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News Archive - December 21, 2010

Metro Begins Bag Inspections

Metro began randomly searching passenger's bags for the first time Tuesday. Searches took place at the College Park Metro station in Maryland and the Braddock Road Metro station in Virginia.

The searches began just a day after civil liberties groups launched an online petition opposing the...

2010 Census Shows Growth In Md., Va. And D.C.

New Census figures released Tuesday show growth across the mid-Atlantic region over the past decade.

Virginia had the highest percentage growth in the area -- its population is up 13 percent or more than 900,000 people -- since 2000. Maryland saw a 9-percent increase in residents. Though ne...

Ocean City Adopts New Trash Pickup Policy After Bed Bug Scare

Public Works officials in Ocean City, Md., are adopting a new policy on bulk trash pickup after a bed bug scare forced a temporary ban on discarding old furniture and mattresses.

The new policy states that the resort's trash trucks will no longer pick up furniture of any kind, unless it is...

Latest Maryland News

BALTIMORE (AP) A Baltimore man accused of plotting to kill military recruiters with a car bomb has been indicted by a federal grand jury. Twenty-one-year-old Antonio Martinez, also known as Muhammad Hussain, was indicted today on charges of attempted murder of federal officers and attempted use...

Worcester County Comissioners Demand Answers From Liquor Board

In Maryland, the Worcester County Liquor Control Board may have settled with the state Comptroller after a nine-month investigation found that they had broken state law, but the board still may be in hot water with county commissioners.

On paper, the $16,000 fine the board agreed to pay in...

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

The region has more holiday fare than you can shake a stick at this week:

(Dec. 21-23) SEASONAL CELLULOID For some seasonal celluloid, you can head to the AFI Silver in Silver Spring through Thursday. AFI breaks out its reels of It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, and The Muppet Chris...

Power Breakfast: 2010 Census And Reapportionment

From Capitol News Connection:

The first results of the 2010 Census come out Tuesday. Later in the morning, Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and Census Bureau director Robert Groves open the envelopes at the National Press Club -- though the cat's kind of already out of the bag on this one....

Threats Against Metro On Facebook Put Man Behind Bars Without Bail

A man from Northern Virginia, who the FBI says made threats to blow up Metro trains, is behind bars after a federal judge's ruling Tuesday.

A federal judge refused to grant bail to Awais Younis, a 25-year-old from Arlington. The FBI arrested Younis last week after one of his friends gave au...

Water Agencies Say Hexavalent Chromium Levels 'Extraordinarily Low'

An environmental research group says it's detected hexavalent chromium in drinking water in D.C. and Bethesda, Md.

Hexavalent chromium was made famous by the movie Erin Brockovich, where a small town discovered its groundwater was polluted by the substance. Rebecca Sutton, with the Environm...

Latest D.C. News

LAS VEGAS (AP) Police are investigating the disappearance of a woman in Las Vegas who at one time was an ambassador for the Washington Redskins. Detectives are looking for leads to locate 31-year-old Deborah Flores-Narvaez who was last seen December 12th leaving her apartment. She served the Re...

Va. State Police Superintendent: Staffing Shortage Puts Troopers' Lives At Risk

As of Jan. 1, Virginia State Police will be down 249 sworn officers. State police superintendent Col. Steven Flaherty says the money is there to pay their salaries, but $52 million in budget cuts since 2006 held up schools to produce new troopers.

Flaherty says the officer shortage means ma...

Young Single Mother Tries To Start Her Own Christmas Traditions

Many fond memories are created at home during the holidays, but for those without stable families or stable homes, the holidays can be particular challenging.

Twenty-year-old Domanik Thompson spent most of her teen years in group homes, foster homes and juvenile detention facilities. She sa...

Precedents For Bag Searches, Metro Security Efforts

Local civil liberties groups are criticizing Metro for random bag searches implemented today at train stations. Metro says the searches are part of its continuing effort to improve security. Civil liberties groups say they violate the Fourth Amendment and are not necessarily effective.

Mich...

Wilson Crew: Individual Stamina, Synchronized Action

Wilson High School is the District's only public high school that has a crew or rowing team. And for 25 years, students have been meeting at 5:30 in the morning to row on the Potomac River. WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza woke up way before her alarm usually goes off to meet crew members past and present...

Latest Virginia News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The national president of the Outlaws motorcycle gang and three members have been convicted of racketeering and other charges in Virginia. Outlaws president Jack Rosga and Mark Jason Fiel, Harry McCall and Christopher Timbers will be sentenced in April.

Population growt...

Most D.C.-Region Travelers Will Go By Car This Holiday

Holiday travel will start in earnest Wednesday, as the D.C. region is expected to see a slight increase in travelers compared to this time last year.

Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday are expected to be the busiest days at Reagan National and Dulles International Airports. But according to AAA...

Worcester Liquor Control Board Agrees To Pay $16,000 Fine

The Maryland Comptroller's Office says the Worcester County Liquor Control Board has admitted to breaking several state laws and agreed to pay a fine in lieu of suspension. But the settlement may not mark the end to the scandal.

The Worcester County Liquor Control Board settled to the sum o...

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com:

PENSION ACTION A commission on state retirement benefits voted yesterday to recommend cutting the state costs of health insurance 10% by hiking premiums and reducing coverage for state employees and retirees, and shifting half the costs of teacher pensions to loca...

O'Malley Talks Job Creation And Maryland Budget

In Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley continues to make dire predictions for next year's state budget, as he prepares to be inaugurated again.

O'Malley will be inaugurated for his second term in office in less than a month, and he's embarking on a set of forums across the state to focus on the...