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News Archive - November 12, 2010

Art Beat: Weekend Events, Nov. 12-14

"Art Beat" with Sabri Ben-Achour:

(Nov. 12-Dec. 19) SUPERIOR DONUTS The weekend's here, so you won't have to feel guilty about Superior Donuts playing today through Dec. 19 at The Studio Theatre in Northwest Washington. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts' latest production is set...

Prince George's County Exec. Taken Into Custody

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UPDATE: Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson and his wife were arraigned at 4:15 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., following their arrest earlier today by FBI officers.

Neither the FBI nor the U.S. Attorney's Office in Baltimore would d...

P.G.'s County Executive, Wife Charged In Federal Court

In Maryland, Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson and his wife Leslie are facing federal charges in connection with a pay-to-play scheme involving the county executive and land developers.

The Johnsons have been charged with tampering with a witness and evidence relating to a feder...

Power Breakfast: Friday, Nov. 12

From Capitol News Connection:

Every policy wonk in town is mulling the effects of the midterm shakeup. As a senior analyst at the Migration Policy Institute, Marc Rosenblum has his eye on immigration.

Latest D.C. Regional News

WASHINGTON (AP) Several downtown Washinngton blocks have been cordoned off today after a work crew struck a high pressure gas line. Officials say the closures are in the area of 10th Street and Massachussetts Avenue.

WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. Park Police are asking for the public's help in ide...

Art Beat: Weekend Events, Nov. 12-14

"Art Beat" with Sabri Ben-Achour:

(Nov. 12-Dec. 19) SUPERIOR DONUTS The weekend's here, so you won't have to feel guilty about Superior Donuts playing today through Dec. 19 at The Studio Theatre in Northwest Washington. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts' latest production is set...

Metro Sends Internal Alert For Suspicious Videotapers

Metro is telling its police force to be on the lookout for two men who were seen videotaping in trains and on a station platform.

Metro says it got a tip from a rider last week that two men were filming in the L'Enfant Plaza Station and on an Orange Line train with their video cameras held...

Arlington Considers Sweeping Natural Resources Protection Plan

In Arlington, Va., tomorrow, the county board is expected to vote on Arlington's first-ever comprehensive plan to preserve its natural resources.

The proposed protection plan has 19 different recommendations, such as creating a specialized management unit for natural resources.

Jamie...

An Admission Fee For Smithsonian Museums?

A presidential commission is recommending that visitors to Smithsonian museums be charged a fee.

President Obama's deficit reduction commission is recommending that the Smithsonian institution museums get less money from Congress and begin charging admission fees.

Leaders of the bi-pa...

Latest Virginia Local News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia's general fund tax collections for October increased 3.7 percent over the same month a year ago. The slow upturn after two consecutive years of revenue losses is in today's monthly summary of state tax collections to Governor Bob McDonnell.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) P...

Weekly Conversation With Washington Post Columnist Robert McCartney

Joining WAMU as he does most Fridays is Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney with analysis of some of the region's top stories this week, including a recent Metro safety report and the future of horse racing in Maryland.

Virginia Police Agencies Work Under Shroud Of Secrecy

In Virginia, Fairfax County police officials have spent the last year refusing to release the name of the Fairfax cop who shot and killed an unarmed man on Richmond Highway. The Washington Post has reported the officer's identity is David Scott Ziants.

The police behavior is part of a large...

Fourth Annual State Of The Nation's River Report

A local non-profit is warning that rapid development is squeezing out forested land. This in turn is influencing the quality of water in the Potomac River, where the D.C. region draws approximately 90 percent of its drinking water.

Forests act like a sponge -- they absorb rainfall and produ...

State Roundup: Friday, Nov. 12

From MarylandReporter.com:

AUSTERITY NOW Comptroller Peter Franchot says the state's $1.6 billion deficit is another sign that elected officials "have not adjusted to this new age of austerity," blogs Julie Bykowicz for the Sun. Despite dire financial projections, Democratic leaders tell Th...

FBI Recorded P.G.'s County Exec. Telling Wife To Hide Evidence

In Maryland, Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson and his wife Leslie are facing federal charges in connection with a pay-to-play scheme involving developers. The Johnsons were arrested by FBI officers today at their home.

Investigators say developers would give Jack Johnson cash a...

Activist Calls For Boycott Of Full-Body Scanners In Airports

Brian Sodergren of Loudoun County, Va., says the new full-body scanners installed in some airports violate people's privacy. He created a OptOutDay.com, a Web site that he hopes will prompt civil disobedience on one of the busiest travel days of the year. His goal is to bring more scrutiny to bot...

Latest Maryland Local News

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) Howard County officials say three electric buses will be coming to Columbia with the help of a federal grant. Howard County Executive Ken Ulman announced the grants today.

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) A coal mine operator seeks dismissal in Cumberland of a wrongful death lawsuit...