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News Archive - December 29, 2010

D.C. Delegate Reflects On 2010, Anticipates Future Battles

D.C.'s delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton, says she's made the "maximum use" of four years of Democratic control. Now she says the challenge is to protect those gains until the elections in 2012.

Looking back, Norton lists several accomplishments for 2010. They include: construction jobs for D...

Zoo Cheetahs Give Birth To New Cubs

Cheetahs are difficult to breed in captivity, and the number of births has dwindled in North America over the past five years. But scientists at the National Zoo say two of their cheetahs have given birth to cubs this month.

The two cubs were born to different mothers at the zoo's facility...

New Laws Come To Maryland

Some new laws will take effect in Maryland with the New Year:

On the roads, a new law eliminates the automatic assigning of a trial date for drivers who get ticketed. Beginning Jan. 1, drivers who want to contest a ticket will need to request a trial date within 30 days of the citation. Oth...

Busy Winter Provides Opportunities For Change At Homeless Shelters

Local homeless shelters are facing a busier winter than usual, thanks to temperatures that have been hovering below freezing for some time now.

Augustine Frazier, director of the New York Avenue Homeless Assistance center in D.C., says while historic snows made last winter unforgettable, so...

Latest Virginia News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Historians have found a welter of errors in social-studies textbooks used in some Virginia classrooms. The state education department ordered a review of textbooks after the discovery of an erroneous claim in its Virginia history text that large numbers of black people fought...

Dulles Tolls Going Up In Short Term, Way Up In Long Term

Next week, the cost of a ride on the Dulles Toll Road is going up a quarter. It'll now cost up to $2 per trip. But that's nothing compared to how high the tolls will be in 30 years.

Drivers are filling up their tanks here at this gas station in Reston, Va., just a few hundred yards from the...

Will They Or Won't They? Md. Lawmakers Consider Tax Increases

In Maryland, tax increases is expected to be one of the most hotly debated topics during January's legislative session in Annapolis.

The state budget faces a massive deficit that continues to grow. And early indications are that lawmakers will try to balance strictly through spending cuts....

EPA To Announce Final Pollution Diet For Bay

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The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to release it's final Pollution Diet for the Chesapeake Bay Wednesday.

The Pollution Diet is known formally as the TMDL or Total Maximum Daily Load -- it's the EPA saying how much pollution can go...

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com:

TAX HIKES Progressive groups and legislators are aiming to raise state taxes on millionaires, corporations, liquor, gasoline and a broad array of consumer services, as well as boosting the state minimum wage to $10 an hour to help protect government services and t...

Shuttered School To Reopen For Displaced Students

Interim D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says Meyer Elementary School will reopen Jan. 3. It will house students from the Takoma Educational Center which was severely damaged by a fire on Dec. 22.

Henderson says in a press release that Meyer Elementary can accommodate the more than 30...

Prosecutors Drop Case Against Pr. George's Circuit Court Clerk

Marilynn Bland was accused of attacking a county employee back when she was a county council member. The person making the complaint, council employee W. Randy Short, alleged Bland grabbed him and started screaming and cursing at him on Nov. 17, when he started a meeting without her.

Short,...

EPA Announces Final "Pollution Diet" For Chesapeake Bay

The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized it's "pollution diet" for the Chesapeake Bay in what it's calling the largest water pollution strategy plan in the nation.

The pollution diet is a plan for six states -- incuding Virginia and Maryland as well as D.C. -- to limit the nitrogen...

District Library Praised For Innovative Design

Shaw Public Library was opened to much fanfare in August and now its 22,000-square-foot structure is being praised by the Wall Street Journal for its architecture. The paper has named the library one of 2010's best buildings and says the library is a far cry from the inward-turned, windowless bri...

District Resident Blames Pepco For House Fire

One District resident is blaming Pepco for severe fire damage to his home. He says the power company should have responded sooner to a downed electrical line was that was on fire.

Lou Constantino says he and his wife called Pepco to report a power line engulfed in flames Monday. They told t...

Latest Maryland News

MILLERSVILLE, Md. (AP) Two teenagers charged in a slaying during a robbery at a pizza shop are now facing murder charges in a separate case. Anne Arundel police say the young men are responsible for the shooting death of a convenience store clerk back in August.

TOWSON, Md. (AP) A long-...

Maryland Property Values Drop

Property assessments are down by 22 percent in the past three years in Maryland. The Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation says real estate values on residential properties have suffered the largest decline in the history of the department.

The state reassesses properties every th...

Holiday Drinking Raises Concerns Of Drunk Driving

A survey by AAA Mid-Atlantic polled 2,000 drivers, age 16 and older, and asked if they considered drunk driving a serious threat -- more than 80 percent said they did. One out of 10 drivers admits they've gotten behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated in the last year, according to the survey...

Side Streets Still A Concern Days After Blizzard Hits

The sun may be shining, but the effects of the snowstorm that blanketed much of the Eastern Shore of Maryland are lingering on the side streets.

Ocean Pines is a residential community stretching nine square-miles in the heart of a forest just outside Ocean City. The 5,000 or so houses are s...

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

(Dec. 29-30) MONTY ALEXANDER Monty Alexander tickles the ivories Wednesday and Thursday night at Blues Alley in Georgetown. In his 40-year career, Alexander has performed with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to Quincy Jones. The piano man fuses the traditions of American Jazz with the music of his...

Family Of Marine Who Overdosed In Va. Hospital Wants Answers

Twenty-year-old Lance Cpl. Ezequiel Freire died after downing a toxic cocktail of narcotics and sedatives on Feb. 13 in a Portsmouth, Va., hospital. The Virginian-Pilot reports Freire was awaiting chemotherapy for Hodgkin's lymphoma at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center.

A hospital official sa...

Latest D.C. News

ATLANTA (AP) Analysts say the blizzard that swept across the Northeast early this week delayed $1 billion in retail spending. ShopperTrak says about $10 billion in retail sales usually occurs Dec. 26-27, but bad weather likely delayed about 10 percent of that.

WASHINGTON (AP) The Archbi...

Military Bowl Kicks Off

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

Other schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference received invites to bowls in Orlando, Atlanta, Shreveport, Louisiana, and El Paso, Texas. Maryland got to play just 20 minut...