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Friday, April 22, 2011

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.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Virginia Supreme Court Paves Way for Lawsuit

The Virginia Supreme Court has revived a man's defamation claim against a Prince George County police officer who arrested him on a bogus abduction complaint.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Authors join the artists, life imitates art, and a few families save a musical tradition.

Moran Urges Northern Va. To Sue Pentagon Over BRAC

Northern Virginia Congressman Jim Moran (D) wants a lawsuit brought against the Pentagon to stop it from moving thousands of its workers to Alexandria and creating crippling traffic tie ups. And a report released Wednesday by the Pentagon's Inspector General might provide just the opening he's looking for.

Latest Maryland News

PORT DEPOSIT, Md. (AP) Maryland medical examiners are comparing a missing North Carolina teen's dental records with one of two bodies found on the Susquehanna River. They say Phylicia Barnes is the only missing person in the area who matches the age and gender of a body that was found yesterday north of the dam.

Latest Virginia News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Gov. Bob McDonnell says Applied Felts is planning a $6 million expansion of its Henry County operation that will create 40 jobs. Applied Felts produces felt liners for the cured-in-place-pipe industry. Its Henry County operation currently employs 128 full-time workers.

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com:FUNERAL PLANS: Political bigwigs and close personal friends plan to eulogize William Donald Schaefer at his funeral next week. U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume and longtime aide Lainy Lebow-Sachs — who held Schaefer's hand as he died — are scheduled to speak at his April 27 funeral, according to an AP story in the Carroll County Times.

Four D.C. Teens Escape Juvenile Center in S.C.

UPDATE: Three of the four teens were apprehended by Thursday afternoon, according to police officials in South Carolina. Authorities have returned the escapees to the facility.

AAA: High Gas Prices Leading To More Stranded Drivers

The high cost of hitting the gas pump these days has some drivers putting it off as long as possible. In D.C., AAA Mid-Atlantic says the number of roadside calls from drivers running out of fuel has increased 40 percent in April, compared to the same period in 2010.

After Georgetown Flooding, Restaurant Openings Could Take Weeks

Four days after the Potomac River flooded the Washington Harbor Complex in Georgetown, the facility is making some progress but still appears weeks away from returning to normal operations.