News Archive - December 31, 2010

Critics Argue Against Sobriety Checks

By Jessica Gould

Police throughout the region will be conducting sobriety checks this weekend.

But some critics say the checkpoints make motorists less safe, not more.

Sarah Longwell, managing director of the American Beverage Institute, says sobriety checkpoints are ineffective...

D.C. Voting Advocates Promise To Be More Aggressive

Supporters of D.C. voting rights say its time to get more aggressive with congressional lawmakers.

Advocates are promising to step up their demonstrations and change their message on Capitol Hill.

DC Vote's Ilir Zherka says with Republicans now back in charge of the House of Represent...

Metro Searches For SmarTrip Successor

There may soon be a new way to pay for a ride on Metro.

Metro is looking to replace its iconic SmarTrip cards, and now is fielding proposals for something more high-tech - perhaps a card with a radio frequency chip that doesn't require contact with a fare gate.

Or maybe not even a car...

New Rules for Alexandria's Historic District

In Virginia, homeowners in historically protected areas of Alexandria live with a lot of restrictions.

Now they have a new set of rules to clarify what's allowed -- and what isn't.

Some of the old rules were vague -- like the one that said homeowners must use "historically appropriate...

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

The region has countless ways to transition into 2011 Friday night.

(Dec. 31-Feb. 13) LET ME DOWN EASY If you like a big production there's Anna Deavere Smith's "Let Me Down Easy" making its district debut at Arena Stage in Southwest. Smith wrote the play after interviewing 300 people about...

Trial Date Set for Lawsuits Against Va Tech

The families of two students who were slain in the mass shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007 are going forward with a lawsuit against school officials.

A date has now been set for a nine day jury trial in Circuit Court.

The two lawsuits are set to begin September 26th.

In the suit...

U.S. Transportation Secretary Gives Metro $150 Million to Buy New Railcars

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced a $150 million grant to help Metro replace outdated rail cars.

The grant matches another $150million provided by Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Nearly $80 million of the money will allow Metro to purchase as man...

Free Cab Rides on New Year's

If you decide to drink New Year's Eve and find yourself without a designated driver, you can still get home without getting behind the wheel.

The Washington Regional Alcohol Program's, "SoberRide" will offer free cab rides from 10pm tonight until 6 am Saturday morning to help keep drunk dri...

Police Plan Checkpoints For New Year's Eve

By Jessica Gould

D.C. Police say they'll be out in force tonight to protect city streets from drunk drivers.

Commander Hilton Burton says the Metropolitan Police Department will be operating sobriety checkpoints throughout the city.

"We're going to have extra officers out and ab...

Elementary School Teacher Charged with Heroin Possession

In Montgomery County,Maryland an elementary school teacher is charged with possession of heroin after a traffic stop.

Rebecca Amick, 25, was one of three people in a car police in Silver Spring stopped for speeding downtown.

Police searched the car and the occupants and found Amick wi...