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Human remains discovered in Montgomery

Human remains were found Saturday afternoon in the Damascus area of upper Montgomery County, the county police said.

By Eric Athas  | March 6, 2010; 11:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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1 killed, 7 injured in two Montgomery crashes

One person was killed and seven were injured in two automobile crashes late Saturday afternoon in Montgomery County, police said. The fatal crash occurred about 4:45 p.m. on the Midcounty Highway in the Washington Grove area, the police said. Two...

By Eric Athas  | March 6, 2010; 10:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Woman, 21, killed in Laurel car crash

A 21-year-old woman was killed Saturday morning and a man was injured after their car crashed into a tree in the Laurel area of Prince George’s County, police said. The crash occurred at about 9 a.m. in the 11600 block...

By Eric Athas  | March 6, 2010; 10:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rockville soldier dies in Afghanistan

The Department of Defense says a Maryland soldier has died in Afghanistan. Spc. Anthony A. Paci, 30, of Rockville, Md., died Thursday in Afghanistan. He died of injuries suffered during a vehicle rollover. Paci was assigned to the 1st Battalion,...

By Washington Post Editors  | March 6, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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8-year-old brings gun to Baltimore school

An 8-year-old elementary school student was arrested after he threatened a classmate and police at his Baltimore school found a loaded handgun in his backpack. Authorities arrested the third-grader at Sharp-Leadenhall Elementary School on Thursday. The small Baltimore school...

By Washington Post Editors  | March 6, 2010; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Va. police to crack down on speeders this weekend

Virginia State Police are conducting a two-day traffic safety campaign along Interstates 81 and 95 this weekend. Officials say Operation Air, Land and Speed comes as Virginia continues to experience record decreases in traffic-related deaths. As of Friday, 83 traffic...

By Washington Post Editors  | March 6, 2010; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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Psychiatrist: Bedell suffered from mental illness

Bedell was diagnosed as bipolar, or manic depressive, and had been in and out of treatment programs for years. His psychiatrist, J. Michael Nelson, said Bedell tried to self-medicate with marijuana, inadvertently making his symptoms more pronounced. “Without the...

By Washington Post Editors  | March 6, 2010; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Drive for bone-marrow donors Saturday

A drive to find donors of bone marrow, organized by Emily Roesing for friend Lindsay Rawot, is being held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Edmund Burke School at 4101 Connecticut Ave. NW. You can also check...

By Terri Rupar  | March 5, 2010; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Witness heard "a flurry of pops" outside Pentagon

The latest news on the shooting at the Pentagon: 6:45 p.m. Witness heard "a flurry of pops" outside Pentagon Buzz Hawley, 40, a lawyer from Fairfax, was waiting for a bus outside the Pentagon when the shooting broke out Thursday...

By Washington Post editors  | March 5, 2010; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Fight led to lockdown at Richard Montgomery High

Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville ends lockdown after false reports of a weapon on campus.

By Washington Post editors  | March 5, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Judge fines parents of driver in fatal crash

The parents of an uninsured driver involved in a fatal crash are fined for allowing him to use their pickup.

By Washington Post editors  | March 5, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Friday news roundup

Summary of latest developments in the Pentagon shootings. Rent control for Montgomery County? Snowball fight cop will not lose his job. Federal agency releases scathing report on Metro safety.

By Washington Post editors  | March 5, 2010; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Officials: Pentagon shooting suspect dies

The D.C. Medical Examiner's Office says the alleged shooter at the Pentagon has died. Beverly Fields, chief of staff of the D.C. medical examiner's office, said the body of 36-year-old John Patrick Bedell arrived at the medical examiner's office shortly...

By Terri Rupar  | March 5, 2010; 12:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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2 police officers shot at Pentagon entrance

Updated, 7:50 p.m. Chris Layman, a spokesman for the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, said the suspect walked up to the main entrance of the Pentagon at 6:40 p.m. and opened fire. He hit two officers, both of whom have injuries...

By Terri Rupar  | March 4, 2010; 7:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Pilot killed after plane crashes into Virginia house

Update, 5:45 p.m.: The plane that crashed into a house in central Virginia Thursday afternoon had taken off from Manassas Regional Airport, Virginia State Police said. The pilot's identity was not released. He was killed when the twin-engine plane crashed...

By Washington Post editors  | March 4, 2010; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Evening news roundup

UMd. victory over Duke followed by arrests. D.C.'s cherry blossoms will peak in April. D.C. get disaster relief money for Dec. snow. Metro's new boss will get $25,000 a month. Consultant suggests three-day a week mail delivery

By Washington Post editors  | March 4, 2010; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Va. Senate panel kills bill to repeal gun-a-month law

A specially formed Virginia Senate subcommittee has voted to kill a bill that would have repealed the state's 17-year-old law banning the purchase of more than one gun a month. The panel voted along party lines 4-1 to table the...

By Washington Post editors  | March 4, 2010; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bay Bridge Walk canceled for 4th year in a row

The Bay Bridge Walk will not be held this year because of ongoing construction with the Bay Bridge, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority. This will be the fourth year in a row that the walk has been canceled. “Once...

By Washington Post editors  | March 4, 2010; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Three indicted in high-end auto theft scheme

Three men indicted on auto theft charges in Howard County.

By Washington Post editors  | March 4, 2010; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro names interim general manager

Get There is reporting that Metro has appointed former New Jersey Transit chief Richard Sarles as interim general manager. Sarles headed New Jersey Transit from 2007 until January, when he retired from the post. New Jersey Transit has 11,000 employees...

By Washington Post editors  | March 4, 2010; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man says he shot ex-girlfriend and her lover

An Annapolis man has pleaded guilty to killing his former girlfriend and her lover after he heard them in bed in a room above him last year. Fifty-seven-year-old Elbert Gardner Jr. admitted he shot Lei Johnson and Samuel Fowlkes after...

By Washington Post editors  | March 4, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. Senate committee votes for more charters

A Senate committee Thursday morning overwhelmingly passed Gov. Bob McDonnell's education package, including his proposal to expand the number of charter schools in Virginia. Reporter Anita Kumar reports that the vote virtually assures passage of the bills in the Democratic-control...

By Washington Post editors  | March 4, 2010; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Baltimore's new mayor hospitalized

UPDATE: Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D) was released from the hospital this afternoon after undergoing a series of tests, the Baltimore Sun reported on their website. Doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center said the 39-year-old mayor was in...

By Washington Post editors  | March 4, 2010; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Thursday news roundup

The daily forecast. Computer hackers at Churchill could face charges. For Marion Barry it's business as usual. More hospital workers fired for missing work during snowstorm. Divorcing couples now fight over who gets the house. Your Thursday news roundup.

By Washington Post editors  | March 4, 2010; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Several arrested in U-Md. postgame celebration

(Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/Post) Update, 1:10 p.m. Several videos of the scene during the melee have surfaced on YouTube. Check out one of them here (warning: strong language). Update, 1:23 a.m. Campus and county police arrested several people...

By Erica Johnston  | March 3, 2010; 11:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
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D.C. gets U.S. aid for pre-Christmas snowstorm

President Obama declared Wednesday that the District is eligible for federal aid to help pay for snow-removal efforts and other costs incurred during the snowstorm that struck the D.C. area before Christmas, the White House said in a statement....

By Erica Johnston  | March 3, 2010; 11:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Evening news roundup

Your Wednesday news roundup: Same-sex couples eager to wed in D.C. Group wants Starbucks in Virginia to ban guns. High hopes -- and expectations -- for Metro's interim general manager. Marion Barry says he's not going anywhere.

By Washington Post editors  | March 3, 2010; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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D.C. hospital fires nurses for snow absences

Washington Hospital Center officials have concluded their review of employees who did not report to work during crippling snowstorms in February and found cause to terminate 21 employees, including 15 nurses. Three employees who had been terminated were given their...

By Washington Post editors  | March 3, 2010; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Criminal investigation over Churchill grade changes

The Montgomery County state’s attorney’s office has launched a criminal investigation into a grade-changing scheme at Winston Churchill High School in which 54 students’ grades were altered. Almost 700 families at the school received letters this week informing them that...

By Washington Post editors  | March 3, 2010; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Hyattsville man dies following fire

A 39-year-old man badly burned in a fire that also injured his 3-year-old daughter died Wednesday, Prince George's County Fire and EMS reports. Mohamed M. Magassouba and his daughter were found Friday in their second-floor Hyattsville apartment. Magassouba suffered burns...

By Washington Post editors  | March 3, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Howard County teens hospitalized after collision

Four Howard County teenagers injured in a two car collision.

By Washington Post editors  | March 3, 2010; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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15th St. NW to remain two-way, all day

Get There is reporting that a three block stretch of 15th NW will no longer switch to one-way traffic during afternoon rush hour beginning March 15. From 4 to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, traffic flow currently shifts to one-way northbound...

By Washington Post editors  | March 3, 2010; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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No recount for close Virginia House race

Kerry D. Bolognese, the Republican lobbyist who narrowly lost a Virginia House race Tuesday night by just 37 votes out of more than 11,000 cast, has decided against requesting a formal recount, reporter Derek Kravitz writes on the Virginia Politics...

By Washington Post editors  | March 3, 2010; 9:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wednesday news roundup

Metro may have new interim chief. Same-sex marraige now legal in D.C. Marion Barry embraced by some of his constituents. Purdue Farms sued. Man sentenced in Accokeek street racing deaths. Your Wednesday roundup.

By Washington Post editors  | March 3, 2010; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Maryland to revamp prisoner release procedures

Maryland corrections officials say they will revise inmate release procedures after a man serving a life sentence was mistakenly released last week, the Baltimore Sun reports. The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services will begin using portable fingerprint scanning...

By Washington Post editors  | March 3, 2010; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Live: Twitterverse reacts to D.C. gay unions

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By Mike McPhate  | March 3, 2010; 7:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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3rd broken water main found in Crystal City

Three water-main breaks in Crystal City likely will snarl the morning commute. Crews are working to repair the breaks, Arlington County officials said, advising commuters to avoid the area.

By Jeannine F. Hunter  | March 3, 2010; 5:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Avoid Crystal City roads in a.m., officials warn

Update, 2:40 a.m.: Repair work to two water-main breaks in Crystal City likely will snarl the Wednesday morning rush hour, Arlington County officials warn. They advise commuters to seek alternative routes and avoid the area. Crews worked for hours late...

By Clarence Williams  | March 2, 2010; 7:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Supreme Court denies stay on D.C. gay marriage

The Supreme Court has denied a request by opponents of the District's same-sex marriage law to delay its scheduled implementation Wednesday. We'll have more as details become available....

By Washington Post editors  | March 2, 2010; 5:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Evening news roundup

A little more snow than expected. Barry censured. Md./Va. crack down on drunk drivers. Smithsonian says no thanks to O.J. Simpson's suit. New development rules in Montgomery County. Gay marriage opponents turn to the Supreme Court.

By Washington Post editors  | March 2, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Streets reopen after report of suspicious package

UPDATE: D.C. police and fire emergency responders are wrapping up their investigation into a report of a suspicious package found Tuesday at the office of the American Psychological Association in Northeast. Shortly before 2 p.m. police and fire officials responded...

By Washington Post editors  | March 2, 2010; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Barry loses leadership position after censure

UPDATE: D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) told his fellow council members that the report by Washington attorney Robert S. Bennett, who concluded Barry personally benefited from a $15,000 personal-services contract he secured for his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Donna...

By Washington Post editors  | March 2, 2010; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Waldorf man sentenced in street racing deaths

A 22-year-old Waldorf man who admitted participating in an illegal street race that killed eight people two years ago in Accokeek has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, Crime Scene reports. According to prosecutors, Darren J. Bullock was in...

By Washington Post editors  | March 2, 2010; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. police investigating fatal accident in Northeast

D.C. police are investigating a Tuesday morning accident in which a man was fatally struck by a vehicle in Northeast. News Channel 8 reports that the man was struck just before 4:30 a.m. at the intersection of 9th Street and...

By Washington Post editors  | March 2, 2010; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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No gator desks for Redskins owner

UPDATE: Looks as if an earlier report by the New York Post that Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder dropping $600,000 on two alligator leather desks for his FedEx field offices is false. D.C. Sports Bog reports that sources at the...

By Chris Stanford  | March 2, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Explosives testing at Quantico this week

Fairfax County police say explosives training at the Quantico Marine base is causing the shaking and booming some residents are feeling and hearing. WTOP reports that nearby neighbors have become used to the sounds and tremors. But this time, the...

By Washington Post editors  | March 2, 2010; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tuesday news roundup

"Nuisance snow." Marion Barry, censured at last? Marriage licenses now available for same-sex couples. Early morning fire displaces 11 in Northwest D.C., "Polite Day" comes to D.C.

By Washington Post editors  | March 2, 2010; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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2 teens injured in school fight

Two teenagers were injured and a third was taken into police custody after a fight at a high school in Montgomery County, authorities said. The incident occurred about 8:30 a.m. Monday at Magruder High School on Muncaster Mill Road...

By Erica Johnston  | March 1, 2010; 9:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Mistrial on most serious counts in street racing trial

A Prince George's County on Monday night deadlocked on the most serious charges facing one of the drivers in an illegal street race that killed eight people in Accokeek about two years ago. The Crime Scene blog has more....

By Washington Post editors  | March 1, 2010; 8:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fairfax rescue team ready to help Chile quake victims

Just weeks after they returned from earthquake-stricken Haiti, the Fairfax County urban search and rescue team has been mobilized to go to Chile to search for survivors of the earthquake there. Fifty-two members of the team, along with four search...

By Erica Johnston  | March 1, 2010; 7:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Small plane crashes in woods

A small plane ended up in woods near the runway Monday evening at an air field in upper Montgomery County, authorities said. The incident occurred about 5:30 p.m. at the Montgomery County Airpark in the Gaithersburg area. The pilot,...

By Erica Johnston  | March 1, 2010; 6:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Evening news roundup

Cloudy and cool. "Conversational snow," possible. Federal AIDS funding at risk in D.C. Two people killed in murder-suicide at day care center. Evening delays on Metro. Your evening news roundup.

By Washington Post editors  | March 1, 2010; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Man convicted of swindling elderly wife

A Montgomery County jury has convicted a man who married an elderly woman in the front seat of a car of swindling more than $100,000 from his wife and neglecting her so badly that she had to be hospitalized, Crime...

By Washington Post editors  | March 1, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Twin bear cubs born at the National Zoo

Twin Andean bear cubs born at the National Zoo

By Washington Post editors  | March 1, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Metro nighttime commuting could get longer

Prepare for a different kind of March Madness on the Metro this month. Metro says it will conduct weeknight track maintenance through much of the month of March -- which means many commuters traveling after about 8 p.m., Monday through...

By Washington Post editors  | March 1, 2010; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Police investigating possible murder-suicide

UPDATE: Prince William police say seven children were downstairs at a Dale City day care center Monday morning when an apparent murder-suicide took place, Crime Scene reports. The children were not injured and they did not see the shooting that...

By Washington Post editors  | March 1, 2010; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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UVA to host author of so-called "torture memos"

A Bush administration attorney who wrote legal memos that authorized the use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics on suspected terrorists plans to speak at the University of Virginia. John Yoo is scheduled to speak March 19 at U.Va.’s...

By Washington Post editors  | March 1, 2010; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Maryland sets winter weather record

The snowiest part of Maryland has set a winter weather record. More than 2 1/2 feet of snow fell in Garrett County last week, pushing the seasonal total into record territory. The State Highway Administration said Monday that 262.5 inches...

By Washington Post editors  | March 1, 2010; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Maryland, Weather  
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Monday news roundup

Highs could hit 50, snow possible Tuesday evening. Advocates push for public release of Metro report. Why are so many D.C. children "gifted?" Nurses fired for missing work during "snowmageddon." Your Monday morning news roundup.

By Washington Post editors  | March 1, 2010; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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March begins with shot at 50-degree day

FROM THE CAPITAL WEATHER GANG: During February, we only managed 1 50-degree day. We have a good shot at matching that number on March's first day. While today's "warmth" may seem like a sure sign of spring, we sink right...

By Mike McPhate  | March 1, 2010; 7:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pr. Geo.'s police: Driver intentionally hit four

Prince George’s County police are investigating an incident early Monday in which a man allegedly drove his vehicle into a cluster of four people, intentionally trying to hurt them. The driver of the vehicle, whose name was not released, was...

By Anne Bartlett  | March 1, 2010; 6:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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National Zoo introduces giant octopus

Zoo officials hope the octopus will play a role in teaching researchers and recruiting fans. (Smithsonian National Zoo) It may not have the cuddly appeal of a giant panda, but the National Zoo is predicting its new giant Pacific octopus...

By Washington Post Editors  | February 28, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Man shot and killed in Southeast

A D.C. man was shot and killed Saturday near his home in Southeast, authorities said. Just before 9 p.m., officers were called to the 300 block of Parkland Place SE to investigate a shooting. Police found 20-year-old Marquis Wade, who...

By Washington Post Editors  | February 28, 2010; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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