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News Archive - December 15, 2010

Ocean City's Popcorn Royalty

Popcorn has long been a part of the American culture -- as no other country eats as much -- but, as coastal reporter Bryan Russo explains, it has been the legacy for one family in Ocean City, Md., for more than 70 years.

Power Breakfast: The Agricultural Commodities Market

From [Capitol News Connection (http://capitolnewsconnection.org):

Today, we go for a spin on the wild and wooly ride that is the agricultural commodities market!

OK, that may be over-selling a bit -- but it sounds better than "commodity position limits and the consumer protection act....

Maryland News Roundup

STATE REDISTRICTING A state law passed in April will change how prisoners are counted in political districts and technology not widely available during last decade's redistricting process will increase chances for public participation. And both could drastically alter election results and affect...

District Says It's Ready This Time For Snowstorms

With this winter's first real cold snap showing few signs of easing up, the District government says it's ready for this season's first snowstorm -- whenever it happens.

The city's snow prep actually begins in the sweltering summer month of July, when transportation department officials beg...

MoCo Schools Superintendent Unveils Budget Proposal

The superintendent of public schools in Montgomery County is preparing for a fight over potential cuts to school funding.

Superintendent Dr. Jerry Weast says his budget proposal for the coming year does not ask that more money be spent per student than last year.

"Just give us the amo...

Authorites Bust Mexican Cartel Effort To Set Up Meth Ring

Authorities say they have foiled a Mexican drug cartel's attempt to set up a cystal meth operation in the D.C. region. Nine people were indicted with trying to sell more than 50 pounds of crystal meth.

Authorities say the men, who are all illegal immigrants, were members of La Familia -- a...

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

(Dec. 15) FRIEND MONGOLIA It's Dec. 15, which means it's Mongolian Culture Night Wednesday at AED Global Theater in Dupont Circle. Washington's Friends of Mongolia presents an evening of Mongolian dance, poetry, throat singing, and horse head fiddle. No horses were harmed in the making of Mongol...

Major Boardwalk Decisions Face Ocean City Officials

Ocean City, Md., faces some tough decisions in the coming months over the planned reconstruction of its 2.5-mile boardwalk.

A public hearing scheduled for February will help town officials decide whether to add a concrete strip down the wooden boardwalk when the decaying resort landmark is...

Latest Maryland News

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) The court martial of an Army doctor who disobeyed orders to deploy to Afghanistan because he questioned President Barack Obama's eligibility for office continues for a second day in a military court in Fort Meade. Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin of Greeley, Colo., pleaded guilty ye...

More Changes In Store For Historic Dunbar High School

One week after D.C. replaced Dunbar High School's management team, the mayor and other leaders say the school will undergo a complete renovation.

The school was described by one council member as a "prison in open space" because of the school's high-rise, concrete structure and lack of wind...

Ocean Downs Casino Gets Final Approval To Operate Slots

Maryland is one step closer to opening its second slots casino as Ocean Downs, located just a few miles from Ocean City, has received final approval for a lottery license.

Ocean Downs casino has been granted the business license from the Maryland State Lottery Commission to operate 700 slot...

Pay Leave Definition Change To Affect Thousands Of Federal Employees

The federal government is changing the way it defines employee leave when agencies close during inclement weather. The Office of Personnel Management says it will use new terminology when it comes to federal employees' leave and bad weather.

What used to be called "open with unscheduled lea...

Police 'On Alert' After Stabbing At Northwestern High

Police officers in Hyattsville, Md., are stepping up patrols around Northwestern High School a day after one student allegedly stabbed another.

Sergeant Chris Purvis, spokesman for the Hyattsville Police Department, says the fight between the two students broke out near the school's cafeter...

Latest D.C. News

WASHINGTON (AP) Authorities have shut down the subway station at the Pentagon while they investigate a suspicious package left in the area. A Defense Department spokesman says passengers on the Washington area's Metro trains are being forced to bypass the Pentagon stop and to walk or take a bus...

Fairfax County Police See Rise In Stolen Identity Use

Holiday shopping season often means more work for police departments trying to fight shoplifting and identity theft. One local police lieutenant says this winter has been particularly busy so far.

Fairfax County Police Lt. Tony Matos has been fighting retail theft during the holiday season...

District Police, Feds: Arrested Men Tied To Mexican Drug Cartel

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D.C. police and federal officials have arrested eight men that they say have ties to Mexico's La Familia drug cartel. Police say the eight suspects were seeking to set up operations in the Washington area.

Authorities seized millions of dollars...

Census Bureau Study Shines Spotlight On Falls Church

The results of a five-year study released by the U.S Census Bureau are giving leaders in the Northern Virginia city of Falls Church a reason to smile.

The Census Bureau's American Community Survey shows that Falls Church -- nestled between Arlington and Fairfax Counties -- has the country's...

New Map Tracks Snow Management Operations In MoCo

Just in time for the snow, the Montgomery County has a new interactive map on its Web site, where residents can check to see if snow plows have cleared the roads in their area.

"So if you're sitting home in a cul-de-sac, and you're trying to make an informed decision of whether you should g...

Latest Virginia News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Gov. Bob McDonnell is leading another Republican effort to end state funding for public television and radio in Virginia. His budget recommendation to cut state support from public broadcasting stations continues a long-running GOP bid to defund what many Republicans feel is...

Baltimore Fire Was Set But No Suspects Have Been Identified

Investigators say a five-alarm fire in Baltimore's adult entertainment district was not accidental, though they haven't yet determined if it was arson.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says the fire has been classified as "incendiary," meaning it was set by someone. B...