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News Archive - July 5, 2010

A Busy 4th For Fire And EMS

By Sabri Ben-Achour

D.C. Fire and EMS had it's hands full on the 4th of July with fireworks related calls.

Pete Piringer is a spokesman for D.C. Fire and EMS, he says this 4th of July, like every 4th in the District, was busy.

"Extremely busy, 5 or 6 calls a minute at times," sa...

Cardin Leads Congressional Delegation to Norway

By Rebecca Blatt

Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland is leading a Congressional Delegation to Oslo, Norway, this week to participate in the annual session of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Parlaimentary Assembly.

The group will also make a side-trip to a cluster of...

Docs Advise Local Residents to Stay Inside and Avoid Hot Temps

By Natalie Neumann

As temperatures rise close to triple digits, people in the area are advised to stay inside.

Greg Marchand is an Emergency Room Physician at Washington Hospital Center. He says people should use common sense when trying to beat the heat.

"We recommend that peop...

Crabs Make A Comeback, With Some Help from Mother Nature

After years of decline, the blue crab population in the Chesapeake Bay hit an all time low in 2007, prompting Virginia and Maryland to make big changes to how crabs were harvested. Virginia outlawed the winter dredging of crabs, Maryland cut the harvest short and gave the crabs breaks to migrate....

Metro Opens Doors....

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Metro has pulled 100 of it's rail cars from service due to technical issues, and that may affect service.

The problem is with metro's doors: they open alright, while the cars are still in motion. It hasn't happened yet with passengers on board, but metro employees...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A collection of documents belonging to George Washington and studied for more than four decades will be making its way to Mount Vernon as the centerpiece of a new library. Scholars at the University of Virginia have sifted through more than half the 90 volumes of papers.

...

Beat the Heat at Local Cooling Centers

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

One Judiciary Square 441 4th Street, NW Chief Louis Cannon (202) 727-0103 Frank D. Reeves Center (Lobby)

2000 14th Street, NW Chief Louis Cannon (202) 727-0103 King Office Building (Lobby) Managed by the Department of Health

3720 Martin Luther King, Jr. Aven...

How To Save Your Car In Punishing Heat

By David Schultz

The first thing to remember - make sure you have plenty of engine coolant on hand.

John Townshend, with AAA Mid-Atlantic, says if your car overheats and you don't have enough coolant, you're in big trouble.

"You can easily warp the engine or destroy the engine,"...

Water Woes Continue For Some Maryland Residents

By Cathy Carter

Mandatory water restrictions continue today for residents of Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland.

It's going to be hot today, but residents in the affected communities still can't water their lawns or top off their swimming pools. Officials say that eme...

A Busy 4th For Fire And EMS

By Sabri Ben-Achour

D.C. Fire and EMS had it's hands full on the 4th of July with fireworks related calls.

Pete Piringer is a spokesman for D.C. Fire and EMS, he says this 4th of July, like every 4th in the District, was busy.

"Extremely busy, 5 or 6 calls a minute at times," sa...

Cardin Leads Congressional Delegation to Norway

By Rebecca Blatt

Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland is leading a Congressional Delegation to Oslo, Norway, this week to participate in the annual session of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Parlaimentary Assembly.

The group will also make a side-trip to a cluster of...

Heat Advisory Issued for Tuesday, Wednesday in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) It's hot in the Washington area, and the National Weather Service says it will only get worse.

A heat advisory is in effect around Washington and Baltimore from noon Tuesday to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to reach 100 degrees Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons....

Alexandria Leaders Consolidate Human Services

By Michael Pope

The waiting room of the Department of Human Services is more crowded than it used to be, and every day seems to bring more and more people looking for help. One man refused to speak on the record, but he says wait times have increased dramatically since the economic downturn...

Power Breakfast For July 5, 2010

Before they high-tailed it out of here for the Fourth of July recess, we asked a couple members of Congress about their plans...

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A collection of documents belonging to George Washington and studied for more than four decades will be making its way to Mount Vernon as the centerpiece of a new library. Scholars at the University of Virginia have sifted through more than half the 90 volumes of papers.

...

Beat the Heat at Local Cooling Centers

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

One Judiciary Square 441 4th Street, NW Chief Louis Cannon (202) 727-0103 Frank D. Reeves Center (Lobby)

2000 14th Street, NW Chief Louis Cannon (202) 727-0103 King Office Building (Lobby) Managed by the Department of Health

3720 Martin Luther King, Jr. Aven...

Docs Advise Local Residents to Stay Inside and Avoid Hot Temps

By Natalie Neumann

As temperatures rise close to triple digits, people in the area are advised to stay inside.

Greg Marchand is an Emergency Room Physician at Washington Hospital Center. He says people should use common sense when trying to beat the heat.

"We recommend that peop...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Monday, July 5, 2010

(July 5-August 1) ONE MAN LORD OF THE RINGS Sometimes a title says it all. The titular thew of the One Man Lord of the Rings reigns at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in downtown D.C. today through August 1st. Funny man and public servant Charles Ross condenses Tolkien's tomes and Jackson’s 11 hours...

A Busy 4th For Fire And EMS

By Sabri Ben-Achour

D.C. Fire and EMS had it's hands full on the 4th of July with fireworks related calls.

Pete Piringer is a spokesman for D.C. Fire and EMS, he says this 4th of July, like every 4th in the District, was busy.

"Extremely busy, 5 or 6 calls a minute at times," sa...

Latest Maryland Regional News

LAUREL, Md. (AP) Police say they have issued two $500 citations and 233 warnings for failing to adhere to mandatory water restrictions in Prince George's and Montgomery counties. The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission has been aiming to cut water use by a third during repairs to an 8-foot wa...

Metro Works Around The Clock To Replace Rail Cars

By David Schultz

There's a backlog of rail cars sitting outside this facilitiy, waiting to be serviced.

This weekend, Metro sent 100 of its 4000-series rail cars to the Brentwood Rail Yard in Northeast D.C. after it discovered a problem with their doors. Mechanics are removing the doo...

Power Breakfast For July 5, 2010

Before they high-tailed it out of here for the Fourth of July recess, we asked a couple members of Congress about their plans...

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Happy 234th America

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Folks around the region turned out in large crowds to watch fireworks and the annual Fourth of July concert on the Mall.

The skies were aglitter Sunday night across the metro area as America turned 234 years old.

The largest fireworks display was on the Natio...

New Va. Historical Markers to Commemorate Women

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The achievements of women are a big part of new historical markers approved for roads and highways across Virginia.

Four of 10 new markers honor the contributions of individual women and organizations founded by women who helped shape U.S. and Virginia history.

The...

How To Save Your Car In Punishing Heat

By David Schultz

The first thing to remember - make sure you have plenty of engine coolant on hand.

John Townshend, with AAA Mid-Atlantic, says if your car overheats and you don't have enough coolant, you're in big trouble.

"You can easily warp the engine or destroy the engine,"...

Running Back The Clock With "The Running Fence"

The Smithsonian Institution brings art into the lives of locals and visitors alike. But for teacher and commentator Norman Allen, one exhibit in particular takes him back to a whole other time. Commentator Norman Allen teaches at Caesar Chavez Public Charter School in Northwest D.C.

Metro Opens Doors....

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Metro has pulled 100 of it's rail cars from service due to technical issues, and that may affect service.

The problem is with metro's doors: they open alright, while the cars are still in motion. It hasn't happened yet with passengers on board, but metro employees...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A collection of documents belonging to George Washington and studied for more than four decades will be making its way to Mount Vernon as the centerpiece of a new library. Scholars at the University of Virginia have sifted through more than half the 90 volumes of papers.

...

Beat the Heat at Local Cooling Centers

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

One Judiciary Square 441 4th Street, NW Chief Louis Cannon (202) 727-0103 Frank D. Reeves Center (Lobby)

2000 14th Street, NW Chief Louis Cannon (202) 727-0103 King Office Building (Lobby) Managed by the Department of Health

3720 Martin Luther King, Jr. Aven...

Code Red Air Quality Alert - Explained

PAT BROGAN: A Code Red Air Quality alert is in effect for the region today -- and residents are being encouraged to avoid outside activities.

It's the first Code Red for the Washington region in 2 years.

Joining us now to help us understand what these alerts mean and how they're calc...

Power Breakfast For July 5, 2010

Before they high-tailed it out of here for the Fourth of July recess, we asked a couple members of Congress about their plans...

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...