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Man found dead on Adams Morgan deck

A man was found dead last night at the rear of a house in the Adams Morgan section of Northwest Washington, and police were investigating the cause. The man, who was described as middle aged, was found about 6:30 p.m....

By Eric Athas  | February 20, 2010; 10:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Snow-damaged ice rink in Va. to be rebuilt

The owner of an ice skating rink that had its roof collapse during the recent snow storms says she and her husband will rebuild. Bill and Pat Hutzler purchased the Prince William Ice Center in 2008. “People want us to...

By Washington Post Editors  | February 20, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Obama declares Md. counties disaster zones

President Obama has declared a disaster in eight counties in Maryland because of damage done by a snowstorm in December. Baltimore, Caroline, Cecil, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery and Queen Anne's counties will be eligible for federal funding. The state of...

By Washington Post Editors  | February 20, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Baileys Crossroads house fire kills one

A Fairfax County man died in a fire in his Baileys Crossroads area home Saturday morning, but seven other residents escaped without injury, Fairfax fire officials said. The fire was reported shortly before 6 a.m. at a single-family house in...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | February 20, 2010; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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6 taken to hospital after downtown crash

Six people were taken to hospitals Friday night after a car crash within blocks of the White House and the National Mall, D.C. police said. The two car collision occurred at 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW about 8...

By Terri Rupar  | February 19, 2010; 8:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Judge rules against same-sex marriage opponents

Same-sex couples could begin marrying in the District in about two weeks after a Superior Court judge Friday denied a request to overturn a D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics ruling that said residents do not get to vote on...

By Washington Post editors  | February 19, 2010; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Friday evening news update

Want to be Metro boss? Monday storm may bring rain instead of snow. Police seek witness to the Branch Avenue hit-and-run. Crime drops in Fairfax County. Your Friday evening news update.

By Washington Post editors  | February 19, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Teen sentenced to life for killing mother and son

A teenager who killed a mother and son during a botched burglary in their Dale City home was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the chance of parole. Xavier Pinckney, now 18, fatally shot James M. Smith, 19, a...

By Washington Post editors  | February 19, 2010; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Suspected gang member gets life for murder

A suspected gang member has been sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years for the 2008 murder of a man. ABC 7 is reporting that José Mauricio Cruz-Méndez, 23, of Takoma Park, was convicted Friday of murdering 28-year-old Jairon...

By Washington Post editors  | February 19, 2010; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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Officer will not be charged in shooting

The Fairfax County police officer who shot a mentally ill Herndon area man in his basement will not be charged with a crime, Crime Scene is reporting. Officers were trying to take Ian C. Smith, 25, into custody after he...

By Washington Post editors  | February 19, 2010; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Body discovered in home after fire

Firefighters found the body of a man in a home after an early morning fire Friday in Columbia. The Baltimore Sun reports that the fire broke out in the 7200 block of Riding Hood Circle in Columbia around 5:15 a.m....

By Washington Post editors  | February 19, 2010; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Friday news roundup

A snow free weekend; Fenty gets buried in snow criticism; Teacher killed at youth facility; Fairfax libraries face massive cuts; Bread and blessing at this Giant supermarket. Your Friday news roundup.

By Washington Post editors  | February 19, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Arrest made in 2009 D.C. homicide

A 47-year-old Southeast Washington man has been charged in one of the last homicides in the District in 2009, D.C. police said Thursday. Police said Paul Anthony Ashby of the 1300 block of U Street SE was charged in...

By Terri Rupar  | February 18, 2010; 11:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Fire evacuates Pr. George's nursing home

Nineteen residents of a nursing facility in Prince George’s County have been evacuated after a fire just outside the building, and it appeared that they would be temporarily displaced, a spokesman for the county fire department said. Two residents of...

By Terri Rupar  | February 18, 2010; 11:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Dog attacks four-year-old at Dulles

Dog attacks four-year-old at Dulles Airport

By Washington Post editors  | February 18, 2010; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Evening news roundup

Warmer weather tomorrow, National Zoo announces the birth of two new clouded leopard cubs, snow-covered sidewalks a factor in pedestrian's death, NTSB puts rail car safety design on its list of "most wanted" safety improvements. Your Thursday news roundup

By Washington Post editors  | February 18, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Metro officials unveil artwork for two stations

Metro gets new artwork for its Takoma Park and Farragut West stations.

By Washington Post editors  | February 18, 2010; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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National Zoo announces leopard cubs' birth

National Zoo announces the birth of two clouded leopard cubs.

By Washington Post editors  | February 18, 2010; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Counselor dead at Pr. George's youth facility

Update, 12:35 p.m.: Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley confirmed that detectives are investigating a homicide at the facility. About 7:45 a.m., Shipley said, a staff member at the facility discovered a woman's body just outside the door of the...

By Washington Post Editors  | February 18, 2010; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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The Daily Goodbye

A roundup of notable deaths for Feb. 18, 2010.

By Washington Post editors  | February 18, 2010; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Thursday news roundup

It's getting warmer outside, Barry gets deadline, Metro gets a "guru," Postal Service says it's delivering -- mostly. Your Thursday news roundup.

By Washington Post editors  | February 18, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Pedestrian struck, killed by car

A man was fatally struck by a car Wednesday night on Baltimore Avenue in the Laurel area, authorities said. The man, who was described only as being in his 30s, was found unconscious near the intersection with Contee Road...

By Erica Johnston  | February 17, 2010; 10:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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Evening news roundup

Warmer weather tomorrow, a pothole boomlet, Jon Gosselin settles lawsuit, Virginia's governor outlines budget cuts.

By Washington Post editors  | February 17, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Police investigate fatal shooting in Maryland

A man was shot and killed in Prince George's County Wednesday, according to Crime Scene. Police are said to be looking for three or four suspects in connection with the incident. Shortly before noon, police were called to the Suitland...

By Washington Post editors  | February 17, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Sassafras: Maryland's official state soil?

Maryland legislators are debating whether sassafras should be the state's official soil.

By Washington Post editors  | February 17, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Maryland, Maryland Legislature  
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Montgomery County school board passes budget

Montgomery County school board passes $2.3 billion budget.

By Washington Post editors  | February 17, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Delay at Fort Totten cleared

UPDATE: Metro says the disruption at Fort Totten has been cleared. Metro is reporting a disruption at the Fort Totten station in both directions. Trains are sharing the same track between Georgia Avenue and Fort Totten because of a person...

By Washington Post editors  | February 17, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Wednesday news roundup

D.C. area back to normal? Marion Barry in trouble again, Snow removal crew sets house on fire; Maryland's new state dirt?

By Washington Post editors  | February 17, 2010; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Suspicious package reported at ATF

UPDATE, 5:47 p.m.: Nothing hazardous found at ATF headquarters, according to Kenny Bryson, a D.C. police spokesman. Earlier: D.C. police and D.C. fire department hazmat crews responded to the unit block of New York Avenue about 4:30 p.m. for the...

By Erica Johnston  | February 16, 2010; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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Evening news roundup

Marion Barry, back in the headlines, pro-choice license plates in Virginia, lower prices at the gas pump. Your Tuesday evening news roundup.

By Washington Post editors  | February 16, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Federal government to open on time Wednesday

The Federal government will open at its regular time Wednesday for the first time since Feb. 4, Federal Eye reports. That means no delayed openings. Offices were closed for four straight days last week and opened with unscheduled leave policy...

By Washington Post editors  | February 16, 2010; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Virginia declared disaster area after snowstorms

President Obama on Tuesday declared Virginia a disaster area and ordered federal aid to help the state in its recovery efforts from the Dec. 18-20 snowstorms. The declaration allows both the commonwealth and eligible local governments, including Arlington, Fairfax and...

By Washington Post editors  | February 16, 2010; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Date set for White House Easter Egg Roll

It's hard to imagine, but spring -- and Easter -- are not that far away. As a reminder, the White House has set the date its annual Easter Egg Roll. This year's event will be held April 5. Tickets, which...

By Washington Post editors  | February 16, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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National Zoo welcomes new director

The National Zoo gets a new director, Dennis W. Kelly, formerly president of Zoo Atlanta.

By Washington Post editors  | February 16, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Senate votes to allow guns in restaurants

The Virginia Politics blog is reporting that the Virginia Senate has voted to allow concealed weapons permit holders to carry guns in restaurants that serve alcohol -- as long as the carrier of the weapon does not drink. The bill...

By Washington Post editors  | February 16, 2010; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Fire forces Fairfax day care to evacuate

A Fairfax County church day care center had to be evacuated Tuesday morning after a fire broke out. No one was injured. ABC 7 reported that the fire started in the day care area of Highview Christian Fellowship Church in...

By Washington Post editors  | February 16, 2010; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Report finds Barry benefited from contract for ex

D.C. Council Member Marion Barry personally benefited from a contract he obtained for his former girlfriend and directed earmarks that "provided substantial financial benefits to some of his close friends and supporters," according to a report by Washington attorney Robert...

By Washington Post editors  | February 16, 2010; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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District to lift snow emergency Tuesday evening

The District will lift the snow emergency currently in effect at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Parking restrictions along snow emergency routes will no longer be in effect once the ban is lifted....

By Washington Post editors  | February 16, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Help the District dig out

Tired of looking at the piles of snow? Help the city dig out. The District Department of Transportation is asking for volunteers to help shovel. Email volunteer@dc.gov if you can lend a hand....

By Washington Post editors  | February 16, 2010; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tuesday news roundup

The post-snowmageddon return to work, UMd. president to step down, harassment by text could be a crime in Maryland, D.C. area is eighth happiest in the country. Your Tuesday news roundup.

By Washington Post editors  | February 16, 2010; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Federal government opens late Tuesday

Federal agencies in the Washington area will open two hours later than normal Tuesday, the Office of Personnel Management said Monday night. Federal workers may take unscheduled leave, OPM added. Those who elect to take unscheduled time off for the...

By Lynda Robinson  | February 15, 2010; 8:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Frederick police fatally shoot man

A man with a rifle was killed by police in Frederick on Sunday after he first got involved in a domestic dispute and then shot a passing motorist, authorities said. Patrick John Fischer II, who was 27 and lived in...

By Erica Johnston  | February 14, 2010; 9:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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Once more, with feeling: Snow emergency in D.C.

The "snow emergency" declaration is back in the District. After the latest snow emergency was lifted on Saturday, another will begin at 9 a.m. Monday in order to help crews to plow during an expected snowfall.

By Erica Johnston  | February 14, 2010; 8:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Help needed: Shovelers for Fairfax schools

Fairfax County Public Schools are asking for volunteers Monday to help dig out sidewalks, bus stops and fire hydrants near all county schools as officials work to re-open for the first time since record-setting snowstorms blanketed the region. Don't...

By Erica Johnston  | February 14, 2010; 7:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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