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News Archive - November 4, 2010

D.C. Mayor-Elect Vincent Gray Speaks With WAMU

In the District, Mayor-elect Vincent Gray isn't wasting time have his decisive victory in Tuesday's general election. Less than 24 hours after the polls closed, they announced his transition team and started to outline his priorities for the transition period.

Gray speaks with WAMU's Mornin...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) An inmate has testified that his former cellmate who is on trial for murdering Washington intern Chandra Levy confessed to the killing. Ingmar Guandique (gwahn-DEE'-kay), a Salvadoran immigrant, is charged with the murder and attempted sexual assault of Levy in 2001.

WASHING...

Md. State Senate Seat Winner Remains Undetermined

One of the Lower Shore's most closely watched races will be decided by absentee ballots as Democrat Jim Mathias clings to a 200-vote lead over Republican Michael James.

The fierce rivals battled to claim the seat left vacant by Republican Lowell Stoltzfus, who retired after 18 years.

...

All Five Shootings At Military-Related Facilities Are Connected

The FBI is linking a shooting at a U.S. Coast Guard recruiting office in Woodbridge, Va., to four other similar incidents at military-related buildings in the Washington area.

The FBI says "all five incidents are linked" because "the weapon matches" in all of the incidents. FBI spokeswoman...

WWII Veterans Reflect On Japanese American Internment

Japanese Americans are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Japanese American World War II Memorial in Washington. Some local Japanese American World War II veterans honored today say their experience and struggle back then is very relevant today.

The veterans--all former members of the...

Intersex Fish Appear In Another Waterway

A federal scientist says intersex fish have been found in the Susquehanna River. The biologist says more than 90 percent of the adult male bass examined in the river in the past year had immature eggs cells in their sexual organs.

Intersex fish are believed to be the result of the hormones...

Whistleblower Policy Reveals Porn On Headmaster's Laptop

Alexandria Country Day School has a policy that allows whistleblowers to offer anonymous tips to administrators. A tip prompted an executive committee of the school's board of trustees to inspect the laptop issued to Headmaster Alexander "Exie" Harvey last week.

David Ayres, president of th...

Latest Virginia Regional News

WASHINGTON (AP) Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor says he'll see to it that all House committees devote more time and effort to overseeing and exposing problems in the federal government. Cantor is expected to be the majority leader under the new Republican-led House.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A pa...

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) A Bel Air man has pleaded guilty in a scheme to embezzle more than $370,000 from the ocean cargo company where he worked. Forty-nine-year-old Timothy Kany Sr., the former Baltimore office manager for K-Line America, pleaded guilty to mail fraud yesterday in U.S. District Court.

...

GOP Wins Big In Virginia House Races

Republicans were the big winners in the region in Tuesday's Congressional races. In 2008 Democrats picked up three House seats in Virginia, but Tuesday night the GOP was able to take two of those seats back, and Morgan Griffith surprised many analysts by upsetting 14-term Democrat Rick Boucher in...

Metro Combats Possible IED Threat

Metro is taking steps to protect itself and its riders from improvised explosive devices.

IEDs are commonly found on the battlegrounds of Iraq and Afghanistan, but Metro is concerned one could be detonated here on one of its buses or trains.

It's using a $350,000 grant to pay for more...

Election Lowers Expectations For Big Environmental Legislation

Environmental groups say transformative legislation affecting the Chesapeake Bay and renewable energy in the region has become highly unlikely after the latest election results.

One early casualty of the election results may be what's known as the Chesapeake Bay Bill, sponsored by Sen. Ben...

Police Release More Details About Suspicious Vehicle, Street Closures

U.S. Park Police had to call in the bomb squad last night and closed several streets around the National Mall after they spotted a suspicious vehicle.

Police now say that vehicle contained car batteries wired to propane tanks. It also contained a generator with wires attached to it in the b...

Defendant's 'Pen Pal' Testifies In Levy Murder Trial

On day seven in the Chandra Levy murder trial, potentially damaging evidence was presented from a woman described as former prison pen pal to defendant, Ingmar Guandique.

Miami resident Maria Mendez told jurors that she writes to prison inmates who run ads for pen pals in magazines. On dire...

D.C. Mayor-Elect Vincent Gray Speaks With WAMU

In the District, Mayor-elect Vincent Gray isn't wasting time have his decisive victory in Tuesday's general election. Less than 24 hours after the polls closed, they announced his transition team and started to outline his priorities for the transition period.

Gray speaks with WAMU's Mornin...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) An inmate has testified that his former cellmate who is on trial for murdering Washington intern Chandra Levy confessed to the killing. Ingmar Guandique (gwahn-DEE'-kay), a Salvadoran immigrant, is charged with the murder and attempted sexual assault of Levy in 2001.

WASHING...

Lottery Opens For National Christmas Tree Lighting

The National Park Service is offering free tickets to the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in Washington through an online lottery.

This year's event is scheduled for Dec. 9 in front of the White House. The president traditionally lights the tree.

The ticket lottery opens onl...

Midterms May Put Md. Lawmakers Front-And-Center

By Manuel Quinones of Capitol News Connection.

The midterm elections may bring a power struggle within Congressional Democrats that could affect two prominent Maryland lawmakers.

Experts say current Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is seen as a logical choice to lead House Democrats were S...

Escalator Injuries Saturday Caused By Brake Failure

Several people were injured after this weekend's Comedy Central rally on the National Mall when the escalator at L'Enfant Plaza unexpectedly sped up and threw people to the ground.

Metro says the brakes on the escalator failed. One was leaking oil and another had worn pads. Once that happen...

Intersex Fish Appear In Another Waterway

A federal scientist says intersex fish have been found in the Susquehanna River. The biologist says more than 90 percent of the adult male bass examined in the river in the past year had immature eggs cells in their sexual organs.

Intersex fish are believed to be the result of the hormones...

Power Breakfast: Thursday, Nov. 4

From Capitol News Connection:

Not for nothing, politics is often compared to the game of chess. Speaker Nancy Pelosi won't have to give up the gavel until January. The key players in the House are already studying the board and plotting moves because when the majority and minority parties s...

D.C. Mayor-Elect Vincent Gray Speaks With WAMU

In the District, Mayor-elect Vincent Gray isn't wasting time have his decisive victory in Tuesday's general election. Less than 24 hours after the polls closed, they announced his transition team and started to outline his priorities for the transition period.

Gray speaks with WAMU's Mornin...

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) A Bel Air man has pleaded guilty in a scheme to embezzle more than $370,000 from the ocean cargo company where he worked. Forty-nine-year-old Timothy Kany Sr., the former Baltimore office manager for K-Line America, pleaded guilty to mail fraud yesterday in U.S. District Court.

...

GOP Wins Big In Virginia House Races

Republicans were the big winners in the region in Tuesday's Congressional races. In 2008 Democrats picked up three House seats in Virginia, but Tuesday night the GOP was able to take two of those seats back, and Morgan Griffith surprised many analysts by upsetting 14-term Democrat Rick Boucher in...

Md. State Senate Seat Winner Remains Undetermined

One of the Lower Shore's most closely watched races will be decided by absentee ballots as Democrat Jim Mathias clings to a 200-vote lead over Republican Michael James.

The fierce rivals battled to claim the seat left vacant by Republican Lowell Stoltzfus, who retired after 18 years.

...

All Five Shootings At Military-Related Facilities Are Connected

The FBI is linking a shooting at a U.S. Coast Guard recruiting office in Woodbridge, Va., to four other similar incidents at military-related buildings in the Washington area.

The FBI says "all five incidents are linked" because "the weapon matches" in all of the incidents. FBI spokeswoman...

Police Release More Details About Suspicious Vehicle, Street Closures

U.S. Park Police had to call in the bomb squad last night and closed several streets around the National Mall after they spotted a suspicious vehicle.

Police now say that vehicle contained car batteries wired to propane tanks. It also contained a generator with wires attached to it in the b...

Levy Trial Prosecutors Struggle To Directly Link Evidence To The Suspect

In the District, attorneys presented physical evidence during day seven in the Chandra Levy murder trial.

Prosecutors have not definitively linked that evidence to the suspect, Ingmar Guandique.

The evidence, which includes clothing, a tape player, and other personal items, were found...

Whistleblower Policy Reveals Porn On Headmaster's Laptop

Alexandria Country Day School has a policy that allows whistleblowers to offer anonymous tips to administrators. A tip prompted an executive committee of the school's board of trustees to inspect the laptop issued to Headmaster Alexander "Exie" Harvey last week.

David Ayres, president of th...

Latest Virginia Regional News

WASHINGTON (AP) Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor says he'll see to it that all House committees devote more time and effort to overseeing and exposing problems in the federal government. Cantor is expected to be the majority leader under the new Republican-led House.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A pa...

Lottery Opens For National Christmas Tree Lighting

The National Park Service is offering free tickets to the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in Washington through an online lottery.

This year's event is scheduled for Dec. 9 in front of the White House. The president traditionally lights the tree.

The ticket lottery opens onl...

Fundraising Capital For 2012: Lawmakers Line Up D.C. Events

As demonized as Washington was in this election cycle, that didn't stop challengers and incumbents alike from lining up at area lobbying shops to rake in D.C. dollars.

If you scroll through this year's most expensive races on the Federal Election Commissions Web site, you'll find the D.C. M...

Escalator Injuries Saturday Caused By Brake Failure

Several people were injured after this weekend's Comedy Central rally on the National Mall when the escalator at L'Enfant Plaza unexpectedly sped up and threw people to the ground.

Metro says the brakes on the escalator failed. One was leaking oil and another had worn pads. Once that happen...

Intersex Fish Appear In Another Waterway

A federal scientist says intersex fish have been found in the Susquehanna River. The biologist says more than 90 percent of the adult male bass examined in the river in the past year had immature eggs cells in their sexual organs.

Intersex fish are believed to be the result of the hormones...

Power Breakfast: Thursday, Nov. 4

From Capitol News Connection:

Not for nothing, politics is often compared to the game of chess. Speaker Nancy Pelosi won't have to give up the gavel until January. The key players in the House are already studying the board and plotting moves because when the majority and minority parties s...

Gray Defends The Head Of His Transition Team

Hours after Mayor-elect Gray announced Reuben Charles would handle the day-to-day operations of the transition, reports surfaced that Charles owes more than a $250,000 in unpaid sales and use taxes.

Gray says he believes the lien is not a personal debt, but one tied to a firm in Illinois th...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) An inmate has testified that his former cellmate who is on trial for murdering Washington intern Chandra Levy confessed to the killing. Ingmar Guandique (gwahn-DEE'-kay), a Salvadoran immigrant, is charged with the murder and attempted sexual assault of Levy in 2001.

WASHING...

Gallaudet Hosts Its First Deaf Film Festival

Deaf Cinema, made for and generally by deaf people, is burgeoning as an artform, with six international film festivals and deaf media professional groups forming.

Gallaudet University is now a part of that movement. Its four-day WORLDEAF Cinema Festival will include deaf and hard-of-hearing...

All Five Shootings At Military-Related Facilities Are Connected

The FBI is linking a shooting at a U.S. Coast Guard recruiting office in Woodbridge, Va., to four other similar incidents at military-related buildings in the Washington area.

The FBI says "all five incidents are linked" because "the weapon matches" in all of the incidents. FBI spokeswoman...

WWII Veterans Reflect On Japanese American Internment

Japanese Americans are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Japanese American World War II Memorial in Washington. Some local Japanese American World War II veterans honored today say their experience and struggle back then is very relevant today.

The veterans--all former members of the...

Defendant's 'Pen Pal' Testifies In Levy Murder Trial

On day seven in the Chandra Levy murder trial, potentially damaging evidence was presented from a woman described as former prison pen pal to defendant, Ingmar Guandique.

Miami resident Maria Mendez told jurors that she writes to prison inmates who run ads for pen pals in magazines. On dire...

Whistleblower Policy Reveals Porn On Headmaster's Laptop

Alexandria Country Day School has a policy that allows whistleblowers to offer anonymous tips to administrators. A tip prompted an executive committee of the school's board of trustees to inspect the laptop issued to Headmaster Alexander "Exie" Harvey last week.

David Ayres, president of th...

State Roundup: Thursday, Nov. 4

From MarylandReporter.com

O'MALLEY LOOKS AHEAD Gov. Martin O'Malley will begin to chart a course for his second term today, when he meets with his Cabinet for the first time since this week's decisive election victory, Julie Bykowicz reports for the Baltimore Sun.

In his first news co...

Former Cellmate Testifies In Levy Murder Trial

An inmate has testified that his former cellmate, who is on trial for murdering Washington intern Chandra Levy, confessed to the killing.

Ingmar Guandique, a Salvadoran immigrant, is charged with the murder and attempted sexual assault of Levy in 2001. Levy's disappearance became internatio...

Fundraising Capital For 2012: Lawmakers Line Up D.C. Events

As demonized as Washington was in this election cycle, that didn't stop challengers and incumbents alike from lining up at area lobbying shops to rake in D.C. dollars.

If you scroll through this year's most expensive races on the Federal Election Commissions Web site, you'll find the D.C. M...

Metro Combats Possible IED Threat

Metro is taking steps to protect itself and its riders from improvised explosive devices.

IEDs are commonly found on the battlegrounds of Iraq and Afghanistan, but Metro is concerned one could be detonated here on one of its buses or trains.

It's using a $350,000 grant to pay for more...

Art Beat: Thursday, Nov. 4

"Art Beat" with Sabri Ben-Achour

(Nov. 4-5) AN EVENING OF ANNA SOKOLOW http://www.dakshina.org/2010/07/20/an-evening-of-anna-sokolow/ The distinct dance of Anna Sokolow is presented tonight and tomorrow at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park. The District’s Daniel Singh...

Levy Trial Prosecutors Struggle To Directly Link Evidence To The Suspect

In the District, attorneys presented physical evidence during day seven in the Chandra Levy murder trial.

Prosecutors have not definitively linked that evidence to the suspect, Ingmar Guandique.

The evidence, which includes clothing, a tape player, and other personal items, were found...