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News Archive - November 24, 2010

Amtrak Gears Up For Busiest Travel Day

Amtrak expects today will be its heaviest travel day of the year. On this day before Thanksgiving, Amtrak estimates rail ridership to be as high as 127,000 passengers and says it will operate every available passenger rail car in its fleet.

Travelers heading to the train station in the nort...

Airport Security Measures Don't Appear To Deter Travel

New security measures -- and public reaction to them -- threatened to slow down holiday travel at airports. But at Reagan National Airport, that hasn't panned out, and it hasn't prevented people from traveling.

An ABC-Washington Post poll found that about two-thirds of people don't object t...

Prince George's County Police Officer Released On Tether

One of three police officers arrested in an ongoing Prince George's County public corruption investigation has been released.

Police Sgt. Richard Delabrer, a 22-year veteran of the Prince George's County Police Department is home for the holiday after pleading "not guilty" in federal court...

Maryland Receives World Trade Center Artifact For 9/11 Memorial

Maryland is designing a Sept. 11 memorial to be dedicated in Baltimore next fall on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. And the state is now in possession of an artifact from the World Trade Center that will serve as the focus of the display.

The artifact -- three steel beams fus...

State Roundup: Wednesday, Nov. 24

From MarylandReporter.com:

HARRIS CAMPAIGN WORKERS Republican Congressman-elect Andy Harris and Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards, unlike other Maryland congressional candidates, did not provide health insurance, cover payroll taxes or pay for unemployment insurance for their campaign workers,...

Drinking-Related Patrols Increase Tonight

Tonight is traditionally one of the busiest nights of the year for many bars throughout the D.C. region. That also means it will be a busy night for police.

Tonight Corporal Nicholas Augustine and his fellow Montgomery County police officers will increase their patrols looking for drunk dri...

A Local Adventure: Kayaking Through Great Falls

Great Falls and the Mather Gorge have long been a scenic spot for hikers and picnickers. But peer out onto the Potomac itself and you might also catch some kayakers. For decades they've been coming here to tackle some of the most challenging rapids on the East Coast.

Recently WAMU's Rob Sac...

Maryland Professor Finds Cocaine In Organic Herbal Tea

When a Delaware woman claimed that drinking herbal tea caused her to fail a drug test and lose her job, a chemistry professor tested the tea and made an alarming discovery.

Dr. Miguel Mitchell says when he tested the Peruvian Delisse coca tea at his University lab in Salisbury Maryland, he...

Latest Maryland Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Amtrak expects to operate every available passenger rail car in its fleet today on the heaviest travel day of the year. Rail ridership is expected to be as high as 127,000 passengers.

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) Authorities say a Maryland man is in critical condition following...

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

(Nov. 24-27) CARLOS THE JACKAL If you find yourself yearning for something epic to fill up your free time over the holiday weekend, you can spend 319 minutes with Carlos at the AFI Silver in Silver Spring. The DOCUMDRAMA darling of this year's Cannes Film Festival definitively portrays notorious...

ABC Privatization Proposal Overestimates Revenue

A legislative review of Gov. Bob McDonnell's proposal to get Virginia out of the liquor business says profits from the sale have been overstated by tens of millions of dollars.

The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission report says McDonnell's staff painted too rosy a picture when it...

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...

Commentary By Terri Lee Freeman: The 'Year Of Giving'

As families gather to give thanks and our thoughts turn to those less fortunate, commentator Terri Lee Freeman, president of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, suggests it's time to extend the giving season far beyond the winter holidays:

The table's been set, the rel...

Va. Leaders Still Wary Of Defense Spending Cuts After Meeting With Gates

In Virginia, several federal lawmakers and Gov. Bob McDonnell say they left a discussion with Defense Secretary Robert Gates feeling a little bit better about the impact military spending cuts will have on Virginia's economy.

It's not clear whether the discussion will change Gates' plans....

Latest D.C. Regional News

WASHINGTON (AP) As Americans travel for Thanksgiving, today is expected to be Amtrak's heaviest travel day of the year. Amtrak expects to operate every available passenger rail car in its fleet today, as ridership reaches as high as 127,000 passengers.

WASHINGTON, N.J. (AP) A New Jersey...

Safety Commission To Finalize Database For Safer Shopping

By Sara Sciammacco, Capitol News Connection

Today the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission will finalize the blueprint for an interactive electronic database that aims to help consumers shop for safer toys and other products.

The public database is mandated under a 2008 federal law...

Turkey Giveaway: Take Two

Former D.C. mayor and current Councilmember Marion Barry helped hand out 2,000 free turkeys today to residents in Southeast Washington.

By 9 a.m. this morning, the line outside Union Temple Baptist Church stretched down the block, with hundreds braving the cold for a free turkey.

The...

Ehrlich Camp Paid Thousands For Election Robocalls

The campaign of former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich has reported it paid a political consultant thousands of dollars for anonymous robocalls made on election night.

The Ehrlich campaign reports it paid $14,000 in the final days of the governor's race to the political consultant who has take...

Fenty Releases District Budget Plan

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty has proposed his plan to fix the city's budget deficit. The District must close a $188 million gap before the end of the fiscal year, and city lawmakers have just a few weeks to finalize the spending plan.

Like all his other budgets, Fenty's spending plan avoids any...

Latest Virginia Local News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A legislative review of Gov. Bob McDonnell's proposal to sell Virginia's liquor business says profits from the sale have been overstated by tens of millions of dollars. A report by The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission says McDonnell's staff painted too rosy a pic...

Travelers At Dulles Face Less Disruption Than Anticipated

Thousands of people are flying out of the D.C. region to visit family and friends for Thanksgiving -- right in the middle of a controversy brewing over new security screening procedures at airports.

Carol Fullerton, like many other travelers catching flights out of Dulles International Airp...