious debate took hold in the D.C. Council: How do you strike the right balance when dealing with young offenders?

On one hand, it is a hallmark of juvenile justice to keep a young person's criminal record private so he or she isn't stigmatized for life....

Montgomery County Schools Receive Money As Runner-Up For Broad Prize

Montgomery County, Md., is one of three runners-up for the prestigious Broad education award. The school superintendent believes the county is in a good position to win it next year.

A county outside Atlanta won, but runner-up brings $250,000 prize to Montgomery County to support college sc...

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) A Baltimore police officer has died after crashing his cruiser into a city fire engine that was stopped on a highway. Authorities say 32-year-old Officer Tommy Portz went into cardiac arrest after the crash around 10 a.m. on U.S. 40 in west Baltimore. He died at a trauma center....

Higher Speed Limits Coming For Virginians

In Virginia, Gov. Bob McDonnell says the state's Department of Transportation will post speed limits of 70 miles per hour on 680 miles of interstates before the end of the year.

McDonnell says the increase from 65 mph to 70 mph in rural areas will help Virginians arrive at their destination...

Election Causes Major Upset In Ocean City Council

The jubilant celebration from supporters of the three winners was a stark contrast to the stoic looks of disappointment on the faces of the four candidates who came up short.

The most disappointed of those was Council President Joe Mitrecic, who was unseated by newcomer Brent Ashley by a me...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Jury selection is set to begin today as the national president of the Outlaws motorcycle gang and three of his associates go on trial in Virginia on racketeering and other charges. Federal prosecutors call the gang is a highly organized criminal enterprise responsible for a num...

Day After Shots Fired At Pentagon: Work, Investigation Continue

Police in Virginia have yet to make any arrests following yesterday's shooting at the Pentagon, which did not injure anyone but did damage several windows.

Workers are quietly going about their business at the Pentagon this morning, entering the massive building the security gates without a...

Group Controlling Airports Operates Out Of Public's Eye

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority controls not only Reagan and Dulles Airports, but also the Dulles Toll Road and, most significantly, the multibillion-dollar Dulles Metrorail project.

But its board of directors makes many of its decisions behind closed doors in what's known as...

Fairfax County Gets State-Of-The-Art Financial Learning Center

Frost Middle School in Fairfax County, Va., is now home to a hands-on financial literacy center for middle school students.

But before getting the hands-on financial training, all of the county's eighth-graders are required to take a six-week-long course on finances. Then they get to put th...

Power Breakfast: Wednesday, Oct. 20

From Capital News Connection:

Today we serve up Part Two of a two-part 'Breakfast' in which American University professor and veteran Hill-watcher James Thurber ponders the impending lame duck session in Congress. The director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies has li...

State Roundup: Wednesday, Oct. 20

From MarylandStateReporter.com:

HIKE + CUTS Almost half of Maryland voters favor a combination of tax hikes and budget cuts to solve the $6 billion in budget deficits the state faces in the coming four years, according to an exclusive poll done by Gonzales Research last week for MarylandRep...

Higher Speed Limits Coming For Virginians

In Virginia, Gov. Bob McDonnell says the state's Department of Transportation will post speed limits of 70 miles per hour on 680 miles of interstates before the end of the year.

McDonnell says the increase from 65 mph to 70 mph in rural areas will help Virginians arrive at their destination...

Art Beat: Wednesday, Oct. 20

"Art Beat" with Sabri Ben-Achour:

(Oct. 20) THE EXTRA LENS The Extra Lens used to be called The Extra Glenns, which was a collaboration between The Mountain Goats and The Human Hearts, but let’s not complicate things. Two master lyricists weave stories together with simple acoustic guitar...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Jury selection is set to begin today as the national president of the Outlaws motorcycle gang and three of his associates go on trial in Virginia on racketeering and other charges. Federal prosecutors call the gang is a highly organized criminal enterprise responsible for a num...

Day After Shots Fired At Pentagon: Work, Investigation Continue

Police in Virginia have yet to make any arrests following yesterday's shooting at the Pentagon, which did not injure anyone but did damage several windows.

Workers are quietly going about their business at the Pentagon this morning, entering the massive building the security gates without a...

History Textbook Contains Controversial Civil War Claims

In Virginia, a new history textbook for fourth-graders claims thousands of African-Americans fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. It's a controversial notion that has irritated the school system--and the author.

The book is called Our Virginia, Past and Present. The disputed pas...

Power Breakfast: Wednesday, Oct. 20

From Capital News Connection:

Today we serve up Part Two of a two-part 'Breakfast' in which American University professor and veteran Hill-watcher James Thurber ponders the impending lame duck session in Congress. The director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies has li...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) The Obama administration is asking a federal appeals court to immediately suspend a judge's ruling that overturned the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays. The administration says it wants the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco to take action...

Maryland Casino's Revenue Exceeds Expectations

Maryland's first casino is on a winning streak bringing more than $2 million in revenue from the get-go. That's according to the Maryland Lottery, which says the Hollywood Casino Perryville brought in more money than state officials expected--at least during its first four days of operation.

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History Textbook Contains Controversial Civil War Claims

In Virginia, a new history textbook for fourth-graders claims thousands of African-Americans fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. It's a controversial notion that has irritated the school system--and the author.

The book is called Our Virginia, Past and Present. The disputed pas...

Art Beat: Wednesday, Oct. 20

"Art Beat" with Sabri Ben-Achour:

(Oct. 20) THE EXTRA LENS The Extra Lens used to be called The Extra Glenns, which was a collaboration between The Mountain Goats and The Human Hearts, but let’s not complicate things. Two master lyricists weave stories together with simple acoustic guitar...