News Archive - December 3, 2010

Arts Programs Struggle Against Budget Cuts

By Jessica Gould

As school systems battle budget cuts and make tough choices, arts programs are often among the first things to go.

Laura Smyth, senior associate at the Arts Education Partnership, says schools are struggling to keep their arts programs alive.

"We know that acros...

Officials Investigate Group Grave In Arlington Cemetery

Army officials have launched a criminal investigation: They want to know how multiple sets of cremated remains at Arlington Cemetary ended up in a single grave.

A cemetary spokeswoman says officials found the remains of eight people buried in one spot back in October, with a headstone marke...

George Washington University To Allow Opposite-Sex Roommates

By Jessica Gould

Colleges across the country are adopting gender-neutral housing polices. Now George Washington University is joining the movement.

The university's director of housing, Seth Weinshel, says the school is simply responding to student demand.

"It came down to...stu...

Dog Groomer Takes Arlington County To Court Over Mural

In Virginia, a small business owner is taking Arlington county to federal court.

She says the county is forcing her to cover or take down a mural on the wall of her store, and violating her free speech rights.

Kim Houghton, the owner of Wag More Dogs Grooming, says she commissioned th...

Latest Maryland Local News

BALTIMORE (AP) A Baltimore man has been indicted on charges of killing a federal witness a charge that could land him on federal death row. An indictment unsealed today says 30-year-old Antonio Hall shot and killed Kareem Guest in 2009 in retaliation for Guest's cooperation with the FBI and Bal...

D.C. Attorney General Looks To Court For Subpoena Enforcement

The investigation into a D.C council member's nonprofit organization is headed to court. The D.C Attorney General is asking a judge to enforce the city's request for more information.

For more than a month, Attorney General Peter Nickles has been pressing Councilmember Harry Thomas for info...

Top Stories With Washington Post Columnist Robert McCartney

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney weighs in on the recent report of lead in D.C. water, Obama's decision to hold off on oil drilling off the East Coast, and the election of Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association.

Local Photographers Give A Holiday Gift Worth A Thousand Words

Saturday is the second annual "Help Portrait Day" -- a day where photographers take portraits of people and families who can't afford professional pictures for free.

Sandra Merriman and her family will participate in the event. She lives with her son, daughter, and two grandchildren in the...

Power Breakfast: Military Chiefs Of Staff To Speak On DADT

From Capitol News Connection:

Today the chiefs of staff of the four branches of the military appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee to be asked and to tell about the way forward for the policy that prohibits gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

Latest D.C. Regional News

WASHINGTON (AP) The Army has launched a criminal probe after Arlington National Cemetery officials found eight sets of cremated remains in a single grave under a headstone marked "unknown." The probe follows previous reports that more than 200 graves had been mismarked on cemetery maps.


‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

(Dec. 4) ONE COMMON UNITY DANCE The District's U Street Music Hall does what it does best Saturday night: It throws a dance party. Washington nonprofit One Common Unity celebrates a decade of work with rug cutting and performance from local musicians, including the deft African drummers of D.C.'s...

Holiday Cheer At The Zoo: Complimentary ZooLights

The National Zoo will be all lit up Friday night for ZooLights, and this year the event free to the public.

The gates open at 6 p.m with animal light displays and a new train ride for children. The zoo has partnered with Amtrak to create a Zoomagintion train station, which will be on displa...

Baker Will Not Weigh In On Johnson's Next Move

As Monday's inauguration approaches in Prince George's County, Md., some public figures are weighing in on whether Councilmember-elect Leslie Johnson should take office.

Johnson and her husband, current County Executive Jack Johnson, are facing charges of bribery, conspiracy and extortion s...

Stimulating The Private Sector In Northern Virginia

According to a database compiled by ProPublica, Northern Virginia's high-tech corridor has brought in hundreds of millions of dollars in stimulus money. Contracts have been awarded for companies to create accounting software, database management and a national student loan database.

The boa...

Latest Virginia Local News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia's governor says he'll seek $50 million in new funding to kickstart an overhaul of Virginia's higher-education system. Gov. Bob McDonnell says he wants more residents in the state to earn degrees but says more funds are needed to reach that goal.

RICHMOND, Va. (...

Md. Community Colleges Collaborate To Increase Graduation Rates

The education leaders of Maryland's community colleges say they've seen a record enrollment over the past few years. But now they say the challenge is getting more of their students to graduate.

The goal is for Maryland's community colleges to collectively increase the number of associate d...

Commentary By Jack DeGioia: Passing The DREAM Act Is 'Essential'

With the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act still pending Congressional approval, commentator and Georgetown University President Jack DeGioia voices his support for the legislation and explains why it is significant:

The DREAM Act. It literally has been a dream since fi...

FBI Agents Interview Pr. George's Officers About March Beating

By Matt McCleskey

In Maryland's Prince George's County, federal authorities appear to be taking over an investigation into the beating of an unarmed University of Maryland student back in March.

As part of that probe, FBI agents are interviewing county police officers. Federal agents...

Maryland News Roundup

GENERAL ASSEMBLY ORIENTATION The Capital's Liam Farrell reports on the orientation sessions this week for new members of the General Assembly, which he called "part political science seminar and part pep rally." Alan Brody in the Gazette profiles some of the new membe...