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Friday, April 22, 2011

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com:SCHAEFER'S LAST ROAD TRIP: The Baltimore Sun's Jean Marbella details the two-hour motorcade journey on Monday that will take the body of former Baltimore Mayor and Gov. William Donald Schaefer through the city that he loved one last time. Residents can say their last goodbyes to Schaefer along the motorcade or as he lies in state in Annapolis or Baltimore's City Hall. The Sun's Michael Dresser writes which streets will be closed for Schaefer's motorcade, and when. WBAL TV has a video report.

Lawsuit Filed Against Washington Harbor Managers After Flood

The managers of Washington Harbour on the Georgetown waterfront are facing a $5 million dollar lawsuit after the complex flooded this week.

Metro Bus Driver Hired Despite Criminal Charges

Metro is investigating why one of its bus drivers was reinstated after he allegedly ran his bus into a minivan and caused one death in 2008.

Officials are also examining why the driver Ronald Taylor was hired in the first place, considering his earlier criminal record.

Downtown D.C. Seeks To Be Seen As Eco-District

Businesses in downtown D.C. are trying to reinvent the area as an "eco-district," and they're taking steps to ensure it's more than just a name.

D.C.'s Solar Industry Seeks Help From Council

D.C.'s solar industry says it's in crisis after one of the key ways to finance the panels is in jeopardy. Now, it's looking to the D.C. Council for help.

Green Expo Encourages Small Changes for Clean Living

Making small changes can have a big impact on the environment, that's the message the town of Vienna, Va. had in mind for its Green Expo.

Anti-Bullying Activists Look To Teachers, Peers For Support

Activists are praising a new D.C. bill designed to promote anti-bullying policies from the classroom to the basketball courts. But they say the real power to counteract chronic bullying lies with parents, teachers and students.

Virginia Library Acquires Letter Written By Robert E. Lee

In Virginia, the Special Collections Department of the Alexandria Library has a new document from a very old source: a handwritten letter from Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Local Politicians Mull Lawsuit Against Pentagon

Localities in Northern Virginia are considering a lawsuit against the Pentagon. Its own Inspector General says the choice to move thousands of its workers to the Mark Center in Alexandria was a mistake.

D.C. Hosts World Premiere Of Opera About Government Corruption

Next week Wolf Trap is performing the world premiere of a comical opera called "The Inspector".

D.C. Police Chief Says Sheen Escort Violated Policy, If Allegations Are True

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says the Metropolitan Police Department's Internal Affairs Division is still investigating claims that the actor Charlie Sheen received a full police escort from Dulles Airport into Downtown D.C. for a show Tuesday.

Maryland Leaders To Head To Asia In May

Maryland state leaders will head to Asia in May on a trade mission. Gov. Martin O'Malley will lead the trip, which will make stops in China, South Korea and Vietnam.

This Week In Congress: A Busy Time In Immigration Policy

From Capitol News Connection: House and Senate were out on recess for the week, but in Washington and in quite a few statehouses nationwide, this is a busy time in immigration policy.

Commentary By Ash Kosiewicz: It's Time For A Courageous Budget

The District has a $600 million budget deficit and several agencies are facing budget cuts under Mayor Vincent Gray's plan. Social service programs are no exception, but commentator Ash Kosiewicz says the mayor needs to look beyond the numbers. Kosiewicz is Communications and Advocacy director for the Latino Economic Development Corporation.

Internal Affairs Investigates Charlie Sheen Escort From Dulles

UPDATE: D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says a police escort provided to actor Charlie Sheen violated department protocol, if allegations are correct. Lanier adds that police officers on escort duty aren't supposed to activate emergency equipment, such as lights and sirens, and don't travel into other jurisdictions without help from other law enforcement agencies.

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