NBC Washington’s 12 Most-Read Stories of 2018

From a shooting at a Maryland high school that left the community shocked to the remarkable story of two women who became the CIA's unlikely neighbors, this year has been filled with both tragedies and triumphs. Here's a look at our top 12 most-read stories of the year.

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Alexandria residents are living más after a Taco Bell that serves alcohol opened in Old Town Alexandria. The Taco Bell Cantina is the first of its kind in the D.C. area.
D.C. police arrested 30 people and seized marijuana, edibles, $10,000 in cash and three guns at a pop-up event in Northeast Washington back in June. The event was widely advertised and well attended, Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Peter Frenzel said in a statement.
The tragic story of Jholie Moussa began Jan. 12 when she left her Virginia home under mysterious circumstances. She told her twin sister she was going to a party in Norfolk, nearly 200 miles away. Fourteen days later, on Jan. 25, police found her body in a wooded area of Woodlawn Park. He ex-boyfriend later confessed to strangling her to death.
A teenage boy armed with his father's gun opened fire inside his Maryland high school in March, shooting his ex-girlfriend and another student before turning the gun on himself. Jaelynn Willey, 16, and the gunman later died. Another student, a 14-year-old boy, was shot in the leg.
Earlier this year, the CIA shared the story of its two unlikely neighbors. For 15 years, Margaret Scattergood and Florence Thorne called a four-story Georgian Revival house on Georgetown Pike home. But soon, the U.S. government started buying property around their home for federal use. The women shared the land with the CIA for 53 years.
A U.S. Secret Service officer was injured in an assault while on patrol outside the White House shortly after the major immigration rally in Lafayette Park. Steven Carmona is accused of illegally parking his BMW along Pennsylvania Avenue, moving a bicycle rack-style security barrier erected for the rally and screaming at the officers "Where is the president?" according to a Secret Service affidavit obtained by the News4 I-Team. The court filings say that after Secret Service officers tried to stop Carmona for illegal parking, Carmona moved the security barrier and then punched an officer in the jaw and the left eye.
Residents in a major portion of D.C. had to boil their water for several days this summer because of a contamination risk. An estimated 34,000 DC Water customers — including in downtown D.C. — initially were affected.
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Going to community college will be free for many Maryland residents next year. Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill this year that covers tuition costs at community colleges for qualifying residents. To qualify, prospective students must enroll in a Maryland community college within two years of finishing high school or obtaining a GED. Students would have to take 12 credit hours and have a high school GPA of at least 2.3. The program will go into effect in 2019.
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A Latina woman was with family visiting from Guatemala when she says they were verbally harassed by a white woman for conversing in Spanish at a Virginia restaurant. The family was confronted inside Andy’s restaurant in Lovettsville."She asked for passports; she said that she knew everybody in Loudoun County to get us out of here, and she started saying that we were supposed to speak English, but I'm like 'we’re not talking to you,'" said the victim, who asked to remain anonymous. "They're here visiting and they don’t know English, so how do you want them to speak English when they’re here just visiting?"
With the federal government closed for business just before the holidays, many people wanted to know just what you can and can't do once funding stops. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are off the job, limiting what government services are available to the public.
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This McLean, Virginia, estate is the D.C. area's most expensive real estate listing ever. So how upscale is it, exactly? Well, this property's guest house was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It also has a 30-car garage, an infinity pool, a tennis court, multiple fireplaces, marble flooring and a carriage house, plus a stunning view of the Potomac River. It was listed for $62,950,000.
A flight bound for Washington Dulles International Airport left passengers green this spring after a windstorm caused severe turbulence. Nearly everyone on the flight vomited, according to an urgent report filed with the National Weather Service's aviation center. Even the pilots were not spared.
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