News Archive - December 22, 2010

Ocean City Council Not Ready To Ban Smoking On Beach

The mayor and council in Ocean City, Md., are responding to a grassroots effort to reduce smoking at beaches, but they're stopping short of a ban.

More than a dozen people argued the pros and cons of smoking on the beaches in Ocean City during a public hearing before the mayor and council....

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com:

RACING PLAN REJECTED The Maryland Racing Commission has rejected the Maryland Jockey Club's latest plan for horse racing in 2011, leaving in doubt next year's Preakness Stakes and again raising the notion that someone else should run Laurel and Pimlico racetracks,...

Md. Racing Commission Approves Horse Racing Agreement

The Preakness Stakes will stay in Maryland, after the state's racing commission approved an agreement reached by horse racing representatives earlier Wednesday.

The agreement calls for a full calendar of 146 days of live racing at the state's horse racing tracks, and keeps the Preakness Sta...

Streetcar Project Wins Federal Grant

The Federal Transit Administration is awarding the District with a $1 million grant to look into building a new streetcar line.

The grant will go toward studying the feasibility of running streetcars along K Street in Northwest D.C. It's part of a $25 million nationwide package the FTA is g...

Digital Displays With Real-Time Transit Info Installed In D.C.

If you're in D.C. and wondering when the next bus or train is coming, there's a new device on street corners that can help you out.

A new digital monitor is up and running on the corner of 14th and U Streets in Northwest D.C. It shows real time information about not only buses and trains, b...

Largest Eastern Shore Power Provider Pleads For Rate Increase

The leading electric company on Maryland's Eastern Shore is asks state legislators to allow it to increase monthly rates. The increase would essentially result in higher bills to over 200,000 homes.

Delmarva Power officials say a 2.8 percent increase in monthly delivery rates would generate...

Medical Examiner Report Raises More Questions About Death Outside DC9

The Office of D.C.'s Chief Medical Examiner says the death of a man outside a nightclub in October was a homicide.

A statement from the medical examiner's office says Ali Mohammed's death was caused by several factors: "excited delirium Associated with arrhythmogenic cardiac anomalies, alco...

Latest Maryland News

BALTIMORE (AP) The former dean of the University of Maryland law school has agreed to return more than $311,000 in unauthorized bonus payments that were uncovered by a state audit. Attorney General Douglas Gansler announced today that the state has reached a settlement with Karen Rothenberg....

UN Reviews Complaint Of Mistreatment In Quantico Brig

The United Nations is considering a complaint that an Army private being held in Quantico, Va., suspected of giving classified documents to WikiLeaks, is being mistreated.

The UN office for torture issues in Geneva says it received a complaint from one of Pfc. Bradley Manning's supporters a...

Air Travel Picks Up For Holidays But More Expected To Drive

The region's airports are expected to start swelling with holiday travelers Wednesday morning. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday are expected to be the busiest days at both Reagan National and Dulles International airports.

Much has been said about the new extensive security searches at aiport...

Md. Racing Commission Rejects Proposal By Pimlico Owners

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In Maryland, the future of the Preakness at Pimlico is in doubt after a vote by the state's racing commission. The board has voted to reject a proposal by the owners of Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park to conduct live racing in 2011,...

Agreement Reached On Maryland Horse Racing

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An aide to Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and horse racing representatives say an agreement has been reached to salvage horse racing. The tentative pact would allow for a full calendar of 146 racing days in Maryland and keep the Preakness...

North Carolina Is The New Utah For D.C. Voting Rights

As a result of new Census data released Tuesday, eight states will pick up seats in the House of Representatives, and 10 states will lose seats. D.C. does not have a voting member in Congress, but the new Census data will influence its strategy for gaining one.

The Census has been a tool us...

Latest D.C. News

WASHINGTON (AP) Mayor-elect Vincent Gray is naming an Arizona state administrator to lead the District of Columbia's Department of Employment Services in his administration. He's selected Rochelle L. Webb to lead a "dramatic transformation" of the employment agency and help residents get off un...

Fire Damage Means Relocation After Holidays For DCPS Students

D.C. Public Schools officials say they're working on a plan to relocate students of the Takoma Education Campus after a three-alarm fire damaged the school building Wednesday.

More than 150 firefighters were called to the the Takoma Education Campus in Northwest Washington Wednesday morning...

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

(Dec. 22-Jan. 9) GLITTER AND BE GAY If your Wednesday looks like it may end up lacking some musical theater, there's "Candide" at Washington's Sidney Harman Hall Wednesday through the first week of 2011. Leonard Bernstein's adaptation of Voltaire's satire follows Candide from a sheltered paradise...

Power Breakfast: Senators Give Their Farewell Speeches

From Capitol News Connection:

The Senate is winding down with thoughts of fleeing Washington as soon as possible. For some, this is a bittersweet time.

Indictment Made In Military Recruitment Center Bomb Plot

A man from Baltimore accused of plotting to bomb a military recruiting center has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Antonio Martinez is facing charges of attempted murder of federal officers and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. The 21-year-old was indicted yesterday and i...

State Lawmaker Hopes To Keep Gays Out Of Va. National Guard

In Virginia, Republican State Delegate Bob Marshall from Prince William County says he plans to introduce a bill banning gays from the Virginia National Guard. Marshall says the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" overturns a 17-year policy that was working just fine, and upends more than 200 years...

Latest Virginia News

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) The medical records of a Virginia women's lacrosse player who was found dead in her apartment will remain sealed except for information about a prescription. Defense attorneys for 23-year-old George Huguely requested the medical records of Yeardley Love last week.

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Gray Names Education Team Members

In the District, Mayor-elect Vincent Gray has named two more members to his education team, but he will hold off on naming a schools chancellor.

DeShawn Wright will be the deputy mayor for education, while Hosanna Mahaley will be the state superintendent of education under Gray. As for the...