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In the wake of this year’s corruption scandal at a Baltimore jail, a Maryland legislative commission has drafted 18 recommendations, including endorsement of a 10-year, $533 million plan to replace the sprawling, antiquated complex where guards were indicted for aiding a dangerous gang.Read full article >>
If it merits a memory with anyone, the first winter weather of the season likely will be remembered by most people as a storm they watched through the living room window.
Merchants felt the pain of Christmas business lost, many offices fell more than a day behind, several thousand suffered without power, school children and some parents rejoiced at a day off, and snow plow crews pocketed overtime pay.Read full article >>
The director of the National Zoo said Tuesday that the recent deaths of three animals and a Grévy’s zebra’s attack on a keeper indicate that the zoo’s resources and staff are stretched too thin.
The comments by Dennis Kelly came as the zoo concludes reviews of two internal reports into several serious incidents at its Cheetah Conservation Station within the last year.Read full article >>
After teaching in D.C. public schools for five years, Waahida Tolbert-Mbatha moved to Johannesburg in 2011. Similarities between her new home and the one she left behind soon became strikingly apparent.Read full article >>
Supporters have billed it as the most important piece of legislation to emerge this year from the D.C. Council — bigger than raising the minimum wage to $11.50 and decriminalizing marijuana, and far more significant than voting to rename the Redskins.Read full article >>
A 30-year-old Montgomery County man hired by parents as a private tutor and athletic coach has been charged with sex abuse for inappropriate contact with a teenage girl, authorities said Tuesday.
Daniel Mandel Sirotkin, of Autumn Harvest Court in Germantown, coached and tutored students from several from several private and public schools in the Bethesda and Potomac areas. He is specifically charged with two counts of sex abuse of a minor and three counts of third-degree sex offense.Read full article >>
Montgomery County officials told the County Council on Tuesday that agencies would have to take about a 1 percent cut in funding to balance the operating budget for the fiscal year that will begin July 1.Read full article >>
The Fairfax County School Board may consider creating new internal audit positions as the administration seeks to operate more efficiently and address a projected $132 million shortfall next year.
In a work session Monday, the board’s Audit Committee recommended immediately hiring at least two people to serve in capacities similar to an inspector general or an independent auditor. Those in the possible new positions, one senior and one junior, would report to the School Board and be responsible for improving the administration’s efficiency and effectiveness. “This issue has been festering for years,” said the board’s budget chair, Ted Velkoff (At Large). “I’m glad we’re going to be addressing this.”Read full article >>
Valerie Ervin, the first African American woman to serve on the Montgomery County Council, announced her resignation Tuesday to head a New York-based nonprofit group that promotes economic and social justice for low-income families.Read full article >>
The main point of the whole raucous evening was spelled out on the blue-and-white sign given center stage at Eastern High School on Monday night: ‘Our voices matter,’ it said. Teachers’ voices, it meant.Read full article >>
Tommy Wells, as a D.C. Council member, makes a yearly salary of $130,510. Starting tomorrow, he is pledging to live -- or at least eat and travel -- on considerably less.
Wells said his decision to hold his food and transportation costs to the level of a minimum-wage worker for a week is meant to draw attention to the District’s high cost of living and the council’s move last week to approve a considerable increase in its minimum wage over the next three years. But it also stands to burnish the mayoral candidate‘s progressive bona fides as he tries to position himself as the D.C. version of Bill de Blasio, the unabashed liberal who will become New York City mayor on Jan. 1.Read full article >>
Two women were sexually assaulted on Monday — one during the afternoon — while walking along streets in Northeast and Northwest Washington, according to D.C. police. Authorities said it does not appear the attacks are related.Read full article >>
A man allegedly fleeing from police in a stolen car is responsible for a crash that killed two women and injured five others in Prince George’s County over the weekend, authorities said.
Prince George’s police have issued an arrest warrant for Ronald Jerome Hayes Jr., 18, of the District. He’s wanted on charges of manslaughter, theft and other crimes in connection with the Saturday crash that killed Brittney Everett, 23, of the District, and Brittney Queen, 21, of Capitol Heights.Read full article >>
Maryland’s corrections secretary, Gary D. Maynard, is resigning to take a senior position with a national criminal-justice organization, ending a seven-year tenure that was marred by a corruption scandal at a state-run jail in Baltimore.Read full article >>
Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown said Tuesday that “much, much work” still needs to be done on Maryland’s online health insurance exchange and declined to say whether the state will meet a mid-December target set by Gov. Martin O’Malley to fix the major glitches.Read full article >>
Millions of students from kindergarten through 12th grade are learning computer code this week as part of “Hour of Code,” a nationwide campaign embraced by President Obama and featuring free tutorials by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft titan Bill Gates that are designed to get U.S. students interested in computer science.Read full article >>
A 47-year-old Rockville man has been charged with robbing a bank in Northwest Washington on Friday and getting away with several stacks of $50 and $100 bills, according to D.C. police and documents filed in U.S. District Court.Read full article >>
Man dies in car crash in Upper Marlboro
A man died early Tuesday in a car crash in Upper Marlboro. While speed was a factor, according to a preliminary police investigation, it is unclear whether the weather or road conditions had anything to do with the crash, Prince George’s County police said.Read full article >>
On Wednesday, mourners will gather at Washington National Cathedral to celebrate the legacy of Nelson Mandela, a man who fought for racial equality. I’m guessing most of them will have no idea they’re sitting in a place that has shrines to two people who fought against it.Read full article >>
Richard S. Williamson, a Chicago lawyer who served as an aide to Republican presidents and lost a U.S. Senate race to Carol Moseley Braun, died Dec. 8 at a hospital in Evanston, Ill. He was 64.
The cause was complications from a cerebral hemorrhage, said Alan Holmer, a family friend.Read full article >>
The University of Virginia’s accrediting body on Tuesday lifted the warning it placed on the elite public institution last year amid concerns that governing board members improperly acted when trying to oust U-Va. President Teresa Sullivan in June 2012.Read full article >>
Alice Ryba Larson
Alice Ryba Larson, an Arlington homemaker for more than five decades, died Dec. 1 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She was 88.
The cause was a stroke, said her granddaughter Amy Larson.Read full article >>
Russell R. Rausch
Air Force colonel
Russell R. Rausch, a retired Air Force colonel who specialized in procurement, died Nov. 24 at his home in Columbia, Md. He was 83.
The cause was complications from a stroke, said his wife, Doris B. Rausch.Read full article >>
Psychologists from Emory University recorded family dinner conversations to learn more about how (or how much) families shared their stories. Then they developed a “Do You Know” scale to assess how much teens knew about their family history.Read full article >>