Tag: Virginia

‘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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PHOTOS: Hundreds help clean up Anacostia River’s Kingman Island

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of volunteers with the Ocean Conservancy were rolling up their sleeves and picking up “endless amounts” of trash from Kingman Island. It sits in the middle of the Anacostia River, underneath bridges that take traffic across Benning Road and East Capitol Street. Kingman Island also picks up a lot of trash. “I […]

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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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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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3 stars, 40 years: Va. chef celebrates coveted Michelin status

WASHINGTON — Patrick O’Connell waited 40 years for the call, and on Thursday, Sept. 13, it finally happened. His restaurant, The Inn at Little Washington, just received the highest and most-coveted rating in the culinary world: three stars from the Michelin Guide. And ever since that call, O’Connell’s phone has not stopped ringing. “I was […]

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Va. restaurant becomes area’s first 3-star Michelin

WASHINGTON — The release of the star-rated restaurants in the 2019 Michelin Guide brought a wave of excitement to D.C.’s culinary community Sept. 13. The Inn at Little Washington became the area’s first three-star restaurant since the Guide’s D.C. launch in 2016. Congratulations PATRICK! ⭐⭐⭐@Michelin After 40 years you got it! @InnatLittleWash my team and […]

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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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WATCH: On 9/11 anniversary, DC firefighter remembers Pentagon response

WASHINGTON — On the 17th anniversary of the deadly Sept. 11 terror attacks, members of D.C. Fire and EMS recall what the local response was like on that tragic day. “I have goose bumps already because I get chills when I talk about it,” said firefighter technician Margie Dickey. She shared the company’s journal from […]

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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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Pair indicted for passing off cheap body armor to government

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — The owner of a Florida-based supplier of tactical gear has been indicted on charges he passed off inferior body armor to a government agency. Dan Thomas Lounsbury Jr., the owner of Tactical Products Group in Boynton Beach, Florida, made an initial appearance Friday in federal court in Alexandria on charges […]

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Light summer traffic lowers average July I-66 tolls

WASHINGTON — Light summer traffic meant lower average morning tolls on Interstate 66 in July, but at the height of the afternoon rush, traffic was actually a bit slower than a year earlier. In the afternoon in July, average speeds on Interstate 66 inside the Beltway were a few miles an hour lower between 4:30 […]

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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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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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