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News Archive - November 22, 2010

Earmarking Ban Gains Support From Local Republicans

The region's Republicans are supporting a ban on earmarking in Congress, which analysts say weakens their role in directing the federal budget.

The GOP now dominates the Virginia congressional delegation, holding eight of the state's 11 House seats. Those Republicans are supporting a tempor...

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the health care reform law will expand opportunities for doctors to pay off student loans while working in underserved communities. Sebelius announced Monday in Baltimore that new applications are being accepted for the N...

Defeated But Not Deterred: Md. Congressman Considers Run In 2012

Fresh off losing his Maryland congressional seat by more than 13 percentage points, Democrat Frank Kratovil is considering another run in 2012.

"All options are still on the table" for Kratovil, according to his spokesperson, and that may mean he'll throw his hat in the 1st District race in...

Baltimore Church Fosters German Holiday Tradition

This time of year, most of us are thinking a lot about food. Turkey is, of course, the traditional main dish for Thanksgiving dinner -- the holiday where we celebrate the harvest. In Baltimore, there's another dish that's served up to mark the change in seasons: sour beef.

In an old German...

Power Breakfast: Monday, Nov. 22

From Capitol News Connection

Today we spend time with the presumptive head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, come January. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: Republican, Cuban-born, South Floridian. Gaining control of the Foreign Affairs gavel means gaining a stronger voice in U.S. po...

Indian River Inlet Concerns Delaware State Officials

A major bridge project on Route 1 in Southern Delaware has been slowing commuters heading to the local beaches for years. But there's a new problem developing below.

Coastal officials say the inlet below the Indian River bridge is getting deeper by almost one foot a year. The salty waters a...

Fairfax Circuit Judge To Hear Arguments In Clifton School Closure Case

In Virginia, residents in the town of Clifton are still fighting the July 8th decision by the Fairfax County public school board to close Clifton Elementary.

Monday morning a Fairfax Circuit court judge hears arguments in the case.

Springfield Board member Liz Bradsher says the Clifto...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Metro says it will boost service to help travelers to and from the D.C. region's airports this Thanksgiving. Metrorail service is available to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Metrobus will have additional buses on standby to serve Baltimore/Washington International Thur...

Arrest Made In Rape, Assault Case From 1984

A DNA match helped crack a 26-year-old cold case in Maryland. Montgomery County Police have arrested Hubert Allan Marlin, 53, whose last known address was Michigan. He faces rape and assault charges.

On Oct. 13, 1984, an adult female was attacked and raped while walking home from work. Poli...

Free Parking With Disability Placards At Risk In Alexandria

Twelve years ago, Arlington County was one of the first local governments in Virginia to get rid of free parking at metered parking spaces for drivers with disabilities, launching a campaign called "All May Park, All Must Pay." Now Alexandria is considering following Arlington's lead.

Alexa...

D.C. Boxing Legend Charged With Fraud

A D.C. boxing hero who helped train young fighters to stay out of trouble is now is facing his own legal woes.

Keely Thompson has been charged with stealing more than $500,000 in public funds and using the money for gambling.

The story of Thompson, a local champ on the ropes and fight...

Guilty Verdict Announced In Chandra Levy Trial

Ingmar Guandique has been found guilty on two counts of first degree murder of Washington intern Chandra Levy in 2001. Guandique now faces up to life in prison and will be sentenced on Feb. 11.

With no eye-witnesses or physical evidence linking Guandique to Levy's body, the prosecution's ca...

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

(Nov. 22-Dec. 19) FROM STRINGS TO ROPES Keegan Theatre's Golden Boy follows a conflicted individual from the strings to the ropes. Joe Bonaparte can't decide whether he wants to be a violinist or a pugilist. He does a cost-benefit analysis tonight through mid-December at Church Street Theater in...

Latest Virginia Regional News

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) The piracy trial of five Somali men accusted of attacking a U.S. Navy ship off Africa is nearly in the hands of jurors. Authorities say closing arguments this afternoon are expected to the be final step before the federal case in Norfolk goes to the jury.

CHRISTIANSBURG,...

Consider This With Fred Fiske: TSA Screenings

This week, commentator Fred Fiske weighs in on an issue that will affects millions of people this holiday season: airport security.

What do you think? Join The Conversation and contribute to the Commentary Forum.

Businesses Call For Help Along Streetcar Line Project

Streetcars are coming back to the District. The first trolleys will run on H Street in Northeast D.C. in early 2012 and they're expected to spur economic growth.

But some business owners along the H Street line say right now the streetcar project is hurting their bottom line.

It has b...

State Roundup: Monday, Nov. 22

From MarylandReporter.com:

BOOZE & POLITICS The arrests of a Prince George's County liquor store magnate and his wife by federal authorities as part of a broad corruption probe involving County Exec Jack Johnson has pulled back the curtain on the complex and often incestuous world of li...

Baltimore Takes Neighborly Approach To Bed Bugs

Public health departments around the region are teaching people about bed bugs: how to avoid, detect them, and get rid of them. In Baltimore, the message is that neighbors need to help each other manage the problem.

Bed bugs are hitchhikers that crawl between shared walls. That's a problem...

New Suburban Residents Find Life Difficult Without Car

The cost of living in many District neighborhoods has gone way up over the past decade, and many lower income residents have fled to more affordable housing in the suburbs.

But, these new "urban exiles" are finding it's harder to get around in their new homes.

This story is part of an...

Metro To Ramp Up Service For Holiday Travelers

Metro says it will boost service this week to help Thanksgiving travelers get in and out of D.C. airports. The transit agency plans to have additional buses on standby to serve Dulles International Airport and BWI Marshall Airport -- that's in addition to the regular Metrorail service to Reagan N...

Report Sheds Light On MoCo Budget Shortfalls

A report prepared for the Montgomery County Council shows that salaries for county workers have grown 50 percent over the past decade, with some employees seeing a salary increase of 80 percent.

Council president Nancy Floreen called for the report, saying council members must begin to get...