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Arlington Co. seal revamp process continues

The current official seal for Arlington County, Virginia, mainly used to represent elected officials and constitutional offices. (Courtesy Arlington County Government) The process to update Arlington County’s seal in Virginia continues. The current county seal features a 19th-century mansion built by slaves that was was once home to Confederate General Robert E. Lee. “People knew…

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Police release photos, offer reward for information in NW road rage case

Police are now asking for the public’s help in identifying the woman who shot a man during a road rage incident early Thursday on Massachusetts Avenue in Northwest D.C. The man who was shot in the head by the woman after she sideswiped his Acura SUV is in George Washington Hospital with life-threatening injuries A…

Lincoln, Douglass square off in Ford’s Theatre radio play ‘Necessary Sacrifices’

Two transformational American figures collide at Ford’s Theatre, which launches the new radio play “Necessary Sacrifices” streaming on the theatre website starting on Thursday. Written by acclaimed playwright Richard Hellesen, the story recounts a pair of historic White House meetings between President Abraham Lincoln (Paul Morella) and abolitionist Frederick Douglass (Craig Wallace, who previously played the role at…

Watchdog lays bare Capitol Police’s riot security failures

WASHINGTON (AP) — A blistering internal report by the U.S. Capitol Police describes a multitude of missteps that left the force unprepared for the Jan. 6 insurrection — riot shields that shattered upon impact, expired weapons that couldn’t be used, inadequate training and an intelligence division that had few set standards. The watchdog report released…

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Maryland’s former chief medical examiner, subject of lawsuit, testifies in Chauvin’s defense

Maryland’s former chief medical examiner testified for the defense in the Minneapolis murder trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with killing George Floyd. Dr. David Fowler’s testimony comes at the same time he’s being accused of helping to cover up the police’s role in the 2018 in-custody death of Anton Black,…

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Want a house in Alexandria? Bring a million dollars

Residential real estate listing service Bright MLS reports its Home Demand Index points to high demand for single-family homes in the D.C. metro area priced above $950,000 in March. In Alexandria, Virginia, the median price of a single-family home sold in March was $1.16 million — the first time ever over $1 million. Regionwide, home…

With Nationals Park capacity limit raised, more game tickets are now on sale

More fans will soon be welcomed back into Nationals Park, after the Nats were allowed to expand the ballpark’s capacity limit to 25%. Additional single game tickets are now on sale for the Washington Nationals’ four-game homestand with the Arizona Diamondbacks, which is set to begin on Thursday. More tickets will also be available for…

Judge discusses plans for trial in newspaper shooting case

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Nearly three years after five people at the Capital Gazette newspaper were killed, a Maryland judge discussed plans Tuesday for holding the second part of the shooter’s trial under COVID-19 court protocols. Jarrod Ramos, 41, pleaded guilty in October 2019 to all 23 counts he faced in connection with the attack…

Former Laurel police chief indicted on attempted murder, arson charges

A former Maryland police chief has been indicted on charges of attempted murder and arson. Former Laurel chief David Crawford is accused of setting fires across Prince George’s County, as well as in Montgomery and Howard counties. Investigators identified Crawford as a suspect after they found that several fires across Maryland, which involved vehicles and…

Fairfax County authorizes $3 million loan for affordable housing near Fort Belvoir

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 Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a $3 million Housing Blueprint loan to finance the acquisition of new affordable housing near Fort Belvoir in the Mount Vernon District. Funds will be…

Police officer fired 4 months after soldier’s traffic stop

WINDSOR, Va. (AP) — A police officer accused of pepper-spraying and pointing his gun at a Black Army lieutenant in Virginia was fired four months after the traffic stop occurred and two days after videos of the incident drew national attention. William Saunders, who is the Windsor town manager, confirmed in an email Tuesday that…

Virginia expands Medicaid access for legal immigrants

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Thousands of permanent residents in Virginia will qualify for Medicaid due a new rule that eliminates the 10-year work history requirement. The requirement is known as the “40-quarter rule,” according to the Virginia Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit group that advocates for low-income Virginians. The commonwealth was one of six states…

Maryland’s governor signs dozens of bills after ‘successful session’

Before its 90-day legislative session ended Monday, Maryland’s General Assembly passed 817 bills. And Tuesday morning, 66 of those bills were signed into law. Gov. Larry Hogan joined Senate President Bill Ferguson and House Speaker Adrienne Jones for the signing ceremony inside the Governor’s Reception Room in the Maryland State House. “I think it was…

2 killed, baby found after fire, shooting in Southeast DC

Police say a domestic dispute ended in a deadly triple shooting and a fire in Southeast D.C. on Monday night. Firefighters were called to the 2300 block of Good Hope Court off of Good Hope Road around 7:30 p.m. When they arrived, they found one person with a gunshot wound outside the apartment. “They contacted…

Shooting occurs near Maryland State Police barracks

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (AP) — A trooper was involved in a shooting near a Maryland State Police barracks Tuesday, authorities said. The shooting occurred after the trooper responded to a call about a person who was possibly armed with a gun near the State Police barracks in Leonardtown, authorities said in a tweet. Maryland State Police…

Virginia pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccines after FDA recommendation

Virginia’s vaccination coordinator said the commonwealth is pausing all Johnson & Johnson vaccines, in accordance with the recommendation earlier Tuesday from the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We will cease all Johnson & Johnson vaccines until this investigation is complete,” Dr. Danny Avula said in a statement. “If…

Biden, lawmakers at tribute to slain Capitol Police officer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The casket of slain U.S. Capitol Police Officer William “Billy” Evans arrived at the Capitol on Tuesday as President Joe Biden and congressional leaders prepared to pay their respects to an officer struck by a car and killed while he manned a barricade near the Senate side of the building. Evans’ casket…

Second home sales are soaring, but now there’s a mortgage hurdle

Second home and vacation home sales have soared in the last year as the pandemic pushed families who can afford them to look for larger homes and alternatives to their primary homes in urban areas, and the ability to take advantage of remote work options. Demand for second homes is up 128% from this same…

Got a movie idea? Chesapeake Film Fest hosts virtual Hollywood speaker series

toggle audio on and off change volume download audio WTOP’s Jason Fraley previews Hollywood speaker series (Part 1) Do you have a creative movie idea but no idea how to actually get it made? Check out “The Journey of a Hollywood Idea,” a virtual speaker series by the Chesapeake Film Festival on Saturday from 10…

What’s next as Congress ramps up investigations of Jan. 6

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than three months after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, Congress is still trying to figure out how to move forward and prevent future attacks. While the Senate has already heard testimony from law enforcement leaders who were responsible for failures during the riot, several more committees are examining possible…

Congress to honor 2nd Capitol Police officer slain this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Slain U.S. Capitol Police officer William “Billy” Evans will lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday during the second such memorial ceremony this year for a force that has edged close to crisis in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection. President Joe Biden and congressional leaders will attend a…

Caps, Wizards set dates for 1st home games with fans

The company that runs the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards, has announced the first game for each team that will be held in front of fans. Monumental Sports and Entertainment said in a statement Monday that fans would be admitted to the Capital One Arena for the Wizards’ game against the Golden State Warriors Wednesday,…

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