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News Archive - December 1, 2010

Virginia Judge Dismisses Federal Health Care Lawsuit

In Virginia, a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's federal health care law.

A federal court judge in Lynchburg, Va., has dismissed Liberty University's lawsuit challenging the administration's health care law. The judge in the case has ruled that a p...

Judge Upholds Fairfax Board's Decision To Close Elementary School

A judge in Fairfax, Va., has ruled that the county school board acted within its rights to close the elementary school in the town of Clifton. Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Dennis Smith ruled against the Clifton parents, who claimed the board's decision was "arbitrary and capricious."

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National Portrait Gallery Pulls Controversial Video

The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery is removing a video installation after complaints from a Catholic group that the images were sacrilegious.

The video is part of an exhibit called "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture," which is supposed to trace how questions...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Mayor-elect Vincent Gray says President Barack Obama repeated his support for a vote for the District of Columbia in Congress during a meeting at the White House. Gray says they also discussed improving public education.

WASHINGTON (AP) A nearly 30-foot statue of...

Mayor-Elect Vince Gray Meets With Obama At The White House

D.C. Mayor-elect Vincent Gray had lunch with President Obama at the White House on Wednesday. Gray says the president wants to do more for the District of Columbia. But exactly what Obama will do for D.C isn't clear.

Gray says while the president reinforced his support for voting rights, Ob...

DREAM Act: Justice Or Amnesty For Children Of Undocumented Immigrants?

This week the Senate is expected to again take up a bill known as the DREAM Act. The legislation would help the children of illegal immigrants remain in the country to get an education or serve in the military.

Gaby Pacheco came to the U.S. illegally from Ecuador when she was seven years ol...

Shelter Searches For Puppy Thieves

Police are on the look-out for three suspects in the alleged theft of a puppy from a local shelter. A spokesperson says the pup was stolen from the organization's shelter Monday afternoon.

Authorities say at first the thieves expressed interest in adopting the dog. Later it's suspected the...

Tighter Air Quality Rules May Mean Mixed Results For D.C. Region

Next summer, the D.C. area is likely to have dozens more Code Orange days, and possibly more Code Red days as well. This isn't because the air will get dirtier, but because the Environmental Protection Agency will likely have tightened the definition of what healthy air is.

Right now, accor...

Latest Virginia Regional News

STAUNTON, Va. (AP) A wayward sport utility vehicle has halted the Shenandoah Valley Railroad's train traffic for at least a day. Authorities say the driver nodded off while driving on U.S. 11 and the vehicle went across the highway, stopping on the railroad tracks.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Jury s...

P.G.'s County Liquor Store Owners, Police Corporal Plead Not Guilty

In Maryland, the husband and wife owners of several liquor stores and a Prince George's County police corporal accused of conspiring to transport untaxed cigarettes and alcohol in Maryland and Virginia have pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court.

Amrik and Ravinder Melhi of Clarksville w...

Washington Teachers' Union Elects New Leader

Nathan Saunders takes over this morning as president of the Washington Teachers' Union, which represents approximately 4,000 teachers in D.C. Public Schools.

Saunders received 556 votes, beating out incumbent President George Parker, who recieved 480. And depending on whom you ask, this is...

State Roundup: Wednesday, Dec. 1

From MarylandReporter.com:

RACING'S NEXT STEP State officials and the horse-racing industry vowed yesterday to try to salvage live thoroughbred racing in Maryland next year, though it remains unclear if the various stakeholders can come together to forge a viable plan, Hanah Cho of the Sun...

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

It's December and the District is inundated with festive fare:

(Dec. 1) IVRI LIDER Israel's Ivri Lider lights the menorah at Washington's Sixth and I Historic Synagogue tonight at 8. The top-selling singer-songwriter helps bring in the first night of Chanukah with the best in Hebraic pop, a...

Power Breakfast: U.S. Policy Toward Latin America

From Capitol News Connection:

This afternoon, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee assembles to discuss Latin America. The hearing marks an end-point for one of the committee's senior members: Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut. Russ Feingold lost his reelection bid in Wisconsin, so he'll be...

HIV/AIDS Activists Rally For Comprehensive Plan, Better Housing

As the world commemorates AIDS Day, D.C. activists march on city hall to demand action. Dozens of people were gathering outside the Wilson Building Wednesday to protest the city's lack of a comprehensive plan to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and specifically the lack of housing for individuals wit...

Income Tax Raise Debated At D.C. Budget Hearing

Tough decisions are ahead for local lawmakers in the District.

The D.C. Council needs to close a $188 million budget gap before the end of the year and that could mean deep cuts in funding for agencies and programs.

From grandparents worried about the financial assistance they need to...

Latest Maryland Regional News

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) Correctional officials say two state prison inmates have been taken to a hospital after a brawl at the Maryland Correctional Institution near Hagerstown. The Division of Correction says four other inmates were treated for superficial wounds at the prison this afternoon.

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Va. Governor Pans Drilling Decision, Environmentalists 'Delighted'

The Obama administration says it will not pursue drilling off the East Coast of the U.S. and the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Environmental groups are pleased with the news but Virginia's governor is not.

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.) is calling the decision shortsighted and irresponsible.

"I...