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News Archive - December 30, 2010

Local Businesses Prepare For Casino Opening

Maryland's second slots casino is preparing for its grand opening next week outside Ocean City, and many local businesses and residents, are getting ready.

Drive down the road leading to the $45 million Ocean Downs Casino set to open next Tuesday, and you'll see a rickety little flea market...

D.C. Voting Rights Activists To Protest G.O.P Move

D.C. Voting rights activists are protesting the plan to strip D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton of her limited voting power.

Under the Democrats control of Congress, Norton and delegates from other U.S. territories like Guam and Puerto Rico have been allowed to cast floor votes when the c...

The Paradox Of The Dulles Toll Road

Tolls on the Dulles Toll Road will be going up by 25 cents next week to pay for the extension of Metrorail out to Dulles Airport. But this increase poses a bit of a problem.

There's a paradox involved in all Toll Roads: If you want them to generate more money, you raise the tolls -- but the...

New Year's Day Most Popular Holiday for Car Thefts

While many people are taking a break from work during this holiday week, car thieves are believed to be out in full force.

New Year's Day is the leading holiday for vehicle thefts.

More than 2700 vehicles were reported stolen last New Year’s, making the first day of the year, once aga...

Dominion Va. Power To Raise Rates Jan. 1

Dominion Virginia Power will raise their rates by 4.6 percent on Jan. 1. The company's chief executive says even with the increase, Dominion's rates remain below the national average and almost 30 percent below average for utilities on the East Coast.

He says the increase is necessitated by...

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com:

CASINO TRIAL RUN Nearly 1,000 guests gambled on hundreds of slot machines at the new Ocean Downs casino on the Eastern Shore during a trial run yesterday, setting the stage for the state's second gambling parlor to open to the public next week, reports Hanah Cho f...

Commentary By Terri Lee Freeman: The 'Unsung Heroes' Of 2010

As the year draws to a close, commentator Terri Lee Freeman weighs in on the most fascinating people of 2010. Freeman is president of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.

This time of year everyone from Barbara Walters to Time Magazine tries to convince us who has earne...

Jazz Legend Billy Taylor Made His Mark in D.C.

Jazz pianist and composer Billy Taylor died of heart failure this week at age 89.

Taylor grew up in the District, and through his storied career, left his mark on public radio and the Kennedy Center.

Taylor was born in North Carolina, but attended Dunbar High School in Washington.

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Va. Governor Gets Business Support For Transportation Plan

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell wants to spend $4 billion on Virginia's highways, and 26 business groups say they support the plan. They say the spending will add capacity, improve the economy and put people back to work.

McDonnell is proposing to borrow $3 billion and use another $1 billion in...

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) Three cruise ship workers and two other people are charged with trying to smuggle heroin and cocaine into Baltimore from the Dominican Republic. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent said in court papers that the Royal Caribbean cruise ship employees planned to deliver drugs...

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

(Dec. 30) SECOND CITY IN CHARM CITY Charm City gets some laughs courtesy of Second City Thursday night through late February. Chicago's seminal improvisational comedy institution has churned out some of the biggest names in laughter. They bring a Baltimore-specific production to Center Stage on N...

Montgomery County Seeks Volunteers to Provide Free Tax Help

With tax season around the corner, Maryland's Montgomery County is seeking volunteers to give free help with preparing returns.

Organizers of the county program need volunteers to serve at least four hours a week as tax preparers, greeters, screeners and interpreters this tax season, from...

Va. to Tighten Textbook Review Process

Virginia's education department will tighten the way it reviews texbooks before they're allowed in schools.

The change comes after historians uncovered a slew of errors in state-approved history books.

Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction, Patricia Wright, plans to propose th...

Washington Cardinal Appointed To Papal Advisory Groups

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, has been appointed to two different groups within the Vatican that advise the pope.

Wuerl will be one of fewer than three dozen cardinals that are members of the Congregation for Clergy. It's one of nine major Vatican departments that adv...

Latest Virginia Regional News

ABINGDON, Va. (AP) A Virginia couple is charged with stealing catalytic converters from about 50 cars in three states. The Bristol Herald Courier reports that Washington County authorities arrested 31-year-old James Edward Eskridge and 29-year-old Jessica Lynn Lampkins of Lebanon on Monday.

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