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News Archive - November 18, 2010

Chesapeake Oystermen Go On Strike Over Pricing Battle

Many of Maryland's Chesapeake oystermen are on strike in protest of dropping prices for their catch.

Only 600 people live on Deal Island, but on a normal day at Scotts Cove Marina, the shipyard is bustling with dozens of boats counting their catch of oysters. But this week the boats are doc...

Internet Crime Complaint Center In Richmond Hits Milestone

The Internet Crime Complaint Center in Richmond, Va., has reported its 2 millionth complaint. The center, also known as IC3, recorded the milestone earlier this month.

The center is a partnership with the National White Collar Crime Center, the FBI and the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

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Levy Trial Deliberations Go Into Second Day

UPDATE: The second day of deliberations ended without a verdict and will continue tomorrow.

ORIGINAL POST: Jurors got a late start this morning due to new security measures at the courthouse on their second day of deliberations in the trial of the man charged with murdering Chandra Levy. In...

State Roundup: Thursday, Nov. 18

From MarylandReporter.com:

PETITION TO STOP JOHNSON Some residents are attempting to stop Leslie Johnson, who was arrested last week in a federal probe that ensnared her husband, PG County Exec Jack Johnson, from being sworn in to the Prince George's County Council. Ovetta Wiggins reports t...

Arlington School Works For Passing Grade

By Julia Edwards

The Obama administration has plans to overhaul the No Child Left Behind policy, citing a narrow focus on school test scores and neglect of individual student growth. But after 10 congressional committee hearings failed to reach a consensus, the fate of those changes is up i...

Baltimore Teachers Approve Contract

Public school teachers in Baltimore have a new contract. Union members ratified the plan Wednesday by nearly a 2-to-1 margin, after rejecting a similar contract last month. Pay raises will be tied more closely to student performance.

Baltimore Teachers Union president Marietta English calls...

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) Donald DeVore is stepping down as secretary of the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. DeVore announced today that he has told Gov. Martin O'Malley he will not seek reappointment during the governor's second term.

RANDALLSTOWN, Md. (AP) A suspect in a domestic shoot...

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

(Nov. 18-Jan. 2) A TALE OF TWO CAROLS As we descend upon December, the District abounds with Christmas. You have your pick of at least two distinct Christmas Carols this season: Ebenezer Scrooge begins to plumb his past, present, and future with harmony tonight in A Broadway Christmas Carol at Al...

Wal-Mart To Open Stores In The District

Wal-Mart plans to open four stores within the District, promising to boost the local economy with approximately 1,200 new jobs and lower prices for consumers.

The paved piece of property near the intersection of Georgia Avenue Northwest and Peabody Street used to be a car lot. Now it's one...

Va. Transportation Secretary Targets Distracted Driving

A revealing thing happened on the way to a press conference about distracted driving: Virginia Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton was fighting his way through Tysons Corner when suddenly, "I was following behind someone who was quite obviously texting while they were driving out here. And...

Alexandria Residents Say Investigation Into Mark Center BRAC Is Too Late

In Virginia, Congressman Jim Moran says the Department of Defense's Inspector General has launched an investigation into the placement of the massive new Mark Center office complex along Interstate 395 in Alexandria.

Thousands of employees are set to be transferred there in September as par...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Metro says it will take weeks to repair the dome above the Farragut North station, where chunks of concrete were dislodged by construction work and fell onto a platform. Officials say jackhammering from a D.C. Department of Transportation project on the street overhead broke thr...

Farragut North Metro Opens After Construction Mishap

The Farragut North Metro station is back open this morning. It was closed overnight after construction crews working outside the station caused materials to fall from the ceiling to the platform.

Several of the ceiling tiles over the platform and over the track are missing. Some appear to b...

Petition Seeks To Stop Leslie Johnson From Taking Office

In Prince George's County, an online petition that reads "Leslie Johnson must resign now!" has been launched to stop the newly elected Sixth District council member from taking office.

According to an FBI affidavit, on Nov. 12, the day of County Executive Jack Johnson's arrest, a developer...

Va. Dept. Of Corrections Settles With Deaf Inmates

A correctional center in Virginia will become the first major state prison in the country to install a videophone so deaf inmates can communicate with family and friends, as part of a settlement with deaf and hard of hearing inmates.

A group of deaf and hard of hearing inmates at the Powhat...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Amtrak says its Lynchburg route has far exceeded its annual performance targets for its first full year of operation. Since Oct. 1, 2009, the route has provided a daily ride as far north as Boston from Lynchburg.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) Federal regulators are scheduled...

Will This Winter Be As Bad As Last Year's?

Last winter was historic in the D.C. region. Authorities are now preparing in case it happens again.

Keith Compton is the head of Montgomery County's highway maintenance team, which includes snow removal. He says last winter's historic weather means very little when preparing for this winte...