Cyclist dies after being struck by trash truck in Gaithersburg

A 61-year-old woman died after she was struck by a trash truck while riding her bike in an intersection in Gaithersburg, Maryland, on Friday morning, according to Montgomery County Police. Around 8:30 a.m., Montgomery County Police, Gaithersburg City Police and Montgomery County Fire and Rescue responded to the intersection of S. Frederick Avenue and S.…

Legal risks in sedition conspiracy case against Oath Keepers

The seditious conspiracy case against members and associates of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group marks the boldest attempt so far by the government to prosecute those who attacked the U.S. Capitol, but invoking the rarely used charge carries considerable risks. Still, legal experts who have reviewed the indictment unsealed this past week against Oath…

COVID postpones jury trials in Maryland until at least March

The Maryland Judiciary has postponed jury trials until at least March 6 due to a surge of COVID-19 cases. A news release from the judiciary says clerks’ offices in both the District Court of Maryland and circuit courts throughout the state will remain open to the public and the Court of Appeals of Maryland and…

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Winter Storm Watch issued in DC area with snow, wintry mix expected Sunday

The D.C. area isn’t done with winter weather for the month of January yet with the forecast calling for a snowstorm that will transition to freezing rain on Sunday. Here’s what you need to know. Snow will start to move into the western and southern suburbs around noon Sunday, covering the entire region during the…

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Water’s End Brewery expands to Fredericksburg (with a chicken partner)

Water’s End Brewery, started by a former Fairfax County police officer in 2016 with its first location in Lake Ridge, Virginia, in 2016, will open a third location in a historic building in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Its second location, in Woodbridge, opened in 2020. More Business News The Fredericksburg brewery will open in Fredericksburg Square, a…

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DC restaurants hope for smooth, proof-of-vax Restaurant Week

Almost two years into the pandemic, and Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Weeks are still not normal, but this year’s Winter Restaurant Week, which begins Jan. 17, aims to feel more normal, with a renewed emphasis on on-site dining. Even so, the 200 or so Washington-area restaurants taking part in Winter Restaurant Week with specially priced, multicourse…

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Potential for weekend winter storm looms over DC region

January is turning out to be a boon for the D.C. region’s winter weather lovers, with a chance for more snow in store for this weekend. Meteorologists are monitoring forecasts for another storm in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast from a Sunday afternoon to Monday morning time frame. Bitter cold returns Friday night, meaning Sunday’s storm…

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40 years ago on WTOP: Air Florida crash, fatal Metro derailment, snowstorm

Today marks 40 years since Jan. 13, 1982 — the snowy day Air Florida Flight 90 crashed into the 14th Street Bridge, and Metrorail experienced its first fatal derailment. A U.S. Park Police helicopter pulls two people from the wreckage of the remains of the Air Florida jetliner after it fell into the Potomac River…

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DC metro housing market ends 2021 with lower sales, showings

The final report on the D.C. metro area’s housing market for 2021 shows a year-end slowdown, and less activity when compared to the final month of 2020. Listing service Bright MLS reports home showings by real estate agents in December dropped sharply, down 20% from November. Showings were also 5.9% lower than December 2020. More…

MS-13 gang members indicted in 4 Prince William co. killings, other charges

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. A federal grand jury returned indictments this week against a dozen MS-13 gang members and associates in connection with racketeering, drug trafficking, and a series of random murders. Eight of those indicted have been charged for involvement in…

Reston ed-tech firm buys Arizona student financial aid firm

Reston, Virginia-based education technology firm Ellucian is acquiring Chandler, Arizona-based CampusLogic for an undisclosed sum, the second big local ed-tech deal this month. The deal follows D.C.-based EverFi’s $750 million acquisition by Charleston, South Carolina-based software company Blackbaud, announced last week. More Business News Ellucian’s acquisition of CampusLogic gives it a company that makes financial…

Shady Grove and Rockville Metro stations to reopen Sunday

Both the Shady Grove and Rockville Metro stations in Montgomery County, Maryland, are slated to reopen this weekend, according to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, the transit agency overseeing the rail system. Metro expects both stations to reopen Sunday following a four-month closure for canopy work and a delay. Tracking Metro 24/7 More Transportation…

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It’s Girl Scouts Cookie season — and there’s a new one this year

Girl Scout Cookie Season, called the world’s largest entrepreneurial program for girls, kicked off this week, and there’s a new cookie box in the mix. You can get Girl Scout Cookies through DoorDash this year. More Food and Restaurant News More Business News The new Adventurefuls cookie is “an indulgent brownie-inspired cookie” with caramel-flavored creme…

Hogan appoints James Ports Jr. as Maryland transportation secretary

Maryland’s tolling chief will be its next secretary of transportation. Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday he named James F. Ports Jr. — executive director of the Maryland Transportation Agency — to lead the Maryland Department of Transportation. Ports will succeed Secretary Greg Slater, who is leaving the post for a job opportunity in another state.…

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Golden-Headed Lion Tamarin twins at National Zoo bonding with parents

On Oct. 7, the Smithsonian National Zoo celebrated the arrival of golden-headed lion tamarin twins. They are the first of their endangered species born at the Zoo in 16 years. (Courtesy Smithsonian National Zoo) We’re seeing double. The Smithsonian National Zoo welcomed twin baby golden-headed lion tamarins to its family. The little ones were born…

Virginia delegate calls FCPS response to attack on Muslim student ‘unacceptable’

A member of the Virginia House of Delegates said the Fairfax County School Board is failing in its response to a December attack on a Muslim high school student. In a letter to the board sent Monday, Ibraheem Samirah, who represents parts of Fairfax and Loudoun counties, said its response to an attack on Fairfax…

Youngkin names health and human resources secretary

Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin said Monday that he’s chosen John Littel to serve as the commonwealth’s secretary of health and human resources. “The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating impacts on Virginians across the Commonwealth, and John will play a pivotal role in overseeing our efforts in protecting Virginians’ lives and livelihoods.,” Youngkin said in a…

Buying in Prince George’s County is better than renting

There are all sorts of valid reasons for choosing to rent rather than buy a home, and vice versa, but if the decision is made solely on the monthly costs, renting is less expensive in virtually all areas of the D.C. metro, with one exception: Prince George’s County, Maryland. Attom Data Solutions ran the numbers…

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Winter Weather Advisory for freezing rain in parts of Maryland and Virginia expanded

Key points: A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for freezing rain in portions of central and northern Maryland, and parts of Northern Virginia, until noon Sunday. Totals: Ice accumulation up to a tenth of an inch. Black ice will make travel dangerous for morning drivers, especially near the Maryland-Pennsylvania state line. Scattered power outages are…

Bowser: Testing program success proves ‘mandate’ from DC families

As D.C. students are slated to return to in-person classes this week, Mayor Muriel Bowser said schools navigating COVID-19 test-to-return programs have shown a mandate from parents to keep kids learning. WTOP asked Bowser about her test-to-return program in the District, recent winter weather that pulled students out of school and her conversations with parents.…

1 dead, 2 injured after crash on BW Parkway

A person is dead and two others injured after a crash involving three vehicles on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway near the split to U.S. Route 50 in Maryland. U.S. Park Police officers said the crash happened around 1:15 a.m. Sunday. One person was pronounced dead at the scene. Two others were transported to a hospital with…

Over $2 million of federal funding helps Howard Co. with health care staffing during Omicron wave

Over $2 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan is being used to address staffing and other health care needs in Howard County, Maryland, as it deals with the Omicron variant of COVID-19. County Executive Calvin Ball committed $2.4 million total to support the effort, sending $2 million to Howard County General Hospital (HCGH)…

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