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News Archive - December 2, 2010

Consumer Group Calls MARC Train Performance Unacceptable

On some MARC train lines, chances aren't much better than 50/50 that they'll arrive on time. One of the worst performing trains: MARC's Camden Line Train 850 from Washington to Baltimore came in on-time 53 percent of the time, during afternoon runs in November. MARC's on-time performance on the P...

U.S. Loses World Cup Bid To Qatar

FIFA announced today that Qatar, not the United States, will host the 2022 World Cup.

There was a collective groan of disappointment in response to the news at the Newseum, where more than 100 people had gathered to watch the event unfold on a giant TV screen.

Ben Olsen, the new coach...

Clifton Residents Considering Appeal After Circuit Court Ruling

In Virginia, after a court ruling that didn't go their way, residents in Clifton are deciding whether to regroup or accept the Fairfax County School Board's decision to close the town's elementary school.

Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Dennis Smith ruled that Clifton residents were properly no...

Latest Virginia Local News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) In the end, there was no smoke, no fire and not even a sprinkler system going off. Fire officials say they sent half a dozen fire trucks to the federal courthouse in Richmond this morning, interrupting the trial of five motorcycle gang members.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virg...

Former DCPS Chancellor Gets A New Job

Former Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee will be joining the education transition team of Florida's Republican Governor-elect Rick Scott.

Scott made the announcement Thursday, calling Rhee a "nationally recognized education reformer." Scott says she will be part of a team that will help him...

Cheverly Wind Turbine: A Window Into The Not-So-Distant Future

The town of Cheverly, Md., is the first in Prince George's County to get a wind turbine, and energy advocates say it's a window into the future of energy in Maryland.

Right now, it's just a 10-by-10 concrete slab, but in a few weeks, it'll be a 70-foot wind turbine that will generate half o...

Prince George's Police Chief May Lose Job

It appears Prince George's County Police Chief, Roberto Hylton, will be out of a job come Monday. Reports say County Executive-elect Rushern Baker, who will be sworn in on Monday, has decided to let Hylton go. But the reports also say Baker has given no specific reason for the decision.

The...

Environmental Literacy: Exposing D.C. Students To Nature

A new federal initiative called the No Child Left Inside Act is pushing states to teach students about the environment. So far the District has not secured funding to make environmental literacy part of the school curriculum. But as Julia Edwards reports, some educators and environmental policy m...

Gray Releases List Of Transition Donors

D.C. Mayor-elect Vincent Gray says he's raised more than $180,000 so far to cover the costs of his transition and upcoming inauguration.

After winning the primary, Gray made the decision to forgo public money and raise the funds from private donors. Most of the money –- approximately $130,0...

Maryland News Roundup

MarylandReporter.com:

O'MALLEY PICKED As expected, Gov. Martin O'Malley has been chosen by his peers to head the Democratic Governors Association, reports Annie Linskey for the Sun.

It's a high-profile position that will put O'Malley in the forefront as the party finds its way forward...

Dog Mural: Art Or Advertisement?

In Virginia, the owner of a small business in Shirlington has filed a federal free speech lawsuit against Arlington County. Kim Houghton filed the suit regarding a mural she commissioned on the outside wall of her dog-grooming business, Wag More Dogs.

Wag More Dogs' back wall faces Shirling...

Commentary By Barbara Kagan: Raise My Taxes, Please

With the District of Columbia facing a nearly $200 million budget deficit, city hall is receiving lots of advice about how to close the gap. Commentator and longtime District resident Barbara Kagan has a suggestion that might be surprising:

I've lived in D.C. for over 30 years. I'm fortunat...

General Manager Of DC Water Discusses Recent Report Of Lead Contamination

By Matt McCleskey

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nearly 15,000 homes in the District may be at risk for lead contamination, despite efforts in recent years to address the problem. The report suggests that the partial replacement of lead service lines,pe...

Latest Maryland Local News

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) First Lady Michelle Obama has cut the ribbon today at the new Fisher Houses residences in Bethesda for the families of ailing soldiers and veterans. The new residences are part of a planned move to Bethesda next year of Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

CHANTILLY, Va. (A...

Obama, Gray Discuss D.C. Over Gumbo And Stir-Fry

D.C.'s next mayor, Vincent Gray, says his lunch with President Obama on Wednesday went better than he could have hoped for. It was Gray's first meeting with the city's most famous resident since winning the mayoral primary in September.

While the two men dined on seafood gumbo and a beef an...

D.C. Students Sing, Dance, Act To Protect Teachers' Salaries

By Jessica Gould

They say there's no business like show business. And Duke Ellington School of the Arts Principal Rory Pullens hopes they're right.

"There's a budgetary shortfall for Duke Ellington this year, of nearly $1 million," he says.

Pullens says the D.C. public school ma...

D.C. Art Gallery Protests Video Removal From National Portrait Gallery

The Smithsonian's decision to remove a controversial video from an exhibit earlier this week has sparked a 24-hour protest at a Washington art gallery.

Barbara Escobar, the manager of Transformer Art Gallery in the District's Logan Circle, says they're holding the protest against what she c...

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

(Dec. 2-26) STUDIO'S MOJO The District's Studio Theatre has Mojo today through Christmas. The production tracks a tumultuous time at a 1950s underground rock-and-roll club in England. Playwright Jez Butterworth won an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy after Mojo's debut in London.

(Dec. 3)...

CDC Report Finds Lead Contamination In D.C. Water

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control shows that water in almost 15,000 D.C. homes may still be contaminated by lead.

DC Water replaced water lines serving thousands of homes from 2004 to 2008, but homeowners were responsible for replacing any lead pipes on their side of the pro...

Latest D.C. Regional News

WASHINGTON (AP) Federal researchers say partially replacing lead water pipes in thousands of Washington homes did not reduce the risk of elevated blood lead levels. DC officials says monitoring shows most homes don't have any lead problems.

WASHINGTON (AP) The former treasurer of a Repu...

Metro To Replace Faulty Track Circuits

Metro is seeking approval Thursday morning to replace more than 1,700 track circuits. Metro wants to spend more than $60 million to replace the circuits, as recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The track circuits are the ones whose failure last year caused the deadly Red...