Traffic travels down Pennsylvania Ave. toward the U.S. Capitol November 1, 2006 in Washington, DC. With polls showing Democrats making headway in many contested races, the political balance of both houses of congress could shift in mid-term election voting that will be held on November 7.
MOTHER CHARGED WITH KILLING CHILDREN Montgomery police have obtained a warrant charging Renee Bowman with murder in the slayings of two adopted children whose bodies were found in her Southern Maryland freezer last year, the county's state's attorney and police said yesterday.
Bowman, who has been in the Calvert County jail since September, probably will be served with the charging documents this week, said John McCarthy, the state's attorney. Detectives think that Bowman killed the girls in May 2006 when she was leasing a home in the Aspen Hill area and that the girls died of asphyxiation, McCarthy said.
COUNCIL MAY GIVE UP PERKS TO SAVE CITY MONEY
The D.C. Council might save the city more than $75,000 if their agreement to give up their automatic cost-of-living increases goes through. Each council member currently makes $125,583 a year, plus annual cost-of-living adjustments. The COLAs range between 3 and 5 percent a year, which comes out a little over $45,000 on the low end and over $75,000 at the high end -- the latter of which could add up to a staffer or two, according to D.C. Wire. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray -- who does not get a yearly adjustment, but does earn $190,000 -- said he talked to all 12 of his colleagues and they're all aboard with giving up the raises.
VIRGINIA CASTING CALL
"Freaks and Geeks" actor James Franco is looking for bit players with a backwoodsy look. Casting VA is hosting a casting call in Suffolk on Monday for a movie Franco wrote and will direct. Senior Casting Director Henry Jaderlund said he can't release many details about the project, except to say that he needs to cast a lot of children and people in their early 40s who could play their parents.
T-SHIRTS TO BUTTON-UPS DC SCHOOLS MIGHT GET A NEW LOOK
D.C. Public Schools students could be trading halter tops and low-cut jeans for khakis and polo shirts next year due to a uniform policy recently enacted by Chancellor Michelle Rhee. The policy authorizes school principals to establish and implement mandatory uniform policies for the 2009-2010 school year and beyond, and lays out guidelines far more detailed than the district’s previous policy. As in the past, individual school codes must be gender-neutral and designed to promote an environment of respect and cleanliness. The new policy, however, takes pains to close any potential loopholes. Extremes in style and fit and extremes in style of grooming, as determined by the principal, will not be permitted, it says. And non-prescriptive sunglasses, hats, clothing that exposes armpits, a bare-back or midriff, see-through clothing, and accessories with protruding metal spikes are not to be worn.