‘Fighting fit’: Trial to show Oath Keepers’ road to Jan. 6

The voting was over and almost all ballots were counted. News outlets on Nov. 7, 2020, had called the presidential race for Democrat Joe Biden. But the leader of the Oath Keepers extremist group was just beginning to fight. Convinced the White House had been stolen from Republican Donald Trump, Stewart Rhodes exhorted his followers…

Contentious zoning process paused in Prince George’s Co.

The Prince George’s County Council is slowing down a controversial plan that would re-zone parts of the Bowie and Mitchellville area in Maryland. Council chairman Calvin Hawkins said a joint public hearing set for next week will be rescheduled. More Local News More Prince George’s County News More Maryland News  The most contentious parts of…

A giraffe unexpectedly gave birth right in front of Virginia Zoo visitors

Visitors at the Virginia Zoo had the experience of a lifetime after a giraffe unexpectedly gave birth in front of them. Imara, an endangered Masai giraffe, gave birth to her ninth calf on September 9, according to a Facebook post from the zoo. Masai giraffes, one of four giraffe subspecies, are categorized as “endangered” by…

Why pawpaws may never be seen in your grocery store

It’s that time of the year again: pawpaw season. Pawpaws, a relatively obscure fruit, are native to the eastern United States, but will likely never be seen anywhere other than local farmers markets. Sometimes referred to as a hillbilly mango or a hipster banana, the pawpaw has a custard-like texture and a flavor reminiscent of…

Metro updates map to show Silver Line extension, new station names

Metro’s Silver Line extension is on the map — literally. The transit agency said Friday that it is rolling out a new system map to stations, trains and transit centers that depicts the six new stations on the extension of the Silver Line — Reston Town Center, Herndon, Innovation Center, Washington Dulles International Airport, Loudoun…

DC woman identified as victim of deadly Oxon Hill hit-and-run

As police continue to search for the driver of an SUV that struck and killed a woman in Oxon Hill, Maryland, earlier this week, they have released the victim’s identity. The Prince George’s County police identified her as Brenda Hackett, 56, of D.C. More Crime News More Maryland News More Local News Hackett’s body was…

Transurban finds firm to build I-495/I-270 toll lanes, but timing questions remain

Traffic along the Inner Loop of the Capital Beltway at the American Legion Bridge. (Courtesy Bruce DePuyt) This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. After a nearly two-year search, the consortium tapped to spearhead an ambitious toll lanes project in…

Police arrest LA woman in connection with Rockville lottery ticket scam

A California woman has been arrested for her part in what police describe as a lottery ticket scam. Police in Maryland’s Montgomery County say 54-year-old Daisy Castillo Badillo, of Los Angeles, California, worked with two others to steal nearly $14,000 from a local woman. In April, police said the scam victim was sitting inside of…

Levee test on National Mall causes road closures

toggle audio on and off change volume download audio Listen as WTOP’s John Aaron reports from the site of the levee installation at 17th Street in Northwest. Part of 17th Street in D.C. is closed as the National Park Service prepares to install a levee. The yearly test installation closes 17th Street between Constitution Avenue…

Fairfax Co. teaching assistant charged with assaulting special needs student

An instructional assistant at a Fairfax County, Virginia, elementary school has been charged with assaulting a special needs student, police said Wednesday. The alleged assault took place Sept. 16 at Dogwood Elementary School in Reston, Virginia. Fairfax County police said two teachers went into their classroom and saw Mark MacDicken, 60, of Centreville, assaulting the…

Marine Corps Marathon announces new locations for MCM Runners Village, Kids Run

The Marine Corps Marathon Organization said there will be new locations for the Marine Corps Marathon Runners Village and MCM Kids Run when the big race takes place Oct. 30. The 2022 Runners Village Gateway for the MCM and MCM50K will now be located at the intersection of Army Navy Drive and South Fern Street…

Accidental AC fire causes $800K in damage at Md. apt. complex

An accidental fire, likely caused by a faulty air conditioning condenser, resulted in $800,000 in damage at North Creek Place Apartments in Rockville, Maryland, Tuesday afternoon, and displaced about two dozen people. Pete Piringer, spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, said the firefighters knocked down the bulk of the fire at the eight-unit…

Road closures for Fiesta DC Festival

The D.C. police have announced road closures for the weekend’s Fiesta DC Festival. These roads will be closed to traffic and parking from 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25: Pennsylvania Avenue from 3rd Street to 7th Street Northwest 4th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to Madison Drive Northwest 6th Street from…

Safety official: A person or vehicle is hit by a train every 3 hours, half by drivers dodging gates

The number is staggering; the result, often deadly. “Every three hours in the United States, a person or vehicle is hit by a train,” said Jennifer DeAngelis, communications director with Operation Lifesaver, Inc., a nonprofit rail safety organization. More Local News More National News More Transportation News According to the Federal Railroad Administration, trespassing on…

‘Serial’ host: Evidence that freed Syed was long available

BALTIMORE (AP) — The creator of a true-crime podcast that helped free a Maryland man imprisoned for two decades in a murder case said that she feels a mix of emotions over how long it took authorities to act on evidence that’s long been available. In a new episode of the “Serial” podcast released Tuesday,…

Man convicted in deadly Popeyes stabbing sentenced to 22 years

The Maryland man convicted of a fatal stabbing at an Oxon Hill Popeyes restaurant in 2019 was sentenced Monday to 22 years in prison. Ricoh McClaine, 32, was convicted in April of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of 27-year-old Kevin Davis. More Prince George’s County News More Local News  The Nov. 4, 2019, stabbing…

The Yardbirds, band that launched Clapton, Beck, Page, rock Rams Head in Annapolis

Hear our full conversation on my podcast “Beyond the Fame.” Imagine replacing Eric Clapton on guitar by bringing in Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page in the same band together! That’s the story of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band The Yardbirds, who bring psychedelic blues-rock to Rams Head in Annapolis, Maryland, on Saturday. “You’ve…

Prince William School Board asks court to halt subpoenas

The Prince William County School Board is seeking court intervention to stop its former chair from continuing to subpoena members for documents in his defamation lawsuit against the former superintendent. In two scathing motions, attorneys for the board and former Superintendent Steven Walts asked a judge to stop the latest subpoena issued by former Board…

French Bulldog returned to owner after being stolen from Northwest hotel, police searching for suspect

After being stolen from a hotel in Northwest on Friday evening, a 6-month-old French Bulldog puppy was found and returned to his owner on Sunday, according to D.C. police. Detectives post with Hugo, a French Bulldog puppy that was returned to his owner after being stolen from a D.C. hotel. Police say the two were…

Sailor who died at Pearl Harbor to be buried at Arlington

The remains of a sailor from Massachusetts who died when the USS Oklahoma was struck by multiple torpedoes during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 are being buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday. The interment comes more than 80 years after the attack that drew the U.S. into World War II and…

US Air Force celebrates 75 years by looking at the future

On the 75th Anniversary of the U.S. Air Force, the service is at one of the most critical junctures in its history. Seated in a meeting room in hangar number two, at Joint Base Andrews, just outside of D.C., General Charles Q. Brown, the 22nd Chief of Staff, surrounded by aides and photos on the…

Richmond selected as site for world’s largest vertical farm

The world’s largest indoor vertical farming complex is coming to Richmond, Virginia. Plenty Unlimited, Inc. said Thursday that it acquired 120 acres of land near Richmond that will serve as the facility’s site to grow produce beginning next winter. More Virginia News More Local News The $300 million campus plans to host several large-scale vertical…

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