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News Archive - December 17, 2010

Gray Unveils Picks For Public Safety Team

Incoming mayor Vincent Gray says he wants D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier, the city's first female police chief, to stay at her post.

Gray is also rolling out a number of other picks in the public safety field, including one nominee who is already facing some tough questions.

For fire...

Lion Cubs To Make Zoo Debut

Seven new lion cubs at the National Zoo will get officially named this weekend and make their debut in front of the media. The public may get a glimpse starting as early as Monday if Zoo keepers give the OK.

The baby lions are a little more than three months old -- and extremely cute. Rebe...

Getting Through The Recession With Poetry

Writing poetry doesn't usually bring in the big bucks, but in some ways it might be recession-proof. Jesse Dukes brings us the story of a writer in Virginia whose poems are well known for tackling issues of unemployment and economic collapse.

Protesters Speak Out Against Walmart

By Jessica Gould

As developers discuss plans for Walmart's first D.C. stores, some residents are making their opposition known.

A band of singers trudged their way through the snow-covered streets of Northwest D.C., but these carolers weren't interested in spreading holiday cheer.

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Latest Maryland News

BALTIMORE (AP) Firefighters tomorrow will go through a Baltimore neighborhood where six family members died in a blaze and install smoke alarms and do basic fire safety inspection. On Tuesday, six people died in a house fire in the 2300 block of Homewood Avenue.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) B...

Va. High School Students Create Nonprofit For Orphans In Ghana

In Virginia, two seniors at West Springfield High School have taken what started as a project in marketing class far beyond the classroom.

The project began when Nshira Turkson and Stephanie Asante had to come up with a business plan in their marketing class last year.

Since the two f...

Va. Governor Proposes Pension Changes

By Courtney Collins

Virginia's governor, Bob McDonnell, is asking state government workers to pay into their pension plans for the first time since the early 1980s. He is proposing long-term changes to Virginia employee's pension contributions in the face of an unfunded $17.6 billion liabi...

Transportation Bank Proposal Would Fund Va. Road Projects

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is using money left over from last year's budget to create a transportation bank to help finance stalled local road projects. He initially announced plans to do so in September. Friday, he asked state legislators to draw the first $150 million in funding from unspe...

Riders Ambivalent About Metro Bag Searches

After federal authorities foiled several terrorism plots against Metro in the past few months, Metro announced it will begin searching its riders, and Metro riders have mixed feeling about that.

Iris Campos, a student at nearby Woodrow Wilson High School, says mandatory bag searches violate...

BRAC-Affected Workers In Northern Va. Find Tight Job Market

The Defense Department's Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) program, has been a tough pill to swallow for many of Northern Virginia's government workers. Those looking for new jobs have had to battle the effects of the recession.

The career fair, held at the Marriott in Crystal City, attra...

Latest D.C. News

WASHINGTON (AP) The Pentagon says that they're not mistreating an Army private who's suspected of handing over classified information to WikiLeaks. Officials say Private First Class Bradley Manning is in a standard single-person cell and gets exercise, recreation and access to newspapers and vi...

Pr. George's Schools' Budget Looks To Cut Costs, Boost Achievement

By Jessica Gould

The proposed budget for Prince George's County schools calls for a freeze on employee salaries and elimination of the middle school sports program. But school system leaders say they're working hard to keep the cuts from affecting student achievement.

Faced with decli...

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

(Dec. 18-Jan.2) OY VEY IN A MANGER If you long for a little irreverence during the holidays, there's San Francisco's The Kinsey Sicks with Oy Vey in a Manger this weekend through the end of the year at Washington's Theater J. The nation’s premiere – and quite possibly sole -– "dragapella beauty-s...

Top Stories With Washington Post Columnist Robert McCartney

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks with WAMU's Matt McCleskey about the recent health care ruling in Virginia, Mayor-elect Vincent Gray's public safety picks and budget battles in Maryland.

Report Recommends Shorter, Lighter MARC Trains

The agency that manages MARC rail service between D.C. and Baltimore wants to change its service to cut down on delays. The news comes as part of a review of what passengers call the "hell train" incident last summer, where 1,200 passengers were stranded in sweltering heat.

Hot weather and...

Metro To Begin Random Bag Inspections

Metro says it will begin randomly inspecting the carry-on bags of its riders.

Metro Transit Police Chief Michael Taborn says the inspections will only take a few minutes and should not cause delays for commuters. He says police will use K-9 dogs and devices that can pick up traces of explos...

Latest Virginia News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) More than 9,600 Appalachian Power customers in southwest Virginia remain without electricity in the aftermath of a winter storm. The storm dropped several inches of snow in parts of Virginia yesterday.

APPOMATTOX, Va. (AP) The question of whether a man accused of killing...

Busy Weekend On Maryland Roads

The state highway administration is getting ready to treat roads should the weather forecast call for it on Sunday. And the products they'll be using can be found in a jar of pickles or in a bottle of blackstrap rum.

Charlie Gischlar, a spokesman for the Maryland State Highway Administratio...

Power Breakfast: Views On The Omnibus Spending Bill

From Capitol News Connection:

To set the stage for today, we begin with a moment from yesterday afternoon... with newly-installed Senator Mark Kirk. The Republican from Illinois had a lot to say about the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill in particular.

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com:

HELL TRAIN An investigation into the June breakdown of a Baltimore-bound commuter train that left about 1,200 passengers sweltering for about two hours showed that Amtrak and MARC management made the situation worse by not calling for help more quickly, reports Th...

This Week In Congress: Hasn't Ended Yet

From Capitol News Connection:

On Monday, news spread that a federal court judge struck down a key portion of the recently passed health care overhaul package: health insurance mandates...This week it was do or die on the president's $858 billion tax cut deal -- so they did...The Senate move...