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2 stabbed at Rockville Metro station

Two people were stabbed Saturday at the Rockville Metro station, authorities said. Neither person appeared to have sustained life-threatening wounds, Montgomery County Police said. No additional details about the incident, which was reported just after 6 p.m., were immediately available,...

By Terri Rupar  | March 13, 2010; 7:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Caps fans asked to not honk horns after games

Capitals fans are being asked to stop a tradition: honking their car horns after a home win at the Verizon Center. Fans have traditionally honked their horns beginning in the center's parking garage and continuing onto D.C. streets. But the...

By Washington Post Editors  | March 13, 2010; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Report: Divorce for couple convicted of murder

A man who with his wife murdered a couple in Ocean City in 2002 has filed from divorce from her on the grounds she is a “convicted felon.” Radio station WTOP reports Benjamin Sifrit has filed for divorce from Erika...

By Washington Post Editors  | March 13, 2010; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Man falls onto Metro tracks at Gallery Place

A man described as elderly fell onto the tracks at the Gallery Place Metrorail station Friday night but was pulled to safety, authorities said. The man fell from the platform onto the Red Line tracks about 8:15 p.m., Metro...

By Terri Rupar  | March 12, 2010; 10:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Friday evening's news roundup

Friday's news roundup: Why the National Zoo's bats are dying; former exotic dancer sues strip club where she used to work; a squirrel knocks out power to 6,000 in Virginia.

By Washington Post editors  | March 12, 2010; 5:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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No delay in execution of man who killed Va. teen

Gov. Bob McDonnell has declined to stop next week’s execution of a man who killed his teen friend in 1999 then bragged about it to prosecutors once he thought he couldn’t face the death penalty. McDonnell said Friday he reviewed...

By Washington Post editors  | March 12, 2010; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Woodbridge man charged in accidental shooting

A Woodbridge man has been charged with reckless handling of a firearm after he accidentally shot his neighbor while loading and unloading his shotgun, Prince William County police say. ABC 7 reports that Anthony Michael Randall allegedly shot his neighbor...

By Washington Post editors  | March 12, 2010; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gaithersburg cancels St. Patrick's parade

Gaithersburg cancels its St. Patrick's parade because of the weekend weather forecast.

By Washington Post editors  | March 12, 2010; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Chain Bridge weekend work postponed

The District Department of Transportation has postponed the weekend closure of the Chain Bridge in Northwest D.C. because heavy rains and winds are forecast. The work will be rescheduled for next weekend....

By Washington Post editors  | March 12, 2010; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dolphin born at the National Aquarium

The National Aquarium in Baltimore welcomes a baby dolphin.

By Washington Post editors  | March 12, 2010; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Virginia man wins $200 million Mega Million jackpot

A Virginia man has claimed a $200 million Mega Millions jackpot, nearly five months after winning the prize. Virginia lottery officials say Steve Williams of Shenandoah waited to cash in his winning ticket until after he could meet with financial...

By Washington Post editors  | March 12, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Flooding forces closure of two Frederick roads

Frederick County officials say small stream flooding has forced the closure of two county roads near Thurmont and Emmitsburg. Emergency managers across the state prepared Friday for more problems from storms that were expected to produce heavy rain Friday night...

By Washington Post editors  | March 12, 2010; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Rushern Baker to run for Prince George's top job

Former Del. Rushern L. Baker III (D) filed as a candidate for Prince George's County Executive Friday, his campaign spokesman said, marking the official start of Baker's third bid for the post amid what is shaping up to be a...

By Washington Post editors  | March 12, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Immigration raid takes 29 into custody in Maryland

Federal immigration officials took 29 people into custody during several simultaneous raids in Maryland, the Baltimore Sun reports. The raids took place Thursday morning at two restaurants, several homes and an office in Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties. William Winter...

By Washington Post editors  | March 12, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Three injured in accident with D.C. firetruck

Three people were injured in a crash involving a firetruck responding to a call in downtown D.C. Friday morning resulting in road closures and traffic tie-ups. D.C. fire department spokesman Pete Piringer said a firetruck was on its way to...

By Washington Post editors  | March 12, 2010; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Man's body recovered from Frederick dam

Frederick County authorities say a man’s body has been recovered from a dam spillway at Lake Linganore near Frederick. Frederick County Sheriff’s Capt. Tim Clarke said Thursday the remains are those of a white man, 20 to 40 years old....

By Washington Post editors  | March 12, 2010; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Friday news roundup

Rainy forecast for D.C. Metro fixes will take three years. Maryland revamps driver tests, Too many families, not enough space in a D.C. homeless shelter. Your Friday news roundup

By Washington Post editors  | March 12, 2010; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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D.C. jail escapee is captured

Update: 8:17 p.m.: D.C. police have captured a jail escapee who fled while being transported to a hospital earlier today. Officers arrested Terrence Moore near 10th Place and Wheeler Road Southeast about 7 p.m., D.C. police said. He was...

By Washington Post editors  | March 11, 2010; 8:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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'Top Chef' coming to Washington

The next season of Bravo's hit “Top Chef" is set to be taped in Washington this spring, sources say. The reality competition show — about to enter its seventh season — has boosted the careers of local chefs such...

By Terri Rupar  | March 11, 2010; 7:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Helicopter makes emergency landing at school

A Prince George's County police helicopter made an emergency landing Thursday at a Southeast Washington elementary school due to a mechanical failure, officials said. No one was injured when Air 1 landed at Davis Elementary School in the 4400...

By Erica Johnston  | March 11, 2010; 6:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Harry Reid's wife, daughter injured in car accident

Updated 6:10 p.m. By Josh White and Shailagh Murray Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's wife and daughter were in a serious car accident Thursday afternoon on Interstate 95 in Fairfax County, and police said they are being treated at an...

By Washington Post editors  | March 11, 2010; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man arrested for wearing guinea pig on his head

A Virginia man is facing an animal cruelty charge after police say he skinned a guinea pig and made a head ornament out of it. Animal control officer Gerald L. Cubbage says 40-year-old Charles Woodson of Front Royal bought the...

By Washington Post editors  | March 11, 2010; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Evening news roundup

Rain is coming. D.C. police still searching for escaped inmate. "Top Chef" coming to D.C.? Your Thursday evening news roundup.

By Washington Post editors  | March 11, 2010; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Colleges extend spring term to make up snow days

The snow may have melted, but it's still having an impact on the region. Reporter Daniel de Vise reports over at College Inc. that three community colleges are extending their spring semesters to make up snow days. The College of...

By Washington Post editors  | March 11, 2010; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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UDC to open campus near Union Station

The University of the District of Columbia plans a campus near Union Station.

By Washington Post editors  | March 11, 2010; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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MD House says no to texting while driving

Maryland’s House of Delegates has voted to prohibit reading text messages while driving. Delegates voted 135-2 in support of the measure Thursday. Violators of the proposed ban would be guilty of a misdemeanor and could face fines of up to...

By Washington Post editors  | March 11, 2010; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Rescue workers still trying to recover body

Rescue workers in Frederick County are trying to recover a body found at Lake Linganore. Frederick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Cpl. Jennifer Bailey says two men fishing at the lake spotted the body in the water near the dam around...

By Washington Post editors  | March 11, 2010; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Handful of people protest imam at Virginia Capitol

A handful of demonstrators gathered outside the Virginia state Capitol Thursday to protest a Falls Church imam who is scheduled to give the opening prayer in the House of Delegates this afternoon. The imam, Johari Abdul-Malik of the Dar Al...

By Washington Post editors  | March 11, 2010; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. Council members get their baseball tickets

There will not be a repeat of Ticketgate this spring. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's administration delivered the D.C. Council its baseball tickets to Nationals' Park Thursday morning -- nearly a month before the team's first exhibition game on April 3....

By Washington Post editors  | March 11, 2010; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Thursday news roundup

Cloudy today with rains arriving on Friday, D.C. health inspectors turn up violations in some of the area's poshest eateries. Haiti's first lady visits her alma mater, GWU. D,C,'s fire ane EMS under scrutiny. Your Thursday news roundup.

By Washington Post editors  | March 11, 2010; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Alexandria man strangled at Va. state hospital

An Alexandria man who was a patient at Central State Hospital was strangled to death in his room, the state medical examiner's office has ruled. The Richmond Times Dispatch reported that Justin L. Davis, 22, was found Feb. 28 by...

By Washington Post editors  | March 11, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Suspicious package near Treasury investigated

Authorities responded near the Treasury building in Northwest Washington early Thursday after a woman reportedly dropped off a suspicious package, U.S. Secret Service officials said. A package was found at about 12:30 a.m. near the building at 15th and F...

By Clarence Williams  | March 11, 2010; 2:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man fatally shot in NE D.C.

A man was shot and killed Wednesday night outside an apartment complex in the Fort Totten area of Northeast Washington. Police said the violence apparently was sparked by a domestic dispute. Officers were called to the unit block of...

By Erica Johnston  | March 10, 2010; 11:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Wednesday evening roundup

A very busy Wednesday around the region. Maryland's House Judiciary Committee is considering closing the state's only secure detention center for girls, hundreds of people are protesting the plan to have an imam give the opening prayer to the Virginia...

By Washington Post editors  | March 10, 2010; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Head of D.C.'s Catholic schools to step down

The head of Washington’s Catholic schools during a tumultuous period in their history announced Wednesday that she will step down in June to lead a center at Boston College. Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill has been superintendent of the 28,600-student school system of...

By Washington Post editors  | March 10, 2010; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Body discovered at Frederick dam

A body was discovered floating in the water Wednesday afternoon by two men fishing at the Lake Linganore Dam, WABC 7 reports. The body has been taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore to determine the...

By Washington Post editors  | March 10, 2010; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Holocaust Museum passes 30 million visitors

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum says 30 million visitors have now come through its doors. The museum said Wednesday that the milestone was passed this week. The museum has been open since April 1993. A museum spokesman says 1.75...

By Washington Post editors  | March 10, 2010; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Yogis reach a higher state with Virginia proposal

Yoga instructors will not have to bend to state regulators after all, thanks to a measure that two Northern Virginia lawmakers have guided through the General Assembly, reporter Fredrick Kunkle reports over at the Virginia Politics blog. Gov. Robert F....

By Washington Post editors  | March 10, 2010; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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No school again for Baltimore County students

Baltimore County schools officials say 11 schools are closed for a third day after a weekend water main break. Public works officials say water should be restored by Thursday morning to the thousands of customers in northwestern Baltimore County still...

By Washington Post editors  | March 10, 2010; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Prince George's officer dies after car accident

A Prince George's police officer involved in a car accident last month has died of injuries, ABC 7 is reporting. Prince George's County Police Department officials said he died Tuesday night sometime after 9 p.m. Police say the officer was...

By Washington Post editors  | March 10, 2010; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wednesday morning roundup

Good morning. We're halfway through the work week -- and it's a good thing because we're about to lose that sunshine that's been following us around. The Capital Weather Gang says the temperatures will continue to be mild, reaching the...

By Washington Post editors  | March 10, 2010; 8:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Evening news roundup

Good evening. Was it just us or were more people walking around with smiles on their faces today? Yes folks, a few days of sunshine will do that. Sadly, it's about to come to an end. The Capital Weather...

By Washington Post editors  | March 9, 2010; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Health care protesters head to the Ritz

Protesters marched through downtown Washington Tuesday to criticize the health insurance industry in an attempt to draw up support for the Democratic proposal to overhaul the health-care system. Organizers with Health Care for America Now, a coalition of labor and...

By Washington Post editors  | March 9, 2010; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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School bus involved in accident in NE

D.C. Fire and EMS are investigating an accident involving a school bus and another vehicle. Two people were on the bus and two were in the other vehicle. Their injuries are said to be minor. The accident happened in the...

By Washington Post editors  | March 9, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Wegmans to open in Germantown

Wegmans will open its first Montgomery County store in Germantown

By Washington Post editors  | March 9, 2010; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Anne Arundel schools granted snow waiver

Anne Arundel County public school students will not have to be in class for 180 days this year after the Maryland's State Department of Education granted the school system a waiver. December and February's snowstorms resulted in Anne Arundel students...

By Washington Post editors  | March 9, 2010; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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F-16s to fly over Air Force Memorial Tuesday

Four F-16 aircraft are scheduled to perform a Ceremonial Flyover of the Air Force Memorial Tuesday at 2:15 P.M....

By Washington Post editors  | March 9, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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The Daily Goodbye

Today's Daily Goodbye -- a blog about significant and interesting deaths here and around the world.

By Washington Post editors  | March 9, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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D.C. mayor joins couples celebrating gay marriages

The first gay couples to be married in the District were joined after their ceremonies Tuesday morning by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D). The mayor, who signed legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in December, congratulated the couples with a champagne...

By Washington Post editors  | March 9, 2010; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
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Tuesday news roundup

Sunny and in the mid-60's. Same-sex couples in D.C. say "I do" starting today. Churchill HS hackers may never be ID'd. Red Line crash cost Metro $25.5 million. Your Tuesday news roundup.

By Washington Post editors  | March 9, 2010; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Boy taken from school has been found

D.C. police are seeking the public's help in finding the woman who they think picked up a missing boy from his elementary school in Southeast Washington this afternoon.

By Eric Athas  | March 8, 2010; 8:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Police identify woman fatally struck near Mall

The woman who was killed near the Mall Saturday when she was hit by a tractor- trailer while crossing a street has been identified as Debra Ann Schiebel, 51, of Vermont Avenue NW. First accounts of the incident said...

By Erica Johnston  | March 8, 2010; 7:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Local 'Make-a-Wish' leader is replaced

The local chapter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation on Monday replaced its president after an investigation by its national headquarters into staff complaints about management style, and on the heels of the resignations of all but one of the 20-person...

By Erica Johnston  | March 8, 2010; 6:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man stabbed in Sterling

A man was stabbed and seriously wounded Monday afternoon in the Sterling area of Loudoun County and a search was under way for his assailant, authorities said. The stabbing occurred around 4 p.m. on Forest Ridge Drive, and the...

By Erica Johnston  | March 8, 2010; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Report finds lax oversight for MoCo tuition program

The Montgomery County government awarded more than $600,000 in no-bid payments to nine companies that had ties to county police officers and were part of a controversial tuition assistance program, Montgomery’s inspector general said in a report released Monday. The...

By Washington Post editors  | March 8, 2010; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Evening news roundup

Sunny and 60, but clouds on the horizon. No baby panda - yet. Officers wounded in Pentagon shooting speak publicly for the first time. Your evening news roundup

By Washington Post editors  | March 8, 2010; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Rats! Montgomery County school has a problem

Burning Tree Elementary has a reputation for housing some of Montgomery County's finest students. Now it appears the schools has some unwanted guests auditing classes: rats. Valerie Strauss reports over at The Answer Sheet that 42 traps have been set...

By Washington Post editors  | March 8, 2010; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Naval Academy reports record applications

The U.S. Naval Academy is reporting a record number of applications, both overall and in the number of minorities who have applied. Bruce Latta, the dean of admissions, told the academy’s Board of Visitors on Monday that the school received...

By Washington Post editors  | March 8, 2010; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Daily Goodbye

The man who made Golden Gate National Park a reality. The dilemma of writing obituary about someone who disappeared from public life for six decades.

By Washington Post editors  | March 8, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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White House unveils 2010 Easter Egg

The White House has unveiled its official 2010 Easter Egg. The eggs come in four colors – purple, pink, green, yellow – and include the stamped signatures of the President and First Lady. But the eggs have been given a...

By Washington Post editors  | March 8, 2010; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Firefighter injured battling Clarksburg blaze

A Montgomery County firefighter was injured while battling a blaze in Clarksburg on Monday morning, WUSA 9 reports. The firefighter was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries after working to put out a fire at a home in...

By Washington Post editors  | March 8, 2010; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Maryland  
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Waterless in Baltimore County after main break

Officials say 40,000 Baltimore County customers are still without water and 11 county schools are closed after a main break over the weekend. The break early Saturday affected an area with about 100,000 homes and businesses along the Reisterstown Road...

By Washington Post editors  | March 8, 2010; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Just doing their jobs, Pentagon officers say

The three officers who returned fire after a heavily armed gunman began shooting last week outside the Pentagon said Monday that they were simply doing their jobs and reacted automatically. "There was a lot of chaos. Fortunately for us, our...

By Washington Post editors  | March 8, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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After snow, longer days for Alexandria students

Beginning Monday, Arlington County Alexandria City public school students will spend an additional 30 minutes a day in class -- 10 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the afternoon -- to make up for time lost during February's...

By Washington Post editors  | March 8, 2010; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Monday news roundup

Good morning. We hope you had a chance to get outside over the weekend. The sun and warm temperatures were almost enough to make us forget about all that nasty snowmageddon business. The Capital Weather Gang says we'll have...

By Washington Post editors  | March 8, 2010; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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D.C. officer fires shots at suspect

A D.C. police officer fired his gun at a woman who twice nearly ran into him with a vehicle on Georgia Avenue early Sunday morning, authorities said. The incident started just before 3:20 a.m., when a vehicle traveling north...

By Erica Johnston  | March 7, 2010; 5:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Maryland  
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Police investigate Frederick homicide

Police are investigating a homicide in Frederick. Police responded to a call just after midnight Saturday and found 25-year-old Stuart Garrison Brennan dead. Police say Brennan was shot once in the chest and was found dead in an alleyway between...

By Washington Post Editors  | March 7, 2010; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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