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News Archive - November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Tips And Resources

Here are a few resources to check out before traveling this holiday weekend:

AIRPORT: TSA guide for travelers

How to get through the lines faster

Related WAMU story: "Passengers React To Airport Security Measures"

METRO: WMATA's Web site says Metro will operate on a Sunday...

Instruments Find Their Way To DCPS's Music Repair Shop

D.C. Public Schools provide musical instruments free to their students, unlike in surrounding jurisdictions such as Fairfax County, Va., and Montgomery County, Md. There, students have to rent or buy their own.

DCPS also has one of the rare in-house repair shops for musical instruments. The...

Ocean City Man An 'Inspiration' To Oprah

When an Ocean City man was diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer, he battled to not only help himself, but to also help others fighting the disease. But that journey took him to the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Ten months ago, P.J. Aldridge was given a few months left to live. Yesterday, he ended up...

Latest Maryland Local News

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Jurors are scheduled to begin deliberations today in the trial of five Somali men charged with piracy for an alleged attack on a U.S. Navy ship. Deliberations begin this morning in U.S. District Court in Norfolk.

BALTIMORE (AP) Transportation officials are warning moto...

Va. Gov. Has "Productive" Meeting with Defense Sec.

In Virginia today, at a long-sought meeting with Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Gov. Bob McDonnell and several other representatives of the commonwealth, expressed their opposition to the planned closure of Joint Forces Command in Hampton Roaand a proposed reduction to military contractors.


MoCo Council President: School Employee Pay Is Key To Budget Shortfalls

Council members in Montgomery County will receive more details about a report that outlines why the county continues to have budget problems.

The report shows salaries for county employees have increased 50 percent over the past decade, but benefit packages have risen even more -- to the po...

Passengers React To Airport Security Measures

Tougher security measures at local airports have some passengers during this busy travel week angry over what they say are invasions of privacy.

Reagan National Airport has had the large advanced body imaging x-ray machines since July, and tougher pat-downs for people who trigger them -- or...

Site Of Vietnam Protest, Commerce Burns

A late night fire destroyed the POW-MIA kiosk that sat between the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. The kiosk was manned by Vietnam veterans around the clock for the past 30 years.

It's now a burnt-out skeleton of a structure. Old signs and charred propane tanks are cordo...

Defeated Md. Congressman Doesn't Push 2012 Off The Table

Just weeks after a more than 13-point defeat, 1st District Maryland Democrat Frank Kratovil is mulling a run in 2012.

A spokesperson for Kratovil confirmed to WAMU that the defeated congressman is considering a run in 2012, saying Kratovil "hasn't decided what direction to go in."


More Fairfax Elementaries Turn To Parents To Fund Unique Programs

In Virginia's Fairfax County, a public school in the Hollin Hills community is pleading parents and local businesses for money to save unique school programs.

Hollin Meadows fifth-grader Jonathan Guerra-Cardial says the coolest thing about the huge garden at his school is being able to eat...

Latest D.C. Regional News

WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington region's primary distribution center for food pantries is receiving a $5 million donation to build a facility that will allow it to double its capacity. The Capital Area Food Bank is receiving the money from William Conway Jr., co-founder and managing director of...

D.C. Mom Shares Dangers Of Small Toy Parts

By Sara Sciammacco, Capitol News Connection

As the holiday shopping begins, one Washington, D.C., mother is warning parents about the dangers of toys with small parts, and also urging a federal agency to do more to protect kids. Jennifer Tapper shared her son's traumatic experience with a c...

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

(Nov. 23-Dec. 19) DISTRICT CATALYSTS Washington Project for the Arts celebrates 35 years of experimental visual art in the District with Catalyst at American University's Katzen Museum in Northwest Washington. The output of over 100 local artists is woven into a narrative in three acts through De...

EPA Says States Progress On Chesapeake Bay Pollution But...

States in the Chesapeake Bay watershed have until Nov. 29 to tell the EPA how they plan to reduce pollution in the Bay.

Maryland, Virginia, and the District, along with Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and New York all have rivers that drain into the Chesapeake Bay.

When they su...

Police Will Be Out In Force For Holiday Weekend

By Matt McCleskey

Virginia State Police says 75 percent of its uniformed workforce will be on patrol from just after midnight Tuesday through midnight on Sunday for the Thanksgiving weekend.

State Troopers will again this year be participating in a nationwide campaign designed to redu...

Guandique Guilty On All Counts In Levy Trial

Ingmar Guandique now faces up to life in prison for murdering Chandra Levy. A jury found Guandique guilty of two counts of first degree murder.

After weeks of testimony and nearly four days of deliberations, the jury's verdict was swift: guilty on all counts.

Levy's mother, Susan, sit...

Latest Virginia Local News

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Jurors in Virginia are scheduled to begin deliberations in the trial of five Somali men charged with piracy for an alleged attack on a U.S. Navy ship. Deliberations begin this morning in U.S. District Court in Norfolk.

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) A judge has ruled that a...

Major Delays For VRE Passengers

A train malfunction caused delays of over an hour for more than 1,600 people on three Virginia Railway Express trains.

VRE spokesman Mark Roeber says the problems started with the engine failure of Train 328, the Manassas Line heading in to Washington. A second train behind the first one wa...

Virginia Governor To Meet Defense Secretary

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and members of Virginia's Congressional Delegation are due to meet with Defense Secretary Robert Gates this morning.

The meeting is primarily to discuss a plan to close the Joint Forces Command in the Hampton Roads area. The Pentagon's plan to close the facility...

Power Breakfast: Tuesday, Nov. 23

From Capitol News Connection:

Today we continue our de facto occasional series, 'Up Close and Personal With Up and Coming Republicans.' With one whose role and visibility are on the rise, just in time to coincide with the GOP gaining some sway in the Senate.

When Is Advertising A 4G Network 'Stretching The Truth'?

If you were watching Sunday night football this weekend, you might have seen an ad for an upgraded Verizon cell phone network.

Verizon is rolling out its new fourth-generation network in a number of markets, including D.C. and Baltimore.

Verizon isn't the first provider to push a 4G n...

Former Va. Finance Sec. Gets 10 Years for Fraud

A former Virginia Cabinet official has been sentenced to ten years in prison for wire fraud.

John W. Forbes II served as Virginia's finance secretary for less than a year under former Governor Jim Gilmore. Today the 54-year old Forbes was in U.S. District Court where he was lectured by Judg...

Grays Says 'Daunting' Fiscal Challenges Ahead For D.C.

"Daunting." That's how D.C. Mayor-elect Vincent Gray is describing the fiscal challenges facing the District. Gray says the city's gloomy financial outlook will require some tough decisions when he takes office in January.

Gray says "all options are on the table," meaning lawmakers will lik...

State Roundup: Tuesday, Nov. 23


HARRIS HEALTH CARE A liberal organization is going after Maryland Congressman-elect Andy Harris, starting now, with its "Drop it or Stop it" mini-campaign. The campaign against Harris, who favors repeal of the new national health care law, argues that he should ei...