News Archive - February 13, 2013

Protests Mark 2nd Anniversary Of Bahrain Uprising

The movement opposing Bahrain's autocratic monarchy is gaining strength in what has become the longest-running uprising of the Arab Spring. Feb. 14 marks the revolt's second anniversary.

D.C. Charter Schools Adopt Common Deadlines

Most D.C. public charter schools have decided to adopt common deadlines for aspiring applicants, a common sense move that was nonetheless a long time coming.

MWAA Board Targeted Pro-Labor Members In Silver Line Struggle

A former member of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board says the agency's leaders were actively involved in the political manuevering that led to the removal of two pro-labor colleagues.

O'Malley Starts Third Push For Wind Power Expansion


The exploration of offshore wind power continues to be a legislative priority for Maryland governor Martin O'Malley, and this year, it appears that the obstacles to its passage may finally be cleared away.

Virginia Senate Passes Heavily-Amended Transportation Funding Bill

The Virginia State Senate reinstated the state gas tax in an amended transportation funding plan passed Wednesday, setting up high-level negotiations on the issue in the coming weeks.

American, US Airways Boards Approve Merger

Directors of both companies have approved the deal, which creates a company worth about $11 billion. It will be known as American Airlines.

Virginia Union Membership Nearing 30-Year Lows

Union membership in Virginia continued its decades-long decline, tracking, but well below, union membership nationwide.

Hagel Becomes First Filibustered Defense Nominee

It wasn't that much of a surprise that Senate Republicans refused to end debate on Chuck Hagel's nomination, forcing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to try to find 60 votes to move the nomination forward to a final vote. And it's not clear whether Reid has those 60 votes.

Dozens, Including Sierra Club Director, Arrested At White House Keystone Protest

The environmental organization approved its first act of civil disobedience in its 120 year history. Executive Director Michael Brune said it was time for Obama to "seize this moment on Climate change."

Study Of Used Cars Recommends Buying Newly Launched Models

In the 2010 model year, the most dependable cars and trucks were either new to the market or had been through a major redesign, according to a study by J.D. Power and Associates. The finding contradicts the traditional stance that consumers should let carmakers work out the bugs in a new model before they buy.

Analysis: State Of The Union Signals For Federal Workforce

The State of the Union address and the Republican response sent strong signals about the major parties' stance on government spending and sequester cuts, as Government Executive's Tom Shoop explains.

Jack Lew, Obama's Treasury Nominee, Faces Questions About Citigroup Bonuses

While some of the questions were pointed, Lew had an easier go of it than some recent nominees. Some of the toughest questioning centered around a nearly $1 million bonus he received from Citibank just as it got bailed out.

Report: Action Needed To Wipe Out Fake And Substandard Drugs

Contaminated and counterfeit drugs can be more profitable than illegal ones, and they're spreading. This problem is killing people around the world, including in the U.S., and hampering efforts to control diseases like tuberculosis, malaria and AIDS.

Episcopal Churches Bring 'Ashes To Go' To Commuters

Many observant Christians are just too busy with work to go to church on Ash Wednesday, so the church went to them Wednesday morning with a program they're calling "Ashes To Go."

How Rubio Spins The Bottle Could Matter Most. Just Ask Bill Clinton

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, like deft politicians before him, has managed with humor and a morning television prop (a water bottle, of course) to spin an awkward visual gone viral into gold — or at least political pyrite.

VIDEO: Pope Benedict XVI Receives Standing Ovation

Benedict made his first public appearance since he announced his resignation. The pope also delivered what is likely to be his final mass.

Virginia Senate Panel Rewrites Governor's Transportation Plan

Things still aren't looking good for Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's proposed transportation plan; a Senate committee rewrote the proposal this week into a version that is unlikely to pass muter in the House.

Ohio School Will Go To Court Over A Portrait Of Jesus

The ACLU argues the portrait, hanging inside a Jackson, Ohio, middle school violates the Establishment Clause. The school says the portrait is not government speech, but protected speech by the students.

Obama's Call For Higher Minimum Wage Could Have Ripple Effect

President Obama is urging Congress to boost the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour. But other workers who make more than the minimum, currently at $7.25 an hour, could see their pay go up too as employers adjust their pay scales.

UMD Holds Vigil For Slain Students

Maryland students and others in the UMD and College Park communities gathered on campus for a service and a candlelight vigil in the wake of a murder suicide killed two and left another student injured.

Fear Of Cantaloupes and Crumpets? A 'Phobia' Rises From The Web

Images of holey foods, like Swiss cheese, aerated chocolate and lotus pods, are freaking out people on the Internet. Urban Dictionary has even coined a term for it: trypophobia. These photographs may make your skin crawl and stomach churn, but here's why you shouldn't panic.

Deputy And Teacher Praised For Talking Down Alabama Gunman At School

A teacher put herself between the gunman and a group of students. Then the deputy helped negotiate a peaceful end to the dangerous situation.

SARS-Like Virus Spreads From One Person To Another

Until now, a new SARS-like virus showed little signs of being contagious. Only 10 cases have been reported, and all appeared to originate in the Middle East. Health officials now say a British resident likely caught the virus from a family member in the U.K., indicating that the virus can spread between people.

Center for Public Integrity: EPA Unaware Of Industry Ties On Cancer Review Panel

Scientists who the agency deferred to when it delayed action related to the cancer risks of one chemical had previously worked on behalf of a company that used the chemical. But the EPA didn't know of the possible conflict of interest.

Carnival Apologizes For Triumph Conditions, Cancels 14 Upcoming Cruises

With the Carnival cruise ship Triumph and its 3,143 passengers now being towed to Mobile, Ala., more reports are emerging from passengers on the ship that lost engine power early Sunday. They describe a tent city on the upper deck and continuing problems with the sewage system.

Person Struck, Killed By Metro Train At Gallery Place


Metro is experiencing delays on the Green and Yellow lines this morning after a person was struck and killed by a train at the Gallery Place/Chinatown station. Trains are single tracking between L'Enfant Plaza and Mt. Vernon Square.

From Desmond Tutu, A Scathing Rebuke Of U.S. Drone Program

Cape Town's archbishop emeritus compared the government's targeted killing program to apartheid, saying the program "threatens to undermine your moral standards and your humanity."

Cuccinelli's Book Front And Center In Virginia Governor's Race

The 2013 campaign for governor in Virginia is already ramping up, and it's likely to get more heated this week after the release of Republican candidate and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's new book.

Rubio's Water Bottle And The Authenticity Craving

Sen. Marco Rubio had a tough moment Tuesday night when dry mouth intruded on his response to the State of the Union. But in all honesty, the unplanned nature of any little mistake has a certain appeal.

Sen. Feinstein Says Intelligence Committee Reviews Drone Attacks

Dianne Feinstein said the reviews happen after the strikes take place. All those actions, however, take place in closed sessions, far away from the public.

Behind The Mic: Here's Why The 11 A.M. Newscast Was All 'Live'

Technical gremlins got hold of some NPR reports Wednesday morning. So the newscast was all "live." Hopefully listeners didn't notice. And now, things seem to be back to normal. Take a listen.

Marine Stewardship Council Responds To NPR Series On Sustainable Seafood

NPR "did not present a complete or balanced view" of its program, the MSC writes in a statement.

Area Lawmakers' Reactions To SOTU Fall Along Party Lines

D.C. area Democrats lauded the jobs plan President Obama outlined in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, while Republicans questioned how it will be paid for.

Major Delays On New York Avenue Due To Accident Investigation

Westbound New York Avenue is closed this morning at West Virginia and Montana avenues NE due to an accident investigation. 

Virginia Tech Shooting Victims' Families Attend State Of The Union

Families of two victims of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting were among those victims of gun violence invited to attend the State of the Union address last night as guests of area lawmakers. 

Four Loko Cans Will Now Make Clear They're Loaded With Alcohol

New labels will define serving sizes clearly and state that each serving contains 0.6 ounces of alcohol. The changes come as part of a deal to settle the Federal Trade Commission's claim that Four Loko maker Phusion Projects engaged in deceptive advertising.

Born First And Headed For Health Trouble?

Firstborn children are more likely to have higher blood pressure and be more resistant to insulin, researchers in New Zealand say. But despite those worrisome signs, there's no hard evidence linking birth order to diabetes or heart disease risk in adulthood.

The State Of The Union In 10 Headlines

What's said and written about a State of the Union address on the morning after can determine what's most remembered. Headline writers have zeroed in on the president's talk about lifting the middle class, getting the economy moving and new gun laws.

President Pledges Transparency On Drone Strikes

In the State of the Union, Obama defends the legality of drone strikes and promises more openness with Congress.

Rubio's Big Drink Gets Big Buzz

The Florida senator has joined in the joking about his big stretch for a big drink as he was giving the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address.

Book News: Disgraced 'New Yorker' Author Talks Plagiarism — For A $20,000 Fee

Also: An award for the year's most cutting book review; how it feels to hold Sylvia Plath's hair; and Donna Tartt's new book will be out this fall.

Single Gunshot Reportedly Ends Dramatic California Manhunt

As investigators work to determine whether the charred body inside a California mountain cabin is that of former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Jordan Dorner, dramatic reports are emerging about what authorities hope were the last hours of the massive manhunt for the accused killer.