The Wire: January 23, 2012

  • 10:41 p.m.



    Ovechkin suspended 3 games for hit on Michalek

    It wasn’t a penalty Sunday afternoon, but Alex Ovechkin is paying significantly for his hit on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek.

  • 10:37 p.m.


    Public memorial set for Joe Paterno at Penn State

    Joe Paterno’s family said Monday the legendary football coach will get a two-day viewing and a public memorial this week on the Penn State campus, two months after the university summarily fired him over the phone.

  • 10:22 p.m.



    Father of suicide victim seeks change in Va. school policy

    Steve Stuban’s son, Nick, committed suicide last January in the wake of school disciplinary proceedings that Mr. Stuban said he found out about only after it was too late. Now Mr. Stuban, with the help of several Northern Virginia legislators, is pushing for an overhaul of the state’s parental-notification policy to ensure that the same doesn’t happen to other parents.

  • 10:14 p.m.


    P.G. officer being tried in missing-guns case

    A Prince George’s County police officer assigned to a state gun seizure task force stole weapons from an evidence locker and resold them on the street, prosecutors told jurors Monday at the start of the officer’s trial.

  • 10:03 p.m.



    Miller: 5-cent gas-tax hike too small

    While Gov. Martin O’Malley is mulling whether to propose increasing Maryland’s gas tax amid mixed public opinion, a General Assembly leader is suggesting he increase the tax beyond what a state commission has suggested.

  • 10:01 p.m.


    Virginia feels effects of Sene's absence

    It didn’t take long for No. 19 Virginia to feel the loss of 7-foot Assane Sene.

  • 9:53 p.m.



    Landry hopes surgery isn't needed as free agency nears

    Washington Redskins strong safety LaRon Landry is proceeding toward free agency with hopes of avoiding surgery on his left Achilles tendon, coach Mike Shanahan said Monday after overseeing a Senior Bowl practice here.

  • 9:51 p.m.


    LISTENING STATION: Tim McGraw's 'Emotional Traffic'

    When the summer comes, Tim McGraw will skip vacation and head straight to court, where he’ll spend at least a few weeks battling his record label of the past 15 years.

  • 9:45 p.m.

    Google's 4Q lobbying bill triples to $3.76 million

    Google’s U.S. lobbying bill more than tripled to $3.76 million in the fourth quarter as the Internet search leader fought proposed changes to online piracy laws and sought to influence a wide range of other issues that could affect its fortunes.

  • 9:30 p.m.

    Tim and Eric drop a 'Billion' at Sundance

    Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are guilty of a bit of exaggeration with the title of their Sundance Film Festival premiere.

  • 9:22 p.m.

    Giant lenders near overhaul on practices

    The nation’s five largest mortgage lenders have agreed to overhaul their industry after deceptive foreclosure practices drove homeowners out of their homes, government officials said Monday.

  • 9:15 p.m.

    Aretha Franklin calls off her wedding

    Aretha Franklin won’t be getting fitted for a wedding gown after all: She’s called off her engagement. A statement released Monday by her representative said Franklin’s wedding to Willie Wilkerson wasn’t going to happen.

  • 9:08 p.m.

    Syria rejects Arab League plan to end growing crisis

    Syria rejected the Arab League’s wide-ranging new plan to end the country’s 10-month crisis, saying Monday that the league’s call for a national unity government in two months is a clear violation of Syrian sovereignty as violence raged.

  • 9:06 p.m.



    Palestinian leader dismisses presidential rumors

    A top Palestinian leader says he will not run for president, even as the two main Palestinian factions inch toward a unity deal that would allow elections as early as May.

  • 8:55 p.m.


    Sen. Mark Kirk suffers stroke affecting left side

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk was in intensive care Monday after undergoing surgery to relieve swelling on his brain from a stroke that doctors said likely would make it “very difficult” for him to regain movement in his left arm and could result in facial paralysis.

  • 8:46 p.m.



    Win before break would boost Capitals' morale

    Tuesday’s showdown with the Boston Bruins — the final game before the All-Star break — is crucial to the Washington Capitals’ psyche.

  • 8:45 p.m.

    Not-so-special special teams can lose an NFL game

    If it’s true, as the saying goes, that “defense wins championships,” the NFL’s conference title games offered ample evidence that special teams can lose them.

  • 8:42 p.m.



    Blatche hopes time on road helps him find shot

    Andray Blatche understands that for most Wizards fans, he’s become the poster child for all that ails Washington in its 2-14 start.

  • 8:32 p.m.



    Ex-CIA officer charged in leak case

    A former CIA officer was charged Monday in federal court with leaking classified information to the media about two other CIA officers, including disclosing the name and contact information of one involved in the capture of al Qaeda terrorist Abu Zubaydah.

  • 8:31 p.m.



    Ex-CIA official accused of leaking classified data

    A former CIA officer has been charged with leaking secrets to reporters, the sixth such prosecution the Obama administration has launched using a century-old anti-spying law.

  • 8:23 p.m.



    EDITORIAL: State of the Union 2012: Losing the future

    In 2011, President Obama pledged to help the United States win the future. Now that the future has arrived, Mr. Obama will have a hard time explaining why we are losing it.

  • 8:20 p.m.

    Sports Briefs

    Oregon coach Chip Kelly announced Monday that he’s remaining with the Ducks, though he says he was flattered by the interest shown in him by the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are searching for a coach after firing Raheem Morris.

  • 8:19 p.m.



    MILLER: Obama the promise keeper

    President Obama delivers his fourth - and potentially last - State of the Union speech Tuesday night. Obviously, not everything he promised in his third speech came to pass. White House press secretary Jay Carney sees no problem with this, saying on Monday, “If you got through a year and you achieved everything on your list, then you probably didn’t aim high enough.” There’s one area where Mr. Obama hit the bull’s eye: spending.

  • 8:16 p.m.



    EDITORIAL: Obama the promise breaker

    State of the Union speeches provide presidents an opportunity to lay out what they hope to accomplish in the year and years ahead. The last time around, President Obama’s grand oration sketched his vision of how he wanted to reshape the country. Today, it’s clear he has failed to deliver.

  • 8:09 p.m.



    D.C. fights Congress on national World War I memorial

    Officials in the District are accustomed to asking Congress for full voting rights on behalf of the city’s 600,000 residents or for greater control of city finances — and getting no satisfaction.

  • 8:00 p.m.

    Texas Instrument to close plants in Houston, Japan

    Texas Instruments will close two of its older computer-chip factories, one in Houston and one in Hiji, Japan, and lay off about 1,000 workers to cut costs.

  • 7:55 p.m.



    Inside the Beltway

    President Obama “faces the daunting task of making his [State of the Union] message credible and relevant against the backdrop of political and economic turmoil that has characterized much of the past few years,” observes Gallup analyst Lydia Saad, upon reviewing numbers that reveal an edgy nation.

  • 7:54 p.m.



    KEENE: Romney has what it takes but didn't show it in South Carolina

    Most analysts trace Newt Gingrich’s stunning come-from-behind victory in Saturday’s South Carolina primary to his performance in the two pre-primary debates and in particular to his handling of the home-run pitches thrown him by Juan Williams and John King.

  • 7:39 p.m.



    RAHN: Merchants of misinformation

    Last week, ABC News ran a story that led with the statement, “Mitt Romney has millions of dollars of his personal wealth in investment funds set up in the Cayman Islands, a notorious Caribbean tax haven.” What the reporters failed to mention was that ABC, a unit of the Disney Corp., also has millions of dollars in Cayman-registered funds.

  • 7:34 p.m.



    FEULNER: The real 'Iron Lady'

    Reading about Meryl Streep’s preparation to act in “The Iron Lady” could lead one to believe that the real Margaret Thatcher was difficult to understand.

  • 7:34 p.m.

    Inside Politics

    The White House said Monday that it is delaying for one week the release of President Barack Obama’s budget for the 2013 fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.

  • 7:31 p.m.



    GAFFNEY: American laws for American courts

    Shortly before Newt Gingrich’s decisive victory in South Carolina last week, he was asked a critical question by a Palmetto State voter: Would he support a Muslim candidate for president? The former speaker of the House answered in a way that was both characteristically insightful and profoundly helpful with respect to one of the most serious challenges our country faces at the moment.

  • 7:30 p.m.

    Tracy Morgan of '30 Rock' out of Utah hospital

    Comedian and “30 Rock” cast member Tracy Morgan has been released from a hospital after collapsing during the Sundance Film Festival, and he says he’ll be back at work Tuesday.

  • 7:30 p.m.

    Purdue Univ. president becomes Smithsonian chair

    Purdue University President France Cordova was installed Monday as chairwoman of the Smithsonian Institution’s governing board as the museum complex expands with the coming construction of a new black history museum and amid calls for another focused on Latino American heritage.

  • 7:30 p.m.

    Sundance, Women In Film promote female filmmakers

    The Sundance Institute and Women In Film are working together to track female filmmakers who are showing their work at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

  • 7:30 p.m.

    Google to allow some nicknames on Plus service

    Google is relaxing a requirement that real names be used on its Plus social network.

  • 7:16 p.m.


    Col. Tom Parker (upper left) and Sharon Osbourne are just two notable managers. (Photos: Associated Press)

    The List: Most famous band managers

    TEASE: Malcolm McLaren, Brian Epstein and Peter Grant are just some of the greats to make the list of those responsible for the career direction of some legendary musicians and musical groups

  • 7:15 p.m.

    Tracy Morgan of '30 Rock' released from hospital

    Comedian and “30 Rock” cast member Tracy Morgan has been released from the hospital after a collapse during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

  • 7:15 p.m.

    Author-commentator Charla Krupp dies in NYC at 58

    Charla Krupp, a popular author and commentator on fashion and beauty whose best-sellers included “How Not to Look Old” and “How to Never Look Fat Again,” has died at age 58.

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    Major natural gas driller to pull back as prices fall

    Faced with decade-low natural gas prices that have made some drilling operations unprofitable, Chesapeake Energy Corp. said Monday it will drastically cut drilling and production of the fuel in the U.S.

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    Stocks end mixed as Greece negotiates to cut debt

    The S&P 500 index eked out a tiny gain on a day in which stocks swung between small gains and losses.

  • 6:48 p.m.



    HELLER: Nats should save a princely sum and pass on Fielder

    Let’s say it in one simple sentence: The Nats would be nuts to sign Prince Fielder.

  • 6:30 p.m.

    Rams hire Schottenheimer as off coordinator

    Jeff Fisher isn’t wasting any time putting his staff together in St. Louis.

  • 6:30 p.m.

    Paterno's last months complicate memorial planning

    The viewing, funeral and memorial service for former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno are scheduled for the campus where he worked for more than six decades before being fired in the wake of the child sex-abuse charges against a former assistant.

  • 6:27 p.m.



    DALY: Goats give us Super Bowl rematch

    Apologies to Billy Cundiff and Kyle Williams — we all feel your pain — but nothing takes the edge off a couple of tense, ultra-competitive football games quite like the bleating of goats.

  • 6:18 p.m.

    Study: States cutting higher ed budgets

    Funding at the state level for higher education has declined because of a slow recovery from the recession and the end of federal stimulus money, according to a study released Monday.

  • 6:15 p.m.

    Disney will allow park workers to have beards

    Workers at Disney’s theme parks will be allowed to grow beards and goatees for the first time ever.

  • 6:13 p.m.


    Islamist-led legislature opens

    With Islamists making up the overwhelming majority of its lawmakers, the People’s Assembly elected in Egypt’s first legislative vote after Hosni Mubarak’s ouster nearly a year ago held its inaugural session on Monday.

  • 6:04 p.m.



    Too many cupcakes isn't good for NCAA resume

    At-large selection to the NCAA tournament is never quite the same each year. It’s understandable, since the group picking the 37 teams to complement the 31 automatic qualifiers is never the same, either.

  • 6:00 p.m.

    Paterno funeral scheduled for Wednesday

    Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno will be buried Wednesday, and his family has scheduled three days of public memorial events this week.

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