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News Archive - December 14, 2010

Gray Brings Business Leaders Together To Tackle Unemployment

Developers, university presidents, CEOs, labor leaders -- Mayor-elect Vince Gray gathered approximately 40 of the city's major stakeholders, sat them down, and held a three-hour discussion on how to get more residents working.

Long term, everyone agrees the answer is education: Fix the scho...

SuperShuttle Driver Faces Hit-And-Run Charges In Virginia

A SuperShuttle van driver was arrested outside the main terminal at Dulles Airport Monday morning after ramming at least six cars along I-66. Police have identified the driver involved as Muhammed Teshale, a 25-year-old SuperShuttle van driver from Alexandria.

"Based on witness statements a...

FBI Charges Another N. Va. Man With Plotting Terror On Metro

The FBI has arrested a Northern Virginia man for threatening to put pipe bombs on Metro trains.

In an affidavit filed in federal court, the FBI says Awais Younis, an Arlington County resident, was plotting to blow up Metro trains during rush hour.

The FBI says Younis, who goes by a nu...

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

(Dec. 14) FINGERS TO THE BONE The District is known for the depth of its trombone bench, so it's unsurprising that some of the best players in town have banded together to form The Capitol Bones. Five trombonists are joined by a 12-piece big band to hammer out some holiday classics tonight at Blu...

Warhol Foundation To Pull Funding From Smithsonian Over Video Controversy

In the continuing fallout from the Smithsonian's decision to remove a controversial video from an exhibit, the Andy Warhol Foundation is threatening to withhold funding from the institution.

The video, which shows ants crawling on a crucifix, was part of an exhibit tracing how gender and se...

Latest D.C. News

WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington region is getting $58.8 million in stimulus funds to improve bus service and create better connections between buses and other forms of transportation. Officials say nearly $20 million will be spent on bus transit connecting Prince William and Fairfax counties and...

N. Va.: A Popular Holiday Destination For Shoplifters

Some law enforcement officers are warning local retailers to be on guard as shoppers head to the malls over the holidays. The holiday shopping season is also high season for professional shoplifters in the D.C. area.

Each winter, Lt. Tony Matos fights retail theft for the Fairfax County Pol...

Shifting From Majority To Minority Party, Seeking Common Ground

Gridlock and partisanship have been the dominant themes on Capitol Hill in the recent past, but as Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) prepares to join the minority party in January, he's laying out some policy areas where the two parties may be able to find common ground.

Hoyer says both p...

MoCo Unveils Snow Plow Tracking Web Site

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Residents in Montgomery County, Md., will soon have a new way to determine whether it's safe for them to drive after snowstorms.

Tuesday afternoon, the county will unveil a new Web site that will show the progress of snow plows following a snows...

Tri-State Officials Threaten To Withhold Metro Funding

Members of the Tri-State Oversight Committee say they will withhold infrastructure funding if the transit agency doesn't resolve concerns raised by the safety group.

The step gives the group a measure of power that was nearly unknown before the fatal 2009 crash on Metro's Red Line.

Wi...

Cuccinelli, Opponents Weigh In On Health Care Ruling

A federal judge has ruled in favor of Virginia's challenge to the individual health insurance mandate included in the Obama administration's health care law.

Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson's ruling affirms the Virginia Health Care Free...

Latest Virginia News

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The man found in California with a missing Virginia girl whose mother was found dead at home is heading back to face charges after waiving extradition. Jeffrey Easley declined to fight his transfer during a brief appearance in a San Francisco court this morning.

RICHMON...

MoCo Interactive Map Shows Snow Plowing Progress

Just in time for the snow, residents in Montgomery County, Md., can now check the progress snow plows are making in clearing roads.

Residents can now go to the county Web site and view an interactive map to see whether roads in their area have been cleared. The map only shows roads maintain...

'Blessed Be The Ties That Bind:' Quander Family History

In 2011, a local family will be celebrating 327 years of documented presence in the D.C. region. These days, the family runs the Quander Historical Society and keeps records at Howard University and the Martin Luther King Jr. Library.

Rebecca Sheir visited Northeast D.C. to catch up with th...

Court To Hear Case Of Army Doctor Who Refuses To Deploy

An 18-year veteran Army doctor heads to court Tuesday after refusing to deploy to Afghanistan. He questions whether President Obama is eligible to give orders as Commander in Chief.

Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin has posted several videos on YouTube explaining why he failed to report to a Kentucky...

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com:

ARUNDEL SLOTS Developer David Cordish plans to install slot machines on the ground floor of a proposed parking garage while the adjacent Arundel Mills mall casino that would be Maryland's largest is under construction next year, Annie Linskey and Nicole Fuller rep...

Officials To Propose Reconstruction Of Ocean City Boardwalk

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Town officials in Ocean City, Md., will recommend a full reconstruction of the resort's famous boardwalk to the mayor and city council. The massive project could give the boardwalk a much different look.

The mayor and council will...

Va. Ranks High For Public Health Preparedness

Virginia ranks high among the 50 states in being prepared for public health emergencies.

A report released Tuesday by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says Virginia is one of 14 states that meet nine of 10 key benchmarks of public health preparedness....

DDOT Says It's Ready For Snow

After last winter's brutal, back-to-back snow storms that shut down D.C., the city is making sure its ready for whatever mother nature has in store.

DDOT's Karyn Le Blanc says after snowmaggeden city officials spent a good amount of time this summer going over what happened and, more import...

U.S. House Historian Preserves Past In 'Presentist' Institution

By Thomas Pierce

As the current Congress winds down, a whole new batch of freshmen representatives waits to be sworn in after the New Year. Until then, it's office measurements and orientation. This year's orientation included a visit from the official U.S. House historian, Matthew Wasniews...

Power Breakfast: Senate Votes On Tax Cuts, Benefits

From Capitol News Connection:

With a solid majority having voted "yes" on a procedural vote yesterday, the stage is set for a final vote in the Senate today on a bill to further extend tax cuts and benefits. What these votes have in numbers, they seem to lack in enthusiasm.

Latest Maryland News

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) A Maryland appeals court has ruled that suspicion is enough for police to conduct a strip search. The Court of Special Appeals issued the opinion last week, explaining why it overruled a lower court in October.

BALTIMORE (AP) Author Tom Clancy now owns an entire pent...

Ocean City Officials Look To Public For Boardwalk Redesign

Ocean City, Md., will move forward with plans to reconstruct its famous boardwalk. But the mayor and council are calling for the public's help.

The council is divided on whether to uphold the tradition of the resort's iconic boardwalk, or to preserve its longevity by putting an 11-foot-wide...