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Past articles by Rebecca:

Participate in Small Business Week by using the hashtag #IBuyDCChallenge

WASHINGTON (WDVM) — This week is Small Business Week in D.C., hosted by the Department of Small & Local Business Development. There are 73,000 small businesses in the District, and the DSLBD is challenging consumers to buy local through its #IBuyDCChallenge.  If you visit a small business this week (or any time of the year), […] → Read More

National Building Museum reopens after 16-month closure

WASHINGTON (WDVM) — The National Building Museum is back open after it was shuttered for 16 months. It was initially closed for construction and was forced to remain closed during the pandemic. Vice President for Exhibitions Cathy Frankel said all COVID safety protocols are in place, including social distancing, face-covering requirements and hand sanitizing stations. […] → Read More

Defend Yourself offers self-defense and bystander training workshops to combat AAPI hate

WASHINGTON (WDVM) — Defend Yourself is a DC-based organization that hosts workshops in self-defense and active bystander intervention. In the wake of increased attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S., it’s launched for people of Asian descent and for people who want to learn how to safely intervene if they witness a […] → Read More

Marymount University will return to in-person classes, activities this fall

ARLINGTON, Va. (WDVM) — Marymount University will open its campus this fall for the “full student experience.” The announcement was made during a spring semester with a COVID-19 positivity rate of less than 1% with more than 90% of students on campus. (The fall semester’s positivity rate was 2% with 80% of students on campus.) […] → Read More

The Check-In app enables companies to do their own contact tracing

WASHINGTON (WDVM) — The Washington-based Chief Risk and Revenue Officer for PwC, a consulting company in areas like cybersecurity and privacy, has co-developed an app that allows businesses to do their own contact tracing within their work environment. David Sapin says upwards of 80 companies are currently using his app, called Check-In, which observes employee […] → Read More

A Virginia teen would’ve turned 21 this year. Donate to cancer research in her honor.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA (WDVM) — Sara Willis died of brain cancer in 2018 at the age of 18. Her mom, Angie, says it was a surprise. “It seems weird to say that. She was on life support for 10 weeks and it shouldn’t have been a surprise but I always felt like she was going to […] → Read More

Internet service is now available on all Metro lines

WASHINGTON (WDVM) — Wireless internet service is coming to Metro’s Yellow Line and Silver Line. Now, the entire 100-mile tunnel network will have wifi. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has spent over a decade working with AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon to make it happen. They also worked with Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, who […] → Read More

Beefed up security on border between Arlington and Washington, DC

ARLINGTON, Va. (WDVM) — The United States Secret Service’s Joint Transportation Plan, created to ensure a safe and secure Inauguration, was successful thanks to the help of the Virginia Department of Transportation and Virginia State Police. As President Joseph R. Biden faces a divided nation, his inauguration faced physical roadblocks.The Arlington Memorial Bridge, which connects […] → Read More

Capitol Police designates interim police chief

WASHINGTON (WDVM) — The Capitol Police Department has designated its assistant police chief as its interim chief. Yogananda Pittman joined the USCP in 2001. In 2012, she was one of the first African-American female supervisors to be promoted to captain. In 2013, she led the security footprint for the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. The FBI is […] → Read More

The future of this 171-year-old historic estate is unknown

ARLINGTON, Va. (WDVM) — For 40 years, Tom Dickinson has spent his free time photographing Arlington County’s historic homes before they’re torn down. One historical property is in danger of the same fate, and Dickinson has traded his camera for a petition in order to save it. The Rouse estate sits on a whopping nine […] → Read More

Worker killed in Virginia trench collapse was Maryland man

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Authorities say a worker killed at a construction site in Virginia was a 30-year-old Maryland man. The Fairfax County Police Department says Jonathan Spencer Canales was killed Friday afternoon when he and another man were working in a 6-foot-deep plumbing trench at a home and a trench wall collapsed.   The […] → Read More

The International Center for Religion & Diplomacy’s 5 peaceful moments of 2020

WASHINGTON (WDVM) — The International Center for Religion & Diplomacy is finishing out this unprecedented year by taking a look back at five of 2020’s peaceful moments.  The ICRD hopes the moments of hope and peace remind people that there are ways forward, even in years as tumultuous as 2020. 2020 was the 20th anniversary […] → Read More

Oh! Market opens in Manassas, brings up to 100 jobs with it

MANASSAS, Va. (WDVM) — About 75 new jobs have arrived in Manassas by way of Oh! Market, an international grocery store that opened on Friday. Owners Man Oh and Yonok Oh hail from South Korea. Mr. Oh immigrated to the U.S. when he was 20-years-old and his son (and general manager) Sean Oh says he’s […] → Read More

City council scrutinizes Metropolitan Police Department’s overtime expenses

WASHINGTON (WDVM) — The Metropolitan Police Department will have to notify city council when it reaches 5 percent more than its approved overtime pay budget. The change is part of a police accountability bill the council passed on Tuesday. Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau got to work on the bill after Mayor Muriel Bowser transferred […] → Read More

DC’s Laila Mokhiber named influential Arab American under 40

WASHINGTON (WDVM) — One of D.C.’s own has been named one of the country’s top influential Arab Americans under 40. Laila Mokhiber is the director of communications for UNRWA USA, a United Nations nonprofit organization. UNRWA serves 5.6 million Palestine refugees and shares their stories to energize and galvanize Americans to support them. Many of […] → Read More

Purple Lounge fails to monitor parking lot, liquor licenses suspended

ARLINGTON, Va. (WDVM) — The Arlington County Police Department has suspended the Purple Ethiopian Restaurant and Lounge’s liquor licenses for failing to monitor its parking lot. Last week, police were checking in on the restaurant to be sure its owners were in compliance of its licenses. During the surveillance, an officer found a man and […] → Read More

National Association of Realtors awards A Farm Less Ordinary $10,000

BLUEMONT, Va. (WDVM) — The National Association of Realtors has awarded Realtor Greg Masucci and his nonprofit, A Farm Less Ordinary, a $10,000 grant. In 2016, Masucci and his wife, Maya, founded the farm to employ young adults with disabilities. The grant is one of five NAR hands out every year as part of its […] → Read More

McConnell denies Kaine’s request to delay SCOTUS confirmation

WASHINGTON (WDVM) — As President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump recover from the coronavirus, Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to delay the Senate’s Supreme Court confirmation process. Kaine and his wife tested positive for coronavirus antibodies in May. He believes he contracted the coronavirus while he […] → Read More

Doug Emhoff campaigns for Biden, Harris in Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WDVM) — Doug Emhoff, Senator Kamala Harris’ husband, campaigned in Virginia on Thursday. He stopped at the City of Alexandria’s Market Square, across the street from an early voting location. Virginians have submitted more ballots ahead of Election Day than any other state in the country. Mayor Justin Wilson says half a million […] → Read More

DC residents weigh in on proposed electricity rate increase

WASHINGTON (WDVM) — The Potomac Electric Power Company, or Pepco, may increase its electricity rates in the District this spring.  In May 2019, Pepco requested a $162 million rate increase. The DC Public Service Commission rejected the plan, and the utility company countered with a $135.9 million increase “for the years 2020 to 2022.” The […] → Read More