Hundreds of thousands more Marylanders turned to SNAP benefits to eat during pandemic

This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. Maryland residents’ enrollment in federal food assistance programs has increased sharply since the COVID-19 pandemic started in March, according to a report that Maryland Hunger Solutions released Wednesday. The report shows a 400% increase in federal Supplemental Nutrition…

Fall colors are peaking in Md. — here are some great places to see them

This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. Hues of red, orange and yellow are sweeping across the region in one of the most vibrant autumns that the mid-Atlantic has seen in several years. According to the Maryland Department of Natural…

White House Halloween event Sunday tweaked for coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ghosts, goblins and other costumed kids are welcome to trick or treat at the White House on Sunday during a Halloween event that has been rejiggered to include coronavirus precautions. The gates to the South Lawn will be opened to children from military families, frontline workers and others, from 3:30 p.m. to…

New unemployment filings fall in DC and Maryland, but spike in Virginia

New filings for unemployment benefits fell in both the District and Maryland last week, but initial claims jumped in Virginia, even as the number of initial unemployment claims nationwide dropped to the lowest level since March. Nationally, 787,000 Americans filed for unemployment benefits for the first time in the week ending Oct. 17. That’s 55,000…

Service begins on self-driving shuttle in Fairfax Co.

If you want to get a first-hand look at cutting-edge driverless vehicle technology, you can now hop on a self-driving electric shuttle in the Mosaic District of Fairfax County. The autonomous electric shuttle, called Relay, began carrying passengers Thursday after a ceremony featuring state and local leaders. “If there is technology that is going to…

Prince William Co. school board OKs return plan for students

The school board in Prince William County, Virginia, voted to approve the superintendent’s return-to-learn model Wednesday night. The board voted 5-3 in favor after a seven-hour long meeting. Under the new model, only pre-K and kindergarten students will return to schools starting in December. Middle and high-school students will return in January. Read more: Fall…

‘Seamless’: Goals of turning National Landing into ‘great neighborhood’

Landing Amazon’s new headquarters was a big deal in 2018 for the Northern Virginia neighborhoods of Crystal City, Pentagon City and Potomac Yard — but transforming the area into a thriving, walkable destination dubbed National Landing remains a work in progress. Having the global technology giant in the D.C. suburbs is posing both economic opportunities…

A road trip in a pandemic? Get your car checked first

The only thing worse than being stuck on the side of the road during a holiday trip is being stuck on the side of the road during a holiday trip in the middle of a pandemic, so AAA is encouraging drivers to get their vehicles checked out now. Thanksgiving is a heavy travel season, and…

Dense fog advisory extended through noon, summer-like highs to follow

Dense fog will linger in the D.C. region through midday, but after that, it’s smooth sailing: Afternoon temperatures will warm to between 10 and 15 degrees above normal, and stay there for the middle part of this week. A strong area of high pressure will dominate the region’s weather for the rest of the workweek,…

No hanging out, no singing indoors: Va. boarding school sets rules, remains COVID-free

More than two months after the first students arrived on campus for in-person learning, not a single student or staff member at Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, Virginia, has tested positive for COVID-19. It hasn’t been easy, said retired Air Force Brigadier Gen. David Wesley, president of the academy which offers university-preparatory education in an…

Pixie post: Fairy letters offer advice, respite in Virginia

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — With the coronavirus lockdown and school out for the summer, 9-year-old Maya Gebler’s social world had shrunk to her immediate family and a few friends. When her human pen pals stopped writing, she turned to the fairies who had taken up residence at a tree in her Virginia neighborhood. And the…

215-gallon oil spill discovered at Delaware beach

BROADKILL BEACH, Del. (AP) — An approximately 215-gallon oil spill has been discovered at a Delaware beach. The spill from an unknown source spanned three-quarters of a mile of upper Delaware Bay coastline, depositing much of the oil that came ashore in the sand at Broadkill Beach, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control…

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