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Aging Condos in a Financial Bind That Could Doom Them

'Washington Post' looks at growing problem

(Newser) - For the fifth straight summer, children could only gaze at the expansive pool at their condo complex in Maryland through a chain-link fence. A dirty tarp covers the in-ground pool at the 60-year-old Grand Bel II complex in Silver Spring, which has no money to run it or fix the... More »

Eating a Cop's Fries Is Apparently Illegal

A Maryland woman learned that the hard way

(Newser) - Stealing food off a friend's plate might be acceptable, but it's best not to take such liberties with a police officer. Police tell Fox 5 that a 26-year-old Maryland woman and a friend started a conversation with an officer at a DC restaurant on Wednesday, then the first... More »

Homeless Woman, 80, Finally Gets $100K Owed to Her by US

Wander Witter tried to prove her case for years

(Newser) - For years Wanda Witter, an 80-year-old retired machinist wandered the streets of Washington, DC, with three suitcases crammed full of Social Security paperwork that she insisted proved the government owed her a lot of money. People called her crazy and a hoarder, especially because she slept in shelters or on... More »

Former DC Mayor's Son Dead at 36 From Suspected Overdose

Family believes drug overdose is to blame

(Newser) - Marion Christopher Barry once hoped to follow his famous father into Washington, DC, politics. Instead, he has followed him to the grave at the age of 36. Family members tell NBC Washington that Barry, the only child of former Mayor Marion Barry, died early Sunday from a suspected drug overdose.... More »

DC Man Is First US Cop Accused of Aiding ISIS

Nicholas Young was a metro transit officer before FBI sting

(Newser) - A 36-year-old Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority officer was arrested at work Wednesday on suspicion of providing financial support to the Islamic State, NBC News reports. It's the first time a US cop has been charged with aiding ISIS. According to CNN , the FBI had been investigating Nicholas Young... More »

The 10 Worst US Cities for Drivers

Washington, Detroit top the list

(Newser) - Be sure to take the bus when visiting the nation's capital. That's the takeaway from WalletHub's ranking of the worst US cities for drivers, based on gas prices, hours spent in traffic, crash deaths, car thefts, parking fees, and more in the country's 100 biggest cities.... More »

DC Picks Name for Statehood Bid

Changing 'New Columbia' might be 51st state's 1st task

(Newser) - America could have a new state called New Columbia by this time next year if voters in Washington, DC, choose statehood this fall and Congress allows it. The name—first chosen during a statehood bid in 1982—was approved this week by a statehood commission that included Mayor Muriel Bowser... More »

In Deadly Mistake, Ankle Monitor Put on Man's Fake Leg

'That man was supposed to be in his house'

(Newser) - After Quincy Green was arrested on a gun charge in April, he was supposed to be on house arrest while waiting for his trial. But a tech at the company that supplies and fits ankle bracelets on pre-trial detainees in Washington, DC, put the bracelet on over Green's sock—... More »

Clinton Wins DC Primary, Meets With Sanders

Primary season is in the books

(Newser) - The 2016 presidential primary season is over. And in the last race of the year, it's a win for Hillary Clinton. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee capped her primary campaign on Tuesday with a win over Bernie Sanders in the Washington, DC, primary, reports AP . As elections officials started... More »

New Miss USA Is Army Officer

DC's Deshauna Barber will take a break from the Reserve

(Newser) - The newly crowned Miss USA is a 26-year-old Army officer from the District of Columbia who gave perhaps the strongest answer of the night when asked about women in combat. "As a woman in the United States Army, I think ... we are just as tough as men. As a... More »

Restaurant Staff Accuses Yelper of Pooping Herself

After 'Emma C' gave Georgetown eatery one-star review

(Newser) - Just to be clear, Emma C. had a terrible experience at DC's Nick's Riverside Grill, leaving the Georgetown restaurant one star on a now-removed May 26 Yelp review. In it, she wrote of the "worst" happy-hour service and an overcharge no one responded to, Grub Street reports.... More »

Pentagon Official in Trouble for Stealing License Plates

He left threatening note on nanny's car

(Newser) - A top Pentagon official known as a "stickler for the rules" almost ended up in prison for harassing a nanny who parked in his upscale Washington, DC, neighborhood, the Washington Post reports. Cops say Bryan Whitman stole the nanny's license plates three times in April after leaving a... More »

10 Most Well-Read Cities in America

Seattle, Portland, Washington top the list

(Newser) - Living near Amazon's headquarters apparently prods people to pick up a book. Seattle is the most well-read city in the country for a second year in a row, according to Amazon's annual list—based on purchases of print or electronic books, magazines, and newspapers in major cities over... More »

Here's the Obamas' Next Home

They'll be renting in one of DC's poshest neighborhoods

(Newser) - President Obama is going to be the first president since Woodrow Wilson to stay in Washington after leaving office—and he'll be living in the same neighborhood. The president, who plans to remain in the capital at least until 14-year-old Sasha finishes high school, has found a new home... More »

The 10 Healthiest Cities in America

The nation's capital comes out on top

(Newser) - The nation's capital leads the way in health. Washington, DC, is the fittest city in the country based on personal health and environmental factors, including access to parks and walkability, Today reports via the American Fitness Index . But there's good news for those outside the city: The survey... More »

White House Locked Down After Shots Fired Outside

Secret Service officers shot a man allegedly brandishing a weapon

(Newser) - Secret Service officers shot a man Friday afternoon after shots were fired near the White House, CNN reports. The White House was locked down during the shooting, and Vice President Biden was sheltered inside. President Obama was not at the White House at the time, according to ABC News . Early... More »

Abortion Doc Takes on Hospital Over 'Gag Order'

She claims hospital has forbid her to speak out on abortion

(Newser) - Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper, an OB-GYN at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington DC, filed a federal civil rights complaint against the hospital Monday, the New York Times reports. Horvath-Cosper claims the hospital—citing security concerns—put a "gag order" on her to prevent her from defending abortion publicly. According... More »

Man Who Landed Gyrocopter on Capitol Lawn Gets 4 Months in Jail

The former mail carrier says it was a protest of money in politics

(Newser) - A Florida man who piloted a one-person gyrocopter through some of the most restricted US airspace and landed on the lawn of the Capitol last year, was sentenced Thursday to 120 days in jail, the AP reports. Douglas Hughes, 62, has said his April 15, 2015, flight in the bare-bones... More »

Mayor: We'll Vote on Making DC a State

She says residents' "rights are stolen" without statehood

(Newser) - Washington DC mayor Muriel Bowser announced plans for a citywide vote in November to make DC the country's 51st state , the Washington Post reports. “We will not stop until we achieve full statehood,” USA Today quotes Bowser as saying Friday. The mayor argues that DC residents' "... More »

Man Breaks Into DC Five Guys, Fires Up the Grill

When in Rome ...

(Newser) - If you're going to break into a burger joint, you might as well take advantage of everything it has to offer, including its meat patties and condiments bar. That's apparently what one hungry suspect—dubbed a bona fide "Hamburglar" by more than one news outlet —reportedly... More »

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