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News Archive - December 27, 2010

Maryland's Eastern Shore Slowly Digs Out Of Snowstorm

The winter snowstorm that pummeled much of the Eastern Seaboard also dumped a foot of snow on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

Cleanup crews all over the Eastern Shore are working overtime to clear the region's streets and neighborhoods of the biggest December snowfall in years.

Ocean City o...

HUD Awards Millions To Va. Housing Counselors

Eighteen housing counseling programs in Virginia will have to share the $4.2 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The money is to go to help homebuyers, renters and the homeless either avoid foreclosure or get their finances in order.

HUD gave out app...

Consider This With Fred Fiske: Progress In Education

This week, Fred brings us some news he doesn't think has gotten its fair share of attention: reported developments in education, which offer the hope that many of our worst problems will be ameliorated, if not solved.

What do you think? Join The Conversation and visit the Commentary Forum....

Latest Maryland News

WASHINGTON (AP) Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski will become the longest-serving woman in the history of the U.S. Senate when she is sworn in for her fifth term next week. The 74-year-old Democrat first won her Senate seat in 1986. She will break the record of the late Maine Republican Sen. Marga...

Nonprofit Pays Cab Fare To Prevent Drunk Driving

To stop intoxicated passengers from driving their cars, the Washington Regional Alcohol Program is offering free cab rides until Jan. 1. Since 1993, SoberRide has given free rides to nearly 50,000 people.

The president of the nonprofit, Kurt Erickson, says the majority of drunk driving cras...

Travel Delays May Continue

The blizzard that's dumped snow on areas stretching from the Carolinas to Maine hasn't had much affected the D.C. region, unless you're traveling by air.

The blizzard has left thousands stranded, including several hundred at D.C. airports. And, according to Courtney Mickalonis, spokesperson...

Old Spanish Documents About Jamestown Donated To Williamsburg

By Jeanine Herbst

Two letters from the early 17th century expressing Spain's fears of the new English settlement at Jamestown have been given to Colonial Williamsburg.

The letters written by Spanish King Phillip III were donated by best-selling crime novelist Patricia Cornwell.

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Baltimore Battles Blight Caused By Abandoned Houses

Baltimore has more housing than people. The result: blight. The city is now making a concerted effort to get rid of abandoned homes that aren't worth saving, while preserving the ones that are in an effort called the "Vacants to Value" program.

Housing Department Deputy Commissioner Julie D...

Latest D.C. News

WASHINGTON (AP) There is no word on when Amtrak will resume full train service across New England, but it is making some progress. Service between Boston and New York was canceled, though service between Washington and New York has not been affected.

WASHINGTON (AP) A D.C. fire official...

Scene At Local Airport One Of Delays, Frustration

Many people visiting Washington Christmas weekend are having their vacations unexpectedly extended.

Like many people at Reagan National Airport, Jim and Janice Mitchell are staring at the Departures board with a feeling of dread.

"Looks like JetBlue is going but it's going to be a thr...

Weather In Metro Area Is OK...Unless You're Traveling

While the blizzard that's moved up the East Coast largely bypassed the Washington, D.C., area, it's effect on holiday travel has not.

At least 265 people spent the night at Reagan National and Dulles Airports last night, based on the number of blankets airports handed out. But the travel di...

Long-Forgotten Alexandria Graves Discovered

Fort Ward Park in Alexandria is known as the best-preserved part of a system of defenses used to protect Washington from Confederate invasion during the Civil War. But lately it's become known for something else: a series of unmarked African-American graves being discovered throughout the park....

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

(Dec. 27-28) THE ROOTS Philadelphia's The Roots are quite possibly the only hip-hop band to claim a sousaphonist in their ranks. Tuba Gooding Jr. and the rest of The Roots' crew have successfully fused traditional hip-hop sounds with rock, jazz and other influences. A permanent gig on Late Night...

Latest Virginia News

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) Police in Fairfax County are asking for the public's help after finding a 20-year-old man on a ramp to Interstate 66 with life-threatening injuries. Police say the man was assaulted before being found on the ramp, and they are asking anyone who may have seen a vehicle or indiv...

Heavy Winds Complicate Snow Removal On Md.'s Eastern Shore

Maryland's Eastern Shore was among the hardest-hit spots in the state by the snowstorm that blanketed much of the East Coast. Yet, the foot of snow on the ground isn't the only problem: The wind is also affecting cleanup.

More than 2,000 State Highway Administration employees and contractor...

Md. Congressman Prepares For Top Democratic Spot On Budget Committee

Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D) is preparing to take the top spot on the Democrats side of the Budget Committee.

With a more conservative Republican Party readying to take control of the House in January, the number one issue in the next Congress promises to be reducing the deficit. But...

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com:

STATE CUTS Gov. Martin O'Malley is considering across-the-board cuts in local education funding, a reduction in payments to mental health providers who serve the poor and a shift of hundreds of millions of dollars in teacher pension costs to the state's counties t...

Bowl Game Returns To D.C. With New Name

During the planning stages, D.C.'s college football bowl game was known as the Congressional Bowl. And for its first two years, it was known as the EagleBank Bowl. But this year, thanks to a new sponsor, Wednesday's contest at RFK Stadium will be the Military Bowl.

Steve Beck, the bowl's pr...