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Elliott Francis

Weekend News Anchor

Francis has worked alongside some of the most influential media executives in the U.S. during his 25 years as a news anchor, including FOX News President and chairman, Roger Ailes, former CNN Executive Vice President Ed Turner, and the founder and former CEO of Johnson Publishing Company, John H. Johnson. In 2002, shortly after joining the ABC news affiliate in Washington DC (WJLA-TV) as the morning co-anchor, Francis was thrust into the rigors of live, non-stop coverage of the DC sniper shootings and investigation, sometimes speaking 8-9 hours unscripted. A skilled interviewer, Francis once convinced Singer John Denver to go "on-camera" with details of his upcoming DUI trial.

Francis is currently a weekend anchor/reporter for WAMU.

Francis is also a 'Rescue' level PADI certified SCUBA diver, a private pilot (student) and a lifelong aviation enthusiast.


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UPDATE: Some delegates now say other members, beyond two delegates who did not show for Tuesday's vote, may be reassessing their support for the bill.ORIGINAL POST: Wednesday Del. Tiffany Alston of Prince George's County, one of two delegates who delayed Tuesday's vote by refusing to appear in com...
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Tuesday's critical vote was postponed when Del. Jill Carter of Baltimore and Del. Tiffany Alston of Prince George's county -- both supporters of the bill -- failed to show up for the tally.As members mulled about in absence of the vote, Republican members of the committee began to heckle legislative supporters.Del. Michael Smigiel, an opponent of the bill remarked, "Lou,...
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Barry Considine suffers from a number of chronic motion restricting illnesses. He claims prescription drugs no longer relieve his pain, but marijuana does.At a recent hearing in Annapolis he explained why he uses it and the ironic circumstance it creates in his life."I've spent 10 years of my life living on vicodin and flexeril and the latest, greatest arthritis drug to ...
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The bill would replace Maryland's current law, which limits sentencing to a $100 fine for anyone caught using marijuana with a medical excuse. It would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana for patients with chronic pain or illness and would set up a network of state-registered growers and dispensaries.Barry Considine suffers from a number of chronic motion restricting illnesses...
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Montgomery County Council staff members are at the county Fire Rescue Training Academy in Rockville. Fully suited, with self-contained breathing gear, they enter a smoke-filled room to get a taste of the skills and equipment firefighters need to preserve property and save lives.Lisa Mandel-Trupp is chief of staff for Council Member Phil Andrews. With county budgets under strict...
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A new independent survey claims hundreds of residential cancer cases in Frederick Maryland can be directly linked to Fort Detrick.The study commissioned by the Kristen Renee Foundation surveyed an area within a 6-mile radius of the Army base. Of those tested, scientists found residents whose bodies contained toxins which matched the footprint of chemicals found in the soil, aro...
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When doctors told Randy White his daughter's cancer was most likely caused by environmental factors, he began to question the area where she lived -- not far from Fort Detrick. That's where ground water chemical contamination, and the testing of Agent Orange back in the '60s led many to suspect the facility was the source of high rates of cancer in the area.In the past four yea...
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The easement on the property located in Silver Spring prohibits the owners of four homes from digging, erecting fences, mowing grass, or even pulling weeds in portions of their backyards.Michael and Linda Sandler own one of the homes. Although Michael Sandler admits they overlooked documentation of the easement in their closing docs, he believes it should have been formerly dis...
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Ruth Getz is in Annapolis with other members of 'Help Save Maryland'. She's part of a public hearing on the so-called 'Maryland Dream Act'.The measure would allow students without legal resident status to pay lower in-state college tuition so long as they graduate from a Maryland high school they've attended for at least two years."Why should we have to fund and subsidiz...
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The so-called Maryland Dream Act would allow students without legal resident status to pay in-state or in-county tuition as long as they graduate from a Maryland high school they've attended for at least two years.The measure is sponsored by Sen. Victor Ramirez (D), who hopes to have Maryland join 11 other states which currently allow undocumented students to pay the reduced co...
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Irving Nathan says the city is now using urine analysis instead, which takes longer to complete and is 10 times as expensive."We are moving very quickly to bring back the breathalyzer test, which are better, more efficient and certainly less expensive than the urine testing," he says.Nathan says he plans to re-file many of the cases that were dropped.This post...
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The legislation would require new subdivisions of five homes or more to install a shared waste system with new technology designed to reduce nitrogen pollution, or connect to a public sewer system. Existing septic systems leech nitrogen pollution into waterways causing dead zone in the bay."Currently septic systems are responsible for 8 percent of Maryland's nitrogen pollution ...
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O'Malley first suggested the proposal during this year's State of the State address. The legislation, co-sponsored by Delegate Stephen Lafferty and Sen. Paul Pinsky, would require major new subdivisions to include technology to treat sewage waste before it's discharged or ties in to a public sewer system.The problem, according to O'Malley and others who support the proposal, is...
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Pepco is apologizing to its customers for widespread power outages and pledges to make improvements in a full-page newspaper advertisement Monday. Meanwhile, in Maryland, top representatives from the utility presented a reliability update to members of the Montgomery County Council Monday.The hearing was called by Council Member Roger Berliner -- a vocal critic of the utility. ...
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This week, friends and family of Metro employees killed on the job dedicated a new memorial honoring their loved ones.The 12-foot-tall black granite pylon stands in the center of the upper platform of the Metro Center station. The names of 26 employees are engraved on the tower in tribute, including Janice McMillan -- the train operator killed the ...
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As crews work to repair that water main break in Prince George's County, area residents are being urged to continue boiling their water until at least Thursday.The advisory is a necessary precaution since water is easily contaminated when the system loses pressure as it did Monday, when this 54-inch water main ruptured just ...
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In Prince George's County, Md., a settlement has been reached in the case brought against the county's police department by the mayor of Berwyn Heights.Mayor Cheye Calvo says the settlement in the case, involving a mistaken raid on his home back in 2008, includes meaningful reform in county law enforcement and practices which he claim led to the accident.Police raided th...
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As legend has it, sometime in the 1940s an anonymous man began an annual visit to the Edgar Allan Poe's grave, which is located in Baltimore. It was first reported back in 1949 by The Evening Sun. The mysterious visitor to writer's grave has failed to show up for the second year in a row.The unknown person would leave three roses and a half-empty bottle of cognac at Poe's grave...
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In Prince George's County, Md., elected officials and police gathered to talk about the progress they've made in response to the 13 homicides recorded in the county since the start of 2011.On Tuesday, interim Police Chief Mark Magaw stood with state's attorney, Angela Alsobrooks, and County Executive Rushern Baker, who set the tone of the meeting with this statement: "Violence ...
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In Northeast, the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception was the setting for a Mass of Remembrance to honor the victims and survivors of the earthquake in Haiti one year later.American-Haitians and many others all gathered Wednesday at the national shrine to remember the victims and pray for the survivors.Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, was chief c...