News Archive - December 10, 2010

Latest Maryland News

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) Maryland State Police say a 10-vehicle crash on Interstate 70 between Frederick and Hagerstown has sent seven people to a hospital. Authorities say most of the victims were children and the pile-up happened in snow near the 38-mile marker late this morning.


Interview With Amnesty International USA Director

Friday, the Nobel Peace Prize is to be awarded to Liu Xiaobo, a pro-democracy advocate imprisoned in China. He will be represented in Oslo by an empty chair -- a powerful image for human rights activists around the world, including Larry Cox, the executive director of Amnesty International USA. T...

Donations Down In Toys For Tots Drive

The Marine Corps says it's in dire need of donations to the annual Toys for Tots drive. As the collection winds down, volunteers are wondering if they'll have enough to supply the additional families set to pick up toys for their children this year.

Marine Staff Sergeant Eugene Sharp believ...

This Week in Congress: Sending A Message

From Capitol News Connection:

This week in Congress was book-ended by messages from U.S. lawmakers to the global community at-large and some pretty dysfunctional communication right here on Capitol Hill.

School Reform Leads To Urban Renewal

By Jessica Gould

They say it takes a village to raise a child. And Allison Fansler couldn’t agree more.

"We know schools are part of a community," she says. "So the more we can build a community around those schools, the better we'll do at being the schools we want to be."


Latest D.C. News

WASHINGTON (AP) Chinese democracy advocates have rallied in Washington and are calling on President Barack Obama to stand up to China in support of imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo. Liu is serving an 11-year sentence for appealing for multiparty democracy.


Ocean Downs Casino Grand Opening Rescheduled For January

Maryland's second casino is pushing back its grand opening for a third time. But the opening of the 700-slot-machine casino, just a few miles from Ocean City, will mark an end of a prolonged construction process.

Ocean Downs officials pushed back the grand opening of the $45 million gaming...

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

(Dec. 11) GAMER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The University of Maryland's Gamer Symphony Orchestra caters to people who prefer a quiet evening at home with the controllers, but chances are they'll have some diehards come out to the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park on Saturday. The orche...

Parents React Positively To DOE Report On Virginia Tech

A federal report says Virginia Tech officials broke the law back on April 16, 2007, when they failed to warn students that a gunman was on the loose. The Virginia Tech shootings ended with the death of 33 students on campus. Some parents are satisfied that the school is being held responsible....

Two Companies Announce Expansions, New Jobs For Virginia

Close to 300 new jobs are coming to Virginia. Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the expansion of two different companies in the Commonwealth Friday.

The first announcement came from the research group PPD Inc., a company that conducts research and clinical trials for drug development. It plans t...

Charter School Students Sink Their Teeth Into Oral Hygiene

By Jessica Gould

Tooth decay causes students to miss more than 51 million hours of school every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Now one D.C. charter school is on a mission to boost educational outcomes by improving dental health.

KIPP D.C. fifth grad...

Latest Virginia News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia Tech disputes the findings of a federal education report that found the school broke the law by waiting too long to warn students of a gunman loose on campus in 2007. But the report notes that Tech officials have since imposed wide-ranging safety procedures since the...

Time Runs Short For Lame Duck Passage Of DADT

By Sara Sciammacco, Capitol News Connection

Maryland Democrat Ben Cardin supports the stand-alone measure to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, but says time is running out to get it through this Congress. Supporters of the stand-alone bill want it brought to the floor before the la...

Power Breakfast: Honoring The Peace

From Capitol News Connection:

Today several members of Congress are in Oslo, in defiance of the Chinese government, to honor this year's winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Maryland News Roundup


OK NOW, BAD LATER Economist Anirban Basu tells the Howard County Chamber of Commerce that the proposed DC compromise on tax cuts and extending unemployment benefits will help Maryland in the short term, but associated spending cuts will hurt, reports The Sun's Lar...

National Tree Lighting Makes It Feel A Lot Like Christmas

It now truly feels like the holiday season in the nation's capital with the lighting of the National Christmas Tree. The First Family lit the huge tree last night before thousands of people.

It was a festive atmosphere as President Obama and the First Family flipped the switch to light the...

Top Stories With Washington Post Columnist Robert McCartney

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney weighs in on the new administrations take shape in D.C. and Prince George's County, Md. Plus, Virginia's governor says he'll borrow $4 billion for highway construction.

Importance Of Virginia Infrastructure Announcement Contested

In Virginia, a day after Gov. Bob McDonnell announed the state will apply $4 billion to stalled highway and road projects over the next three years, one local leader says the announcement means little for the D.C. suburbs.

Three-fourths of the money relies on new bonds and existing debts....

Cold Highlights Common-Sense, Energy-Saving Measures

This has been the coldest week of the winter so far for D.C.-area residents, and not a bad time to think about how well your house holds in heat.

On Thursday Dominion Power crews sealed up drafty windows and door frames in three townhomes occupied by families transitioning away from homeles...