Category: Washington DC

Alas, a Bipartisan Argument Against the Death Penalty

When the Wyoming Senate rejected a bill last week that would abolish the state’s death penalty, most of the national attention focused on comments by a single lawmaker. “The greatest man who ever lived died via the death penalty for you and for me,” Lynn Hutchings, a Republican state senator, reportedly said. “Governments […]

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Nando’s Dupont reopens, offers free chicken

WASHINGTON — Nando’s Peri-Peri reopened its Dupont Circle location Feb. 20 after a two-month renovation, and will hand out free chicken one day next month at the D.C. location to mark the reopening. The Dupont Circle Nando’s, at 1210 18th St. NW, was the second location in the U.S. the company opened. It opened 10 years […]

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Theodore McCarrick will continue to be a Catholic priest

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Mathew Schmalz, College of the Holy Cross (THE CONVERSATION) The Vatican recently “defrocked” Theodore McCarrick, a former cardinal and the retired archbishop of Washington D.C. McCarrick was found guilty of a number of crimes including sexual abuse of minors. […]

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Q&A: ‘Holes in the Sky’ breaks boys club with female classical musicians

WASHINGTON — For centuries, the world of classical music has been a proverbial boys club of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, Herrmann, Bernstein and Williams. Now, it’s the ladies’ turn with the “Holes in the Sky” tour that launches Saturday at Sixth & I. “This is all music by women,” pianist Lara Downes told WTOP. […]

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Local nonprofit delivers healthy meals to pregnant women

WASHINGTON — Food insecurity — or the state of being without reliable access to affordable and nutritious food — affects nearly 40 million Americans, and can lead to a number of negative health outcomes, including hypertension, diabetes, obesity and other chronic illnesses. In the U.S., food insecurity is concentrated in households with children, according to […]

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DC police arrest suspect in fatal hit-and-run of Bowie man

WASHINGTON — D.C. police arrested a suspect in the death of a Prince George’s County man who was struck by a vehicle in Northwest. Police arrested 36-year-old Morris Kenya Harley on charges of first-degree murder while armed. They said that on Feb. 5, the victim, 35-year-old Daniel Olaya, of Bowie, Maryland, got into a verbal […]

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Mass transit agencies cancel, change Wednesday service

WASHINGTON — In anticipation of Wednesday’s storm, local mass transit agencies are canceling or amending their services. Metro buses will run limited service on major roads only, and they could be cut back further through the morning. Many bus routes will not be operating and bus service may be canceled with little to no notice […]

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Georgetown rescinds honorary degree for defrocked McCarrick

WASHINGTON (AP) — Georgetown University has rescinded an honorary degree it bestowed in 2004 on then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was defrocked last week after being convicted by the Vatican of sexually abusing minors and adult seminarians. Georgetown President John J. DeGioia said Tuesday that it is “the first time an honorary degree conferred by the […]

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Georgetown University revokes former Cardinal McCarrick’s honorary degree

WASHINGTON — Georgetown University is breaking with school tradition by revoking the honorary degree of the disgraced former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, marking the first time the university has taken such an action. The former Archbishop of Washington was given an honorary degree by the university in 2004. Georgetown President John DeGioia said in a statement […]

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Fort Dupont Ice Arena’s future rests with DC Council, Mayor

WASHINGTON — D.C. has invested heavily in sports facilities in recent years, from the completion of Audi Field and the Entertainment & Sports Arena to the first stages of RFK’s redevelopment coming online this spring and discussions of a new NFL Stadium. But one project has stalled out — and its future depends on the outcome of […]

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Tech to boost DC’s ability to pinpoint mobile 911 calls

WASHINGTON (AP) — The city of Washington, D.C., has partnered with a company called RapidSOS to better pinpoint the location of mobile 911 callers. The Washington Post reported Sunday that a majority of District 911 calls are made from cellphones, which don’t provide aging and outdated 911 systems with precise location data. RapidSOS works directly […]

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‘My kingdom for a horse’: ‘Richard III’ steals throne at Shakespeare Theatre

WASHINGTON — Long before “winter is coming” there was the “winter of our discontent,” but in this game of thrones, you won’t hear fallen kings begging, “My kingdom for a dragon.” Shakespeare’s epic play “Richard the Third” hits Shakespeare Theatre now through March 10. “When you say ‘Richard the Third’ to people who know anything about […]

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7 dogs found in DC home with no food or water for at least 4 days, investigators say

WASHINGTON — Seven dogs were seized from a D.C. home on Monday after investigators said they had been locked inside alone for days. “Our officers had received an anonymous tip that some dogs had been left unattended for multiple days (and) they hadn’t been provided food or water, or hadn’t been let out of the […]

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Changes in weather change how DC police search for missing kids

WASHINGTON — There are 17 kids missing in D.C. right now, and that number can change minute-to-minute, the D.C. police say. And when the weather is about to turn cold, as it’s supposed to this week, the urgency of finding them goes up. “One of the things we look at is, the last time they […]

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DC Presidents Day protests planned in response to Trump’s declaration of national emergency

WASHINGTON — Activists are gathering in D.C. this Presidents Day to show their disagreement with President Donald Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency along the southern border. MoveOn is mobilizing activists Monday to “defend our democracy and immigrant, Muslim, black and brown communities from Trump’s dangerous national emergency power grab,” according to its website.  The […]

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11 years in jail for ex-Veterans Affairs official in disabled vet fraud scheme

WASHINGTON — A former U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs official has been sentenced 11 years in prison for a $2 million bribery scheme involving a program for disabled military veterans. James King, 63, of Baltimore, previously pleaded guilty to one count of honest services and money wire fraud, one count of bribery of a public […]

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DC firm says we like Alexa. But we’re not pushing her

WASHINGTON — Artificial intelligence-powered virtual assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home are growing in popularity, now owned by 27 percent of U.S. consumers, but people embracing the technology are using it for mundane tasks. D.C.-based business-to-business research firm Clutch says the most common function personal assistant owned are using them for is playing music […]

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‘Our image on the big screen’: DC Black Film Festival founder works to advance women, people of color in media

During Black History Month, WTOP is highlighting black men and women in the area who are doing groundbreaking work to better the community. This is Part III of a four-part series, including a pastor of faith and farming and a NASA aerospace engineer who’s a “Hidden Figure” no more. WASHINGTON — Black History Month is not only a […]

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Local parishioners react to McCarrick defrocking

WASHINGTON — Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was found guilty by the Vatican of sex abuse and became the highest-ranking churchman to be defrocked. Now, D.C.-area parishioners are reacting to the news of the one-time Archbishop of Washington’s fall from grace. One parishioner at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in D.C. told WTOP that […]

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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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