WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate committee will consider statehood for the District of Columbia on Monday, the first hearing on the matter by Congress in two decades, but there is practically no chance for the U.S. capital to become the 51st state.
The bill before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee would give Washington and its roughly 650,000 residents a vote in Congress by carving a state, New Columbia, out of the current District of Columbia.
By Ian Simpson
(Reuters) – Atlanta Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry, under fire for making racially charged remarks, has taken an indefinite leave of absence, the NBA team said on Friday.
Ferry’s move follows an announcement on Sunday by majority owner Bruce Levenson that he would sell his controlling interest because he had sent a racially insensitive email. The incidents have raised concerns about racial attitudes in the franchise’s front office.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The proportion of urban streams in the United States with potentially worrisome levels of pesticides for aquatic life has surged to 90 percent, a two-decade government study said on Thursday.
Some of the more than 500 million pounds (220 million kg) of pesticides used yearly in the United States are concentrated at levels that pose a concern for fish and water-dwelling insects, the U.S. Geological Survey report on pesticides from 1992 to 2011 said. The levels seldom topped human health standards.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An eccentric former Virginia political candidate was indicted on Monday in three killings that had sparked fears a serial killer could be loose in the Washington area.
A grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, charged Charles Severance with 10 counts, including murder and firearms charges, the commonwealth attorney’s office said in a statement.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the 2014 U.S. college football season kicks off, athletic departments face one big worry – that fans of one of the nation’s most popular sports are watching it from sofas or bars, rather than filling stadiums.
Even as the value of television contracts and merchandise sales soars for top teams, university administrators sweat the empty seats, given that ticket sales are still the top revenue generator for college sports.
WASHINGTON, Sept 6 (Reuters) – As the 2014 U.S. college
football season kicks off, athletic departments face one big
worry – that fans of one of the nation’s most popular sports are
watching it from sofas or bars, rather than filling stadiums.
Even as the value of television contracts and merchandise
sales soars for top teams, university administrators sweat the
empty seats, given that ticket sales are still the top revenue
generator for college sports.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The former driver for Washington Mayor Vincent Gray pleaded guilty on Friday to campaign finance violations, prosecutors said, bringing a long-running federal investigation closer to the outgoing mayor.
Mark Long, 47, pleaded guilty in District of Columbia Superior Court to conspiring with businessman Jeffrey Thompson and business owner Eugenia Harris to conceal campaign payments coming from them, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
Sept 1 (Reuters) – Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence
has contacted authorities to investigate who stole and posted
nude images of her online, a spokeswoman said on Monday, part of
a reported mass hacking of celebrities’ intimate photos.
Online pictures of the actress, 24, who won an Academy Award
for “Silver Linings Playbook” and stars in “The Hunger Games”
movie franchise, began appearing on Sunday. The source of the
hack was unclear.
By Ian Simpson
(Reuters) – The pilot of a Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15C fighter that crashed in mountainous western Virginia was found dead on Thursday, officials said.
The plane went down on Wednesday in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests about 100 miles (160 km) southwest of Washington, sending up a thick plume of smoke.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Army on Wednesday identified the soldier who fatally shot herself at a Virginia base this week as Sergeant First Class Paula Walker, an Iraq war veteran.
Walker, 33, brandished a pistol and barricaded herself inside an office at Fort Lee, in central Virginia, on Monday. She shot herself in the head as police negotiated with her and was pronounced dead at a hospital.