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News Archive - November 29, 2010

Consider This With Fred Fiske: The Changing Institution Of Marriage

At a recent dinner party, Fred Fiske's friend posed a challenge to the group: "Can anybody here remember any couple in the past 20 years who hadn't lived together for at least a short while before marriage?" Nobody could. Fiske says his parents would have been "humiliated, his mother hysterical....

Commentary By Joelle Novey: Using Sunday School Lessons To Combat Climate Change

As part of her job, commentator Joelle Novey attends numerous faith services where she's been inspired by what these congregations teach children. Novey directs Greater Washington Interfaith Power & Light, which helps local congregations save energy, "go green" and respond to climate change:...

Metro Tests Buses That Give Verbal Warnings To Pedestrians, Drivers

Metro is working to improve its safety record by piloting a new audio warning device on some Metrobuses. The devices are designed to help reduce pedestrian accidents.

The new recordings alert pedestrians when a Metrobus makes a turn at an intersection: "Pedestrians, bus is turning." And thi...

D.C. Delegate Calls For Congressional Hearings On Airport Security

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, who serves on both the Homeland Security Committee and the Aviation Subcommitee, is calling for hearings to be held on TSA airport security measures.

Norton says she wants to know how and if TSA is preparing for what terrorists are trying to do next, and...

Republicans Consider Government Shutdown To Curb Spending

Analysts predict a lot of gridlock between House Republicans and the White House come January. In the nineties that led to a government shutdown, which is an option Republicans are keeping on the table.

Shutting down the government would reverberate through the region's economy where approx...

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) A judge has rejected a plea deal as "too light" for a man who told police he threw his 3-year-old son off a Baltimore bridge. Stephen T. Nelson was scheduled to go on trial today. His lawyers and the prosecutor came to court with a plea agreement, but Judge George Russell threw it...

Growing Chantilly Company Cashes In On 'Cyber Monday'

Today is one of the biggest online shopping days of the year, also known as Cyber Monday. Quite a few companies in Northern Virginia's Technology Corridor shifted into their highest gear in preparation, including the growing retailer CedarPC.

CedarPC operates two old-fashioned retail stores...

Turning Navy Ship Into A Reef Takes Longer Than Expected

Plans to turn a retired 560-foot Navy destroyer into an artificial reef in the Atlantic Ocean are taking longer than expected.

The destroyer will be dropped just 30 miles off the coast of Ocean City, Md., but it's sinking has been delayed.

The USS Arthur W. Radford is a 9,200-ton behe...

Metro Investigates Sunday Stabbing

Metro Transit police are investigating the stabbing of a man at the Georgia Avenue-Petworth station. A Metro spokeswoman says a man was stabbed while exiting the station around 4:15 p.m. on Sunday.

The victim had passed through the fare gate when he was approached by another man who stabbed...

State Roundup: Monday, Nov. 28

From MarylandReporter.com:

BUDGET GAP With the state budget problems deepening, Gov. Martin O'Malley will have to find new ways to fill the gaps that no one wants to sacrifice for, writes Barry Rascovar for the Gazette.

EARMARK MORATORIUM Paul West of the Sun reports that a moratorium...

Bay Restoration: Expensive If You Do, Expensive If You Don't

The District, Virginia, Maryland and four other states are expected to tell the Environmental Protection Agency how they plan to reduce water pollution that flows into the Chesapeake Bay today. The EPA will then set a hard limit on how much pollution can enter the Bay. But one of the persistent a...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) D.C. Police say the body of teenage girl has been found in a trash can in northwest Washington. The body was found today in 1000 block of Fairmont Street northwest. Officer Paul Metcalf says police are investigating this case as a suspicious death.

WASHINGTON (AP) A Metro sp...

Commission Unanimously Rejects Horse Racing Plan

A plan released today for the future of Maryland horse racing was rejected by the Maryland Racing Commission.

Members of the racing commission and the public were angered by the plan, submitted by Penn National Gaming and the Maryland Jockey Club.

The group asked the commission to giv...

D.C. Teachers' Union Election Results Expected On Tuesday

The Washington Teachers' Union election ballots will be counted Tuesday evening and the results announced shortly after. The approximately 4,000 teachers in D.C. Public Schools will soon know the results of an election that was originally meant to be held in spring but was stalled after internal...

Power Breakfast: Monday, Nov. 29

From Capitol News Connection:

When control of the House changes hands, it'll be a changed political climate for climate science.

Supreme Court Won't Overturn Ban On Booze Ads

The Supreme Court is leaving in place a ban on alcohol advertising in Virginia's college newspapers. The court today rejected an appeal filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the newspapers.

The appeal argued that the ban is an unconstitutional restraint on speech, saying...

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

(Nov. 29) POST-HOLIDAY HAPPINESS The holidays are a happy time and all, but there's a bevy of "happiness hotspots" on M Street in Northwest Washington tonight as author Dan Buettner discusses Thrive, his book about the happiest places on Earth, at National Geographic Live's Grosvenor Auditorium....

Latest Virginia Regional News

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) A Somali national who admitted his role in an April 10 attack on a U.S. Navy ship off the coast of Africa has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Jama Idle Ibrahim was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Norfolk.

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court is leaving in...

Capitol Christmas Tree Arrives In The District After Cross-Country Journey

If you think setting up your Christmas tree is difficult, imagine trying to center a nearly 70-foot spruce. That's the task at hand on the front lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

The Capitol Christmas tree arrived early Monday morning from Hershey, Penn., but its journey began in Wyoming.

"We...

Cardinal Wuerl Celebrates First Mass

Cardinal Donald Wuerl celebrated his first mass as cardinal over the weekend.

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception may be the largest Roman Catholic church in the United States but every pew was filled for Cardinal Wuerl's first mass in his new position.

Wu...

Salvation Army Sees Fewer Donations, Has Higher Goals

Donations to the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign are down this holiday season. This year the Salvation Army's goal is to raise $1.6 million, up from last year's $1.5 million. But the group is already having trouble collecting donations.

Ken Forsythe, a spokesman for the Salvation Army,...