A new duo is coming to DC

Giant pandas are making a comeback in Washington D.C.!

Through their enduring 52-year conservation collaboration with the China Wildlife Conservation Association, the Smithsonian National Zoo is gearing up to embrace two new bears, Bao Li (Bow-lee) and Qing Bao (Ching-Bow), before the close of 2024.

Boa Li, whose name means energetic treasure, has roots in the area.

His mother Bao Bao was born at the National Zoo in 2013, and his grandparents, Tian
Tian and Mei Xing lived at the zoo for 23 years.

Interior renovations are revolutionizing and enhancing the pandas’ living space and structural framework.

Ongoing efforts involve the installation of innovative climbing structures, engaging
water features, and intricate rock formations to stimulate the bears’ physical activity and
recreational behavior.

A revamped ventilation system ensures superior air quality and temperature regulation, while an enhanced smoke evacuation network enhances safety measures for the pandas in unforeseen emergencies.

Moreover, upgrades to the Giant Panda Cam are underway, facilitated by a dedicated team of skilled volunteers.

The replacement of 40 centrally operated cameras, three console machines,
and monitors in the Giant Panda Cam control room with cutting-edge technology marks a
significant advancement in monitoring capabilities.

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Berkeley County woman charged with child neglect after drowning

West Virginia state seal. Used by written permission by Chief Deputy and Chief of Staff of West Virginia Chuck Flannery

The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department investigators charged Shannon Heinbuch, 34, with felony Child Neglect Resulting in Serious Body Injury following an incident on April 14th that led to her son almost drowning in a pool.

Heinbuch found the one year old child unresponsive in the pool at their residence on Talbott Lane in Martinsburg.

Law enforcement and EMS arrived at the residence shortly after the 911 call.

The child was taken to Berkeley Medical Center and later flown to Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC.

Investigators at the scene spoke with Heinbuch and found that she was under the influence of alcohol on the evening of the drowning.

She was arraigned by the Magistrate Court after the arrest and was unable to post bond.

Heinbuch remains at Eastern Regional Jail awaiting a preliminary trial.

According to the release from Berkeley County Sheriff’s the child was still in intensive care at Children’s National as of April, 24th. 

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Apple Blossom announces featured speakers

Apple Blossom

The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival named two featured speakers for this year’s celebration.

Stephanie Stuckey will speak during the Business at the Bloom Luncheon.

Stuckey recently purchased back her family business which includes hundreds of gas station and convenience stores across the country.

She also has a new book titled UnStuck: Rebirth of an American Icon that will be released in April.

Kara Dixon returns to her hometown to speak at the Ladies Horticultural Luncheon.

The Handley graduate is the Deputy Director of Video Production for the Senate Democratic Media Center in Washington, D.C..

She spent the beginning of her career with various TV news outlets, earning national and regional awards including an Emmy last summer for her work at WAVY in Hampton Roads.

Tickets for these events are available here.

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Boeing headquarters relocate to Virginia

Boeing announced the relocation of its headquarters from Chicago to Arlington.

Boeing already has a campus in northern Virginia and believes they will benefit from being closer to Washington D.C. so it can be closer to customers, stakeholders, and key government officials.

In addition to the movement of their headquarters, Boeing plans to develop a research and technology hub to attract new employees.

Governor Glenn Youngkin is the former co-CEO of the Carlyle Group and has a relationship with Boeing CEO David Calhoun from prior business ventures.

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