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News Archive - November 17, 2010

D.C. Council Looks At Streetcar Plan

It's been more than half a century since a streetcar last ran down the streets of the District. But the plan to bring the trolley back is moving forward, and tracks have already been laid in certain parts of the city.

Wednesday, the D.C. Council is holding an important public hearing on the...

Latest Maryland Regional News

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Comptroller Peter Franchot says the Maryland beverage industry has agreed to stop selling alcoholic energy drinks. He says his office asked the industry to voluntarily stop selling the drinks.

BALTIMORE (AP) Community activist and city government employee Tessa Hill-...

Study Concludes P.W. Co. Policy Drove Out Undocumented Immigrants

In Virginia, a three-year study of Prince William County's controversial illegal immigration policy concludes that it has reduced the number of illegal immigrants in the county -- but has also had some unintended consequences.

The policy requires police officers to examine the citizenship s...

Va. Congressman: DOD To Investigate Mark Center Project

According to Virginia Congressman Jim Moran (D), the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General has launched an investigation into placement of the new Mark Center defense building along Interstate 395. Moran has long said the new building and its employees will cause catastrophic traffic...

Transportation Safety Board To Va.: Improve Seat Belt Laws

The National Transportation Safety Board says Virginia has some of the weakest seat belt enforcement laws in the country because of political principle.

Seat belt use rates are up to 15 percent higher in states with primary seat belt enforcement laws, where police officers can pull you over...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) After a monthlong trial, jurors have begun deliberations in the Chandra Levy murder trial. Ingmar Guandique (gwahn-DEE-kay) is facing murder charges in the 2001 disappearance and death of Levy.

WASHINGTON (AP) D.C. fire officials say the Brentwood and Brookland areas of...

DCPS Chancellor A No-Show At Office Hours

In her first month as D.C.'s interim school chancellor, Kaya Henderson is trying to engage more with the public, holding open office hours and community events. But she's already disappointing some who are trying to approach her about concerns.

A dozen people came to the office hours hoping...

Overnight Storms Cause Downed Trees

UPDATE: George Mason Drive in Arlington, between 15th and 16th Streets remains closed, as power crews work to repair two poles that came down after a tree fell on them. Officials say the road could be closed the entire day. In Northeast D.C. the neighborhoods along Brentwood road and Eastern Aven...

Art Beat: Wednesday, Nov. 17

"Art Beat" with Sean Rameswaram:

(Nov. 17-29) SUDDENSPACE Art has a tendency to just pop-up in places: at the Metro, in an alley, or in 5000 square feet of empty retail space next to the Pentagon. suddenspace on Columbia Pike in Arlington through the end of November is of the latter persuas...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Several Rastafarian and other inmates who have been held in isolation for refusing to cut their hair are being moved to a prison where they can live together. The Department of Corrections confirmed today that 31 inmates have been transferred to Keen Mountain State Prison in...

Case Goes To Jury In Chandra Levy Trial

UPDATE: The jury ended deliberations for the day after more than five hours of discussion. The only hint of what they may be thinking or talking about was a request for a defense exhibit -– a picture of Ingmar Guandique taken by his girlfriend near the time of Chandra Levy's disappearance. Jury d...

State Roundup: Wednesday, Nov. 17

From MarylandReporter.com:

PENSION REFORM Cash-strapped counties and unions representing beleaguered state employees are beginning to play defense against changes being proposed in Maryland's underfunded pension system, Liam Farrell reports for the Annapolis Capital.

As the incoming p...

Power Breakfast: Wednesday, Nov. 17

From [Capitol News Connection]9http://www.capitolnewsconnection.org/):

In the days of hand-to-hand combat, the armor used to shield the forearm was known as the gauntlet. Today in a party caucus gathering on Capitol Hill, a handful of Democrats plan to throw down the gauntlet. An invitatio...

Baltimore Teachers Approve Contract, Performance-Based Pay

Teachers approved the contract weeks after they rejected a previous plan. The new pact ties teacher salaries to student performance.

Teachers wanted details on how they could advance under the new career ladder, and it appears they got the details they needed. The unofficial tally of the vo...