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News Archive - December 9, 2010

Staying Warm: Power Companies Help Va. Prepare For Winter

As temperatures continue to drop into the 20s, power companies are reminding D.C.-area residents of simple steps to stay warmer without spending extra on heating bills.

A worker from Dominion Virginia Power was chipping away at the inside of a gutter on Thursday, outside the second story of...

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

(Dec. 11-12) THE WINTER'S TALE Winter may still be a dozen days away, but you'd never know at Silver Spring's Round House Theatre, where The Winter's Tale offers a chance at some seasonal Shakespeare. A friendship is marred by paranoia and jealousy in the Bard's dramedy, but fear not—he ties a ha...

Power Breakfast: Tale Of Two Democrats

From Capitol News Connection:

It was the best of deals, it was the worst of deals. Today: a Tale of Two Democrats sparring over the tax deal.

Gray Brings His People To Mayoral Cabinet

Gray named seven more people to his cabinet Thursday morning. The majority are staff members from the council and the chairman's office.

The picks include: the budget director, the general counsel, the secretary of the council. The message here is that Gray is bringing his people into the n...

Facebook Postings Started Baltimore Bomber Investigation

It was social media that led federal authorities to the man who allegedly tried to blow up a military recruiting office in suburban Baltimore.

The FBI first became aware of 21-year-old Antonio Martinez in October, when a concerned citizen saw postings on Martinez's Facebook page. One post a...

Latest Virginia News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A final report by the U.S. Education Department says Virginia Tech violated federal law by waiting too long to notify students during a 2007 shooting rampage. The university had disputed that finding when a draft of today's report was made public previously.

RICHMOND, V...

Report Says Virginia Tech Violated Federal Law During Shooting

Virginia Tech violated federal law by waiting too long to notify students during the 2007 shooting rampage, according to a final report from the U.S. Department of Education.

The department issued its report in January, but it gave Virginia Tech a chance to comment before drafting the final...

Power Breakfast: The Fate Of The Bush-Era Tax Cuts

From Capitol News Connection:

In case you hadn't heard in the last five minutes, Bush-era tax cuts will expire at the end of this month. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) predicts this process will end with a two-year extension of all the cuts.

Investigation Reveals Price Discrimination By County Liquor Board

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says an investigation confirms that the Worcester County Liquor Control Board has engaged in price discrimination.

Franchot says the government-sanctioned board has been selling some spirits at below cost to some retailers, but not offering the same deal...

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com:

TAKE THE BUYOUT? If you are a state worker and are thinking about taking the $15,000 buyout offered by the O'Malley administration, read the interview Ryan Sharrow of the Baltimore Business Journal did with career counselor Anne Headley. They discuss which state w...

Obama Lights The National Christmas Tree

President Obama lit the National Christmas Tree just after 5 p.m. Thursday night. Later in the program, Michelle Obama read a children's holiday story to the crowd.

The event marks the 88th tree-lighting ceremony. The last 23 have been on the Ellipse, just south of the White House.

Th...

Business Owner Fights Bootlegging In Ocean City

Some Boardwalk merchants in Ocean City, Md., are debating what to do about millions of dollars in fake designer clothes sold to tourists each summer. Coastal Reporter Bryan Russo introduces Dan Troiana, a local store owner who is trying to put a stop to it.

Interim Schools Chancellor Appoints New Principal To Dunbar

Interim D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has appointed a new principal for Dunbar High School. She says the change in leadership is necessary to keep students and teachers safe. The new appointment comes after a student was reportedly raped on school grounds

Outside Dunbar High school...

MoCo Council Calls For Cuts, Schools Haven't Met Goals Yet

Lawmakers in Montgomery County, Md., are pressing the county school system to find additional ways to cut its budget immediately.

All agencies in the county are being asked to cut their bottom line because of budget woes, with the school system being asked to trim close to $20 million.

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Outside Of The City: Suburban Poor In Potomac, Md.

A recent study reveals more poor residents now live in the Washington suburbs than in the District. One such community sits in the heart of Potomac, Md.

Established by former slaves in 1875, Tobytown is right off River Road, near Travilla Road. Years ago residents worked and prospered as la...

Latest Maryland News

WOODLAWN, Md. (AP) A woman who identified herself as the mother of a man arrested on a charge of attempting to bomb a Maryland recruiting center says she tried to stop her son from converting to Islam. The woman, who declined to give her name, says she's embarrassed by the actions of her son, A...

Cold Weather Stresses District Water Mains

The early cold snap has led to several water main breaks in the District. The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority says they're currenlty tackling six breaks across the city.

The breaks are all over the city affecting some 55 homes, one recreation center, two apartment buildings and three busines...

Color And Light: Learning From The Washington Color School

The Corcoran Gallery's latest exhibit, "Washington Color and Light," showcases the paintings and sculptures of the Washington Color School -- a group of D.C. artists who achieved renown in the 1950s and '60s for their simple painting techniques. Emily Friedman ventured behind the canvases of "Was...

Driving Under The Influence: Higher Rates At Younger Ages

In an average year, 30 million Americans drive while drunk and 10 million drive while impaired by illicit drugs, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The group surveyed U.S. drivers and found that teens and young adults had much higher rates...

Court Action Stalls In Serial Stabbing Case

Police in Flint, Mich., are searching for a victim of last summer's stabbing spree after he failed to appear in court. The man standing trial in the case is also suspected in attacks in Leesburg, Va.

Bill Fisher was supposed to testify today at a preliminary examination in Michigan to deter...

Arlington Food Assistance Center Expands Services

In Virginia, demand for a food pantry's services is still growing, but not quite as fast as it was this time last year.

Arlington Food Assistance Center is still getting applications from 10 new families needing assistance each month.

Executive director Charlie Meng says both financia...

Latest D.C. News

WASHINGTON (AP) Streets in downtown Washington are closing for the annual National Christmas Tree Lighting. The ceremony on the Ellipse, south of the White House, begins at 5 o'clock this afternoon. Streets will be closed a half hour earlier.

WASHINGTON (AP) The D.C. Council has given p...