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News Archive - November 11, 2010

Tutition Rates Will Rise In Maryland Despite Campaign Rhetoric

Tuition rates at state universities in Maryland were a major issue during the recent gubernatorial election.

During his successful re-election campaign, Gov. Martin O'Malley touted the fact he was able to keep tuition rates level during his time in office, as opposed to the increases seen d...

Observing Veterans Day: Events In The Region

This Veterans Day, groups across the region are joining together to pay tribute to those who have served our country in the armed forces.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and the National Park Service will co-host the annual Veterans Day Observance at The Wall at 1 p.m. A number of speake...

Va. Lawmaker Proposes Bill For Tea Party License Plates

Henrico County Republican Del. John O'Bannon says his constituents requested it, and he has filed legislation to establish a "Don't Tread On Me" license plate.

The plate features the rattlesnake emblem and yellow background of the historic Gadsden Flag, which has become a symbol for the Tea...

Prosecution Rests In The Murder Trial Of Chandra Levy

Prosecutors dropped two charges against defendant, Ingmar Guandique, and the conclusion of the case may come soon.

The dismissed charges include one count of aggravated murder and one count of attempted sexual assault. This happened after Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Haines announced the...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) The son of former congressman Gary Condit says the Chandra Levy case continues to weigh on his father and his family. Chad Condit also tells ABC's "Good Morning America" that his father is working on a book that will tell his side of the story. Salvadoran immigrant Ingmar Guandiqu...

Commemoration Overshadows Recent Turmoil At Arlington Cemetery

It's been a year of unprecedented controversy at Arlington National Cemetery, but that didn't stop thousands of visitors from streaming onto the nation's most hallowed ground to commemorate Veterans Day. Amidst the history, bravery, sadness and celebration that marks every Veterans Day, this year...

Commentary: Honor Veterans By Investing In Their Education

On this Veterans Day, commentator and George Washington University President Steven Knapp thanks those who have risked so much in service to the nation as members of the armed forces. But he also asks for something more:

As our service members return in increasing numbers to civilian life,...

Riders Take Note Of Metro Escalator Problems

A review of Metro's escalator and elevator maintenance shows that the transit agency has repeatedly failed to keep up with safety standards.

Metro's interim general manager says ongoing escalator issues have been treated as a maintenance issue instead of a safety problem.

As a result,...

Motorist Safety Tip: Watch Where The Leaves Fall

It's the season again when leaves are everywhere and officials are warning motorists of the dangers associated with them. Fire departments in the Washington metro area are reminding motorists that parking on a pile of dry leaves can be a fire hazard.

John Townsend of AAA Mid-Atlantic says t...

Veterans Day Traffic Advisory

Traffic should be noticeably lighter today because the federal and District governments are closed in observance of Veterans Day. All holiday and weekend traffic patterns are also in effect.

The changes include weekend and holiday traffic patterns on 16th Street NW, Connecticut Avenue NW, C...

Latest Virginia Regional News

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) Northrop Grumman says it's won an $189.2 million Navy contract to keep working on the design of the USS Gerald R. Ford nuclear aircraft carrier. Work on the Gerald R. Ford started with the laying of its keel Nov. 14, 2009.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The Virginia Department of...

Haiti's Children Face An Uncertain Future

This year's earthquake profoundly affected Haiti's children, leaving many of them without parents or access to schooling. The disaster also complicated the process through which many children are adopted by families in foreign countries. WAMU's Sabri Ben-Achour spent part of the day yesterday at...

Art Beat: Thursday, Nov. 11

"Art Beat" with Sabri Ben-Achour:

(Nov. 11-Mar. 13) OASIS IKATS At the turn of the 19th century, Central Asian men really had a serious fashion sense about them, especially the ones who lived in oases. Men living in remote regions were often defined by their ikats, finely woven, brightly dy...

Power Breakfast: Thursday, Nov. 11

From Capitol News Connection:

To be in the venture capital business is to have a very clearly defined goal in mind: shepherding good ideas through the process of becoming vital, profitable businesses. To that end, V-C industry advocates want to make it easier for foreign entrepreneurs to se...

Former Rep. Gary Condit's Name Surfaces Again In Levy Trial

In the district, the Chandra Levy murder trial will resume on Monday with the defense taking the lead, after prosecutors rested their case.

Recent testimony followed a six-day break in the trial of accused killer Ingmar Guandique. Under direct questioning from prosecutors, an FBI forensic a...

Metro Escalator, Elevator Audit Shows Longstanding Problems

Metro's general manager says the transit agency should have paid more attention to escalator brakes as a safety issue, not just a maintenance issue.

Metro has released a 300-page outside audit on the transit system's escalators and elevators. The consultant found that years of failing to ke...

State Roundup: Thursday, Nov. 11

STATE BUDGET After an uptick in revenue this fall offered a glimmer of hope that Maryland's recession-ravaged budget might be improving, new state data shows just the opposite: Rising Medicaid costs and a drop in federal stimulus funding have left an even bigger gap than lawmakers anticipated las...

Silver Spring Dedicates Plaza To Veterans

In Maryland, the last portion of the new Silver Spring Civic Building in Montgomery County has been dedicated. The building itself opened over the summer, but it's outdoor entrance, named Veterans Plaza, wasn't officially dedicated until today, Veterans Day.

The dedication ceremony featured...

Art Beat: Thursday, Nov. 11

"Art Beat" with Sabri Ben-Achour:

(Nov. 11-Mar. 13) OASIS IKATS At the turn of the 19th century, Central Asian men really had a serious fashion sense about them, especially the ones who lived in oases. Men living in remote regions were often defined by their ikats, finely woven, brightly dy...

Virginia Expands Plow Fleet In Preparation For Winter

It may be too early for some local residents to start thinking about snow. But Virginia's Department of Transportation can't really afford to wait, especially if it's hoping to head off some of the criticisms it got during last winter's storms.

VDOT administrator Branco Vlacich says the fir...

Latest Maryland Regional News

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Maryland budget analysts say the state's deficit is about $1.6 billion. Members of the state's nonpartisan Department of Legislative Services gave lawmakers a briefing on the state's budget situation yesterday in Annapolis.

GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) Anne Arundel fire officia...

Maryland's Budget Deficit Is On The Rise

Maryland's projected budget deficit for next year continues to grow. New numbers released this week show that the projected deficit stands at close to $1.6 billion, about one-third more than earlier estimates.

The new projections could mean a stronger push next year by state lawmakers to sh...