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Panda Watch (Snow Edition): Watch Bei Bei and Mei Xiang enjoy a wintry frolic

WASHINGTON — Bei Bei and Mei Xiang, please sit down. This is an intervention. While you’ve been gettin’ your snow on, munchin’ on bamboo and actin’ a fool all day at D.C.’s National Zoo, the rest of us have been either 1) sloshing through this sloppy weather or 2) telecommuting in a food-free house. In […]

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PHOTOS: Lights bathe National Cathedral in a spectrum of color

WASHINGTON — As if the Washington National Cathedral weren’t gorgeous enough. Moving lights bathed the Northwest D.C. church’s gothic interior in a spectrum of color Monday night during an event called “Space, Light and Sound.” Check out what visitors were treated to in the gallery below. The light show kicked off five nights of special […]

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For now, DC Council won’t vote to criticize diversion of ice rink funding

WASHINGTON — D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will pull from Tuesday’s Council agenda the vote on a resolution targeting the mayor’s plan to divert funding from Fort Dupont Ice Arena renovations. Muriel Bowser has proposed redirecting funds for it and other projects toward school repairs and maintenance, a move that has drawn criticism from rink […]

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Baby gorilla broke leg, zoo says — possibly because he went bananas

[embedded content] WASHINGTON — A rambunctious resident at the National Zoo is on the mend after vets found that he broke his leg. Zoo veterinarians aren’t sure how Moke, a 9-month-old western lowland gorilla, got injured, but primate curator Meredith Bastian said in an interview on the zoo website that Moke has a reputation for being […]

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Emergency tree removal shuts down portion of Beach Drive

WASHINGTON — A portion of southbound Beach Drive Northwest has been closed because of an emergency tree removal. Latest conditions on WTOP’s traffic page. U.S. Park Police reports southbound lanes on Beach between Porter Street and Klingle Road are closed due to a down tree blocking the roadway. Those lanes will remain closed at 9:30 […]

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So long, farewell and all that: WTOP says goodbye to its longtime DC home

3400 IDAHO AVE. NW — A newsroom is unlike anything in the modern working world. There aren’t many two-hour meetings, for example, or mandatory webinars. There aren’t many “team-building” functions either. Nor should there be: Camaraderie is inherent in a good newsroom. The result is a tenacious, efficient machine, even when the computers are down […]

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Sinkhole detours: As feds return to work, DC commute braces for impact

WASHINGTON — The 17th Street sinkhole has been complicating downtown travel since it dropped in last week — back before the partial government shutdown ended. “Even when it happened during the shutdown, it caused massive backups,” said WTOP Traffic Reporter Mary DePompa. Now, it’s serving as yet another obstacle for federal workers who just want to get […]

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Suspect sought after arson at DC’s Comet Ping Pong restaurant

WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives released a photo Friday of a suspect being sought in Wednesday night’s arson at the Comet Ping Pong restaurant in Northwest D.C. The man is described as 25 to 30 years old with blond hair and a beard. At the time of the fire, he was wearing […]

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PHOTOS: Indigenous Peoples March and the March for Life

WASHINGTON — A wintry, wet D.C. is hosting two rallies around the National Mall on Friday: The Indigenous People’s March and the March for Life. Here are some scenes from the day’s events Activists braved the elements Friday for the annual March for Life. (WTOP/Max Smith) Like WTOP on Facebook and follow @WTOP on Twitter […]

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DC mayor vetoes bill decriminalizing fare evasion on Metro

WASHINGTON — D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser vetoed a measure Wednesday that would decriminalize fare evasion on Metro. The move follows the D.C. Council’s approval of the bill in a 10-2 vote last month. It would make evasion a civil offense, subject to a fine of up to $50. Currently a criminal offense, fare evaders face […]

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Road closures for March for Life, Women’s March announced

WASHINGTON — Friday and Saturday bring two large events to D.C.: Friday’s March for Life and Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington. Both will bring sizable crowds to the area — and, of course, will impact traffic. D.C. police have announced the following street closures Friday and Saturday. Be advised that all closures and listed times […]

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OPM will monitor weekend weather, be at the ready to change operating status

WASHINGTON — Amid the snowstorm that has hit the D.C. area and an ongoing shutdown, the Office of Personnel Management is monitoring the situation and will make a call on the operating status for federal workers. In a brief statement, the federal government’s human-resources agency said it will be at the ready if a change […]

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DC area’s 1st flakes of 2019 have arrived, and more snow is on the way

WASHINGTON — The first snowflakes of 2019 arrived in the area Wednesday afternoon, a preview of what forecasters are saying will be a snowy weekend. A steady fall of flurries were visible in Northwest D.C. Wednesday afternoon, and Storm Team4 Meteorologist Matt Ritter said the precipitation was something of a mix in other parts of […]

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Wizards’ Howard out for at least 2 months after lower-back surgery

WASHINGTON — Wizards center Dwight Howard underwent lower-back surgery Friday, and will be out for two to three months. The surgery was recommended after doctors concluded that “disc herniation was causing severe nerve irritation and gluteal pain,” according to a team statement. The veteran big man — who was the Wizards’ big off-season acquisition — […]

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PHOTOS: Meet the dogs and cats of the DC mayor’s office

Sheila Reid — director of the Mayor’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Affairs — hangs out with Millie, who was up for adoption at the Humane Rescue Alliance, and has since been adopted. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance) WASHINGTON — Contrary to popular belief, D.C. does not actually stand for “District of Cuties.” But […]

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Suspect in runner’s fatal stabbing denied bond, will face murder charge

WASHINGTON — The man charged with September’s fatal stabbing of a Northwest D.C. woman in Logan Circle will remain held without bond. In a preliminary hearing Friday, D.C. Superior Court Judge Craig Iscoe also ruled that Anthony Crawford will face a charge of second-degree murder while armed in the death of Wendy Martinez. The 35-year-old […]

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Anita Bonds wins 1 of 2 DC Council at-large seats

WASHINGTON — Democrat Anita Bonds is projected to secure one of two at-large seats on the D.C. Council. Five candidates were vying to unseat Democrat Anita Bonds as well as independent Elissa Silverman, a frequent rival of Mayor Muriel Bowser. Candidates for those at-large seats included Republican Ralph Chittams Sr.; Libertarian Denise Hicks; independents Rustin Lewis and […]

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Caps’ home opener: Red carpet event, outdoor viewing party among festivities

WASHINGTON — The Caps are poised to start their 2018-2019 season, which means it’s time to raise the Stanley Cup Champions banner at Capital One Arena. And even those who can’t get inside to see the history firsthand Wednesday night will still be able to celebrate outside during an outdoor viewing party at G and […]

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VIDEO: DC police seek public’s help in Tenleytown hit-and-run

WASHINGTON — D.C. police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the car responsible for a Sept. 5 hit-and-run in the Tenleytown neighborhood of Northwest. The video shows a car turning left from Albemarle Street onto Wisconsin Avenue and striking pedestrians who were crossing Wisconsin. The incident occurred around 7:20 p.m., police said. Anyone […]

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Legalized sports betting in DC? Council committee set to consider bill

WASHINGTON — The Washington Redskins are currently 3-point favorites going into their game Sunday with Green Bay. For action-thirsty fans, however, putting down money on the Burgundy and Gold means a drive to West Virginia, Delaware or New Jersey. If Jack Evans and other members of the D.C. Council have their way, sports wagering could […]

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