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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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Cellphone data might help 911 responders find callers in emergency

WASHINGTON — The data collected by your cellphone is proving to be a rich resource for 911 call centers trying to pinpoint the location of people calling for help from mobile devices. “We are embedded in the operating systems of the devices,” Jeff Robertson, senior vice president of RapidSOS, said of partnerships with Google, Apple […]

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DC lottery contract might impact timeline for legal sports betting

WASHINGTON — How soon people can place legal sports bets in D.C. will depend on how city lawmakers decide to handle the March 2020 expiration of the D.C. Lottery contract. Legislation that would allow the city to bypass a competitive bidding process and renegotiate the current vendor’s contract would make sports gambling possible by early […]

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Cold keeps WWII vets away from 75th anniversary of the Battle of Anzio

WASHINGTON — Voice cracking and tears flowing as much from sentiment as the cold, the daughter of a survivor of the Battle of Anzio was among those attending a wreath-laying ceremony at the World War II Memorial on Tuesday, commemorating the battle’s 75th anniversary. “I just wish that World War II veterans could be here […]

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‘There’s a lot of people hurting right now’: Labor unions rally to demand government reopen

WASHINGTON — Claiming national leaders are playing politics with people’s lives, thousands gathered Thursday at AFL-CIO headquarters in downtown D.C. for a rally to demand an end to the partial government shutdown. “We’re just really, really upset,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told WTOP before the rally began. “The message is this: Stop playing politics with […]

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Legalized sports gambling is no longer on the fast track in DC

WASHINGTON — A move to fast-track legal sports betting in D.C. has hit a snag. The D.C. Council has decided not to move the measure forward as an emergency. Instead, it will proceed as standard legislation that will require a public hearing. The hearing will allow people an opportunity to say whether they think the […]

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With zoo closed during shutdown, business slows at nearby DC shops

WASHINGTON — Typically bustling sidewalks near the Smithsonian’s National Zoo were eerily quiet Wednesday on the first day of the zoo’s closure due to the partial government shutdown. “We went from having thousands of people every day for Zoo Lights in December to having nobody in January,” said Yael Krigman, of nearby shop Baked by […]

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Everyday heroes reunited with man whose life they helped save

WASHINGTON — Fast action from ordinary people can accomplish remarkable things. Poll workers, voters and first responders were honored by D.C. leaders and the American Red Cross on Thursday for helping save a life on Election Day in November when a man had a heart attack at a polling location in Northwest. “I don’t know […]

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Heart attack risk rises in winter — especially over the holidays

WASHINGTON — Right now, we’re approaching the time of year with the highest risk for heart attacks. “There is a spike of heart deaths that occur on Christmas and on New Year’s Day; it’s really quite impressive,” Chief of Cardiology with MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, Dr. Allen Taylor said. “It’s about a doubling.” While […]

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Incentives abound for DC blood donors before New Year’s

WASHINGTON — Two organizations that collect blood for use in the D.C. area are asking for donations now. That’s because car accidents, cancer treatments and emergency surgeries don’t stop for the holidays. But donors don’t make as much time to give in late December as they do during other parts of the year. Donate at […]

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All women, minority panels to lead 2019 DC-area council

WASHINGTON — When the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments gets to work next year, the first thing it’s expected to do is approve proposed board leaders who are all African-American. And, the Council of Government’s 2019 Corporate Officers who were approved earlier this week, are also all women. “Isn’t that amazing? So, the leadership is […]

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Why over 100K items make up the DC region’s 2019 to do list

WASHINGTON — There are numbers of 2018 victories to celebrate locally according to the outgoing chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), but he also noted on Wednesday that housing is a looming challenge for the region in 2019. “We had a pretty good year,” said Matthew F. Letourneau who also represents the Dulles […]

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How to find discounts and deals when shopping online

WASHINGTON — The search for online bargains gets easier with the right tools and strategies such as a few recommended by a local consumer’s group that wants to save you money. Comparison shopping for the best prices, Washington Consumers’ Checkbook details some apps that will do the work for you. “There’s lots of these shopping-bots […]

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Parent-led play groups in DC may be exempt from day care licensing

WASHINGTON — A proposal to exempt children’s play groups from day-care type regulations is moving forward in the D.C. Council. The Council passed the legislation without debate on the consent calendar Tuesday night. The legislation will be up for a second and final vote on Dec. 18. The Parent-led Play Cooperative Amendment Act of 2018 is inspired […]

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400 free Thanksgiving dinners mean more than full bellies to local military

WASHINGTON — The old adage that the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree reflects how children often share the values of their parents. That sentiment was on full display Monday during a free turkey giveaway at the D.C. Armory. Four hundred turkey dinners were distributed to military members at the armory. Operation Homefront sponsors Holiday […]

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How can the DC area ease traffic? Task force releases suggestions

WASHINGTON — Motorists waste so much time in D.C.-area traffic, and a Council of Governments task force that has recently released suggested solutions for easing congestion has an ironically appropriate acronym: TIME. The Traffic Incident Management Enhancement Task Force outlined several action plans that local leaders can begin acting upon right way, as well as […]

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Changes may be coming to Airbnb-type rentals in D.C.

WASHINGTON — A move to amend short term rental rules in D.C. is making its way through the city council. The effort — which is still open to amendments — would create a scheme for licensing the rentals, allow the rentals to take place only in a homeowner’s primary residence and limit the rentals to […]

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Noxious fumes in luxury apartment building near Nationals Park lead to stop work order

WASHINGTON — Gasoline fumes infiltrating a luxury apartment building have prompted a stop-work order on a neighboring property where a 13-story apartment building is planned near Nationals Park in Southeast. For about a month before the cease and desist order issued Aug. 24, residents complained of a noxious odor in building common areas and in […]

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Go Bei Bei, it’s your birthday: Panda turns 3, wilds out at zoo (video)

WASHINGTON — Giant Panda Bei Bei’s third birthday Wednesday at the National Zoo included him munching contentedly on frozen treats through multiple rounds of “Happy Birthday.” “He’s my boy. To see him grow up and to see him become 3 today — it’s bringing tears to my eyes,” said Amie Russian of Fairfax, Virginia. People […]

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‘It changed my life’: Nonprofit teaches tennis and more to disadvantaged kids

A mural by Aniekan Udofia will celebrate the work being accomplished by the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation. (Courtesy Aniekan Udofia) WASHINGTON — The 2018 Citi Open that begins next week in D.C. marks the 50th anniversary of the tennis tournament that has the unusual situation of being owned by a nonprofit that benefits from […]

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