Tag: Baltimore, MD News

‘Congestion emergency’ costs DC-area drivers around $2,000 a year

The average driver in the D.C. area lost 87 hours to traffic congestion in 2017, at a cost of $2,007 in lost time and wasted fuel, according to the transportation group TRIP. Congestion in the Baltimore region caused the average driver to lose 50 hours, at a cost of $1,220. The TRIP report also stated […]

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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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From life in prison to published author: DC native pens ‘Master Plan’

WASHINGTON — Drug deals and gun violence were everyday realities for Chris Wilson growing up. Straddling homes in D.C.’s Lincoln Heights neighborhood and Prince George’s County’s Temple Hills community, Wilson watched his mother fall victim to both domestic abuse and drug abuse. Many of his friends were locked up or killed, including his cousin, who […]

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Ex-DC police officer pleads guilty to child sex trafficking

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland man has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he paid two teenage girls for sex while he was employed as a police officer in Washington, D.C. Court records show 29-year-old Chukwuemeka Ekwonna, of Glenn Dale, pleaded guilty in Baltimore on Tuesday to two counts of sex trafficking of a minor. […]

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’50 Bedbug Cities’ list: Find out where DC and Baltimore rank

Bedbugs can be difficult to get rid of — just ask Baltimore and Washington, D.C. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/smuay) WASHINGTON — For the third year in a row, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. have festered atop a pest control company’s “Top 50 Bedbug Cities” list. The list, compiled by Orkin, doesn’t count the number of the “normally nocturnal […]

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DC-area unemployment falls to 3.2 percent

WASHINGTON — The Washington metro’s unemployment rate in October fell to 3.2 percent, from 3.3 percent in September. A year ago, the D.C.-area’s unemployment rate was 3.5 percent. Metro Baltimore’s unemployment rate fell as well, to 3.8 percent in October, from 3.9 percent in September. The Baltimore area’s unemployment rate in October 2017 was 4.0 […]

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Planners pick DC location for maglev train that could reach Baltimore in 15 minutes

WASHINGTON — The Mount Vernon Square neighborhood has been chosen as the place District travelers may one day pick up a high-speed train capable of transporting riders at 311 mph. The Northeast Maglev, the company pushing for the new train system, released a new report recently that nixed two remaining station options in NoMa Gallaudet. The […]

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Sex abuse crisis tops agenda as US Catholic bishops convene

As U.S. Catholic bishops gather for their national assembly next week, the clergy sex abuse crisis dominates their agenda amid calls from critics that church leaders finally bring about meaningful reforms to root out misbehaving priests. The three-day assembly that starts Monday in Baltimore comes after a series of abuse scandals this year that have […]

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Baltimore mayor appoints new head of civil rights office

BALTIMORE (AP) — The mayor of Baltimore has appointed a Georgetown University administrator to the head of the city’s Office of Civil Rights. The Baltimore Sun reports Mayor Catherine Pugh’s appointment of Darnell Ingram comes as the city battles with a police oversight panel that receives administrative support from the office. City Solicitor Andre Davis […]

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DC-area unemployment rate down (but it’s not as low as in this Iowa town)

WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates in September fell in 308 of the nation’s 388 metropolitan areas, with the jobless rate lower in both the D.C. region and Baltimore. The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics says the unemployment rate in the D.C. metro area in September was 3.3 percent, below the national average of 3.7 percent, […]

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Baltimore pastor pleads guilty to setting apartment on fire in insurance scheme

WASHINGTON — The pastor of a Baltimore church pleaded guilty Monday to setting fire to an apartment he rented in Southeast D.C in a scheme to collect insurance money. The Department of Justice; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the D.C. police said in a statement that Jamel Carelock, pastor of Lead Church, intentionally […]

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DC is No. 3 on list of cities with the most mosquitoes

WASHINGTON — In honor of World Mosquito Day, observed on Aug. 20 to commemorate British doctor Sir Ronald Ross’s 1897 discovery linking mosquitoes to malaria, Terminix has released its list of the Top 25 Mosquito Cities. Washington, D.C., ranks No. 3, behind Dallas and New York City. Baltimore ranks No. 10. Terminix put its list […]

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