News Archive - December 28, 2010

It's The 'Military Bowl' This Year At RFK Stadium

Wednesday, the University of Maryland faces East Carolina University in the Military Bowl college football game at RFK Stadium.

During its first two years, the game was known as the EagleBank Bowl. But this year, Northrop Grumman took over as chief sponsor, giving the game a whole new ident...

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TRIANGLE, Va. (AP) A former Prince William County park ranger has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his wife and her two teenage children in a domestic dispute. Forty-five-year-old Carrillo Dean pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of capital murder. Under the plea agreement prosecutors will...

History Through Photos: The University Of Maryland

By Jeanine Herbst

Archivist Jason Speck says he chose the most crucial moments of the University of Maryland's history and then found the photos to tell the story for his new book, "University of Maryland." The book includes the 1912 fire, destroying a couple of buildings, to Testudo, the m...

Commentary By Walter Smith: Tackling The Issue Of Lead In D.C. Water

A recent report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that lead in the drinking water may continue to be a problem in many homes in D.C. Commentator Walter Smith is the executive director of DC Appleseed, an organization that has been studying the lead in the water is...

Md. Senator Longest-Serving Woman In U.S. History

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) is on her way to becoming the longest-serving woman in the history of the U.S. Senate. Mikulski will be sworn in for her fifth term next week. The 74-year-old Democrat joined the Senate back in 1986. This week, she'll surpass the longstanding record of the late Repu...

Tax Increases Off The Table In Maryland For Now

In Maryland, state lawmakers are gearing up for the legislative session in Annapolis, which starts in less than two weeks. Given the massive budget deficit facing the state, one of the biggest questions to be answered during the session is whether taxes be raised and, if so, which ones. The early...

Tips For Surviving Winter Travel

As the weekend's massive northeastern blizzard showed, traveling during winter can be challenging, to say the least. Whether a journey will be smooth and peaceful or a frustrating nightmare often depends on forces as random as which way the wind is blowing.

Kevin Britto, with Frontier Airli...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A judge is allowing a lawsuit in the death of a mentally ill Virginia inmate to move forward. The inmate's sister claims a Kansas-based inmate health care provider and its workers were negligent when they continued to ignore her brother's signs of dehydration.

RICHMOND,...

Cold Temperatures Keep Area Homeless Shelters Busy

Sarah Anderson, 28, is a regular at Carpenter's Shelter in Alexandria, Va. She says even though this winter hasn't brought much snow, it's a bad one.

"I've been homeless almost nine years...and I think this is about the coldest winter that I've experienced so far," Anderson says.

The...

Chesapeake Bay Gets A D-Plus Grade, Up from D In 2008

According to a new report, the Chesapeake Bay is showing encouraging signs of improvement but still has dead zones, fish kills and pollution. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's "State of the Bay Report" says there have been improvements in eight of 13 indicators, including a rebounding blue crab pop...

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com:

MIKULSKI MILESTONE When Maryland U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski is sworn in for another term in January, she becomes the longest serving woman senator ever. Dana Bash of CNN interviews Mikulski and takes a look back at her long career.

PENSION BURDEN As state an...

New Federal License Laws To Change Sport Fishing Industry

A new federal law that will alter sport fishing license requirements will take affect on Jan. 1. The law will mark a notable change for the region and the industry.

The new law, enacted by the Department of Natural Resources, is being billed as merely a databasing tool to find out who is fi...

Gas Prices Up And Rising

Drivers will shell out $34 billion in December on fuel, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. The numbers come from spikes in fuel prices. More changes could be on the way.

The former president of Shell Oil, John Hofmeister, predicts drivers will be paying $5 for a gallon of gasoline by 2012.

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Shaw Library Named One Of Best Buildings In 2010

The Wall Street Journal says Shaw Library, located in northwest D.C., is one of 2010's best buildings because of its architecture. But the paper also says the library is part of a national trend that says much about the priorities and programs going on inside libraries.

Ginnie Cooper, the D...

Local Organization Helps People Get Home After Night Out

Bars like Galaxy in Silver Spring, Md., are expected to be packed throughout the week, especially on New Year's Eve on Friday. And to dissuade people from driving after drinking, the Washington Regional Alcohol Program is offering free cab rides.

Kurt Erickson is president of the nonprofit...

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LA PLATA, Md. (AP) Charles County officials say thieves climbed an electrical pole to steal some 4,000 feet of copper wire from a utility company. Copper and other industrial metals are attractive targets for thieves who attempt to recycle the metal for money.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) The Ma...

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

(Dec. 28) A TOAST TO 1964 As 2010 draws to an end, you can look back on this past year and 1964 Tuesday night at The Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandria. 1964 was the year Beatlemania spread stateside. It's also the name of Rolling Stone Magazine's pick for best Beatles tribute band. 1964 the Trib...

A Green Christmas With Tree Recycling

Christmas trees will lose their green over the next few weeks, but that doesn't mean they can't be disposed of in a green way. Across the region, tree recycling programs will be kicking into high gear during the first two weeks of January.

In D.C., Christmas trees can be picked up if left o...

Police Have Suspects In Series Of Burglaries

In Maryland, Montgomery County Police say they have suspects in a series of residential burglaries in the Chevy Chase area. Four men are facing charges of stealing credit cards and at least one vehicle starting in October until late in November.

During that time, police say the suspects use...