Tag: Maryland News

‘It’s Academic’ begins 58th year

WASHINGTON — A D.C. area Saturday morning tradition continues it’s 58th year. “It’s Academic” has been challenging the smarts of local high school students since 1961. It was hailed the longest running TV quiz show by Guinness World Records in 2003, and has had former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer […]

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Hurricane Michael death toll climbs to 18 with new victim reported in Virginia

By Ray Sanchez and Nicole Chavez, CNN (CNN) — Hurricane Michael’s death toll climbed to 18 Saturday, after another victim was discovered in Virginia. Fears were mounting for those who did not heed evacuation orders before Hurricane Michael bulldozed large swaths of Florida’s Panhandle, and residents in the hardest-hit areas grew increasingly desperate for provisions. […]

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Growing concerns of cuts coming to Metrobus service

WASHINGTON — Concerns are mounting that a continuing decline in ridership could lead Metro to slash bus service. Instead of boosting bus lanes and other improvements all across the region, several people involved in the analysis for Metro’s Bus Transformation Project are concerned Metro may simply use it as cover to significantly cut Metrobus service […]

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Photos of the week: Oct. 6-13

Here are photos from stories that happened last week. Scroll through to see if you’ve missed any. The Associated Press contributed to this gallery. Like WTOP on Facebook and follow @WTOP on Twitter to engage in conversation about this article and others. © 2018 WTOP. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users […]

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Suitland man arrested for death of cyclist in DC last month

WASHINGTON – The search is over for the driver of a sedan D.C. police say struck and killed a cyclist in downtown D.C. last month. Police arrested 20-year-old Phillip Peoples of Suitland, Maryland, on Friday and charged him with second degree murder in the Sept. 24 hit-and-run crash. A D.C. Superior Court judge ordered Peoples […]

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Amtrak IG: Safety, training, staffing and repairs are challenges

Amtrak customer satisfaction. Click to enlarge. WASHINGTON — Recent Amtrak crashes and a push to operate more like a business demonstrate some key challenges for the rail service’s growth in the future, Amtrak’s inspector general’s office found. Over the next two years, a report identifies key safety and security, governance and financial, customer service, procurement […]

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16 years after start of DC sniper spree, future of Lee Boyd Malvo remains unclear

WASHINGTON — The Beltway snipers shooting began 16 years ago in Montgomery County, Maryland, and didn’t stop until three weeks later, when John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo were arrested. Early evening, on Oct. 2, 2002, James Martin was shot and killed in the parking lot of a Shoppers Food Warehouse, in Wheaton. Malvo […]

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Jobs coming to DC, but more housing needed

WASHINGTON — By 2045 the D.C. region will see an additional 990,000 new jobs. But unless there’s a push to build new housing, the employees coming to fill those jobs will struggle to find a place to live. That’s the upshot of the report from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. According to COG’S forecast, […]

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Crime down across DC metro region for the 5th year in a row

WASHINGTON — Crime is down in the D.C. region, and that’s especially true for crimes such as murder, assault, robbery and car theft. A report from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments shows the drop in crime is part of a five-year trend. The numbers are encouraging, said Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik, who […]

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Growing stronger, Florence churns toward the East Coast

WASHINGTON — Though Florence remained a tropical storm as of 5 a.m., forecasters at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) say it’s expected to gain strength and become a hurricane again on Sunday. Florence’s forecast path as of 5 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9. (Courtesy National Hurricane Center) Sitting in the open Atlantic over unusually warm […]

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Weekend washout continues with flood watch on Sunday

WASHINGTON — Following severe storms on Friday and a rainy Saturday, the weekend will close out again with heavy batches of rain overnight and all day Sunday. One to three inches of rain are expected to pour down on the D.C. area, prompting a flood watch starting at 2 a.m. and continuing on into the evening […]

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Photos of the week: Sept. 1-8

Here are some photos from stories that happened last week. Scroll through to see if you’ve missed any. The Associated Press contributed to this gallery. Like WTOP on Facebook and follow @WTOP on Twitter to engage in conversation about this article and others. © 2018 WTOP. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for […]

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Extreme heat and humidity make for a muggy Labor Day

WASHINGTON — D.C. area residents might find their Labor Day plans bogged down by yet another day of uncomfortably high heat and humidity — enough to prompt an emergency response from local officials. The D.C. government activated its heat emergency plan on Monday morning, with “feels like” temperatures expected to soar once again into the […]

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Summer is up, get ready for big delays on area roadways

WASHINGTON — Tuesday will mark the official end of summer for many, as school resumes and summer vacations become fond memories — and quiet summertime commutes, too. Early September is when many motorists start to adjust to a busier fall commute. That learning curve over the years has resulted in the Tuesday after Labor Day […]

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Some ‘side hustles’ become ‘full-time gigs’: Looking at labor on Labor Day

WEST FRIENDSHIP, Md. and WASHINGTON — Go on social media, and you can find people promoting their “side hustles.” But there’s nothing new about supplementing your income with a second job. From Maryland’s exurbs to downtown D.C., people find ways to put their skills to work. Sometimes the side hustle even turns into a full-time […]

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What Montgomery Co. can learn from DC about condom distribution

WASHINGTON — Montgomery County’s Board of Education is weighing a plan to make condoms accessible to all of its high school students. The proposal comes after an effort to distribute condoms in four of the county schools’ wellness centers is about to go into effect. In D.C., however, condoms have already been distributed to students […]

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Photos of the week: Aug. 25-Sept. 1

Here are photos from stories that happened last week. Scroll through to see if you’ve any. Cindy McCain, wife of, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. lays her head on casket during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool) The Associated Press contributed to this […]

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Heat, humidity, rain kick off Labor Day weekend in DC area

WASHINGTON — Early morning downpours only added to an already muggy start to the Labor Day weekend, flooding roadways in Virginia and causing travel headaches for late-night commuters. Showers and a few thunderstorms will pass through the DC metro and portions of MD over the next few hours. pic.twitter.com/1qK7ol5ip3 — NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) September 2, […]

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Md. blue crab season picks up at DC fish market for Labor Day weekend

WASHINGTON — A three-day weekend is a welcomed time for sellers of Maryland blue crabs. At the fish market in Southwest D.C., people line up for the regional staple at Jessie Taylor Seafood. “Right now, we’re happy; the Chesapeake Bay is having a good year finally,” said Clarence Goodman, who has sold crabs along the […]

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September Entertainment Guide 2018

WTOP’s Jason Fraley previews September entertainment Jason Fraley https://wtop.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/SEPT-ENT-GUIDE-2018-jfray.mp3 Download audio September Entertainment Guide Sept. 1: Ziggy Marley at Wolf Trap  Sept. 1-16: “Hamilton” at Kennedy Center Sept. 1-23: “Small Mouth Sounds” at Round House Theatre Sept. 1-23: “Passion” at Signature Theatre Sept. 1-Oct. 7: “South Pacific” at Olney Theatre Sept. 2: Labor Day Capitol […]

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What to know about the McCain memorial events around the DC area

WASHINGTON — Memorials and services for Sen. John McCain, who died Saturday after a yearlong battle with cancer, are planned for the D.C. area starting Friday. Here’s what you need to know about events honoring the late senator. Street closures near the U.S. Capitol will go into effect starting 11 p.m. Thursday until 11 p.m. […]

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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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