WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Delaware man says he's devastated after a luxury hotel thwarted his plan to give five homeless people a warm bed and a hot shower on Christmas night
Matt Senge of Newark tells WDEL-AM that he booked a two-bedroom suite at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington for $639 on Christmas, and told hotel managers and the reservation clerk about the gift.

Families are gathering for the Christmas holidays. And, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that it is a time to treasure what we have and to remember what we've lost.

Don Rush

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Department of Transportation says it will suspend most highway work zones for several days over Christmas.

VDOT says the goal is to limit congestion and provide as many travel lanes as possible.

VDOT will lift lane closures on interstates and other major roads in Virginia from noon December 24 to noon Dec. 26. It will also lift the closures from noon on Dec. 31 to noon on Jan. 1.

Don Rush

BALTIMORE (AP) - Record numbers of Maryland residents are expected to travel for the year-end holidays due in part to lower gas prices and a longer holiday travel window.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says more than 2.1 million Maryland residents are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home for the holidays. That would be a 4.6 percent increase over last year's holiday travel.

AAA says the three key factors driving an increase in travel are stronger consumer confidence, lower gas prices and a longer holiday travel window.

Christmas After Newtown

Dec 21, 2012
George Merrill

In the wake of the killing of 20 children and six adults including the principal at Newtown Elementary School by a gunman, Delmarva Public Radio's essayist George Merrill ponders the impact of this loss as we mark the holiday season.