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DC abruptly forced 5 summer camps to cancel, but reason unclear | WTOP

DC abruptly forced 5 summer camps to cancel, but reason unclear | WTOP

|||{{headline}}Dozens of kids set to attend D.C. summer sports camps learned last week they were canceled. As parents seek refunds, they've been given no clear reason why the District denied at least five camps' waivers.Dozens of kids eagerly anticipating a break from monotony through a D.C. summer sports camp were disappointed to learn last week that camp was canceled.As parents shuffle plans and seek refunds, they’ve been given no clear reason why D.C. denied at least five camps’ waivers from public health restrictions.“We’ve tried to get me in for three years now, and this was the year....

August 12, 2020
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Virginia Senate Dems unveil criminal justice reform proposals ahead of special session | WTOP

Virginia Senate Dems unveil criminal justice reform proposals ahead of special session | WTOP

||{{headline}}"Our package is more focused on the entire system and not just policing," one Virginia state senator said.Virginia Senate Democrats released a series of proposals aimed at addressing law enforcement and criminal justice reform amid the continued widespread protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.The Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus Justice Reform and Racial Equity package comes on the heels of an Aug. 18 special session for the General Assembly.A large portion of the legislation tackles policing across the commonwealth and includes a host of...

August 15, 2020
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Police disperse protesters in downtown DC after late night march | WTOP

Police disperse protesters in downtown DC after late night march | WTOP

Protests in downtown D.C. came to an abrupt end Sunday night with the widespread use of crowd control munitions in Black Lives Matter Plaza for the second night in a row, following a march to near U Street.North of Lafayette Square shortly after midnight, WTOP’s Alejandro Alvarez reported D.C. police used impact munitions and flash grenades on protesters following the conclusion of a march from the area of 16th and H streets to near the U Street corridor and back.Other than the frequent use of small firecrackers, the initial event remained peaceful. Billed as a march calling for the...

August 31, 2020
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DC area joins nationwide trend of first-time gun ownership | WTOP

DC area joins nationwide trend of first-time gun ownership | WTOP

||{{headline}}D.C.-area residents are no exception to the trend of people who are looking for that extra layer of security by purchasing their first firearm.The sounds of gunfire ringing through her Southeast D.C. neighborhood had always kept Neta Vaught away from firearms. To her, guns symbolized the violence that the mother of three worked so hard to shield her family from — the violence that has Vaught regularly coming across dead bodies and kept her from giving her two teenagers the childhood she wanted.But after witnessing the national temperature rise over the past few months, between...

September 22, 2020
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31 states on DC’s latest list of high-risk states for coronavirus | WTOP

31 states on DC’s latest list of high-risk states for coronavirus | WTOP

||{{headline}}Delaware and West Virginia remain on D.C.'s latest list of high-risk states where the seven-day moving average of daily new coronavirus cases is 10 or more per 100,000 persons. Added to the list is New Mexico, while Arizona has been removed.Delaware and West Virginia remain on D.C.’s latest list of high-risk states where the seven-day moving average of daily new coronavirus cases is 10 or more per 100,000 persons.Added to the list is New Mexico, while Arizona has been removed.In total, there are 31 states on the list.Delaware has been on and off the list in recent...

October 5, 2020
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2-story tall metal flowers that move based on current weather now on display in Silver Spring | WTOP

2-story tall metal flowers that move based on current weather now on display in Silver Spring | WTOP

||||{{headline}}A kinetic art bouquet of two-story tall flowers in Silver Spring moves in a remarkable marriage of art, electronics and technology.A kinetic art bouquet of two-story tall flowers in Silver Spring, Maryland, moves in a remarkable marriage of art, forecasting and electronics.The metal origami display is at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road. It receives data from the National Weather Service to activate protective measures in the event of rain, wind or freezing temperatures.“Depending on the weather, the flowers are closed or they’re open,” Joerg Student, one of...

April 25, 2021
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Maryland’s former chief medical examiner, subject of lawsuit, testifies in Chauvin’s defense | WTOP

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

|||{{headline}}Dr. David Fowler, Maryland’s chief medical examiner of 17 years, was called as an expert witness for the defense in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial, where the former Minneapolis police officer is charged in George Floyd’s death.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, a Black 19-year-old...

April 14, 2021
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As coronavirus surge approaches, U.Va. robot speeds reuse of masks | WTOP

As coronavirus surge approaches, U.Va. robot speeds reuse of masks | WTOP

{{headline}}A new robot at UVA Health will help disinfect thousands of N-95 masks in the fight against coronavirus.Having the right tool for the job makes the challenge safer and faster — a new robot at , in Charlottesville, Virginia, is helping quickly disinfect N-95 face masks for health care professionals handling coronavirus cases.With the greatest anticipated number of patients infected with COVID-19 still to come in Virginia, the health system has acquired, assembled, and trained on a new robot that will allow its facilities, including the hospital on the University of Virginia...

April 16, 2020
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DC’s Call Your Mother deli expands during coronavirus pandemic | WTOP

DC’s Call Your Mother deli expands during coronavirus pandemic | WTOP

{{headline}}D.C.'s Call Your Mother deli opened a second location on Capitol Hill Wednesday, amid the coronavirus crisis that has forced many other business to shut down.While most businesses have shut down during the coronavirus pandemic, there’s one in the D.C. that is actually expanding.The popular , which has its original location at Georgia Avenue and Lamont Street in Northwest, opened its second location Wednesday on Capitol Hill.“The thought process was basically we had decided we were going to put it on pause in the middle of March,” said Call Your Mother co-owner Andrew Dana.But...

April 16, 2020
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Bowser says DC councilman who asked her to fire police chief is ‘lame duck’ | WTOP

Bowser says DC councilman who asked her to fire police chief is ‘lame duck’ | WTOP

||{{headline}}D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser used the term "lame duck" Thursday as she brushed off a councilmember's call for her to fire the District's police chief.D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser used the term “lame duck” Thursday as she brushed off a councilmember’s call for her to fire the District’s police chief.Councilmember David Grosso, who is not running for reelection this year, said Metropolitan Police Department Chief Peter Newsham should be removed from his post because he thinks Newsham has a pattern of unfairly cracking down on protesters, not striving to find ways to better serve the...

July 10, 2020
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