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News Archive - October 29, 2010

The Region's Top Stories With Post Columnist Robert McCartney

A lot of speculation now about how many seats may change party hands after Tuesday's election. D.C. may not have a vote in Congress, but Congress certainly has an impact on the District. What's at stake for D.C. in this election? A lot of our area is really dependent on the federal government. Ho...

For Colbert/Stewart Rally, Local Groups Plan To Bring Satire

Comedy Central's Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are hosting the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, but they aren't the only ones planning to use humor to make a point this weekend. Local groups are bringing their own sense of satire to the event.

The rally has local groups following suit...

Suspect In Triple Shooting, Carjacking Taken In Custody

The entire block of Madison Avenue in the Brightwood neighborhood of Northwest D.C. has been cordoned off as the authorities continue to investigate this afternoon's triple shooting.

Police Chief Cathy Lanier says two juveniles and one adult were shot around 3:45 in a home on the 500 block...

D.C. Park Police Warn Of Drunk Drivers On Halloween

Police want you to avoid getting behind the wheel this Halloween weekend if you've been drinking. Instead you can catch a free cab ride home.

"What I want you to do is take a deep breath and blow into the tube," says Jonathan Moore, a volunteer with the Washington Regional Alcohol program....

Stewart/Colbert Rally More Than Laughs For Local Students

Thousands are expected to fill the National Mall Saturday for Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert's "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear." The Comedy Central Hosts Plan to use a day of laughs and entertainment to bring reason into a politically polarized election season. College students in the D.C. a...

Commentary: Education Reform in D.C.

The education reform documentary "Waiting for Superman" has prompted commentator Neal Johnson, an independent education policy and management analyst--and longtime D.C. resident--to weigh in.

Read the full commentary.

The Region's Top Stories With Post Columnist Robert McCartney

A lot of speculation now about how many seats may change party hands after Tuesday's election. D.C. may not have a vote in Congress, but Congress certainly has an impact on the District. What's at stake for D.C. in this election? A lot of our area is really dependent on the federal government. Ho...

Uncertainty Slows Wind Energy Investment

By Sabri Ben-Achour and Bryan Russo

Wind energy in the United States is losing some of it's gust, threatening regional growth in wind in the long term.

Denise Bode, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, has bad news for the growth of the wind energy industry this quarter.

...

Georgetown Halloween Roadclosures

A long-standing tradition of Halloween revelers filling the streets of Georgetown will mean street closings to through-traffic for residents and visitors.

Police and transportation officials say many side streets will be restricted both on Saturday and Sunday nights. On Saturday the streets...

Fairfax School Ditches Controversial Policy

When 160 students of Advanced Placement World History at Westfield High School in Chantilly started the year in September, they were given an document school officials call an "addendum" to the honor code. According to the document, students were forbidden from discussing what they were learning...

FBI: Levy's Laptop Was Used To Find Out About Condit, Park

An FBI examination of Chandra Levy's laptop is shedding light on what the former intern may have been thinking about on the day she vanished.

FBI Special Agent Jane Domboski analyzed Levy's computer and specifically which Web pages the former intern had visited.

On the stand Thursday,...

Suspect Of Metro Bomb Plot Goes To Court

Later today, Farooque Ahmed, the Virginia man charged with plotting to bomb several Metrorail stations, appears in federal court in Alexandria, Va., for a detention hearing.

Sources involved in the investigation, speaking to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, say a contact insi...

Latest Maryland Regional News

WASHINGTON (AP) The government reports its first estimate of the third quarter gross domestic product today. Economists predict it will show the economy grew at a 2 percent annual rate from July to September. President Barack Obama is expected to discuss the economy at campaign stops in Maryland...

County Leader Plugs Ambulance User Fees At Fire House Opening

There was pomp and circumstance for the opening of the new Takoma Fire Station, the oldest volunteer station in the county. But County Executive Isiah Leggett says future ceremonies like this may not happen if voters reject ambulance user fees at the polls Tuesday.

"This is now a county of...

Stewart/Colbert Rally More Than Laughs For Local Students

Thousands are expected to fill the National Mall Saturday for Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert's "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear." The Comedy Central Hosts Plan to use a day of laughs and entertainment to bring reason into a politically polarized election season. College students in the D.C. a...

Commentary: Education Reform in D.C.

The education reform documentary "Waiting for Superman" has prompted commentator Neal Johnson, an independent education policy and management analyst--and longtime D.C. resident--to weigh in.

Read the full commentary.

State Roundup: Friday, Oct. 29

From MarylandReporter.com:

IT'S THE ECONOMY Both Gov. Martin O'Malley and former Gov. Bob Ehrlich have focused much of their campaign on fixing the economy, the issue that most Marylanders find far and away to be the most important, reports The Sun's Annie Liskey.

Ehrlich shared his v...

This Week In Congress: Friday, Oct. 29

From Capitol News Connection:

After months of declarations about a countdown, the build up, the "final throes," it really is the near-eve of the midterm election.

On the subject of this year's all-out spending spree: the numbers are unprecedented, even if the spirit of politicking isn...

Suspect In Triple Shooting, Carjacking Taken In Custody

The entire block of Madison Avenue in the Brightwood neighborhood of Northwest D.C. has been cordoned off as the authorities continue to investigate this afternoon's triple shooting.

Police Chief Cathy Lanier says two juveniles and one adult were shot around 3:45 in a home on the 500 block...

Fairfax School Ditches Controversial Policy

When 160 students of Advanced Placement World History at Westfield High School in Chantilly started the year in September, they were given an document school officials call an "addendum" to the honor code. According to the document, students were forbidden from discussing what they were learning...

More Shots Fired At Marine Corps Museum, Evidence Links Three Prior Shootings

UPDATE: Police in Virginia say bullet holes were found at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. It's the fourth time someone has fired at military-related buildings in the area since Oct. 17.

The FBI is urging the gunman behind the shootings to turn himself in. They say the latest shooti...

Commentary: Education Reform in D.C.

The education reform documentary "Waiting for Superman" has prompted commentator Neal Johnson, an independent education policy and management analyst--and longtime D.C. resident--to weigh in.

Read the full commentary.

Latest Maryland Regional News

WASHINGTON (AP) The government reports its first estimate of the third quarter gross domestic product today. Economists predict it will show the economy grew at a 2 percent annual rate from July to September. President Barack Obama is expected to discuss the economy at campaign stops in Maryland...

County Leader Plugs Ambulance User Fees At Fire House Opening

There was pomp and circumstance for the opening of the new Takoma Fire Station, the oldest volunteer station in the county. But County Executive Isiah Leggett says future ceremonies like this may not happen if voters reject ambulance user fees at the polls Tuesday.

"This is now a county of...

Purple Line Dominant Issue In D.C. Suburbs

In Maryland, the Purple Line will be a heavy influence on which candidate D.C. suburban voters cast their ballot for in the governor's race.

Republican former Gov. Bob Ehrlich wants the Purple Line to be rapid buses, saying it is cheaper and more likely to receive federal funding. Incumbent...

Hundreds Flock To Casino Job Fair In Ocean City

The Eastern Shore of Maryland has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state. But, the new slots facility set to open near Ocean City, could be a way for hundreds of people to get back into the workforce.

The line just to get into the casino's job fair at the Holiday Inn in midtown...

Latest Virginia Regional News

WASHINGTON (AP) Authorities say a gunman who fired shots at a Washington-area Marine Corps museum and may have been responsible for three similar incidents may have a grievance against the U.S. Marine Corps. Investigators believe the person takes issue with the institution of the Marines, but not...

Concerns Surround Weekend's Marine Corps Marathon After Shooting

In Virginia, the National Museum of the Marine Corps remains closed Friday as FBI and local police continue their investigation into who fired shots at the building overnight.

This is the second time shots have been fired at the building this month.

All day, police have been turning a...

Suspect In Triple Shooting, Carjacking Taken In Custody

The entire block of Madison Avenue in the Brightwood neighborhood of Northwest D.C. has been cordoned off as the authorities continue to investigate this afternoon's triple shooting.

Police Chief Cathy Lanier says two juveniles and one adult were shot around 3:45 in a home on the 500 block...

Art Beat: Weekend Events, Oct. 29-31

Art Beat with Sabri Ben-Achour: Weekend Events, Oct. 29-31

(Oct. 30) DRACULESQUE DOUBLE FEATURE If you’re into celebrating Halloween in dark spooky spaces, consider the AFI Silver in Silver Spring. The cinema screens Germany’s classic unauthorized take on Dracula Nosferatu Saturday night. D...

Stewart/Colbert Rally More Than Laughs For Local Students

Thousands are expected to fill the National Mall Saturday for Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert's "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear." The Comedy Central Hosts Plan to use a day of laughs and entertainment to bring reason into a politically polarized election season. College students in the D.C. a...

Suspect Of Metro Bomb Plot Goes To Court

Later today, Farooque Ahmed, the Virginia man charged with plotting to bomb several Metrorail stations, appears in federal court in Alexandria, Va., for a detention hearing.

Sources involved in the investigation, speaking to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, say a contact insi...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Organizers insist that Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear" on the National Mall tomorrow isn't about politics. But that hasn't dampened the expectations of thousands of fans and advocacy groups seeking to rekindle some of the voter enthusiasm se...

Uncertainty Slows Wind Energy Investment

By Sabri Ben-Achour and Bryan Russo

Wind energy in the United States is losing some of it's gust, threatening regional growth in wind in the long term.

Denise Bode, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, has bad news for the growth of the wind energy industry this quarter.

...

Georgetown Halloween Roadclosures

A long-standing tradition of Halloween revelers filling the streets of Georgetown will mean street closings to through-traffic for residents and visitors.

Police and transportation officials say many side streets will be restricted both on Saturday and Sunday nights. On Saturday the streets...

Purple Line Dominant Issue In D.C. Suburbs

In Maryland, the Purple Line will be a heavy influence on which candidate D.C. suburban voters cast their ballot for in the governor's race.

Republican former Gov. Bob Ehrlich wants the Purple Line to be rapid buses, saying it is cheaper and more likely to receive federal funding. Incumbent...

Power Breakfast: Friday, Oct. 29

This weekend of All Hallows Eve--the spooky side of the Capitol.