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News Archive - November 10, 2010

Officials Break Ground For Washington Convention Center Hotel

Whenever groups have booked an event at the convention center since its opening in 2003, they have also had to reserve hotels across the city, which officials say is an inconvenience for out-of-town guests. The new hotel will allow thousands of those guests to stay right downtown.

Greg O'De...

Montgomery County Liquor Stores Extend Hours

Liquor and wine stores owned by Maryland's Montgomery County will soon be open for business.

Montgomery County already allows Sunday alcohol sales in privately owned beer and wine stores and in restaurants. Beginning Nov. 21, county liquor and wine stores will be open on Sundays from noon t...

Prosecutors To Rest Case Against Guandique

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This afternoon, Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Haines told the judge, prosecutors intend to rest their case against Ingmar Guandique. Prosecutors indicated they will drop one charge of sexual assault against the defendant. The government was...

Connolly Says Close Victory Won't Change Him

In Virginia, Congressman Gerry Connolly says the narrowness of his victory over Republican challenger Keith Fimian won't make him change his approach to governing or campaigning in years to come.

Fimian conceded defeat in a written statement released Tuesday.

Connolly first claimed vi...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Prosecutors say they plan to wrap up their case this afternoon in the trial of the man accused in the 2001 slaying of Washington intern Chandra Levy. They are also dropping a count of attempted sexual assault against the suspect, Ingmar Guandique (gwahn-DEE'-kay).

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Virginia Announces New Approach To Winter Snowstorms

Virginia's Department of Transportation says it learned some important lessons from last winter's historic snowstorms. Wednesday, the department explained to local leaders what will be different this time around.

Rosemary Ryan, a legislative aide in Fairfax County Supervisor John Cook's off...

Officials Break Ground For Washington Convention Center Hotel

Whenever groups have booked an event at the convention center since its opening in 2003, they have also had to reserve hotels across the city, which officials say is an inconvenience for out-of-town guests. The new hotel will allow thousands of those guests to stay right downtown.

Greg O'De...

Power Breakfast: Wednesday, Nov. 10

From Capitol News Connection:

House Republicans have begun charting their course for the ship of state.

On Haiti's To Do List: Artwork Recovery

The Haitian art world suffered great losses in the earthquake, with museums and galleries extensively damaged--including Port-au-Prince's main art museum, the Centre d'Art.

A major recovery project is underway, headed by the Smithsonian and the Haitian government, to restore as much of the...

D.C. Passes Wildlife Protection Act

The act imposes some of the nations toughest rules for getting rid of squirrels, raccoons, and other critters from people's homes.

The law mandates that pest control companies use humanitarian methods for removing wild animals -- no glue boards, no body-crushing traps or snares. And no poi...

Latest Virginia Regional News

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) A Virginia man accused of shooting two people on the Blue Ridge Parkway has been charged in the death of one of the victims. A federal grand jury in Charlottesville indicted 57-year-old Ralph Leon Jackson today for the premeditated murder of 27-year-old Timothy Phillip D...

Levy Murder Trial Takes Unexpected Turn

In the District, there were two major developments today in the trial of the man accused of killing Chandra Levy.

Early this afternoon, attorneys for the prosecution told Judge Gerald Fisher they were ready to rest their case against accused killer Ingmar Guandique.

As a result, Assis...

Art Beat: Wednesday, Nov. 10

"Art Beat" with Sabri Ben-Achour:

(Nov. 10-30) ARLINGTON ARTISPHERE If you've noticed a preponderance of artsy types milling about the Rosslyn Metro station, it may have something to do with Artisphere on Wilson Blvd. through the end of the month. The three-story space affords actors, artis...

Ocean City Honored With State Tourism Award

Ocean City has received the "Best Continuing Campaign Award" from Maryland tourism officials for its popular "Rodney the Lifeguard" ad campaign.

The Rodney the Lifeguard character was created by the resorts Baltimore-based ad agency, MGH. In just its second year, the $4 million campaign has...

State Roundup: Wednesday, Nov. 10

From MarylandReporter.com:

LAUREL PARK FUTURE The future of Laurel Park was further clouded after the racetrack's minority owner, Penn National Gaming, said it supports plans to eliminate live horse racing there. Then Frank Stronach, chairman of Jockey Club's parent company, reversed course...

D.C. Offers Relief For Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

The D.C. Council passed emergency legislation to give homeowners in foreclosure more time to negotiate with their lenders.

While the city's housing market isn't as bad as some of its neighbors', foreclosures continue to mount in the District--doubling over the past five years.

Council...

Pimlico Track Owner Says Live Racing Will Continue

In Maryland, the fight over the future of horse racing is heating up following last week's referendum vote in Anne Arundel County.

Voters in Anne Arundel County approved the construction of the state's largest slots machine casino at Arundel Mills Mall, and in turn defeated a plan to build...

Metro Tries Out Talking Buses

Metro is testing out a new program that warns pedestrians when a bus is turning.

This pilot program is designed to make the streets safer for everyone. There have been a number of pedestrian fatalities this year in the region, and over the past few years, people have been killed by Metro bu...

Art Beat: Wednesday, Nov. 10

"Art Beat" with Sabri Ben-Achour:

(Nov. 10-30) ARLINGTON ARTISPHERE If you've noticed a preponderance of artsy types milling about the Rosslyn Metro station, it may have something to do with Artisphere on Wilson Blvd. through the end of the month. The three-story space affords actors, artis...

Consumer Advocates Call For End To Arsenic In Chicken Feed

With Thanksgiving turkey dinners just two weeks away, some consumer advocates are raising awareness about a popular additive used in poultry feed.

Roxarsone is approved by the FDA as a common drug supplement for animal feed. It's used to reduce the spread of a parasitic disease among chicke...

Latest Maryland Regional News

CLINTON, Md. (AP) Prince George's County officials say five firefighters were hurt in a fire at a Clinton home. Four firefighters received minor burns and one firefighter's leg was injured in this morning's fire. All five were taken to area medical facilities, treated and released.

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Governor Credits 'Innovation' For Maryland Job Growth

Gov. Martin O'Malley continues to push his goals for his second term around Maryland.

In a speech at Towson University before students and faculty, O'Malley says he doesn't have a crystal ball when it comes to the direction the economy is taking as the start of his second term nears. But he...