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News Archive - November 8, 2010

Homeless Advocates Argue Against Shelter Residency Requirements

Advocates for the homeless continue to voice concerns over a proposal in the District to impose residency requirements at homeless shelters. They took their concerns to today's city council hearing on the plan.

Advocacy groups like the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless say requiring...

Commentary: What Makes Prescription Prices So High?

This week on "Consider This With Fred Fiske," Fiske explains why is wife is "mad as hell" about pharmaceutical prices. He says he and his wife have seen staggering prices for U.S. prescriptions that they could buy much cheaper in Canada. But prices also differ between pharmacies within the U.S....

Rep. Van Hollen Pressures Senate To Vote On Transparency

Democratic Representative Chris Van Hollen of Maryland is the sponsor of a bill that passed the U.S. House to bring more transparency into elections. Now he is pressuring his counterparts in the U.S. Senate to vote on the measure.

In the 2006 midterm election, not even $80 million was spent...

Commuters Wake Up Late Due To iPhone Alarm Malfunction

Recurring weekday alarms set on iPhone's alarm application did not to ring on time for some consumers this morning due to the time change. The application doesn't recognize the end of Daylight Saving Time, which occurred on Sunday at 2 a.m.

That caused D.C. commuter Christine Sciarrino to r...

Latest Maryland Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has canceled a news conference on the bay's restoration out of respect for Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his father's funeral. The foundation had scheduled a news conference today to press McDonnell to make a stronger commitment to a cleanup plan...

USDA Will Provide Drought Assistance To Maryland Farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved assistance for Maryland farmers who lost 30 percent or more of their crops due to drought this summer. The help includes emergency loans and other assistance.

The aid applies to 22 Maryland counties for losses that occurred between June 1 and...

Local A Cappella Group Brings Music To The Metro

By Yanmei Xie

Commuting can hardly be the colorful part of the day for most people. But a group of local musicians, called "After the Storm," has been spicing up many Metro commuters' rides almost every day for years.

Some Advocates For Homeless Say Residency Requirements Could Backfire

Hypothermia season is officially underway for D.C.'s homeless population. The city is one of the few jurisdictions that guarantees shelter during the colder months.

But a recent report found 10 percent of the families seeking shelter were not from the District. The D.C. Council is now consi...

Latest Virginia Regional News

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) A new report recommends removing a dam in Danville that's been blamed for four deaths. The most recent death attributed to the Brantley Dam occurred in April, when a 5-year-old boy fell into the Dan River after a boat flipped.

AMHERST, Va. (AP) A former Chesapeake high sc...

Metro Seeks Rider Comments On New Car Designs

By Matt McCleskey

Metro will be reaching out to its riders in coming months for ideas about some of the design elements for its new line of rail cars.

The transit agency says it wants find out what riders think about what materials should be used for wall and floor coverings, where on...

Homeless Advocates Argue Against Shelter Residency Requirements

Advocates for the homeless continue to voice concerns over a proposal in the District to impose residency requirements at homeless shelters. They took their concerns to today's city council hearing on the plan.

Advocacy groups like the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless say requiring...

Alexandria Jail Sees Drop In The Number Of Inmates

Drug dealers inside the Alexandria jail wait for sentencing, and identity thieves count their days until being released. But senior officials in the sheriff's office are counting something else: heads.

According to Inmate Records Director Ron Wise, the jail has about 100 fewer local inmates...

Art Beat: Monday, Nov. 8

"Art Beat" with Sabri Ben-Achour:

(Nov. 8-13) FOTOWEEKDC It is Fotoweek in DC and that means you'll find exhibits everywhere, from the Embassy of Sweden to Pepco. There are lectures with renowned National Geographic photographers on their stunning work, and workshops on how to improve your...

Commuters Wake Up Late Due To iPhone Alarm Malfunction

Recurring weekday alarms set on iPhone's alarm application did not to ring on time for some consumers this morning due to the time change. The application doesn't recognize the end of Daylight Saving Time, which occurred on Sunday at 2 a.m.

That caused D.C. commuter Christine Sciarrino to r...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) A 19-year-old D.C. man who stole a Metrobus and crashed it into a tree has been placed on 18 months probation and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service. William Jackson entered the plea in September and was sentenced today in Superior Court. His probation will also inc...

USDA Will Provide Drought Assistance To Maryland Farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved assistance for Maryland farmers who lost 30 percent or more of their crops due to drought this summer. The help includes emergency loans and other assistance.

The aid applies to 22 Maryland counties for losses that occurred between June 1 and...

Man Pleads Guilty In Death Of D.C. Middle School Principal

A District man has plead guilty to shooting D.C. middle school Principal Brian Betts to death in his Silver Spring, Md., home last April.

Police allege Alante Saunders and three others planned to rob Betts at his house after Saunders met the principal on a phone chat line. While on that cha...

Local A Cappella Group Brings Music To The Metro

By Yanmei Xie

Commuting can hardly be the colorful part of the day for most people. But a group of local musicians, called "After the Storm," has been spicing up many Metro commuters' rides almost every day for years.

Some Advocates For Homeless Say Residency Requirements Could Backfire

Hypothermia season is officially underway for D.C.'s homeless population. The city is one of the few jurisdictions that guarantees shelter during the colder months.

But a recent report found 10 percent of the families seeking shelter were not from the District. The D.C. Council is now consi...

State Roundup: Monday, Nov. 8

From MarylandReporter.com:

BUDGET CUTS In a red sea change, the course is unclear for Gov. Martin O'Malley in a blue Maryland. But budget cuts, as in the past, would be made with families in mind, Aaron Davis writes for the Washington Post. You can listen to O'Malley discuss the difficulty...

Metro Seeks Rider Comments On New Car Designs

By Matt McCleskey

Metro will be reaching out to its riders in coming months for ideas about some of the design elements for its new line of rail cars.

The transit agency says it wants find out what riders think about what materials should be used for wall and floor coverings, where on...

Supporters Of Ali Ahmed Mohammed Protest In The District

Friends and family of Ali Ahmed Mohammed staged a demonstration today to protest the U.S. Attorney's decision to drop charges against the five men suspected in his death.

Nearly 100 people, most of Ethiopian descent, gathered at Judiciary Square this morning to demand justice.

Many in...

Alexandria Jail Sees Drop In The Number Of Inmates

Drug dealers inside the Alexandria jail wait for sentencing, and identity thieves count their days until being released. But senior officials in the sheriff's office are counting something else: heads.

According to Inmate Records Director Ron Wise, the jail has about 100 fewer local inmates...

Washington's Own Prime Meridian

It's been nearly 130 years since Washington, D.C., hosted the International Meridian Conference, where 25 nations met to decide where the world's Prime Meridian ought to be.

The 41 delegates decided on Greenwich, England. But before the Royal Greenwich Observatory formed the natural splitti...

Park Service To Discuss Washington Monument Security

The National Park Service will host a public meeting today to talk options for better securing the Washington Monument.

The Park Service will present the public with five ideas. Each one calls for added security measures and plans to replace the temporary security hut that sits at the base...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) A 19-year-old D.C. man who stole a Metrobus and crashed it into a tree has been placed on 18 months probation and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service. William Jackson entered the plea in September and was sentenced today in Superior Court. His probation will also inc...

Maryland Wind Farm Deal Brings Hope For Jobs

Maryland has joined Delaware as the only two states in the country to have reached an agreement with the federal government to use federally-owned waters of the Atlantic Ocean as the home of future offshore wind farms. The deal could bring offshore wind farms and thousands of green jobs to the st...

Man Pleads Guilty In Death Of D.C. Middle School Principal

A District man has plead guilty to shooting D.C. middle school Principal Brian Betts to death in his Silver Spring, Md., home last April.

Police allege Alante Saunders and three others planned to rob Betts at his house after Saunders met the principal on a phone chat line. While on that cha...

Commentary: What Makes Prescription Prices So High?

This week on "Consider This With Fred Fiske," Fiske explains why is wife is "mad as hell" about pharmaceutical prices. He says he and his wife have seen staggering prices for U.S. prescriptions that they could buy much cheaper in Canada. But prices also differ between pharmacies within the U.S....

Rep. Van Hollen Pressures Senate To Vote On Transparency

Democratic Representative Chris Van Hollen of Maryland is the sponsor of a bill that passed the U.S. House to bring more transparency into elections. Now he is pressuring his counterparts in the U.S. Senate to vote on the measure.

In the 2006 midterm election, not even $80 million was spent...

State Roundup: Monday, Nov. 8

From MarylandReporter.com:

BUDGET CUTS In a red sea change, the course is unclear for Gov. Martin O'Malley in a blue Maryland. But budget cuts, as in the past, would be made with families in mind, Aaron Davis writes for the Washington Post. You can listen to O'Malley discuss the difficulty...

Latest Maryland Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has canceled a news conference on the bay's restoration out of respect for Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his father's funeral. The foundation had scheduled a news conference today to press McDonnell to make a stronger commitment to a cleanup plan...

Supporters Of Ali Ahmed Mohammed Protest In The District

Friends and family of Ali Ahmed Mohammed staged a demonstration today to protest the U.S. Attorney's decision to drop charges against the five men suspected in his death.

Nearly 100 people, most of Ethiopian descent, gathered at Judiciary Square this morning to demand justice.

Many in...

Washington's Own Prime Meridian

It's been nearly 130 years since Washington, D.C., hosted the International Meridian Conference, where 25 nations met to decide where the world's Prime Meridian ought to be.

The 41 delegates decided on Greenwich, England. But before the Royal Greenwich Observatory formed the natural splitti...

Park Service To Discuss Washington Monument Security

The National Park Service will host a public meeting today to talk options for better securing the Washington Monument.

The Park Service will present the public with five ideas. Each one calls for added security measures and plans to replace the temporary security hut that sits at the base...

Latest Virginia Regional News

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) A new report recommends removing a dam in Danville that's been blamed for four deaths. The most recent death attributed to the Brantley Dam occurred in April, when a 5-year-old boy fell into the Dan River after a boat flipped.

AMHERST, Va. (AP) A former Chesapeake high sc...

Maryland Wind Farm Deal Brings Hope For Jobs

Maryland has joined Delaware as the only two states in the country to have reached an agreement with the federal government to use federally-owned waters of the Atlantic Ocean as the home of future offshore wind farms. The deal could bring offshore wind farms and thousands of green jobs to the st...