News Archive - December 8, 2010

Dance Company Performs 'Nutcracker' For Ill Children

In Maryland, the American Dance Institute is mounting a performance of "The Nutcracker" for a group of very special children.

The Children's Inn at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda is a residential, home away from home for kids undergoing treatment at NIH and their families. Th...

Latest Virginia News

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) A police chief says he's received no new leads in the search for a 12-year-old Roanoke County girl believed to be with her slain mother's live-in boyfriend. The Roanoke County Police told CBS's "The Early Show" today that police didn't receive information overnight that would...

Man Could Face Life In Prison For Attempted Bombing

A man from Baltimore was in court Wednesday afternoon facing charges that he tried to blow up a military recruitment center in Catonsville, Md., Wednesday morning.

Antonio Martinez, 21, is accused of trying to drive a vehicle into a recruiting center. Federal authorities say Martinez believ...

Furloughs, Not Tax Hikes, Passed At Spirited Budget Hearing

The D.C. Council took a major step in closing the city's ballooning budget deficit. The council passed a revised spending plan that includes furloughs, deep cuts to social services, but no income tax increase.

Almost at soon as Council Chairman Vincent Gray slammed his gavel down, protester...

Volunteers Collect Toys For Tots Donations At Union Station

Volunteers are collecting new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations for the Marines' annual Toys for Tots fundraiser.

Staff Sergeant Acosta stands outside in the frigid air, greeting passengers getting off Amtrak trains at Union Station. He's holding a large Toys for Tots donation jar.

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Food Bank Sees Small Signs Of Turning Economy

Food pantries can be a barometer for how the economy is affecting the neediest families. People at the Arlington Food Assistance Center say demand for food is not letting up this holiday season, though there are some signs of change.

Every weekday, from 10 a.m. to noon, hungry Arlington res...

D.C. Council Lifts Ban On Overhead Wires

The D.C. City Council is endorsing a multimillion-dollar streetcar project this week by lifting a federal ban on the use of overhead wires in the District. But it's unclear if the Council actually has the authority to do that.

The overhead wire ban was enacted by Congress in the 1880s to pr...

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com:

STATE BUYOUTS In the latest effort to cut costs as the state looks to another huge budget shortfall next year, Gov. Martin O'Malley yesterday offered state workers a $15,000 buyout to quit by the end of January, and added $200 per year of service, Annie Linskey re...

Exit Interview With D.C.'s Transportation Director

Gabe Klein, the head of D.C.'s Department of Transportation, announced earlier today he will resign at the end of this month. Since outgoing mayor Adrian Fenty appointed him two years ago, Klein has been a strong advocate for alternative modes of transportation, from biking and walking to buses a...

Interim Police Chief Takes Over In Prince George's County

In Maryland, the ripple effect from the federal corruption probe in Prince George's County continues to take shape. Former County Executive Jack Johnson was the biggest name indicted in the ongoing federal investigation, but three county police officers were also arrested for allegedly guarding u...

Power Breakfast: Losing Past DREAM Act Supporters

From Capitol News Connection:

Once upon a time, the DREAM Act had bipartisan support and seemed like the easiest sell in a batch of deeply controversial immigration reform measures. Under the DREAM Act, children who were brought to the U.S. illegally could earn legal status by going to coll...

Latest Maryland News

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) A Pennsylvania man convicted in the death of his girlfriend's infant daughter faces sentencing today in Hagerstown. A jury convicted 23-year-old Nicholas McKee in October of first-degree child abuse resulting in the January death of 5-week-old Bella Appel. Prosecutors said...

Wolf Calls For Scrutiny Of Dulles Metro Project

Northern Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf wants the finances of the multibillion-dollar Dulles Metrorail project to be more closely scrutinized.

Wolf wants to hire a group of independent auditors to continuously monitor the $5 billion project, which is being managed by the Metropolitan Washi...

D.C. Transportation Director Will Step Down

Gabe Klein, the head of D.C.'s transportation department, is stepping down. Klein says Mayor-elect Vincent Gray will not be keeping him on when the new administration takes over in January.

Klein took over DDOT nearly two years ago. In that short time span, he oversaw some major events and...

Conviction Means Life Sentences For Gang Leaders

Three leaders of the MS-13 street gang in Washington are facing mandatory life sentences after being convicted of racketeering and conspiring to murder a rival gang member today. The conviction is the first of its kind for the D.C. region.

John Torres, the special agent in charge of the Was...

Leaders Unite To Make Youth Sports Safer

By Manuel Quinones, Capitol News Connection

Almost 50 young athletes have died while playing sports this year, including one from Maryland. And dozens of leaders from different fields have gathered on Capitol Hill this week to find a solution.

Despite efforts at making youth sports sa...

Christine O'Donnell Headlines N. Va. Tea Party Banquet

In Virginia, the Northern Virginia Tea Party is trying to maintain momentum after the 2010 election cycle. The group is hoping a high profile guest speaker at its second annual banquet may have helped things.

Christine O'Donnell may have suffered a convincing defeat in her effort to win one...

Latest D.C. News

WASHINGTON (AP) Former Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell is forming an issues-oriented political action committee. For now, she's calling it "Christine PAC." The Republican and tea party favorite says the PAC will allow her to endorse candidates, do independent expenditures in certa...

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

(Dec. 8-11) DREAMGRILS The District's Duke Ellington School of the Arts is facing tough times with style-betting on "Dreamgirls" to raise enough revenue to cover a sizable budget shortfall. The public school has enlisted the services of a Hollywood costume designer and a Broadway director to bols...

Arrest Made In Plot To Blow Up Md. Military Recruitment Center

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Authorities say a man has been arrested in the Baltimore area for plotting to blow up a military recruitment center in Catonsville, Md.

Marcia Murphy, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Baltimore, says the individual was attempting...

Gray Names City Administrator And Chief Of Staff

D.C.'s Mayor-elect Vincent Gray has named a key member of the Fenty administration to his cabinet. Allen Lew will become the city administrator when Gray takes over in January.

Lew has had a hand in some of D.C.'s biggest public works projects. He oversaw construction of the Convention Cent...