WTOP Answer Desk

Why doesn't WTOP sound as clear as it usually does?

The WTOP Answer Desk took the question to WTOP Technical Operations Manager Brian Oliger. Bottom line: Blame the weather.

Thursday - 07/12/2012, 10:19am EDT

Utility companies won't compensate food loss

Thousands of people lost power after last weekend's storm and had to either eat their food before it spoiled, or toss it out altogether. So who pays for that waste?

Friday - 07/06/2012, 03:45pm EDT

Do taxis have to provide air conditioning?

"The regulations require that the passenger may request air conditioning be put on if it's not on when they get in the cab," Ron Linton, chairman of the D.C. Taxicab Commission.

Friday - 07/06/2012, 08:49am EDT

What the foreclosure settlement means for you

Last week's mega foreclosure settlement has many homeowners in the Washington region asking if they are owed money.

Monday - 02/13/2012, 04:02pm EST

Should you file jointly or separately?

Married couples have a lot to think about when it comes to doing their taxes.

Friday - 02/10/2012, 07:57am EST

Answer Desk: Refinance or pay the principal down?

You've been hearing about historically low interest rates for many months now, so you may be wondering whether it's best to refinance or pay the principal down instead.

Wednesday - 02/08/2012, 04:04am EST

How do you pronounce McPherson Square?

It's one of the busiest stops in the Metro system, but not everyone is comfortable pronouncing McPherson. For help, we turn to WTOP's Answer Desk.

Tuesday - 02/07/2012, 09:11am EST
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WTOP Answer Desk: New Potomac river crossing coming?

Will there ever be another crossing over the Potomac River? For the answer, WTOP goes to two transportation experts.

Monday - 01/30/2012, 05:04am EST

What Congressional inaction means for you

A stalemate in Congress is threatening to bring a tax increase to 160 million people.

Thursday - 12/22/2011, 06:02am EST

WTOP Answer Desk: How can I stop spam texts?

Never answer spam. Someone was fishing for targets and you let them know that you exist.

Tuesday - 12/13/2011, 12:50pm EST

WTOP answer desk: What was the backup on Route 28 Tuesday morning?

Whether it's construction or an accident, sometimes it feels like you never can catch a break on the roads. And if you were caught up in one backup Tuesday morning we've got some answers.

Wednesday - 08/31/2011, 10:12am EDT

How does Pepco handle customers with medical conditions?

Pepco says the only "special restoration" list for its customers is those who have life support equipment in their homes. Each year, they register with the utility for a notification service.

Wednesday - 08/31/2011, 04:48am EDT

Will your insurance company pay to remove a tree?

With so much tree damage from Hurricane Irene, there's a good chance you or somebody you know will have to file an insurance claim. But will your insurance company pay to remove a tree, and who pays for the damage if your neighbors tree fell into your yard?

Tuesday - 08/30/2011, 12:59pm EDT

WTOP Answer Desk: Don't panic about the stock market (yet)

Despite the stock market taking a significant tumble Thursday, it may not yet be time to start piling money under your mattress.

Thursday - 08/04/2011, 07:37pm EDT

Driving through history: What's behind street names?

Despite hearing them every day, not everyone knows what is behind the names of streets and bridges around town.

Sunday - 07/24/2011, 12:27pm EDT

Up in smoke: Cigarette litter and the environment

People seem to flick cigarettes out of their car windows, onto sidewalks and into the grass without a thought. And it turns out, cigarettes are the most littered item in the world. So what happens to all these cigarette butts? And what harm to they do? WTOP has the answers.

Saturday - 07/23/2011, 08:25am EDT

What happens to federal services if the gov't shuts down?

Suspicions that Congress will not be able to produce a budget by the March 4 deadline has many worrying: What will happen if the government shuts down?

Thursday - 02/24/2011, 09:58am EST
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How to keep stink bugs out of your garden

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath puts an interesting spin on how you should get rid of these bugs.

Wednesday - 02/16/2011, 12:24pm EST

Is 'Mr. Obama' a sign of disrespect?

Over the years, the "Mr." was dropped for most people in the news, with the exception of the president of the United States. Traditional journalism says the president would be "President Obama" on first reference, "Mr. Obama" on the second and "the president" on the third.

Sunday - 02/13/2011, 12:13pm EST

Places where you can volunteer

WTOP compiled a list of some of the organizations around the region that could use your help.

Friday - 11/19/2010, 06:32am EST
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