News Archive - December 8, 2011

Kaine, Allen Face Off In Virginia Senatorial Debate

Tim Kaine and George Allen squared off in the first debate of the 2012 Virginia Senate race. Debate moderator Bob Gibson weighs in on what we learned from the day's discussion.

Maryland Teacher Charged with Sexually Abusing Students

A teacher at Glen Burnie High School in Anne Arundel, Maryland has been charged for the sexual abuse of three students.

D.C. Affordable Housing Complex Gets Solar Panels

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A D.C. affordable housing complex just got a little greener with the announcement that it will be powered in part by solar energy.

D.C. Becomes The First 100-Gigabit City

D.C. hopes to become a leader in bridging the "digital divide," as Mayor Vincent Gray touts the city's new high-speed, fiber-optic network built with federal stimulus funds.

D.C. Voting Rights Object Of Hunger Strike

Three Occupy DC protesters have promised to drink only water until Congress grants D.C. legislative and budget autonomy.

D.C. Debuts Green Alleyway Project

Stormwater runoff can deposit all sorts of nasty wastes into groundwater, which has spurred a project in D.C. to put pervious concrete in several D.C. alleys to curb the problem.

Influx of Elderly Drivers Expected As Boomers Age

AAA predicts a glut of elderly drivers this year.,

AAA Mid-Atlantic is warning against what they call the influx of the "Silver Tsunami" on the roads as the first wave of baby boomers turn 65.

Jerry Sandusky's Wife Says He's Innocent

Dottie Sandusky issued her first comments since her husband was charged with more than 50 counts related to the sexual assault of boys.

Police Officer, Another Victim Dead In Virginia Tech Shooting

Reports are indicating that the second shooting victim found in a parking lot at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va. is the man who shot and killed a campus police officer Thursday afternoon.

To Keep Marriage Healthy When Baby Comes, Share Housework

It's well documented that marital happiness plummets with the arrival of a baby. But a study of more than 2,800 married couples identifies common traits that helped more than a third of them buck the trend.

Obama In No Appeasing Mood As He Goes After Republicans

President Obama has been accused of appeasement by both political supporters and foes. Liberals says he's been too willing to compromise. Republicans say he's not doing enough to constrain U.S. enemies in the Middle East, specifically Iran. At a news conference Thursday, Obama said, "Ask Osama bin Laden ... whether I engage in appeasement."

Farewell To Argentina's Famed Beef

Over the past decade, Argentina's cattlemen have quietly shifted their cows from grass to grain. Blame soaring world prices for commodities like soybeans, as well as government policies discouraging export. Argentine chefs say the switch to grain-fed beef marks the loss of a cultural icon.

Shootings Test Virginia Tech's Emergency Plan

The plan, developed after the 2007 shooting spree that left 33 people dead on campus, used phone alerts, text messages, classroom message boards, computer desktop alerts and outdoor sirens.

EPA Report Links Fracking To Water Pollution

This is the first time the EPA has linked fracking to the contamination of drinking water and it could have great implications for future gas drilling in the U.S.

Russia's President: Alleged Vote Fraud Will Be Investigated

Reacting to widespread protests across the country, Dmitry Medvedev said that "people should have an opportunity to express their opinion."

Ehrlich Q&A: Former Gov. Talks ICC, Slots, Multiculturalism As 'Bunk'

Former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich declines to talk about his former aide's conviction for election fraud this week, but he reflects on his time in office and the release of his new book.

AP: Black Site Where CIA Held Al-Qaida Operatives Was In Plain View

The place where the Sept. 11 mastermind was once held is in a residential neighborhood in Bucharest.

Professor Gingrich And The Lessons (And Lecture Notes) Of History

Notes from Gingrich's 1994 college course "Renewing American Civilization" include his thoughts on American exceptionalism and how to turn distressed urban areas into places where people can "pursue happiness without fear."

Virginia Launches Online Last Wishes

A new registry in Virginia allows individuals to plan for the unexpected.

DCPS Has Nation's Largest Black-White Achievement Gap

The achievement gap between black and white students in DCPS is the largest of any major city in the country, according to the latest national report card.

Gunfire At Virginia Tech, Two Deaths Reported

The university has advised everyone on campus to "seek shelter or stay where you are." The suspect is still on the loose. In 2007, a student there killed 32 others before taking his own life.

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Under Fire For Mishandled Sex-Crime Cases

Calling for his resignation, critics said the controversial sheriff was too busy fighting illegal immigration to investigate sexual abuse crimes. The sheriff defended his record.

Storm Leaves Flooding, Power Outages

Snowfall that was in the forecast for last night didn't materialize in the immediate D.C. area, but there are still some weather-related problems out there this morning. 

Environmental Claims For Farmed Fish Don't Hold Up To Scrutiny

A study released this week found that many eco-labels for farmed seafood don't guarantee the fish was raised in a way that protects the marine environment.

Obama: 'Ask Osama Bin Laden' If I'm An Appeaser

Republican presidential contenders have said the president engages in appeasement when it comes to foreign policy. His response pointed to the May killing of the al-Qaida leader.

Experimental Vaccine For Stomach Flu Might Work

A test of a nasal vaccine against norovirus suggests it may be possible to immunize people against the virus, a common cause of foodborne illness.

So The Mythbusters Punched A Hole In A House With A Cannonball. Now What?

Mythbusters has tried out a lot of things in the last few years, but trying a cannonball fired through a residential neighborhood? That was an accident.

Civics Lesson: 12th-Graders Attend 'Occupy K Street'

A 12th grade social studies class from Maryland saw democracy in action yesterday as they observed the "Occupy K Street" protest on a field trip.

Obama's Choice To Head Consumer Protection Agency Blocked

Republican senators who say the new bureau is too strong kept the Senate from considering Richard Cordray's nomination. President Obama vows not to give up.

Reports: Albert Pujols Has Signed To Play For The Angels

Considered by most experts to be the best active player, Pujols has 445 career home runs and a .328 career batting average. He would be leaving the St. Louis Cardinals.

Pusuke, World's Oldest Dog, Dies At Age 26 (Or 125 In 'Human Years')

The Shiba mix was fine until Monday, his owner says. He died quietly, surrounded by his human family in Japan.

Cricket's Sehwag Smashes Tendulkar's Record

Less than two years after India's Sachin Tendulkar achieved cricket superstardom by recording a "double century" in an international match, his record has been broken.

Top Stories: Troops' Ashes Put In Landfill; Corzine Testifies

Other top stories include Russian President Vladimir Putin's allegation that U.S. complaints about his nation's elections have spurred protests.

Top News Memes Of 2011: Pepper Spray Cop, Bin Laden, Steve Jobs

All three started as one thing and became something else entirely as people used digital tools to add their own interpretations and comments and then spread their work around the Web.

European Central Bank Cuts Rates To Match Record Low

Policymakers are expected to follow up that action with some other steps aimed at giving banks easier access to cash. It's hoped the moves will ease the continent's credit crunch.

Corzine Apologizes, Defends Actions Of MF Global, May Invoke Fifth

The former senator and governor of New Jersey will be back in Congress to testify about the collapse of the investment firm he led and an estimated $1.2 billion in clients' money that's missing. He says he doesn't know where the money is.

Report: Hundreds Of Troops' Ashes Were Dumped In Landfill

"The incinerated partial remains of at least 274 American troops" were disposed of in a Virginia landfill instead of being treated with dignity as families were promised, The Washington Post reports. That's far more than first reported.