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News Archive - November 15, 2010

Virginia Lawmaker Targets Synthetic Marijuana

Standing outside Mia's Market in Alexandria, Delegate Adam Ebbin is ready to make the buy. So he walks into the store and asks to purchase two packages of K2 -- also known as synthetic marijuana or "spice." It's completely legal under Virginia law.

"I'll buy the two for $20. I'm going to sh...

State Roundup: Monday, Nov. 15

From MarylandReporter.com:

ARRESTS OF PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY EXEC and HIS WIFE

MORE ARRESTS EXPECTED The arrests Friday of Prince George's County Exec Jack Johnson and his wife Leslie, newly elected to the County Council, suggest that a federal investigation of corruption in county go...

Three Police Officers Among The Nine People Arrested In P.G.'s County

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The ongoing federal investigation in Prince George's County, Md., has led to more indictments. Nine people, including three county police officers, were arrested today.

Two of the officers were charged with conspiring to commit extortion in a sc...

Power Breakfast: Monday, Nov. 15

From Capitol News Connection:

New government statistics on hunger come out today. Just in time for the return of Congress, which is set to resume final negotiations on a $4.5 billion child nutrition package. The bill would improve and expand school food programs for low-income students. An...

National Mall Requires A New Levee

The Army Corps of Engineers has been tapped to rebuild the levee. Protecting the aesthetics of the National Mall is one of the big challenges the Corps and the planners of the new levee face.

There isn't a choice in building it or not -- after Hurricane Katrina, the federal government revis...

Prince George's County Investigation Continues

The U.S. Attorney for Maryland Rod Rosenstein says today's arrests of nine people, including three Prince George's County police officers, is part of the ongoing investigation of public corruption in the county. He also says more arrests could follow.

Rosenstein made the comments following...

Commentary: Telecommunications From Past To Present

Fred Fiske has been a fixture on Washington's air waves for more than 60 years. His commentaries air every Monday at 5:44 p.m. and 7:44 p.m.

This week, Fred waxes nostalgic on the early days of making a phone call.

What do you think? Tell us at conversation.wamu.org. Click on Commenta...

Latest Maryland Regional News

HANOVER, Md. (AP) Anne Arundel County police have charged three people after a teen was stabbed during a fight in Arundel Mills Mall. Officers patrolling the mall found an 18-year-old male had been stabbed Saturday night. The teen was treated for a stab wound to the back and released.

HAGER...

Baltimore Takes Vote On 'Smaller' Wal-Mart

The Baltimore City Council is expected to give final approval to a plan to build a Wal-Mart Northwest of downtown tonight. It's part of the retail giant's strategy to build smaller stores in urban markets.

Steve Isberg, who teaches corporate finance at the University of Baltimore, tells the...

Cholera Reaches Haiti's Capital

The government of Haiti says more than 14,000 people in the country have been infected with cholera. The official death toll there has topped 917. Over the past week, the epidemic has reached the capital city, Port-au-Prince.

Alcide Gesmain's daughter lies on a cot in the Waf Jeremy Clinic...

Ingmar Guandique Will Not Take The Stand In His Defense

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Ingmar Guandique, the man accused of murdering Washington intern Chandra Levy nearly a decade ago, formally told Judge Gerald Fisher morning that he does not plan to testify in his own defense.

Guandique, an immigrant from El Salvador, is on tri...

P.G.'s County Executive-Elect Comments On Arrests, Looks To Future

In Maryland, Prince George's County Executive-elect Rushern Baker made remarks to the media around 5 p.m. His comments are his first since last week's arrests of current County Executive Jack Johnson.

Baker, who will take office in less than one month, says "these are not sad days" for the...

Art Beat: Monday, Nov. 15

"Art Beat" with Sabri Ben-Achour:

(Nov. 15) THE AUTUMN DEFENSE If you've been having some seasonal terrors ever since the leaves started turning, fear not! The Autumn Defense is here to lull your worries away with their poppy brand of alternative country music. The defensive duo, who spend...

Latest Virginia Regional News

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) A teenager accused of participating in a plot to attack Landstown High School in Virginia Beach is headed to trial. Jury selection is scheduled today in Virginia Beach Circuit Court for the trial of 19-year-Philip Charles Bay. Bay faces conspiracy, weapons and other charg...

Reward Offered For Shooting Suspect Leads

The Justice Department is offering a reward for information about the person who shot at several military-related buildings in the Washington metropolitan area. The FBI's Washington field office announced the $20,000 reward for material that leads to an arrest and conviction.

There have bee...

Probe Sought For Reusable Grocery Bags

This year, the District's so-called "bag tax" went into effect. It has prompted many to use reusable grocery bags, but there are new concerns about how safe and environmentally friendly some of these bags are.

Over the weekend, Sen. Charles Schumer of New York announced he wanted a federa...

Three Officers Arrested In Prince George's County In Connection With County Executive

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Three police officers were arrested this morning in Maryland's Prince George's County. The arrests are connected with the corruption probe that led to the arrest of County Executive Jack Johnson on Friday.

An FBI spokesperson says sever...

Cuccinelli: DMV Can Discontinue Use Of Federal Permit

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says the Department of Motor Vehicles is not required to accept a federal work permit as proof that a driver's license applicant is legally in the United States. The opinion follows a request for clarification from the DMV Commissioner.

Virginia law...

Art Beat: Monday, Nov. 15

"Art Beat" with Sabri Ben-Achour:

(Nov. 15) THE AUTUMN DEFENSE If you've been having some seasonal terrors ever since the leaves started turning, fear not! The Autumn Defense is here to lull your worries away with their poppy brand of alternative country music. The defensive duo, who spend...

Prosecutors Drop Two Charges Against Guandique; DNA In Levy's Apartment Matches Condit's

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The Chandra Levy murder trial resumes today with the defense presenting its case.

In a surprise move last week, prosecutors dropped two of the charges against defendant Ingmar Guandique and rested their case.

The government had been expec...

Baltimore Teachers Vote On Contract Linking Salary To Student Performance

They said "no" the first time. This week, teachers in Baltimore public schools will vote a second time on a revised contract that would tie salary increases to student performance.

The new contract is not that different than the old contract, except that it gives more detail on how teachers...

Chandra Levy Murder Trial Nears An End

Final testimony was presented today in D.C. Superior Court.

The day began with defendant Ingmar Guandique telling Judge Gerald Fisher he would not testify in his own defense. Fisher instructed jury members not to draw conclusions on the defendant's refusal to testify.

Later, an inmate...