DC, Md. to close government offices Friday in observance of Juneteenth

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan both announced Thursday that all state and city government agencies and offices will be closed Friday in honor of Juneteenth on Saturday. Congress approved a bill to make June 19 — Juneteenth — the 12th federal holiday on Wednesday. “This is an important step forward for…

Prince William School Board considers later high school start times for 2022

This article was written by WTOP’s news partner InsideNoVa.com and republished with permission. Sign up for InsideNoVa.com’s free email subscription today. The first bell at Prince William County Schools could be ringing a lot later for high schoolers in fall of 2022, as the division will spend next year considering a plan that would move start times for the…

‘A Capitol Fourth’ performances to be pretaped again with live fireworks

“A Capitol Fourth” will return for its 41st annual celebration July 4, but the concerts will be pretaped again this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, like last year, the fireworks will be broadcast live, and this year crowds will return to the National Mall for fireworks to celebrate the nation’s 245th birthday. Multiplatinum…

1 dead in Prince George’s Co. crash involving tractor-trailer

One person is dead following a highway crash south of Brandywine, Maryland, on Thursday morning, the Maryland State Police said. Police responded to the southbound lanes of U.S. Route 301 near Clymer Drive, around 4:30 a.m. for reports of a two-vehicle crash. Christopher Robin Barnes Jr., 26, of Waldorf, Maryland, was making a left turn…

Father’s Day 2021 Guide: Deals, events in the DMV

In honor of Father’s Day this Sunday — yes, this Sunday — restaurants, breweries and even some historical sites around the DMV are offering some pretty sweet events and deals. Don’t worry; if Father’s Day slipped your mind, tons of last-minute options are still available. Restaurants and bars The dog-friendly restaurant and bar Barkhaus, in Alexandria,…

New Virginia laws aimed at boosting safety for cyclists start July 1

Bicycle safety is a constant concern across the D.C. area, and two new Virginia laws going into effect on July 1 aim to address it. One of the laws will require drivers across the state to switch lanes if they can’t maintain at least three feet of distance when passing cyclists — even if that…

FBI needs help ID’ing woman’s dismembered body found in Maryland’s Catoctin Mountain Park

The FBI in Maryland is calling on the public to help identify a woman whose dismembered body was found by hikers over the weekend in Catoctin Mountain Park in Frederick County. In a news release, the FBI Baltimore Field Office said the hikers stumbled over a portion of the woman’s body Saturday in the 5,000-acre…

JK Moving pays long-distance drivers $100,000 a year

The nationwide shortage of long-haul truck drivers brought on by the surge in e-commerce has trickled down to other businesses that depend on over-the-road truckers, and Sterling, Virginia-based JK Moving Services is among them. JK Moving has increased its annual guaranteed income for experienced, over-the-road Class-A commercial drivers to a minimum of $100,000 a year. That…

Sunset Cinema returns to The Wharf for summer outdoor movies in Southwest

toggle audio on and off change volume download audio WTOP’s Jason Fraley previews Sunset Cinema at The Wharf (Part 1) It’s one more sign that summer is here and life is slowly returning to normal. Sunset Cinema returns to The Wharf on Thursday night with fun outdoor movies. “It’s a lot of fun to be…

Marijuana remains unwelcome on college campuses in Virginia

Marijuana legalization rolls out across Virginia next month, but universities in the commonwealth aren’t following suit. Virginia Tech recently updated its student code of conduct to make clear that marijuana is still banned on campus even after July 1, when the state’s new legalization law takes effect. The Blacksburg school is the first in the…

Md. coal-fired power plant will retire 5 years early — before worker retraining kicks in

This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. The operator of the second largest coal-fired power plant in Maryland announced that the plant will retire next year, which is five years earlier than previously announced. GenOn Holdings plans to shut down two of…

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Arlington houses now sell before they’re for sale

Homes that sold in Northern Virginia in May were on the market for an average of 13 days, selling 24% faster than homes were selling a year ago, according to the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors. In Arlington County, NVAR says sales are happening even faster. “When properties hit the market in May they were…

COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Camden Yards this weekend

If you haven’t gotten your shot yet, the Baltimore Orioles, MLB and Maryland are partnering to host on-site COVID-19 vaccinations from Friday to Wednesday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. It’s part of MLB’s Vaccinate at the Plate program, the goal of which is to get more shots into the arms of unvaccinated baseball fans over…

Prince William weighs $1,600 bonus for teachers, staff; most get coin in Loudoun as pandemic thanks

The Prince William County School Board is set to vote Wednesday on a plan that would provide financial thanks to Virginia teachers and staff in a one-time bonus — up to $1,600 each — at the end of the pandemic-riddled academic year. However, in neighboring Loudoun County, most Loudoun County school employees received a challenge…

US Catholic bishops meet amid divisions on Communion policy

When U.S. Catholic bishops convene virtually for a national meeting Wednesday, they will be divided ideologically as well as physically. They’re split over whether to press ahead with an initiative that could — at least implicitly — rebuke President Joe Biden for receiving Communion while supporting abortion rights. For a body that strives to appear…

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Local veterans help clean DC memorial

Forrest Lingenfelter with American Legion Post 177 in Fairfax helped to clean the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial on Saturday. This article was written by WTOP’s news partner InsideNoVa.com and republished with permission. Sign up for InsideNoVa.com’s free email subscription today. Sgt. James Pierce was with the 514th Military Police Company in Afghanistan’s Khost Province in 2012 and…

Cherry blossom festival auctioning off ‘Art in Bloom’ sculptures

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is auctioning off five of the sculptures used to help celebrate this year’s festival, at a time when visitors were being discouraged from seeing the trees on D.C.’s National Mall. The sculpture series was titled “Art in Bloom.” The festival commissioned 25 sculptures to be designed by local artists around…

MDOT truck driver dead after roadwork incident

A Maryland Department of Transportation truck driver is dead after an industrial incident Saturday afternoon. It happened around noon Saturday on Arundel Expressway near Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard. Maryland State Police said 54-year-old Michael Spencer of Baltimore, Maryland, was outside his truck when an excavator moved a concrete barrier onto the truck’s trailer and pinned him.…

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Montgomery Co. police search for 2 children missing from Germantown

Malachi Mobley, 3, and Bria Whittaker, 6, are missing from Falling Water Circle in Germantown, Maryland. Both children were last seen with their grandmother Lisabeth Mobley. (Courtesy Montgomery County Police) Montgomery County police are asking the public for help in finding two children missing from Germantown, Maryland. Malachi Mobley, 3, and Bria Whittaker, 6, went…

DC soda tax proposal withdrawn

A D.C. council member has withdrawn a proposed tax that would have added a 1.5-cent-per-ounce excise tax any on sugary drinks, such as sodas, energy drinks and sports drinks. “While I am so proud of the diverse coalition of people leading this effort in community, I recognize that there is not enough support to move the…

Sunshine set to return Saturday

Clouds will be slow to clear following Friday’s intense rain that left parts of the D.C. area with flooding, but sunshine is forecast for D.C. region. NBC Washington meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts said temperatures will rise into the middle to upper 70s, as the D.C. area experiences a few early morning sprinkles, followed by dry weather.…

Md. man, 2-year-old dead in apparent murder-suicide on Appalachian Trail

A Frederick, Maryland, man, appears to have killed his 2-year-old son and then himself Thursday night. The Maryland State Police said in a statement Friday that the bodies of Dawson Thomson, 2, and his father, Sean, 34, were found along the Appalachian Trail in Washington County at about 3 a.m. Friday. The police said Dawson…

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