Local News from WAMU 88.5

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Wind Blows Engineer From Monument

Sky-high inspections of the Washington Monument were temporarily halted this weekend after a strong gust of wind blew an engineer clear off the top.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Body Found On Metro Tracks In Rockville

Police are investigating the death of a 37-year-old man found dead on the tracks near Rockville Metro station early Saturday morning.

O'Malley To Re-energize Offshore Wind Bill

Gov. Martin O'Malley is expected to re-introduce his offshore wind energy bill in the upcoming session, but State Sen. Jim Mathias says he'll need to convince more than politicians if he wants the bill passed.

Va. Mortgage Company Denies Loan Discrimination

A Virginia mortgage company denies discriminating against Black and Hispanic borrowers, but has agreed to revise its practices to avoid litigation costs.

Smithsonian Displays Historic White House Decorations

A new exhibit at the Smithsonian lets visitors explore decorative arts that have been displayed at the White House over the years.

Free Foreclosure Counseling In MoCo

Free foreclosure counseling and legal advice for homeowners will be offered for Montgomery County residents Saturday.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Tysons Corner Metro: On Schedule Or Not?

Opinions differ on whether Phase I of the Tysons Corner Metro station will be completed according to schedule -- which has construction wrapping up in 2013.

Marion Barry's Turkey Giveaway Comes With A Twist

frozen turkey

D.C. Ward 8 councilmember Marion Barry is changing up his annual turkey giveaway to encourage residents to be more community-minded.

Worshippers At NoVa Mosque React To al-Awlaki's Death

Worshippers at the Northern Virginia mosque where Anwar al-Awlaki once served as imam have mixed reactions to news of his death.

UMD Team Wins Architecture Prize At Solar Decathlon

watershed, a solar home

At the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon this week, the team from University of Maryland won first prize in the architecture category for their solar-powered home dubbed "Watershed."

Metro Repairs To Cause Weekend Delays


Metro is already telling weekend commuters to tack 20 minutes onto their travel times, as single-tracking will slow down the Blue, Orange, Green and Red line trains.

WaPo's McCartney: Ulysses Currie's Trial Began This Week, Va. Mass Transit Spending Dispute

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney gives an analysis of this week's top stories, including Maryland State Sen. Ulysses Currie's bribery charges and the dispute between state officials and local authorities in Virginia over mass spending.

CQ Roll Call: Budget Negotiations After The CR, Call For Clarence Thomas Investigation

As Congress avoids another government shutdown, there isn't much hope for an improved budget debate going forward.

Md. Texting While Driving Ban Starts Saturday

Silhouette of driver texting while driving

A new law banning texting or emailing while driving goes into effect in Maryland Oct. 1. 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Conservationists Cope With A Planet Under Pressure

mike tidwell, conservationist

Conservationists know more than most about the perilous state of our planet -- and with that knowledge comes a considerable amount of stress.