1 dead; 20 people, including off-duty DC officer, shot at Southeast DC party

A 17-year-old is dead and 20 people, including an off-duty D.C. police officer, were shot during a large public gathering in Southeast D.C. early Sunday morning, according to police. D.C. police said shots were fired around 1 a.m. Sunday on the 3300 block of Dubois Place SE, in a residential neighborhood located between Fort Circle…

Bailey’s Crossroads crash leaves 1 dead, 1 injured

One person is dead and another injured following a crash in Bailey’s Crossroads, Virginia, early Sunday morning. Fairfax County police said a single vehicle was involved in the crash, which took place in the 3400 block of Carlin Springs Road around 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Police confirmed one fatality in a tweet Sunday morning. A second…

North Carolina’s strongest earthquake in 94 years shakes area along Virginia border

A 5.1-magnitude earthquake hit about 2 miles from the town of Sparta, North Carolina, along the state’s border with Virginia, according to the preliminary report from the US Geological Survey. It’s the strongest quake to shake the state since 1926, according to the North Carolina Geological Survey. The quake, whose epicenter is in Alleghany County,…

College Park braces for influx of students as pandemic continues

There won’t be many students walking into classrooms at the University of Maryland College Park this fall, but that doesn’t mean students who already finalized leases for off-campus housing won’t be moving in over the coming weeks either. With the arrival of students, there’s a concern about house parties and gatherings that violate the Prince…

COLORS Podcast: Biracial Sgt. Maj. of the Army discusses struggles and victories

On the latest edition of COLORS — A Dialogue on Race in America, with Chris Core and J.J. Green: Michael Grinston, the Sgt. Maj. of the Army, who is biracial — Black and white — discusses his personal struggle with racial identity. Grinston, the most senior enlisted person in the service also discusses his role…

Virginia high school drops Confederate nickname ‘Rebels’

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia school officials have announced that a high school will no longer use a Confederate-related nickname. News outlets report that Douglas S. Freeman High School in Henrico County will drop the name Rebels based on the results of a community poll and a recommendation from a committee that supported the change.…

More rain expected Friday night; flash flood watch issued

A flash flood watch is in effect from noon until late Friday night for the WTOP listening area. “We’ve had so much rain this week that any locally heavy rain could cause some flash flooding issues, so be extra careful if you’re driving after the sun goes down tonight for any high or fast moving…

Company explains ‘major error’ that led to half-million erroneous ballot applications in Virginia

The company that printed a half-million incorrect absentee ballot applications for people in Virginia apologized for its “major error,” saying the mistake was made because someone “incorrectly aligned a spreadsheet” that matched voters with their local registrar’s offices. “We are keenly aware of the seriousness of this mistake,” said Jonathan Shapiro, CEO of Smith-Edwards-Dunlap Co.…

2020 sales tax holiday in Md., Va. amid pandemic

The D.C. region’s annual sales tax holiday is here, and this year, there is a focus on helping small businesses struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. “This has been a challenging spring and summer for local retailers struggling to recover from the economic shutdown and a great time to support them as they do come back,”…

Virginia parks are seeing a rise in popularity – and damage

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia’s state parks have experienced a surge in visitors during the coronavirus pandemic. But their popularity has led to an increase in littering and alcohol use as well as environmental damage and people taking dangerous risks to post photos on social media. The Richmond-Times Dispatch reported Thursday that state parks saw 120,000…

Nationals cancel Winterfest 2021

The Washington Nationals will not hold the annual Winterfest event in January 2021, the team announced Thursday. “Due to the continued uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Winterfest 2021, which was scheduled to be held in January. We know how important this event is to our fans. That said, we…

Unsolicited absentee applications cause confusion in Virginia

Absentee voting is more popular than ever this year as the coronavirus pandemic discourages voters from heading to the polls, but some people in Virginia were mailed absentee ballot applications that they did not ask for. It happened in several jurisdictions across the state, including Arlington, Fairfax and Roanoke, according to the League of Women…

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