News Archive - March 29, 2012

Truancy Court Program In Montgomery County In Jeopardy

A program in Montgomery County that pairs chronically-truant middle school students with judges from Silver Spring is facing a bit of a crisis as funding from a federal grant runs out this year.

License Plate Readers Raise Privacy Concerns In Maryland

Studies show that as many as one-third of police departments in the country use license plate readers, but in Montgomery County, privacy advocates are trying to push back against the technology.

Fairfax Gang Members Arrested For Prostitution Ring

A group affiliated with the "Crips" gang was arrested in Fairfax County for allegedly running a prostitution ring that exploited and provided drugs to young women, including some who were underage.

Trayvon Martin Death: A Father Who Lost A Chance To Make Good

Eight years ago, Martin saved his father from a fire. His untimely death never gave Tracy Martin a chance to pay his son back.

Studies Show Why Insecticides Are Bad News For Bees

Two new studies, published in the prestigious journal Science, suggest that one class of insecticides poses a more serious threat to bees than government regulators realized.

Massey Mine Boss Pleads Guilty As Feds Target Execs

The plea from the former superintendent of the Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia is a key step in the effort to seek criminal charges further up the corporate ladder at Massey Energy.

Meet The Candidates In the 2012 Ward 8 D.C. Council Race

Mayor-for-life and now Council member Marion Barry has four opponents in the upcoming primary for his Ward 8 council seat.

Meet The Candidates In the 2012 Ward 7 D.C. Council Race

There are five candidates competing for the Ward 7 D.C. Council seat, including incumbent Council member Yvette Alexander.

Meet The Candidates In The 2012 Ward 4 D.C. Council Race

There are five challengers to incumbent Ward 4 Council woman Muriel Bowser in the 2012 primary, set for April 3.

Deconstructing Some Of The What-Ifs From The Supreme Court

If the Supreme Court strikes down the health overhaul law, what happens to the people who have benefited already? Here's a roundup of some answers to questions raised by the historic arguments.

Auditor Finds 'Serious Issues' At Apple Supplier Foxconn

Some employees, the audit found, worked seven days in a row without the required 24 hours off.

Meet The Candidates In the 2012 At-large D.C. Council Race

There are four candidates, including incumbent Vincent Orange, vying for the at-large D.C. Council seat April 3.

Dulles Expansion Increases International Capacity

Construction has been completed on an expansion to Dulles airport, which will greatly increase its capacity for international arrivals by doubling the total floor space.

House Passes 2013 Budget That Includes Private Option For Medicare

The budget, likely to die in the Senate, was crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan and also includes an overhaul of the tax system.

Amid National Strike, Hundreds Of Thousands Protest In Spain

Protesters demanded an easing of the latest austerity measures.

For Romney, Rationale Behind Rubio Endorsement May Be Bigger Prize

Mitt Romney's endorsements this week by two important Republicans — a former president and perhaps a not-too-distant-future presidential running mate — are not unexpected. But the reasons former President George H.W. Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio give for backing the front-runner are important.

Democrats Embrace 'ObamaCare' To Defang Word's Bite

In the political equivalent of what happens in battle when the enemy's captured artillery piece is turned around and the opponent's own shells are fired back at them, Democrats decided to take ownership of a word they once seemed to avoid at all costs. The shift has been occurring for weeks if not months. But it became particularly noticeable around the law's second anniversary on March 23.

What Is Community Supported Agriculture? The Answer Keeps Changing

As community supported agriculture grows in popularity, some farmers are reinterpreting the idea to reach new consumers. Traditionalists worry that people are being diverted from the values that originally defined the CSA movement.

Autism Rates Jump Again, As Diagnosis Improves

The rapid rise in numbers has prompted calls to declare the developmental disorder an epidemic. But researchers say most if not all of the increase could be due to better recognition of the disorder by parents, doctors and teachers.

After Controversy, Toulouse Gunman Buried In France

Algeria refused Mohamed Merah's body and mayor of Toulouse said burying him there was inappropriate.

Three Key Moments As Trayvon Martin's Story Went Viral

An online petition, an emotional appeal from the boy's parents and the involvement of celebrities helped push the story on to the nation's agenda.

Using An App To Report Injured Wildlife

A Colorado animal protection group has created a website and smartphone application designed to help someone who's found an injured animal, lost or found a pet or wants to report animal cruelty. Animal Watch hopes to expand the program nationally in the future.

Like The U.S., Europe Wrestles With Health Care

As the Supreme Court weighs the fate of President Obama's health care law, several European countries are also debating the future of their health care systems. They include Britain and France, nations which have had universal coverage for decades, but are having to adjust to changing demographics and rising costs.

Gingrich Is 'At The End Of His Line,' Says His Biggest Financial Supporter

Sheldon Adelson, who along with his wife has used a superPAC to give Newt Gingrich $15 million of support, says the former House speaker can't get enough delegates to be the nominee. Meanwhile, Gingrich and Mitt Romney met secretly on Saturday.

Duke Ellington Statue Graces Soon-To-Reopen Howard Theatre

After shutting its doors 20 years ago, the 100-year-old Howard Theatre is scheduled to reopen next month.

Study: Conservatives' Trust In Science At Record Low

In 1974 conservatives and liberals agreed in their trust of science, but gradually that trust has eroded for conservatives. A scientist says politicization may play a role.

Santorum Seeks Some Reagan Jelly Belly Magic

On the same day that Santorum would be covering himself, figuratively, in Reagan's jelly beans, Romney was scheduled to announce his receipt of the endorsement of the pork-rind lover in chief, George H. W. Bush, the man who was Reagan's vice president and who became the 41st president.

Cheseapeake Bay Sees 20% Drop In Underwater Grasses

Underwater grasses declined significantly in the Chesapeake Bay last year, which could pose a problem for marine life.

Just Say No To The 'Cinnamon Challenge'

A fad is to blame for a big increase in calls to poison control centers about cinnamon. The kooky consumption of a spoonful of the common spice sounds harmless, but it can lead to health trouble.

What Foodies Heard During This Week's Supreme Court Arguments

When the Supreme Court justices talk, they let the food metaphors fly. Food, it turns out, is very handy if you're trying to find easily digestible ways to explain complex legal issues, as the justices proved this week. Here's our quick list of where food showed up in the arguments.

Documentary Portrays Tolerance Amid Segregation In Small Maryland Town

A documentary about the history of race relations in the small town of Sandy Spring, Md. demonstrates the curious mix of racial tolerance and segregation that defines the area's past.

West Virginia Mine Superintendent Pleads Guilty To Fraud

Gary May is the highest-ranking Massey Energy official so far charged after an investigation into operations at the mine where a blast killed 29 men in April 2010.

Justices Ask: Can Health Law Stand If Mandate Falls?

By the end of Wednesday's argument, it seemed pretty clear that if there are five votes to strike down the individual mandate, there likely are five votes to strike down the entire Obama health care overhaul.

Today On The Campaign Trail: George H.W. Bush To Endorse Romney

The former Massachusetts governor has now gotten the support of most of the Bush family. Former President George W. Bush, though, has not yet weighed in.

Jobless Claims Dipped Again Last Week

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits remains at a four-year low.

Maryland's Batman Looks Like A Real Hero

Businessman Lenny B. Robinson, who got national headlines when he was pulled over by police last week in Maryland while dressed as the Caped Crusader, visits sick kids and delivers presents to them.

Trayvon Martin Death: Police Video Shows No Signs Of Zimmerman's Injuries

The video was taken at a police station in the hours after the fatal Feb. 26 confrontation. George Zimmerman had received some medical attention by that time. He claims he shot the teen in self defense.

How Collapse Of Health-Care Law Could Help Democrats

The law known as "Obamacare," now in the hands of the Supreme Court, might have become anathema to all Republicans, but the ideas at its heart were meant to be a moderate, practical answer to the pressure for more government involvement.