Category: Washington DC

Liberty lays 2nd egg, as two male eagles vie for her attention; Justice still AWOL

WASHINGTON — The egg-pic saga continues Saturday as egg-specting eagle Liberty laid her second egg. Whew. The Earth Conservation Corps, where the bald eagle makes its nest, said in a statement that Liberty laid the egg at 7:30 p.m. She laid an egg earlier this week on Tuesday. The father of these future eaglets is […]

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The Latest: Cardinal calls McCarrick punishment ‘important’

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the defrocking of former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick (all times local): 12:20 a.m. The archbishop of Boston says the Vatican’s decision to defrock former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is an important step for “administering justice” for McCarrick’s crimes. Cardinal Sean O’Malley issued a statement Saturday after the announcement that […]

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McCarrick’s rise through church hierarchy began as altar boy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s rise through the Catholic Church hierarchy, during which he established a reputation as a globe-trotting human rights advocate before being brought down by sex abuse scandals, began as an altar boy in New York City. McCarrick, who recently became the highest-ranking cleric to be defrocked by the Vatican, […]

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Vatican defrocks former US cardinal McCarrick for sex abuse

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been found guilty by the Vatican of sex abuse and defrocked, as calls rose Saturday for Pope Francis to reveal what he knew about the once-powerful American prelate’s apparently decades-long predatory sexual behavior. The announcement Saturday, delivered in uncharacteristically blunt language for the Vatican, meant that […]

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PHOTOS: Cuddle, donate and adopt at the new Kitten Lounge in Georgetown

WASHINGTON — The cat cafe, Crumbs & Whiskers, along O Street NW in Georgetown is home to 30 cats, rescued by Homeward Trails Animal Rescue based in Fairfax County, Virginia. The two organizations are now partnering for a new kind of experience, a pop-up kitten lounge. As Crumbs & Whiskers relocates, they’ll have two shops […]

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One of DC’s most infamous drug lords may soon receive reduced sentence

WASHINGTON — Rayful Edmond III was in his early 20’s when he was convicted in both the District and Pennsylvania for drug-related charges and sentenced to life behind bars, but years of cooperation have led prosecutors to ask the court to reduce his life sentence. The U.S. Attorneys Office in D.C. filed the motion Friday, detailing how the man […]

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Vatican defrocks former US cardinal McCarrick over sex abuse

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing confession and sexual crimes against minors and adults, the Holy See said Saturday. The punishment for the once-powerful prelate, who had served as the archbishop of Washington and had been […]

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Lowest and highest average car insurance premiums in the region

WASHINGTON — It’s not just the cost of new and used cars that keeps going up: area car insurance rates have also continued to climb. A new study shows rates have jumped about 3.5 percent since last year, and over 10 percent since 2011. And while that’s a lot, it’s still about half as high […]

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Photos of the week: Feb. 9-16

Here are photos from stories that happened last week. Scroll through to see if you’ve missed any. “Space, Light and Sound” bathed the Washington National Cathedral in color Monday night. (Courtesy Washington National Cathedral/Danielle E. Thomas) The Associated Press contributed to this gallery. Like WTOP on Facebook and follow @WTOP on Twitter to engage in […]

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Virginia church pays Howard students’ debt

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mya Thompson doesn’t get much sleep. The 25-year-old senior is enrolled in seven classes at Howard University. Some days, she has class from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., with only enough time to pick up her 6-year-old son, Ma’Khi, from school and to eat before her overnight shift as a dispatcher for […]

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Hulu series ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ films at Lincoln Memorial

WASHINGTON — Scenes from the third season of the Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale” were filmed Friday at the Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall. According to The Washingtonian, over 200 actors were on site for the day-long production. The filming lasted most of the day Friday, and was for one day, only. The third […]

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DC parking ticket, towing revenue on the decline

WASHINGTON — Parking ticket and towing revenue collected through the Department of Public Works is on the decline in D.C., continuing a trend of fewer tickets going back about a decade. While the District collected about $75 million in parking tickets and towing fees in the 2016 and 2017 budget years, that dropped to $69.4 million […]

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Judge rules bus driver charged with striking 2 women in DC can drive again

WASHINGTON — The driver of a bus that struck and killed two women visiting D.C. in December has been allowed to get behind the wheel again. At a status hearing Friday morning, a judge ruled Gerard James, 45, of Baltimore, can start driving his personal vehicle again. The judge granted his request only on the condition […]

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Target to fill big Tenleytown retail vacancy

The vacancy left by Best Buy’s exit from Tenleytown will be filled by a retailer in D.C. expansion mode: Target. The lease between Cityline at Tenley Center Inc., an affiliate of Invesco Real Estate, and Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) was signed Feb. 11 and recorded with the District Thursday. The 10-year lease, with six five-year […]

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Single and looking in DC? Turns out you’re in the majority

WASHINGTON — Are you celebrating Singles Awareness Day on Friday? If you are celebrating in D.C., it turns out you’re not alone. According to research by Move.org, a website that helps people find movers, D.C. is home to the nation’s loneliest group of people. But take heart: That means the person next to you in […]

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High drama, high in a tree for a DC bald eagle couple

WASHINGTON — For 14 years, through a webcam, we’ve been watching bald eagles Liberty and Justice raise their young above the D.C. Police Academy in Southwest. But now it appears this longtime Washington power couple may have broken up. Liberty, the female, laid an egg on Tuesday. But the male, Justice, hasn’t been seen at […]

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Decline in local farmers’ production could pose DC-area food security challenges

WASHINGTON — Maryland and Virginia farmers produce lots of food that end up on your dinner table, but not as much as they used to. Analysts reporting those findings believe it could be a growing challenge for the area’s food security. “Our production is declining in things like apples, chicken, pork, tomatoes, potatoes,” said Lindsay […]

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Amazon only has itself to blame for its failed New York campus

It took Amazon more than a year of behind-the-scenes negotiating to announced that it would be building a big office in New York City. Then, it took the ecommerce giant just three months to say “actually, never mind.” In case you missed it: this morning, Amazon announced that it would […]

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Calif. man charged in Comet Ping Pong fire twice arrested at Wash. Monument

WASHINGTON — A 22-year-old man who police say started a fire last month inside a D.C. pizzeria that’s been the subject of bogus internet conspiracy theories has been arrested on federal arson charges. Ryan Jaselskis, who also goes by Ryan Rimas, was identified as a suspect in the fire at Comet Ping Pong after twice […]

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D.C. FM station Mix 107.3 to be sold as part of $103.5M deal

Contemporary radio station WRQX, known as Mix 107.3, will be sold to a Christian radio media organization as part of a larger $103.5 million cash deal involving multiple stations. Cumulus Media Inc. agreed sell WRQX to Educational Media Foundation along with five other FM stations — WYAY (Atlanta), WPLJ (New York) KFFG (San Francisco), WZAT […]

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‘Fight for old DC’ taking new meaning as NFL stadium suitors dwindle

WASHINGTON — The Washington Redskins have made no secret they wish to abandon FedEx Field just as soon as they can. Though their lease runs until 2027, the organization has been negotiating with local governments about a new site in recent years, and Maryland said this week that discussions about using land the state wants to […]

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