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News Archive - June 19, 2012

Local Hospitals Honored For Commitment To LGBT Rights

Several local hospitals in D.C. and Maryland received honors from the Human Rights Campaign for their commitment to protecting LGBT rights for both patients and employees.

Analysis: Chesapeake Cleanup Saved, Virginia Political Ad Blitz Begins

Funding for Chesapeake Bay cleanup has been saved from the Farm Bill, says The Hill's Alex Bolton. He also discusses the advertising monsoon in Virginia for the contentious Senate race this November.

New Pick To Head D.C. Housing Agency Embroiled In Sex Scandal

Just one day after Mayor Vincent Gray announced Michael Kelly as his pick to head the D.C. Housing and Community Development agency, reports have emerged alleging a sex scandal at his previous job in Philadelphia.

Virginia Voters Will Be Targeted By SEIU In Presidential Race

The Service Employees International Union plans to target Virginia and seven other states as part of its effort to support the reelection of President Barack Obama in November.

Lead Exposure Growing Among Immigrant Kids In Montgomery County

Lead exposure is an increasing problem in Montgomery County, where kids in the area's immigrant population find themselves affected more than most.

Plans For 'Chuck Brown Park' Move Forward

Plans to honor D.C. music legend and "Godfather of Go-Go" Chuck Brown with a park in his name are coming to fruition, after D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray submitted legislation to the D.C. Council do to just that.

Obama: China, Russia Not Aligned With International Community On Syria

During a press conference following the G20 summit, Obama also said he was confident Europe could solve its debt crisis.

House Republicans, Holder Head For Showdown Over Gun-Trafficking Scandal

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will meet Wednesday to consider a report holding Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over documents related to Operation Fast and Furious, a botched gun-trafficking operation. A meeting between the committee's head and Holder on Tuesday failed to resolve differences.

Senate's Top Republican Seeks A Cue From Romney On Immigration

On Capitol Hill Tuesday, Sen. Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican and the Senate minority leader, told reporters he would let the all-but-official Republican presidential nominee first announce a position on Obama's decision before offering his own position publicly.

How Opponents Won The Health Care Messaging War

The White House didn't do a great job selling the health care overhaul. But the media didn't help, either, according to a new analysis of media coverage between June 2009 and March 2010.

Regardless Of High Court, No Return To Old Days For Parts Of Health System

It's far from unanimous, but many believe Newton's law of inertia will kick in even if the fedreal statute that launched changes in the nation's health care system is found unconstitutional.

Bikeshare Users Save Hundreds In Transportation Costs

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Capital Bikeshare users save money and help boost the bottom line for businesses that are Bikeshare accessible, according to a new study.

Surviving A Food Festival Without Getting A Tummy Ache

With the Fancy Food Show in Washington, D.C. this week, and dozens of state fairs and festivals offering free samples of food on the summer horizon, we talked to an expert about how not to leave these events with a stomachache.

Senators Ask Supreme Court To Televise Health Care Decision

The senators said permitting a live broadcast would bolster public confidence in the judiciary. The Supreme Court has never allowed live broadcasting of its proceedings.

Mubarak Suffers Stroke, Is On Life Support, Says Egyptian State TV

The former Egyptian president has been moved from prison to a military hospital.

Shocker: Doctors Work When They're Sick

Even if they scrub their hands like crazy, which certainly helps, doctors succumb to germs every once in a while, just like the rest of us. And also like lots of the rest of us, doctors go to work sick, a survey of medical residents finds.

Medical Students And Family Members Honor Anatomical Donors

A memorial service was held Monday for 700 Maryland residents who graciously donated their bodies to further the cause of science and medical education.

Syria Creates Hand-Wringing, But No Intervention

The death toll keeps rising in Syria. But after a decade of fighting in the broader region, the U.S. and other Western countries have shown no interest in military action this time.

Ecuador Says WikiLeaks' Julian Assange Has Asked President For Asylum

Ecuador's foreign minister said Assange was at the country's embassy in London.

Moon Shot From JPMorgan's Dimon Is Day's Money Quote

The bank lost $2 billion — and counting — on some risky bets. But could it ever lose $1 trillion? Only if there's a celestial catastrophe, its CEO quipped today.

Frankel Runs Away At Ascot, Firms Up Standing As World's Top Horse

The 4-year-old made the rest of the field in England's Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot look like they didn't belong to be on the same track with him. His brother, Bullet Train, looked like a steam engine in comparison.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Bumps Tiger Woods, Becoming Forbes' Top-Paid Athlete

Mayweather made $85 million in 2012 and fought just twice — bouts that took him less than a hour combined.

Why You Shouldn't Panic About Pesticide In Produce

Consumers get agitated when they see apples, celery and red peppers singled out for containing the most pesticide residue. Scientists say it's not such a big deal because the pesticide levels are extremely low.

Alexandria Library Receives Gift Of 1796 Map

Alexandria Library is receiving a piece of the city's history: a map and ledger detailing the ample land holdings of one of the city's namesakes, Charles Alexander. 

Microsoft's 'Surface': The Early Reviews Are In

And most reviewers seem impressed with their early interactions with the tablet.

Ex-Rutgers Student Released After Serving 20 Days Of 30-Day Sentence

Dharun Ravi was convicted on charges of bias intimidation and invasion of privacy. In 2010, he used a webcam to spy on his gay roommate, Tyler Clementi, who later committed suicide. The case drew national attention.

Mayor Proposes More Time For D.C. Public Information Responses

A bill proposed by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray would place additional limits on public records requests in the District.

Most Likely Voters Support President's New Immigration Policy

With independents, the policy was popular by a better than two-to-one margin.

Russian Ship Carrying Helicopters Bound For Syria Turns Back, U.K. Says

After a London-based firm canceled the ship's insurance policy, it reversed course, according to British Foreign Secretary William Hague. The MV Alaed was off the coast of Scotland when it turned back.

UVA Board Appoints Interim President To Replace Teresa Sullivan

University of Virginia leaders ignored the calls of nearly 2,000 protesters yesterday and appointed an interim university president to replace Teresa Sullivan. 

Loudoun County Board Still At Stalemate On Silver Line

Little was resolved during a marathon Loudoun County Board meeting to discuss Dulles rail financing last night. Lawmakers have just two more weeks to decide whether to participate in the next phase of the project.

Pills On The Job: Companies Add Prescription Services

Some companies are adding drug dispensaries to their on-site health clinics. Others are offering concierge services that deliver drugs right to workers' desks. The companies hope to improve workers' compliance with doctors' orders by making it easier to get prescriptions filled.

Historic Southern Baptist Vote Coming Up, Live On The Web

Fred Luter, a former street preacher who turned a dying New Orleans church into a powerhouse, is set to become the organization's first black president.

The Watergate Class Of 1974: How They Arrived In Congress, How They Left

It's been 40 years since the break in at the Democratic National Committee. The scandal ushered in 91 new members of the House — mostly Democrats. Who exactly were the "Class of '74?" And what happened to them?

Another Try For Maryland's Gas Tax In Special Session?

Transportation advocates are hoping that state lawmakers will reconsider a statewide gas tax for Maryland during a possible special legislative session next month.

Five Facts About Pie That Might Surprise You, And A Survey

The first pies were called "coffins" and full of meat, but for modern Americans, it's all about apple pie. Help us prepare for NPR's Pie Week by taking our survey and voting for your favorite pie.

Adidas Cancels Its 'Shackle Shoes'

The "JS Roundhouse Mids" were to come with plastic chains and cuffs in prison orange. Adidas says it was an "outrageous and unique take on fashion and has nothing to do with slavery." But it's decided not to sell the shoes after sparking outrage.

Signs Of Strength In Latest Housing Data

There was a 7.9 percent jump in the number of construction permits issued to home builders in May. And construction began on more single family homes than in April.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Ousted From Office By Country's Highest Court

Yousuf Reza Gilani had been convicted of contempt for refusing to investigate allegations of corruption against President Asif Ali Zardari. Now Gilani's party is looking to name a successor.

Should Roger Clemens Go Into Baseball's Hall Of Fame?

The superstar pitcher has been found not guilty of lying to Congress about performance-enhancing drugs. His career stats are Hall of Fame stuff. Should he get in?

Spain's Borrowing Costs Soar; Latest 'Ominous Sign' In Europe

Investors are demanding sharply higher rates. That's adding to the pressure on world leaders to do more to get Europe's financial crisis under control.