Nov. 5, 2013
Deadly Spiders in Bananas
A family in England discovered deadly spiders inside bananas they bought from the grocery store. They family was forced to fumigate their home and live in a hotel for three days. Click here to see photos of the bananas and the spiders.
Nov. 2, 2013
Obama to Attend McAuliffe Campaign Stop
Tickets are still available Terry McAuliffe’s campaign stop in Arlington tomorrow, which President Obama will be attending. RSVP here for one of the remaining tickets.
Nov. 1, 2013
While many riders may complain about Metro, things could be worse. It could be on the list of The World’s Most Terrifying Transit Rides. The list compiles the most horrifying public transit rides from five-minute escalator descents to dangling two miles in the air in a cable car.
Glow on the Row
Glow on the Row is a holistic beauty event at Bethesda Row that runs from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2. Meet the DC NewsBabes in stores and party with them at Redwood from 4pm to 5pm. All proceeds benefit breast cancer charities.
Oct. 31, 2013
Christmas Tree Lighting Ticket Lottery
The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony ticket lottery begins Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. and closes on Nov. 4. Scheduled to appear are: Neil Patrick Harris, James Taylor, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Colbie Caillat, The Fray, and Jason Mraz among others.
Oct. 30, 2013
Fat Letters Instead of Candy
Children in a North Dakota neighborhood may be slated to get an awful surprise this Halloween: A local woman is reportedly planning to hand out “fat letters,” instead of candy, to kids she thinks are “moderately obese.” Click here to read the letter the woman plans to hand out.
Oct. 29, 2013
Wide Angle Youth Media
Wide Angle Youth Media is a non-profit organization that provides Baltimore youth with media education to tell their own stories and become engaged with their communities.
International Space Station Passes Over D.C.
Watch this video to see the ISS passing right over D.C. on Oct. 28.
Be Safe This Halloween — Check the Nat’l Sex Offender Registry
If you’re worried about sex offenders in your neighborhood as Halloween approaches, check the National Sex Offender database to find out which houses to skip.
Oct. 28, 2013
America’s Best High School Football Coach Contest
Middletown (Md.) High School football coach Kevin Lynott is among eight finalists in USA TODAY’s first-ever “America’s Best High School Football Coach” competition. Voting ends at noon Oct. 29.
Ride Malfunction at N.C. State Fair
New video shows the horror and chaos moments after a ride at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds suddenly restarted as people were exiting, dropping some riders from heights that eyewitnesses estimated at 20 or 30 feet.
Oct. 26, 2013
Garden Fresh Recalls Ready-to-Eat Chicken and Ham Products
The Wisconsin-based company is recalling approx. 103,080 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken and ham products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
Oct. 25, 2013
The Mammovan is an RV that has been fully outfitted with state-of-the-art mammography equipment. Medical Faculty Associates of George Washington University uses the RV to bring this life-saving technology to the women — and men — who can least afford it. Mammograms are free to the uninsured or under-insured in Maryland, Virginia and D.C., but they will also bring the Mammovan to office buildings and community centers. To schedule an appointment for the Mammovan, go to GWDocs.com.
Oct. 24, 2013
Spinal Muscular Atrophy Foundation
The Malik Attila Cosby Foundation’s mission is to provide support to families in the Washington metropolitan area (D.C., Maryland and Virginia) with children affected with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, while bringing awareness to the community about this incurable disease.
Montgomery County Leaf Pick-Up
The Division of Highway Services will start the first round of leaf collection services on Nov. 4. Crews expect to collect nearly 140,000 cubic yards of leaves this season. Click here to find out when leaves will be picked up in your neighborhood.
Oct. 22, 2013
The Ventana Wildlife Society’s “condor cam,” sort of like the National Zoo’s panda cam except with more talons and feathers, began streaming Monday. It provides up close views of the rare birds in a main feeding area in Big Sur, California.
Ohio Cemetery Forces Removal of Iraq Vet’s Spongebob Headstone
Officials at a Cincinnati, Ohio cemetery removed a slain Iraq war veteran’s SpongeBob SquarePants headstone from her grave after deciding it was inappropriate for their traditional grounds.
Navy Yard T-Shirts
T-shirts are being sold to benefit the victims of the deadly Navy Yard shooting rampage.
Oct. 21, 2013
Jets Fan Punches Patriots Fan In The Head
A man in a Jets jersey was caught on video punching a woman outside of MetLife stadium following the Patriots vs. Jets game on Sunday afternoon. See the video here.
Best Cruise Lines of 2013
Cruise Critic has released its 2013 Editors’ Picks Awards, naming the best cruise lines, ships and ports for 2013. Cruise lines are awarded in 18 categories, by Cruise Critic’s international team of editors.
Oct. 20, 2013
The Carrot Dating App
A new dating app, “Carrot Dating,” allows users to bribe their way to a first date. In order to communicate, men and women first agree on a bribe, like a gift or an expensive dinner, according to the website. “Once the bribe has been accepted, both users are then directed to a ‘Conversation’ page where they can schedule both the bribery exchange and the first date.” To learn more about Carrot, click here.
DDOT Sharing Ideas for the Future of Transportation
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is hosting its third and final round of public workshops in October to discuss moveDC, DDOT’s initiative to develop a strategic, multimodal long range transportation plan for the District. The public is encouraged to attend a workshop to review the draft plan and help prioritize the transportation options.
Oct. 18, 2013
Cancer Prevention Study
The American Cancer Society is inviting men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 years who have no personal history of cancer to participate in a new research study called the Cancer Prevention Study-3. Find out how to get involved here.
Smyal: YOU (Young, Organized & Unstoppable) Summit
The Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders (SMYAL) — the only Washington, D.C. metro area service organization solely dedicated to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth — is holding a youth-led, all-day gathering for youth and students in Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) in the DMV on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Click here to register for free.
Oct. 16, 2013
Resource for Federal Workers Wondering About Their Status Post-Shudown
Federal government operations vary by agency, and employees should refer to their home agency for guidance on reporting for duty post-shutdown. Click here for more information.
Oct. 15, 2013
Register to Vote in Virginia
Tuesday is the deadline for Virginians to register to vote in the Nov. 5 election. People can register online here.
Van Hollen’s Viral Shutdown Video
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has posted a video from congressional hearings on Sept. 30, the eve of the government shutdown, in which Van Hollen questions a rules change in the House of Representatives that permits only the House Majority Leader or his designee to call up the Senate’s continuing resolution. Prior to the rules change, any member of the House would have been able to bring up the CR for a vote.
A website listing freelance gigs has been launched to help furloughed federal employees find work during the federal government shutdown.
Oct. 14, 2013
Sketches of Man Sought for Questioning in Madeleine McCann Disappearance Released
British police investigating the 2007 disappearance of 3-year-old Madeleine McCann from a Portuguese resort have released two new composite drawings of a man they want to question in her suspected abduction.
Oct. 11, 2013
Viral Video: Happy Birthday, Mommy!
A 2-year-old girl’s happy birthday wishes for her mom has gone viral.
Oct. 10, 2013
Capital Area Food Bank
Due to a high demand to put food on the table because of the government shutdown, a local food bank is asking for more volunteers to sort donations. Find out how to help here.
Oct. 9, 2013
The Tyanna Foundation is hosting BreastFest Baltimore on Oct. 12 at the Under Armour headquarters to raise money for breast cancer awareness, education, treatment and patient care. BreastFest and all other Tyanna events are 100 percent volunteer and all funds raised stay local. Buy tickets to the event here.
Jewish Literary Festival
This year’s Jewish Literary Festival in Washington runs through Oct. 16 at the D.C. Jewish Community Center and at sites across the area.
Oct. 8, 2013
The Federal Employee & Education Assistance Fund is offering no-interest loans of up to $1,000 are available to those furloughed workers who qualify
Oct. 7, 2013
About 200,000 bottles of Concentrated Motrin Infants’ Drops have been recalled. They may contain tiny plastic particles. More here.
scratchDC Meal Service
Dislike cooking or have trouble finding the time to do so? Using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, scratchDC chops, measures, mixes, marinates and packages food and delivers it all to your door with a recipe to follow. Learn more here.
Oct. 6, 2013
Alexandria Library Hosts a Series of Mental Health Discussions
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Community Mental Health Act, Beatley Central Library in Alexandria will be having a series of mental health presentations from Oct. 6th through 10th.
Dispelling Myths About the Affordable Care Act and Seniors
Residents interested in learning more about the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and what it means for seniors are invited to attend any one of a series of community events sponsored by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services and the Montgomery County Department of Recreation that will be held in October.
Oct. 4, 2013
Freebies For Furloughed Feds
Check out our list of local businesses that are offering deals and discounts on services for furloughed federal employees.
Silver Spring Transit Center Contest
The Action Committee for Transit is holding a contest, inviting participants to guess when the Silver Spring Transit Center will open. It’s anybody’s guess, they say, since the opening has been delayed so long. Groundbreaking took place five years ago, on Sept. 26, 2008.
Ex-Mayor Raises Funds for Capitol Police
Inspired by Thursday’s deadly chase and shooting near the U.S. Capitol, former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty is helping to raise money for Capitol Police Officers who are still working despite not being paid during the government shutdown.
Oct. 3, 2013
Radio Station Offers Internships for Furloughed Workers
The Tommy Show on WNEW sister-station 94.7 Fresh FM is offering internships to federal workers furloughed by the government shutdown.
Oct. 2, 2013
D.C. Police Searching for Vandalism Suspects
The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating two people of interest in connection with a destruction of property which occurred in the 100 block of 2nd Street, NE. See a video of the suspects here.
Road Rage Viral Video
A New York man was paralyzed in a road rage incident that was caught on camera and has gone viral on YouTube.
Oct. 1, 2013
Congress Members Refusing Pay During Government Shutdown
The Washington Post compiled this list of lawmakers who are refusing or donating the portion of their salary that accrues during the government shutdown.
OPM Furlough Guidance
A page from OPM providing information for federal employees furloughed during the government shutdown.
Dept. of Homeland Security Plans for Shutdown
A document outlining Department of Homeland Security procedures during a federal funding hiatus, including customs, border patrol, TSA, Coast Guard, Secret Service and other agencies.
Sept. 28, 2013
Ballet Drama Casting Call
STARZ is casting for a new t.v. drama centered around a young female ballet dancer with a troubled past who joins a company in New York. There are still two auditions to be held – in Chicago and Boston – but only good dancers are suggested to apply.
Sept. 27, 2013
Health Care Reform Q&A
Having trouble wrapping your head around how the Affordable Care Act most directly affect you? Let this Q&A from CBS News’ Certified Financial Planner Jill Schlesinger simplify things for you.
Local Artist Profile
Marqueo, a local artist who’s work has caught the eye of the president, finds his inspiration in the cartoons and comics he saw as a kid. He manipulates cut paper above photography to create what he identifies as a combination of ‘street and fine art.’
National Museum Day
On Sept. 28, the National Museum of Crime and Punishment, the Phillips Collection, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and a handful of other museums throughout the D.C. area are joining the Smithsonian Institution in waiving their usual admission fees in celebration of National Museum Day. All you have to do is download a ticket.
495 Express Lanes
From now until October 25, 495 Express Lanes customers and Beltway travelers can leave their feedback on how the Express Lanes can be improved. Visit the 495expresslanes.com website to submit your feedback.
Sept. 21, 2013
Men Aiming Higher
Darryl Barnes has been providing guidance for young African-American men in Maryland since 2009. His organization, Men Aiming Higher, Inc., helps young people through educational tutoring, leadership training, mentoring programs and community service projects.
Maryland Wine Festival
The Maryland Wine Festival runs this weekend in Carroll County. The festival, which has been held since 1984, will include winemakers from across Maryland.
Sept. 20, 2013
Pilot Memorial Flyover
The remains of two Air Force pilots, Major James Sizemore and Howard Andre Will, are being buried at Arlington Ceremony on Monday, almost 50 years after they were shot down while flying over Laos. But due to sequestration, the pilots will not be given a military flyover. A group of retired military pilots has volunteered to provide the flyover, but the family of the fallen pilots is trying to raise $24,000 to pay for the jet fuel. To donate, visit here.
Sept. 15, 2013
Proposed Metrobus Changes
Metro is evaluating service changes for several of its bus routes and will hold six public hearings between Sept. 16 and 19. For each location, an Open House period will begin at 6 p.m., and the formal Public Hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m. All service change proposals in the docket are eligible for comment at any of the six Hearing locations.
Sept. 14, 2013
Get Kids Movin’
Inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama’s call to end childhood obesity, a local woman joined forces with a 10-year-old local rapper to create “Get Kids Movin” – a tour devoted to using creative methods to promote healthy, active lifestyles to area children.
Sept. 13, 2013
The Shindig Festival
The Shindig in Baltimore on Saturday, Sept. 14 is being billed as a “True Rock and Roll Festival,” featuring headliners like Dropkick Murphys, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, The Gaslight Anthem and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.
Chipotle Scarecrow Ad
Back to Church Sunday
National Back to Church Sunday is Sept. 15 and more than 70 churches in the Washington area are taking part. The Preacher’s Rap video is one way churches are trying to get newcomers and returnees back in the pew.
Sept. 12, 2013
GM Updates SUVs for 2015
General Motors is unveiling a redesigned lineup of SUVs today.
Child Safety Seat Recall
Dorel Juvenile USA is recalling more than 89,000 child safety seats because labels showing how to install them could be wrong.
A major recall has been issued for dehumidifiers that present fire and burn hazards and have reportedly caused over $2 million in property damages.
Sept. 10, 2013
Diana & Melanie Serrano Memorial Fund
On Aug. 10, the Serrano family, of Gaithersburg, was traveling back to Maryland from Mexico when their car flipped over — killing two of their three children and injuring the father. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help raise money to cover burial expenses for the two girls, Melanie, age 6, and Diana, age 17.
Sept. 8, 2013
Online Personal Shopping Site Makes Style Easy
Founded in 2011, Stitch Fix is an online personal shopping platform that uses style-matching technology to select clothing for clients. They company sends users five garments per month. Clients try them on in the comfort of their own home, keep what they like and return what they don’t.
Donate to College Funds for Late D.C. Firefighter’s Children
D.C. Firefighter Terrence Boston died in a motorcycle accident on August 24. The D.C. Fire and EMS Department is raising money to establish college funds for Boston’s three school age children.
D.C. Establishments Offer Student Discounts
The Washingtonian lists the D.C. establishments, from clothing stores to performing arts venues, that offer student discounts.
Help Refugees in the Syrian Conflict Through Loyola University
Loyola University in Maryland held a prayer vigil for peace in Syria to coincide with Pope Francis’s in Rome Saturday. To help Loyola campus ministries help refugees in the Syrian conflict, click here.
Sept. 7, 2013
All Shades of Pink
Denice Whalen-White has been recognized for her work in breast cancer awareness by helping those that have been diagnosed. Her organization, All Shades of Pink, helps address the physical, emotional and financial stress of having breast cancer.
Booneseborough Days are a celebration of local artists and vendors. Admission and parking are free.
Sept. 6, 2013
Video: “I Killed A Man”
A man confesses on video to killing a man during a drunk driving accident. No charges have been pressed to date.
Sept. 3, 2013
African Heritage Month
Montgomery County is celebrating African Heritage Month during September, with events planned throughout the month that are open to the public. Click here to see the full list of events planned around the county.
Aug. 30, 2013
Racist Doughnut Ad
A leading human rights group is calling on Dunkin’ Donuts to pull what they call a “bizarre and racist” advertisement for chocolate doughnuts that is running in Thailand.
Baltimore Grand Prix Road Closures
The 2013 Grand Prix of Baltimore is in town for the long weekend and the streetscape of downtown Baltimore has been transformed in preparation for the event that starts Friday, Aug. 30 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 1. For a full list of road closures and detours, click here.
Aug. 29, 2013
Running to the End of the World
Joseph Michael Kai-tsu Liu is running barefoot from Montreal to the southern tip of Argentina to raise money for educational foundations across the world. The trip will span 14 countries and is expected to take him two years. To follow Liu on his journey and donate to his cause, visit his website.
Washington Marriott Marquis Jobs Training Program
Want to work for D.C.’s largest hotel? It’s not even open yet, but the Marriott Marquis is looking for up to 600 people from the region to join its recruitment program. Apply here.
Aug. 27, 2013
Arlington Emergency Preparedness Month Events
Arlington County is has organized a series of events in September to celebrate Emergency Preparedness Month.
Aug. 26, 2013
Colleen’s Dream Charity
Former Ravens and Redskins kicker Billy Cundiff runs the Colleen’s Dream ovarian cancer charity. For every field goal that local high school kicker Joseph Giglio (St. John’s College High School in D.C.) makes this season, money will go to the foundation.
Aug. 23, 2013
House With A Heart Senior Pet Sanctuary
House With A Heart is a pet sanctuary for older animals that have lost their families, but due to their advanced age or medical condition have little change at being adopted.
Shark Tank Auditions
Auditions to appear on ‘Shark Tank’ are being held today at the Washington Convention Center. You’ll need to a completed application.
Aug. 22, 2013
Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings celebrates the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom with this playlist of 1960s civil rights material.
Aug. 21, 2013
Top 10 Most Stolen Vehicles
Think your fire-engine red convertible is a top target for car thieves? Think again. Find out which vehicle makes and models are most reported stolen the most.
Aug. 19, 2013
Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week
D.C.’s summer restaurant week is here! Find out which city eateries are participating.
Get Golf Ready
Get Golf Ready is an instructional golf program for adults, specifically business executives looking to impress clients on the green.
Aug. 17, 2013
Bowie Teen Mentoring Program
Bowie Prevention Network needs male and female mentors for the Teen Mentoring Program at Bowie High School. Participants must be willing to make a commitment to a teen for the entire school year.
Aug. 16, 2013
Pet Food Recall
The FDA is recalling various dry pet foods due to possible Salmonella contamination.
Aug. 15, 2013
D.C. Atlas Plus
This app allows users to search and identify different types of data, including aerial photography and demographics making it an all-inclusive point of reference for DC geographic information.
Aug. 12, 2013
D.C. Beer Week Schedule
D.C. Beer Week is a celebration of good beer in the national capital region, from conception to consumption and everyone and everything in between. D.C. Beer Week aims to educate all on good beer through various events and seminars from Aug. 11-18. A full list of the week’s events can be found here.
Cal Ripken World Series
The Cal Ripken World Series for youth is going on this week in Aberdeen, Md. For ticket information, click here.
Aug. 10, 2013
National Capital Planning Commission
The National Capital Planning Commission released a study on what would happen if D.C. increased its building height.
Aug. 8, 2013
Friends & Farms
Friends & Farms offers a new way to buy food from regional farmers and producers. Each week they select the freshest items from the season’s bounty, including meats, seafood, dairy, bread and fruits and vegetables, and build a basket of groceries for your table.
Charity in Chocolate
Charity in Chocolate involves more than 50 award-winning chefs from some of the most recognizable local restaurants in sweet and savory treat tasting stations, culminating in a chocolate fashion show.
Aug. 7, 2013
D.C. United in U.S. Open Cup
D.C. United takes on the Chicago Fire in the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. The game can’t be seen on TV but can be watched live online.
Most Scenic View Restaurants
OpenTable, the company that books online restaurant reservations, released the 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants in the United States. See what restaurants from Maryland, Virginia and the District made the list.
Aug. 6, 2013
Checking Account Transparency Report
The new personal finance social network WalletHub.com released its first major study on banking industry practices – the 2013 Checking Account Fee Transparency Report. Check out the report, which ranks banks on how well they disclose checking account fees to customers, to see where your bank stands.
Aug. 3, 2013
5th Annual D.C. Beer Week
More than 180 separate events revolving around drinking beer will make up the week-long 5th Annual D.C. Beer Week, which begins Sunday, Aug. 11 and continues until Sunday, Aug. 18.
Aug. 1, 2013
FDA Recalls Glucose Test Strips
The Food and Drug Administration is warning patients with diabetes about the recall of 62 million glucose test strips used to measure blood sugar levels. Nova Diabetes Care said some of its strips can show incorrect, abnormally high blood sugar readings.