: News

County Leader Plugs Ambulance User Fees At Fire House Opening

Play associated audio

There was pomp and circumstance for the opening of the new Takoma Fire Station, the oldest volunteer station in the county. But County Executive Isiah Leggett says future ceremonies like this may not happen if voters reject ambulance user fees at the polls Tuesday.

"This is now a county of nearly one million people. We have to make certain that our response time is appropriate. We have to make certain we have the right apparatus and right personnel," Leggett says.

He says county residents would not have to pay the fees because insurance companies will pick up the bill. But opponents worry the fees might make people think twice before calling 911 for an ambulance out of fear they would have to pay for it.

If the fees are voted down, Leggett has proposed budget cuts that include the layoffs of county firefighters.

Opponents call the cuts a scare tactic designed to drum up support for the fees.

NPR

Jack Davis, Cartoonist Who Helped Found 'Mad' Magazine, Dies

Money from a job illustrating a Coca-Cola training manual became a springboard for Jack Davis to move from Georgia to New York.
NPR

Cookie Dough Blues: How E. Coli Is Sneaking Into Our Forbidden Snack

Most people know not to eat raw cookie dough. But now it's serious: 46 people have now been sickened with E. coli-tainted flour. Here's how contamination might be occurring.
WAMU 88.5

The Politics Hour – LIVE from Slim's Diner!

This special edition of the Politics Hour is coming to you live from Slim's Diner from Petworth in Northwest D.C.

NPR

Writing Data Onto Single Atoms, Scientists Store The Longest Text Yet

With atomic memory technology, little patterns of atoms can be arranged to represent English characters, fitting the content of more than a billion books onto the surface of a stamp.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.