Loudoun Co. superintendent, school board irked by CDC guidance on return to school

The number of COVID-19 cases in Loudoun County is currently too high to bring students back to school buildings more than two days per week, Interim Superintendent Scott Ziegler told the school board. Looking forward, Ziegler and School Board Member Jeff Morse both voiced frustration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for…

Large fire in Northwest DC destroys home under renovation

Three people are displaced and one firefighter injured after a massive blaze near D.C.’s Embassy Row destroyed a multimillion dollar home and extended to two adjacent houses early Wednesday. Firefighters were dispatched at 12:41 a.m. for a fire at 2601 31st St. NW, in a neighborhood between Embassy Row and Woodley Park. They arrived to…

Southern Poverty: 160 Confederate symbols taken down in 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — When rioters tore through the U.S. Capitol last month, some of them gripping Confederate battle flags, they didn’t encounter a statue of the most famous rebel general, Robert E. Lee. The Lee statue, which represented the state of Virginia as part of the National Statuary Hall Collection in the Capitol for…

Security officials cast blame for Jan. 6 failures at Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — Testifying publicly for the first time about the Jan. 6 insurrection, former security officials are poised to cast blame on the Pentagon, the intelligence community and each other for the disastrous failure to anticipate the violent intentions of the mob and defend the Capitol. In prepared remarks before two Senate committees Tuesday,…

Bill mandating in-person learning in Virginia closer to becoming law

A bill requiring Virginia schools to offer full-time, in-person learning is on its way to the House of Delegates. Senate Bill 1303, which had bipartisan sponsorship, was presented to the House Education Committee on Monday. Virginia Democratic Del. Schuyler VanValkenburg, who’s a sponsor of the bill, said it will have schools open safely, make sure…

Prince William planners discuss incentives, fast-tracking for solar projects

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. Prince William County planners are trying to ease regulations to support solar projects. The Planning Commission received a report on the county’s solar panel approval process and planned regulations during a work session Wednesday.…

Filling up? Gas prices rise in DC area after winter blast

The blast of winter weather across the U.S. last week is “causing pain at the pump for area motorists,” AAA Mid-Atlantic said — including a 15-cent jump per gallon in Maryland. Overall, gas prices across the entire D.C. metro area jumped 11 cents through the end of last week, the group said. It blames the…

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Snow makes for hazardous driving in DC region; Winter Weather Advisory expanded

Another mix of snow and rain is making its way through the D.C. region, threatening a difficult commute. Here’s what you need to know. The National Weather Service’s D.C. region office continues to warn of a “potential for hazardous commuting conditions” as a burst of a wintry mix — primarily snow, mixing in with sleet…

Winter weather could make for hazardous Monday commute, forecasters warn

Yet another mix of snow and rain is expected to impact the D.C. area Monday, likely making it difficult for motorists intending to navigate the region’s roadways. The National Weather Service’s D.C. region office is warning of a “potential for hazardous commuting conditions” on Monday, with the potential for a up to an inch of…

Here comes trouble! DC’s giant panda cub takes first trip to yard

You know what they say: First they’re walking, then they’re off to college and suddenly they’re getting married — well, now try to panda-ify those milestones. Xiao Qi Ji, the Smithsonian National Zoo’s nearly 6-month-old giant panda cub, has ventured “out of the house” after making his inaugural visit to the zoo’s outdoor habitat on…

Fire in Prince George’s Co. displaces residents from 3 apartment buildings

Residents from 42 housing units were displaced Saturday when a fire tore through three buildings in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The blaze began around 7 p.m. on Hil-Mar Drive in District Heights, according to a Prince George’s County Fire/EMS spokeswoman. When crews arrived, flames burst out of the upper floors, with some people trapped on…

Latest COVID-19 vaccination numbers in DC, Maryland and Virginia

 Chart updated: Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m.  WTOP is tracking vaccination rollout in the D.C. region. D.C., Virginia and Maryland are working to inoculate millions while dealing with an unprecedented demand and constricted supply of dosages. In late 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began reporting coronavirus vaccination data for all 50 states,…

Virginia State Police warn of phone scammer posing as state trooper

Virginia State Police are warning residents of northern Virginia that a phone scammer has spoofed a legitimate State Police phone number and has been attempting to trick people into believing they are a state trooper. Police said the scammer has called around 50 northern Virginia residents and neighboring states as of Saturday afternoon. The calls…

Alexandria seniors receive second dose of COVID vaccine

Residents at an apartment complex for seniors in Alexandria, Virginia, received their second vaccine shots Saturday in an effort to create more accessibility for those vulnerable to COVID-19. The clinic at Ladrey Senior Highrise Apartments, organized by the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority along with the city’s health department, administered 90 second doses of the…

Firefighter injured in Northeast DC fire

A firefighter was injured in a fire Saturday morning in Northwest D.C. The fire happened near the 3400 hundred block of 11th Street near Park Road NW. D.C. Fire and EMS said the call came in around 7:15 a.m. and firefighters saw a considerable amount of smoke coming from the building when they arrived. The…

Sunny but chilly weekend in the DC area

After snow, sleet and freezing rain, it will be a cold but sun-filled weekend in the D.C. area. The wet weather will be drying and clearing today, but could be icy to start. It will feel like single-digits Saturday morning. “Be prepared for a cold blast as you head outside,” said Storm Team4 meteorologist Briana…

DC residents displaced following apartment fire

An early morning fire in a two-story apartment building in Southeast D.C. has displaced some residents. D.C. Fire and EMS said the call came in around 5:30 a.m. Saturday from the 2800 block of 28th Street in Southeast, near Naylor Road. There were no reported injuries. Fire officials said 11 residents were sheltering in EMS…

Slick road conditions around DC-area roadways; Bay Bridge sees delays

The cold is sticking around the D.C. region, and that’s going to make the roads and sidewalks dicey for a while. On the road, said WTOP’s Reada Kessler in the Traffic Center, “Things are looking a lot better than they have,” but there are still slick spots, especially on smaller roadways. She also advised drivers…

Triple shooting in Prince George’s Co. leaves 2 dead, 1 injured

A triple shooting left two people dead and another injured in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Friday evening. Prince George’s County police headed at the interception of East Capitol Street and Yacht Place in Capitol Heights at around 8:50 p.m. to respond to a reported car crash. Responding officers found three men inside a car with…

DC police shoot armed suspect, 1 man found dead

Police in D.C. are investigating two shootings that left one man dead and another wounded by police. It happened Friday just before 6 p.m., on the 5900 block of Chillum Place Northeast near New Hampshire Avenue. Police found a man on the ground in a grassy area, and they saw another man carrying a weapon.…

Data Doctors: Tech tips for online COVID-19 vaccine appointments

Q: Can you provide any tips for online vaccine appointment websites? They are so frustrating to use! The classic supply vs. demand problem, combined with poorly developed vaccine appointment websites, is generating lots of frustration for those attempting to get scheduled for a vaccine. Being tech-savvy doesn’t necessarily help with the frustration, but approaching the…

Man dead in unexplained Fairfax car fire

A man is dead after a car fire in Centreville, Virginia, police said early Friday. Fairfax County police tweeted at 8:40 a.m. that officers were on the scene in the 5800 block of Old Centreville Road. They found a man at the car fire. He was taken to the hospital, where he died from his…

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