News Archive - December 6, 2010

With Cold Weather, Fire Officials Warn About Carbon Monoxide

As the temperature drops, authorities are warning people to watch out for carbon monoxide poisoning. The invisible, odorless gas is produced when fuel burns, and it can be lethal.

With more people staying indoors and trying to stay warm, emergency responders say they're seeing an uptick in...

State Roundup: Monday, Dec. 6

From MarylandReporter.com:

HORSE RACING LOGJAM Hanah Cho of the Sun reports that O'Malley's office is trying once again to break a logjam endangering the Maryland tradition. Only this time, industry infighting has escalated. Racing boosters are increasingly calling for new ownership for Lau...

Anti-Abortion Advocates Rally At Germantown Clinic

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Virginia Multiplex Prepares For Liquidation

These days, the old Multiplex on Richmond Highway isn't much to look at. Graffiti marks the walls, and the massive parking lot is overgrown with weeds. Inside, workers are preparing to reopen the building for a liquidation sale on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Items to be sold include concessio...

Congress Intervenes In Arlington National Cemetery Snafu

Congress is getting involved in record-keeping at Arlington National Cemetery. As controversy continues over mismarked graves, senators say they want more clarity in how graves are identified at Arlington.

The Senate passed a measure Saturday that would make the Army account for every grave...

Consider This With Fred Fiske: Shining A Light On Climate Change

This week, Fred considers an event he says has been overlooked recently: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

What do you think? Tell us at conversation.wamu.org. Click on Commentary Forum.

House's New Leadership Makes Caucus Members Uneasy

As House Democrats prepare to turn the reins of power back to Republicans, some caucus members worry the incoming speaker may reverse some diversity programs on Capitol Hill.

In April, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi kicked off a new diversity initiative for Hill staffers. Legislative department...

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) The adult entertainment district in downtown Baltimore is the scene of a multi-alarm fire. Smoke spread over much of the area this afternoon as firefighters battled the blaze in the 400 block of Baltimore Street, an area known as The Block.

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) Prince...

Baker Takes Office As Pr. George's County Executive

In Maryland, Prince George's County has a new county executive, who didn't waste any time on his first day putting his imprint on county government.

Rushern Baker took the oath of office on a blustery day in front of the County Administration Building, with his predecessor Jack Johnson's fe...

Power Breakfast: Hat-Loving Rep. Goes To The Hill

From Capitol News Connection:

Representative-elect Frederica Wilson spent much of her recent week-long orientation to Congress in awe.

Pepco Asks Customers To 'Level' Expectations

As the winter storm season approaches, Pepco is responding to criticism of its ability to handle widespread power outages in D.C. and Maryland.

Pepco executives are highlighting their five-year, nearly $600 million plan to make their infrastructure more reliable.

But that's five years...

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

(Dec. 6-Jan. 2) TWO ARTISTS, MANY JOURNEYS A dynamic duo depicts world travels in Two Artists, Many Journeys at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring. The joint exhibit runs through early January and features the woodcuts of Carole Nelson, who draws on Persian art and architecture, and the...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington-area residents may hear plenty of jet planes overhead tonight. The U.S. military says it plans a series of overnight training flights in the DC area to test the region's aerospace defenses. The North American Aerospace Defense Command says the flights are planned betw...

Maryland Officials Meet With Horse Racing Representatives

In Annapolis, state officials are meeting with representatives of the Maryland Jockey Club to try to break through the impasse over horse racing in the state.

Maryland's labor secretary and an aide to Gov. O'Mally have been negotiating with members of the jockey club since 2 p.m.

The...

Annapolis Conference Pushing For 'Winds of Change'

Organizers say this weekend's Wind Vision conference in Annapolis was the first time representatives from the labor, political, and environmental worlds got together with the general public to have a real discussion about offshore wind.

There were as many questions as there were speakers at...

Birthplace Of National Anthem Prepares For Bicentennial

Francis Scott Key wrote the national anthem in Baltimore in 1814, based on a battle he witnessed between American and British troops. The original song now on display at the Maryland Historical Society.

It's a little piece of paper, and the lyrics are pretty easy to read: "Oh say can you se...

Pr. George's Next County Exec. Discusses Investigation, Transition

A new county executive will be sworn in this morning in Prince George's County, Md. Rushern Baker will take office at a time of uncertainty for the county. A federal investigation has led to numerous arrests -- including several police officers as well as Baker's predecessor, Jack Johnson, and hi...

Latest Virginia Regional News

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) Wall Street is cheering the abrupt retirement of Virginia-based Massey Energy Co. Chief Executive Don Blankenship. Shares of Massey outpaced most major coal stocks today, rising $1.75, or 3.5 percent to $52.17 in afternoon trading.

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) Virginia State...

Students Win Prizes For Work On Emotion Recognition, Star Formation

Future innovative scientists are on display Monday at George Washington University for the Siemens Competition, the country's top science competition for high school students.

First prize, a $100,000 college scholarship, may seem like a bargain compared to some of the breakthroughs the stud...