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2 Pr. George's Wal-Marts shut to check for damage

Two Wal-Mart stores in Prince George’s County were shut down Friday while authorities checked for possible structural damage in the wake of the recent heavy snowstorms, authorities said. A spokesman for county executive Jack Johnson said water was leaking into...

By Terri Rupar  | February 12, 2010; 10:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Delays on Metro's orange line after malfunction

Metro says the train malfunction at the Farragut West stop that led to Friday evening delays to Vienna has been resolved. There was also a report of mechanical problems at the Foggy Bottom-GWU station. All entrance escalators were reported to...

By Washington Post editors  | February 12, 2010; 6:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Fairfax police arrest bank robber after surrounding house

Update, 6:50 p.m.: At 6;30 p.m., the man was taken into custody, Officer Tawny Wright said. The man's name and age were not released pending the filing of charges. Wright said the first officer arrived on Hilltop Road at 3;12...

By Washington Post editors  | February 12, 2010; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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Virginia gov orders more snow removal equipment

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell Friday ordered the state's Department of Transportation to send additional equipment to assist with snow removal in Northern Virginia. McDonnell said VDOT had made significant progress, making one pass through about 90 percent of its 9,000...

By Washington Post editors  | February 12, 2010; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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District will lift snow emergency Saturday evening

UPDATE -- 6:30 p.m. The D.C. Department of Transportation has announced the city will lift its snow emergency, Saturday at 5 p.m. Until the snow emergency is lifted residents and visitors are not able to park on snow-emergency routes. The...

By Washington Post editors  | February 12, 2010; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Metro train derailed to avoid a collision

Metro trains on the Red Line are running in both directions after a six-car train carrying several hundred people derailed from a side track known as a pocket track about 10:13 a.m. Friday. Three minor injuries were reported.

By Washington Post editors  | February 12, 2010; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags:  Metro, metro derailment, metro red line crash, red line crash, red line derailment  
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All Metro rail stations are now open

Metro says all stations are open as of 4 p.m. Friday....

By Washington Post editors  | February 12, 2010; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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OPM chief defends Friday return to work

A number of federal workers had a difficult time getting to work Friday because of the lengthy commute. A number of streets in the area remain unplowed and buses and Metro trains are running on limited schedules and limited lines....

By Washington Post editors  | February 12, 2010; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Mother gets 26 years in abuse, slaying of adoptive daughter

A Prince William County woman who left her 13-year-old adopted daughter to die in a frigid creek was sentenced to 26 years in prison Friday, marking the end of a criminal case that revealed shortcomings in the county’s policies on...

By Washington Post editors  | February 12, 2010; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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Postal Service pleads for access to mailboxes

With Valentine’s Day just two delivery days away, the U.S. Postal Service is asking customers to clear away the snow from around mailboxes and their front porches so that mail and package deliveries can be made today.

By Michael Bolden  | February 12, 2010; 6:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia  
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Metro to expand rail service

Rescue crews continue to search for the occupants of eight vehicles -- down from 39 Thursday morning -- who were stranded in Frederick County by the snowstorm. Most are in the area of Thurmont near Route 15 where highway workers are continuing to clear large snowdrifts, said Battalion Chief Michael Dmuchowski of Frederick County Fire and Rescue.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 12, 2010; 12:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Weather  | Tags:  D.C. snowstorm, D.C. storm, Washington snow, Washington storm, blizzard of 2010, snow, snowstorm, snowverkill  
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Prince George's police shoot, kill a man in standoff

Prince George’s County police shot and killed a man Thursday night inside a Fort Washington home, after an hours-long standoff in which a man with a shotgun reportedly fired at them. Fire department personnel were called to the home...

By Erica Johnston  | February 11, 2010; 11:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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Man killed in Rockville collision

A man was killed in a two-car collision Thursday night in the Rockville area, Montgomery police said. Two other people were taken to hospitals after the accident on West Montgomery Avenue near Hurley Avenue about 8 p.m., authorities said. One...

By Erica Johnston  | February 11, 2010; 8:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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Man injured in rowhouse fire in D.C.

A man suffered serious burns and possible smoke inhalation Thursday night when his Capitol Hill rowhouse caught fire, D.C. fire officials said. Firefighters found heavy fire pouring of the house in the 500 block of Tennessee Avenue NE just after...

By Erica Johnston  | February 11, 2010; 8:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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What's open: Theaters, museums, shops, more

Bored? Need to get the kids out of the house? Need supplies? Wondering what’s open? Here’s a sampling of some places to find entertainment, warmth and a remedy for cabin fever. If you’re heading out, call before leaving – hours...

By Mike McPhate  | February 11, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  bookstores, museums, open, snow, theaters, washington  
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Man loses finger in snowblower

The cleanup from Snowpocalypse II is just beginning, and already we've seen a number of injuries. The latest is a Prince George's man who lost a finger in a snowblower. A woman in Prince George's had to be rescued after...

By Michael Bolden  | February 10, 2010; 7:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Despite early-morning lull, up to 12'' of snow expected

The storm that brought about 2.5 inches of new snow to the District by late Tuesday appeared to subside for a time early Wednesday morning, but forecasts continued to call for as much as a foot of snow, along...

By Washington Post editors  | February 9, 2010; 8:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Gas line bursts at D.C.'s Lafayette Elementary

A high-pressure natural gas line apparently burst with a loud bang Tuesday night outside an elementary school in upper Northwest Washington, sending gas streaming into the surrounding neighborhood. There was no indication of any injury, damage to the school or...

By Erica Johnston  | February 9, 2010; 8:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Rail service extended to above-ground stations

Metro rail service will be extended Tuesday to some of its above-ground stations, although the time between trains will remain at 30 minutes, officials announced Monday evening. A limited amount of MetroAccess service will be provided Tuesday between 8 a.m....

By Anne Bartlett  | February 8, 2010; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia, Weather  
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Shelters and warming centers

A list of local shelters and warming centers in the D.C. region

By Washington Post editors  | February 8, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Moderate snow storm likely to bring 5 inches Tuesday night; virtually all public schools closed Monday

Third verse, same as the first, according the The Post's Capital Weather Gang blog: A Tuesday night storm is likely to bring another five inches of snow to the area, and there's a one-in-four chance it'll add eight inches to what's already on the ground (high temperatures aren't expected to get much past freezing before then).

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | February 7, 2010; 6:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Weather  
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