VIA CNN: NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Ford Motor reported a surprise profit for the third quarter Monday, helped by a bump in sales from the Cash for Clunkers program, a reduced cost structure and problems at its U.S. rivals. The only major U.S. automaker not to file for bankruptcy this year earned earned $997 million, […]

VIA WASHINGTON POST: When Kathy Patterson learned about Thursday’s D.C. Council hearing, during which Chairman Vincent C. Gray and Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee pelted each other with accusations of law-breaking and secret meetings, she had one immediate reaction. “Here we go again,” said Patterson, a former council member and chairwoman of its education committee. […]

VIA MYFOXDC: VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Looking weary and driven by the urgency of Tuesday’s nationally watched governor’s race, Democrat R. Creigh Deeds and Republican Bob McDonnell plunged into a dizzying 48-hour itinerary of statewide campaign rallies Sunday. Both were in Hampton Roads, an area that has gone strongly for both Democrats and Republicans the […]

The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500-2000 by: Paul Kennedy 1st The Rise of The Western World. In the yr-1500, the date chosen by numerous scholars to mark the divide between modern and pre-modern times, it was by no means obvious to the inhabitants of Europe that […]

VIA FREDERICK NEWS-POST: Three dummies hang from a willow tree in Baker Park as part of the City of Frederick Parks and Recreation Department’s Halloween program. Guy Djoken, president of the local NAACP, said from a distance the dummies look like dead bodies. He is trying to get the city to remove them. “A dead […]

VIA WASHINGTON POST: Waves of swine flu and flulike illnesses are surging through Washington area schools, doubling the normal absence rate in several school systems and leaving some campuses with as many as one-fifth of students out sick. Although outbreaks linked to the H1N1 virus have shuttered hundreds of schools elsewhere in the nation, local […]

VIA WASHINGTON POST: Remaking Tysons Corner into the second city of Washington will take a lot more than a new Metro line and a downtown of tightly clustered buildings designed for walking. It will take almost $15 billion in new roads and public transportation. That jaw-dropping sum, a preliminary estimate released by Fairfax County planners […]

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VIA MYFOXDC: WASHINGTON, D.C. – D.C. Police have doubled the reward for information in the murder of Kenyetta Nicholson-Stanley, a high school senior gunned down on October 8 by masked men aiming for someone else. The 17-year-old girl was sitting on a playground in the 500 block of Edgewood Street Northeast when police say two […]

VIA WJLA: Metro is making changes to its SmartBenefits program, which allows employers to set aside money for commuting on a Metro smart card. As of Jan. 1, money for transit and for parking will be kept in separate accounts. The IRS is requiring the change. That means employees will no longer be able to […]

VIA CNN: Richmond, California (CNN) — Investigators say as many as 20 people were involved in or stood and watched the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl outside a California high school homecoming dance Saturday night. Police posted a $20,000 reward Tuesday for anyone who comes to them with information that helps arrest and convict […]