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December 9, 2014

Small plane crashes near Maryland airport, killing six

Small plane crashes near Maryland airport, killing six

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Embraer Phenom 100, similar to the accident aircraft.

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A small jet has crashed in Gaithersburg, Maryland near Montgomery County Airpark yesterday at about 10:45 a.m. local time (1545 UTC), causing a house fire. Officials said six people were killed in the accident — three in the plane and three on the ground.

Montgomery County’s fire chief said all three people aboard the plane were killed in the crash. According to reports, the plane broke apart. In all, a total of three houses were damaged, according to the fire chief. There were some residents in the damaged house who were not accounted for until about 4:30 p.m. when emergency personnel confirmed that three people inside the house were also killed. Witnesses to the accident reported seeing the plane wobble a couple hundred feet above the ground and do a barrel roll.

The plane, identified as an Embraer EMB-500/Phenom 100, was apparently on approach to Montgomery County Airpark when it crashed. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the plane was in line with runway 14 at the airport. It was registered to an aviation company owned by one the victims, Michael Rosenberg — Sage Aviation LLC based out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina — according to authorities.

Among those killed in were Rosenberg, president and CEO of clinical research firm Health Decisions; 36-year-old Marie Gemmell; and her two sons, Cole and Devon. Rosenberg has been identified as the pilot in a different crash in March 2010, but the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are still investigating the cause of yesterday’s incident.



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July 16, 2010

Magnitude 3.6 earthquake shakes Washington, D.C.

Magnitude 3.6 earthquake shakes Washington, D.C.

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Shakemap of the earthquake.
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A magnitude 3.6 earthquake occurred on Friday near Washington, D.C., capital of the United States. Initial reports state that the quake shook windows on buildings in the area, including the White House, but did not cause any major damage.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the tremor occurred 05:04 a.m. local time, at a depth of 5 kilometers (3.1 miles). The epicenter was located 2 kilometers at the southeast of Germantown, Maryland; 4 kilometers at the northwest of Gaithersburg, Maryland; 5 kilometers at the southwest of Montgomery Village, Maryland; 34 kilometers at the northwest of Arlington, Virginia; and 35 kilometers at the northwest of Washington, D.C.

The earthquake is the largest to strike within 50 kilometers (31 miles) of the capital in the 35 years that seismographic recordings have been taken. The previous strongest tremor in the area was a 2.6 magnitude tremor in 1990. “Most of North America east of the Rocky Mountains has infrequent earthquakes […] The earthquakes that do occur strike anywhere at irregular intervals,” USGS said.



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February 7, 2010

Major snowstorm sweeps across Eastern US

Major snowstorm sweeps across Eastern US

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A major winter storm, which has been nicknamed by some as “Snowmageddon”, has pummeled parts of the U.S. Middle Atlantic region, dumping up to 19 inches (50 centimeters) of snow in some parts of the Washington area.

The National Weather Service is predicting as much as 24 to 30 inches (60 to 75 cm) of snow for the Washington, D.C. region by late Saturday. The storm brought high winds and low visibility, with winds gusting at 56 miles per hour (93 kilometers per hour) along the coast.

Life in the nation’s capital ground to a halt with the federal government and most businesses closing early on Friday and residents warned to stay off the snow-clogged roads. Hundreds of thousands of homes were without power as the wet snow weighed heavily on trees and power lines. Power lines in some areas have been brought down by the heavy snow.

The Weather Service issued blizzard and winter storm warnings for states reaching from Virginia and West Virginia up to Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey.

Forecasters say this could be the largest recorded snowfall in Washington, rivaling a storm, known as the Knickerbocker Storm, that hit the city nearly 90 years ago, in January 1922. The largest amount of snowfall recorded so far has been in Elkridge, Maryland, reporting 32 inches (81 cm). The 1922 storm was named the Knickerbocker Storm for a theater where 98 people were killed when the building’s roof collapsed due to heavy snow. Snowfall in that storm measured 28 inches (71 cm).

Airlines and airports across the region have canceled flights and train service has been disrupted. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport suspended flight operations for the day while nearby Washington Dulles International Airport reported only a few international flights would be departing. Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport reported most flights were canceled. Flights at Philadelphia International Airport are also canceled.

Amtrak announced that it was canceling a number of trains between Washington and New York City, along with service from Washington to cities in the south. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, known as the Metro locally, has suspended bus service and above ground train service. Underground subway service is running at 30 minute intervals.

As the storm approached, residents emptied supermarket shelves, stocking up on food and other supplies, especially due to Super Bowl XLIV which will be held on Sunday. Local area sports teams in Washington, D.C. will still play games as scheduled. People are urged to take the Metro to see the games and not use the roads. Impromptu snowball fights have also broken with some people going as far as to organize them over Facebook and Twitter.

The winter weather has already been blamed for hundreds of road accidents. So far two fatalities have been reported, a father and son who were rendering aid to a stranded motorist on Interstate 81 in Virginia, when an approaching tractor-trailer jackknifed and killed the pair.

This is the second major snowstorm to hit the region in less than two months.

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DCA Blizzard 02 2010 9127.JPGCars covered by snow near the end of the blizzard, Pentagon City, Arlington, Virginia.
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1600 block of 19th Street, N.W. - 2010 blizzard.JPGSnow falling on the 1600 block of 19th Street, N.W., in the Dupont Circle neighbourhood of Washington, D.C.
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Property damage at Diego's Hair Salon - Blizzard of 2010.JPG A broken awning and window at Diego’s Hair Salon, located in The Moorings in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
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Alley behind Connecticut Avenue, N.W. - Blizzard of 2010.JPG A snow-covered alley, located behind Connecticut Avenue, N.W., in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
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Fallen tree on Q Street, N.W. - Blizzard of 2010.JPG The 1800 block of Q Street, N.W., in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. A fallen tree, lying on top of a vehicle, is visible in the background.
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2010 NA Blizzard in Ephrata PA.JPG In Ephrata, Pennsylvania, 16 inches of snow had fallen by 8:30 AM EST on February 6.
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390px In Gaithersburg, Maryland, 24 inches of snow had fallen by 10:00 AM EST on February 6.
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Pentagon City Feb 2010 snow storm Panorama 2.jpg Pentagon City Mall, Arlington, Virgina, near the end of the North American Blizzard of February, 2010
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Dupont Circle - February 2010 blizzard.JPG Snow falling in the park located in the center of Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C.
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February 19, 2008

Wikinews interviews Richard H. Clark, independent candidate for US President

Wikinews interviews Richard H. Clark, independent candidate for US President

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While nearly all cover of the 2008 Presidential election has focused on the Democratic and Republican candidates, the race for the White House also includes independents and third party candidates. These parties represent a variety of views that may not be acknowledged by the major party platforms.

As a non-partisan news source, Wikinews has impartially reached out to these candidates, throughout the campaign. The most recent of our interviews is Gaithersburg, Maryland’s Richard H. Clark (b. 1960), a senior software engineer and member of MENSA.

Interview[]

Why do you want to be President?

It’s not a matter of wanting to be. I don’t want to. There is a need. The corruption in the administration has become astronomical. The government must be brought back to the people. I can do that.

Have you ever run for political office before?

No, I have not.

Have you ever been a member of a political party, other than the one you’re currently in?

No, I have not. I have always been a registered Independent.

Have you ever campaigned for another political candidate?

No, I have not. But I’ve become fond of the involvement now. I will campaign for candidates in the future.

What is your current job?

I’m a Technical Team Lead at a small software company. We do real-time embedded Linux work, re-assembling protocols for data analysis and critical information leakage. We are the undisputed leaders in our field, in no small part due to my contributions.

What skills or ideas do you bring from this position, or previous positions, that will benefit the Oval Office?

I have an open mind. I do not suffer from NIH (Not-Invented-Here). What I bring is the ability to unify and use the best that everyone on my team has to offer. I am a problem solver who knows that the best way to solve problems is to work with and listen to everyone involved. Being a member of MENSA helps as well.

Obviously, the next American President and his or her administration will face many diverse issues. But if you were to narrow identify the three most important issues, what would they be? How will you address these issues?

Only three? 1000 words? That’s difficult…
Priority #1 – Free Trade. This is the primary cause of our loss of jobs, our dwindling paychecks, our loss of health care, and so many other problems. We simply cannot compete directly with third world labor at a dollar a day. Our losses in the manufacturing sector will eventually bring down the economy. The loss of generated revenue causes problems everywhere, for everyone.
Priority #2 – Corruption. Almost none of our elected representatives actually works for us any more. Lobbyists and special interests run the country. Short-term greed rules the day. This is no way to run a country. I will clamp down hard on lobbyists and special interests. I will change the election laws to affect permanent solutions to the underlying causes of corruption.
Priority #3 – Illegal Immigration and Foreign Policy. First order of business is to remove our troops from the Middle East, and place them along our southern border to shut down Illegal Immigration. Second order is to establish non-oil economic ties with the Middle East to help build their economies. This puts a damper on Terrorism, in that people who are not starving to death, who are educated, do not feed terrorism.
There are so many issues. They will all be addressed. One thing to remember, is that it is not just me. My staff will be addressing numerous issues simultaneously. Having intelligent, dedicated staff is crucial to a good presidency. This, the staff-building, is being done as I write. I have contact with many great, highly-qualifed people.
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Campaigning for the American presidency is one of the most expensive exercises in the world. How do you deal with the cost and fundraising?

Internet. Networking with other candidates. Organizing special events. Relationship building. There is no way I can win this election alone. None of us can. We all know that. I have been in contact with numerous other candidates, and we are working to get the attention of the press. Once we have their attention, it is my belief that Americans are starving for a viable alternative to the GOP/DEM parties. The momentum should build on its own.

Do you have a running mate yet? Who are they? What are you looking for in a running mate?

No running mate as yet. What I’m looking for is intelligence, honesty dedication, and the kahoonas to kick me in the butt if I start to stray.
And, quite frankly, after talking to quite a number of Third Party and Independent candidates, there is a lot of that out there! The choice will actually be rather difficult. There are a lot of great VPs out there. That’s part of the problem. There are too many good candidates, and we need to narrow the field down a little and all get behind just a few.

Can you win the 2008 Presidential election?

Me win? Perhaps. Although not for not being perfect for the job and a great representative of the people. Rather, my social and presentation skills are a littly “iffy”. I’m working on it though, and am not ready to give up just yet. I’m persistent if anything.

Can any third party or independent candidate ever win?

I’m working on it, doing the best I can to make sure that happens. So, yes. I believe so. I hope so. America is doomed to become a second-rate has-been of a country if we don’t topple the GOP/DEM corruption machine very soon.

If you can’t make it into the Oval Office, who would you prefer seeing taking the presidency?

Any of the Independent or Third Party candidates. Anyone not associated with the GOP/DEM power structure.

What should the American people keep in mind, when heading to the polls this November?

Don’t waste your vote on the GOP/DEM parties. Do your homework and find an Independent or Third Party candidate that you can support. Voting GOP or DEM is simply a green light for them, to continue screwing the country for every penny they can squeeze out of us. Please, vote Independent or Third Party.



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