The number of crimes in Ohio totaled nearly 380,000 in 2010, but only about 10 percent were violent crimes and the majority — nearly 220,000 — were property crimes, according to data released today by the Ohio Department of Public Safety. Continue reading
WASHINGTON – Voter turnout in the 2012 presidential election – at 57 percent of eligible voters – dropped from 62 percent in 2008, the first drop in turnout since 1996. But turnout was significantly higher in battleground states, averaging nearly 64 percent. Continue reading
In 2003, Shearer and Roy Gutman of McClatchy Newspapers developed a ground-breaking course for Medill graduate students to teach them to how better report on national security issues. Continue reading
In September 2011, Shearer became president of the Washington Press Club Foundation, an opportunity lead the organization as it looks for more opportunities to help women and people of color become reporters, specifically political reporters, and honor the women leaders in journalism. Continue reading
BETHESDA, Md. — Big Train Baseball was founded in 1998 to help improve youth baseball fields in the area by raising money through sponsoring a summer-league team of college players to draw crowds.
It worked, and now Big Train is part of the fabric of Montgomery County.
WASHINGTON – In the Chevy Chase neighborhood of northwest Washington, most parents have spent many Saturdays at a store known for its great toys, friendly staff and unique wrapping paper – Child’s Play.
Steve Aarons opened his first Child’s Play store in 1986 in downtown Washington, then added the Chevy Chase story in 1991. Now he has stores in Rockville, Md., Arlington, Va., and Alexandria. Va., in addition to the Chevy Chase location.
His love of kids’ imaginations was the impetus for going into the toy business. Kids are “blank slates” and the right toys can help them grow, he believes.
Child’s Play in Chevy Chase first lures in parents and kids with its display window of stuffed animals – and they keep coming back. Some customers first entered the store when they were toddlers and now are coming back after college to buy one more present wrapped in the distinctive blue wrapping paper with the fish design.
At neighborhood birthday parties, there is usually a stack of presents in the fish wrapping paper, a telling sign that Child’s Play is part of the fabric of Chevy Chase.
The Washington Program of the Medill School of Journalism is a working newsroom two blocks from the White House; its reporters cover Washington for three months while students in the Medill School of Journalism. Continue reading