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Montgomery Co. website reveals how every taxpayer dollar is spent

wjla.com — Screengrab from the website SpendingMontgomery. (Image: WJLA) ROCKVILLE, Md. (WJLA) -- Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and Council member Hans Riemer celebrated the launch of the SpendingMontgomery website Thursday. The website went online last month. It is designed to provide residents and businesses with an in-depth and interactive look at how the County spends public funds.

Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline

wjla.com — Large sections of pipe are shown in Sumner, Texas. (AP photo) WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment.

REI will open D.C. flagship location at Uline Arena in NoMa

wjla.com — WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Outdoors retailer REI will open a flagship store inside Uline Arena, the building in D.C.'s NoMa neighborhood where the Beatles played their first concert in the United States. According to a story in The Washington Post , REI's 51,000-square-foot store will open in late 2016 and will be the company's first location inside the District.
Jan 29, 2015

!!!!!!!!!!!!! @ABC7News .@REI will open a flagship store at Uline Arena in D.C.'s NoMa neighborhood. bit.ly/1HkTSuq

Karl Racine, D.C.'s new attorney general to report for jury duty

wjla.com — WASHINGTON (AP) - He's the top lawyer in District of Columbia government, but Karl Racine is about to experience the legal system in a different way. The District's attorney general will report to D.C. Superior Court for jury duty on Thursday.
Jan 29, 2015

DC's 1st elected Atty. Gen. on jury duty, listen to why he hasn't been dismissed. Could he possibly serve on a trial? wjla.com/articles/2015/…

Howard U. Middle School parents say principal fired social studies instructors for teaching black history

wjla.com — WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Parents are furious over what they're calling a sudden surge in teachers resigning or being fired from Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science (MS)²-allegedly for teaching black history. Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science (MS)² Principal Angelicque Blackmon.
Jan 29, 2015

Middle School parents say principal fired social studies instructors for teaching black history | wjla.com/articles/2015/…

Blizzard helps bring long-missing NYC dog home to owner

wjla.com — NEW YORK (ABC News) - A New York City woman searched for months for her missing dog but it took a snow storm that shut down the city to help find him. The whippet named Burt went missing in August from his home in Manhattan and as it happens, Fire Department of New York Lt.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @ABC7News: After months of searching, a member of the @FDNY helped reunite a woman with her missing dog: bit.ly/1COZAka pic.twitter.com/3WDj2mXFlA

Zombie cat: Buried kitty believed dead, meows back to life

wjla.com — TAMPA, Fla. (ABC/WJLA) - Looks like he used up all his nine lives! Bart, a cat in Tampa, was struck by a car, buried, and later re-appeared, injured but alive on his owner's porch. (Photo: Courtesy Tampa Humane Society) A cat in Florida that was hit by a car and then buried is apparently back from the dead.

Metro facing massive lawsuits: Family of woman killed, 80 others to sue over smoke-filled train

wjla.com — A passenger who exited the smoke-filled L'Enfant Plaza station earlier this month. (AP photo) WASHINGTON (WJLA/AP) - A lawyer representing the family of a woman killed earlier this month in an accident on Metro said he'll file a lawsuit over the incident later this week.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @chrispapst: #Metro facing more than 80 lawsuits following deadly smoke incident from January 12. @ABC7News Investigates: goo.gl/12ANgl

Sheriffs expand concerns about Waze mobile traffic app

wjla.com — WASHINGTON (AP) - Sheriffs said Wednesday that Google's popular Waze traffic app is making it harder to nab speeders, adding to earlier police complaints that a feature in the software that lets drivers warn others about nearby police activity is putting officers' lives at risk.
Jan 28, 2015

Our look at National Sheriffs Associations call to drop police locator feature from the popular Waze app wjla.com/articles/2015/…

White House Drone Incident; Cutting the Cable Cord; Joshua Starr Out at MCPS?

wjla.com — Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore talked about the drone that landed on the White House lawn, 2016, Obama vs. the Hill and more. Washington Post reporter Cecilia Kang looked at the shift from traditional TV to online viewing. And is the Montgomery County Board of Education souring on superintendent Joshua Starr?

Report: Maintenance issues responsible for $38 million drop in D.C. traffic camera revenue

wjla.com — (File photo) WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Metropolitan police said Tuesday that issues with maintaining its traffic and speed cameras has led to a decline in revenue from the equipment that is usually a money-making boon for the District, according to a report from The Washington Post . Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Chief Lamar D.
Jan 28, 2015

Some drivers happy to hear maintenance issues, in part, caused $38 million drop in D.C. traffic camera revenue wjla.com/articles/2015/…

Thundersnow ice-cream cone guy: an appreciation

wjla.com — A chat with the guy on the Washington Post's front page carrying an ice cream cone during thundersnow. (courtesy of shoopdedoop) Wednesday's electrifying snow is long gone but the questions aren't. Was it really unloading snow at an incredible rate of 2 to 3 inches per hour, as our instruments indicated?

Man accidentally shot by D.C. police while getting haircut didn’t receive apology

wjla.com — WASHINGTON (WJLA) - A man accidentally shot by D.C. police three weeks ago -the day before a job interview-says he is in nearly constant pain and can't sleep longer than three hours at a time. He also says he has heard nothing from police, not even an apology. James Kearse.
Jan 28, 2015

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Jan 28, 2015

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Jan 28, 2015

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White House drops plan to tax 529 college savings plans

wjla.com — (AP graphic) WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House said Tuesday it is dropping a proposal to scale back the tax benefits of college savings plans amid a backlash from both Republicans and Democrats. President Barack Obama made the proposal last week as part of his State of the Union address.

Holocaust survivors mark 70th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz

wjla.com — WASHINGTON (AP/WJLA) - On the 10th anniversary of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, several survivors gathered for a ceremony at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. Holocaust survivors gather in Washington, D.C. (Photo: WJLA/Mike Conneen) Seven decades later, 84-year old Holocaust survivor Ruth Cohen said it is still difficult to discuss, but she feels she must.

Bladensburg water main break creates car-swallowing sinkhole

wjla.com — BLADENSBURG, Md. (WJLA) - A 12-inch water main break created a sinkhole in Prince George's County that nearly swallowed an entire car and partially submerged another.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @ABC7News: WATCH: A water main break created a huge sinkhole in Prince George's County this morning: bit.ly/1tkiEEG pic.twitter.com/SxCMAsojp2

Jan 27, 2015

RT @ABC7News: WATCH: A water main break created a huge sinkhole in Prince George's County this morning: bit.ly/1tkiEEG pic.twitter.com/SxCMAsojp2

Jan 27, 2015

RT @ABC7News: WATCH: A water main break created a huge sinkhole in Prince George's County this morning: bit.ly/1tkiEEG pic.twitter.com/SxCMAsojp2

Day 2 of airport delays for D.C. as blizzards wallops East coast

wjla.com — WASHINGTON (AP) - Travelers trying to fly in or out of the Washington-Baltimore region are in for another headache Tuesday because of winter weather. The flight tracking service FlightAware shows that more than 220 flights in and out of Reagan National Airport have been canceled.

Dream home nightmare: Veteran Va. couple says construction company duped them out of hundreds of thousands

wjla.com — CULPEPER, Va. (WJLA) - Two wounded warriors' dream of a serene home in which they could build their lives as a married couple has instead become the thing of nightmares. Now, they may be out hundreds of thousands of dollars, with nothing but rotting wood to show for it.

On the hunt for birdlike UAVs

wjla.com — The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is starting a new program aimed at developing the next generation of reconnaissance drones. According to DARPA, the goal is to "explore non-traditional perception and autonomy methods that could enable a new class of algorithms for minimalistic high-speed navigation."