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Zero-gravity flights to be offered at Dulles

A company called Zero Gravity Corp. is offering flights that allow people to experience weightlessness like an astronaut, departing from Washington Dulles International Airport. One flight is leaving Dulles on Saturday and another departs on July 4. Zero Gravity spokesman...

By Washington Post Editors  | April 3, 2010; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Children's ER reopens after fire

Updated, 6:55 p.m. The emergency room at Children's National Medical Center in Washington has reopened after being closed due to a fire in a utility area. D.C. fire department spokesman Pete Piringer says the fire was reported about 9 a.m....

By Washington Post Editors  | April 3, 2010; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Metrobus driver arrested after dispute

A Metrobus driver was arrested Friday evening after a knife was allegedly displayed in a traffic dispute in Southeast Washington, Metro said. System officials said that after the dispute between a bus driver and a motorist about 5 p.m....

By Terri Rupar  | April 2, 2010; 10:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Pr. George's officer hit by car

Updated, 10:03 p.m. A Prince George’s County police officer was injured in the Bladensburg area Friday night when he was struck by a car during an investigation. The officer was hit about 8:45 p.m. at 52nd Avenue and Lawrence Street,...

By Terri Rupar  | April 2, 2010; 9:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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D.C. water-main breaks disrupt service

Broken water mains disrupted water service in three District neighborhoods Friday: the Dupont Circle area, downtown and the Marshall Heights area of Southeast. The downtown break, involving an eight-inch-diameter main on Massachusetts Avenue NW between 4th and 5th streets...

By Terri Rupar  | April 2, 2010; 8:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Teen boys charged with 3 D.C. robberies

Two teenage boys were charged with armed robbery Friday in connection with holdups at three D.C. establishments, ABC 7 reports. The two teens, 15 and 16, are not being identified because they are juveniles, District police said. The boys are...

By Washington Post editors  | April 2, 2010; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Fenty fires shelter nonprofit

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has fired Families Forward, the nonprofit contracted to manage the city's winter emergency shelter for homeless families, after several women accused male employees of soliciting and engaging in sex with residents and the agency failed to...

By Washington Post editors  | April 2, 2010; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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D.C. police say shootings unrelated

UPDATE: Two people were shot late Thursday night inside an apartment building in Southeast Washington, D.C. police said. One man was shot in the abdomen and another was shot in the foot about 11:20 p.m. Police said the incident in...

By Erica Johnston  | April 2, 2010; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Howard U alert after armed robberies

Howard University is alerting students and increasing security after masked men with guns robbed students on campus, Fox 5 reports. Police say the same group likely committed several other robberies nearby on Wednesday night. University police say four masked men...

By Washington Post editors  | April 2, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Threatening letter sent to Va. Gov

The FBI is investigating a threatening letter sent to Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) this week. The letter was received at the governor’s office in Richmond Wednesday. It was turned over to the Virginia State Police, which sent it...

By Washington Post editors  | April 2, 2010; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Repairs set for Reflecting Pool

A key federal agency has approved plans to refurbish the Lincoln Memorial’s grounds and reengineer its leaking reflecting pool to draw water from the Tidal Basin instead of using city water. The National Capital Planning Commission approved the plan Thursday....

By Washington Post editors  | April 2, 2010; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Va. girl charged with trying to poison dad

A 17-year-old Woodbridge girl is accused of pouring household cleaners into a gallon of fruit punch in an attempt to poison her father, ABC 7 reports. Prince William County police say the girl put the chemicals into the fruit punch...

By Washington Post editors  | April 2, 2010; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Man stabbed in Columbia Heights

A man was stabbed in the upper body Thursday night near the shopping center anchored by Target in the Columbia Heights area of Northwest Washington, police said. The victim was attacked at 14th and Monroe streets about 8:30 p.m., said...

By Erica Johnston  | April 1, 2010; 10:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Happy feet: A 6-year-old tap dancer

UPDATED: 5:26 p.m. Friday Meet Luke Spring, a 6-year-old tap dancer who wowed the crowd last week at the D.C. Tap Festival with his solo performance at the Duke Ellington Theatre in Washington. "That little boy is amazing," said...

By Sara Goo  | April 1, 2010; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Nosebleed sends HoCo exec to hospital

Howard County executive Ken Ulman was taken by ambulance to a Columbia hospital Thursday morning after he suffered a massive nosebleed in his office, The Baltimore Sun reports. Ulman was taken to Howard County General Hospital where the bleeding was...

By Washington Post editors  | April 1, 2010; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Cuccinelli challenges fuel standards

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will challenge new standards for fuel efficiency for cars and trucks finalized Thursday by the Obama administration and Enivironmental Protection Agency. Cuccinelli has already filed suit against the EPA based upon the agency's determination that...

By Washington Post editors  | April 1, 2010; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Ft. Meade soldier ran brothel

A soldier stationed at Fort Meade has pleaded guilty to operating a brothel out of his Millersville apartment, The Baltimore Sun reports. Craig Allen Corey II, 23, pleaded guilty Thursday to sex trafficking, conspiracy to distribute drugs and other charges....

By Washington Post editors  | April 1, 2010; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Frederick Co. laying off workers

The Frederick County government says it is laying off 23 workers and eliminating 79 more jobs to balance its budget, The Frederick News Post reports. The county commissioners announced the reductions Thursday. Board President Jan Gardner says the moves will...

By Washington Post editors  | April 1, 2010; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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2 Va. hospitals closing maternity wards

Two small Virginia hospitals announced this week that they will be closing their maternity wards, the Virginia Politics blog reports. Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital in Lexington and Bedford Memorial Hospital announced that they will close their maternity units on April...

By Washington Post editors  | April 1, 2010; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rep. race in VA gets another entry

A third Republican has entered the race to win his party’s nomination for the 11th Congressional District, representing Fairfax and Prince William counties. Kurt P. Riesenberg, the president and executive director of the national Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance in Fairfax,...

By Washington Post editors  | April 1, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Maryland records 45th swine flu death

Maryland has recorded its 45th death from swine flu. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene says it reported the death of an adult from the Baltimore area to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday. The death...

By Washington Post editors  | April 1, 2010; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. man arrested for assaulting teen

An 85-year-old Fredericksburg man is being held after he allegedly sexually assaulted a 17-year-old teen walking home from school, WUSA 9 reports. Police say John William Sinnett approached the girl as she walked home from school Monday afternoon and offered...

By Washington Post editors  | April 1, 2010; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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New safety measures at Pentagon

The head of security at the Pentagon says new safety measures have been implemented since a gunman opened fire at the building last month. Steven E. Calvery, director of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, says his department has evaluated its...

By Washington Post editors  | April 1, 2010; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fenty proposes $8.9 billion budget

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty proposed an $8.9 billion budget blueprint Thursday that he said does “more with less,” eliminating hundreds of jobs and freezing employee pay raises. To close an estimated $500 million gap, Fenty would raise hourly parking meter...

By Washington Post editors  | April 1, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Parking fees could rise in D.C.

Under D.C Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's proposed budget, the city would increase parking meter rates and residential parking permit fees, the D.C. Wire is reporting. Applications for residential parking permits would increase from $15 to $25. Parking meter rates in...

By Washington Post editors  | April 1, 2010; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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O.C. says no to tattoo bus ad

Ocean City has turned down an ad contract with a tattoo parlor, saying displaying its ads on buses would run counter to the resort's family friendly vibe, The Daily Times reports. City Manager Dennis Dare rejected the contract with Independent...

By Washington Post editors  | April 1, 2010; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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April 1 is also Census Day

Virginians lag behind on the census response.

By Washington Post editors  | April 1, 2010; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Panda pregnancy watch begins

The National Zoo said Thursday that the crucial period in Washington’s annual Giant Panda pregnancy watch began this week, when experts detected the start of a rise in hormone levels in its adult female, Mei Xiang. Once these levels start...

By Washington Post editors  | April 1, 2010; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Former D.C. cadet sentenced in shooting

A former D.C. firefighter cadet and her boyfriend have been sentenced for shooting the woman's former boyfriend in 2007, ABC 7 reports. Judge Robert Richter sentenced Dominique Taylor, a former cadet at the D.C. fire academy, to four months in...

By Washington Post editors  | April 1, 2010; 10:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Late fees pay off for Montgomery

Montgomery County expects to make more than $1 million a year from drivers who don't pay their speed camera tickets on time, the Examiner reports. The county had estimated it would make about $309,000 from late fees assessed to speed...

By Washington Post editors  | April 1, 2010; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Child found dead in Woodbridge

A 4-year-old was found dead in a bath tub inside a Woodbridge apartment Wednesday night, ABC 7 reports. The child was found about 9 p.m. in an apartment in the 1300 block of Cedar Cove Way. He was taken to...

By Washington Post editors  | April 1, 2010; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Truck driver dies at Dulles

A man unloading a truck at Dulles International Airport was killed Wednesday afternoon when a metal pallet fell on him, WJLA reports.

By Washington Post editors  | April 1, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Fenty to unveil District budget

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is expected to unveil a budget plan Thursday morning for fiscal year 2011 that could result in the elimination of 350 government jobs and the freezing of workers' pay, the D.C. Wire reports. The mayor...

By Washington Post editors  | April 1, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fenty to talk about shootings

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) will hold a news conference at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday at the scene of the South Capitol Street mass shootings, the D.C. Wire reports. Fenty will join Police Chief Cathy Lanier to provide an update....

By Washington Post editors  | March 31, 2010; 6:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Baby died of SIDS at D.C. shelter

UPDATE: The 5-week-old baby girl found dead at the Family Emergency Shelter at D.C. General Hospital in February died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, according to testimony Wednesday at the D.C. Council meeting. Joi Buford, manager of the shelter operated...

By Washington Post editors  | March 31, 2010; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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It's a . . . kiwi!

brown kiwi born at the National Zoo

By Washington Post editors  | March 31, 2010; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Paramedics back on job after mistake

The Prince George's County paramedics who mistakenly pronounced a man dead have been returned to full duty, ABC 7 reports. The man, 70-year-old George Waters, was pronounced dead inside a home in Glenarden on Friday. About 90 minutes later, a...

By Washington Post editors  | March 31, 2010; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Where's everybody going?

According to data supplied by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, the economy parking at Reagan National is just about all taken, Get There reports. At 2:50 p.m., only 15 spaces were available out of 2,971 spaces....

By Washington Post editors  | March 31, 2010; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ben's Chili Bowl, Ledo Pizza coming to RFK

Ben's Chili Bowl and Ledo Pizza to be featured at RFK Stadium.

By Washington Post editors  | March 31, 2010; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Two juveniles charged with setting fires

Two juveniles are charged with setting tennis court fires in Springfield.

By Washington Post editors  | March 31, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Sheriff to run for Pr. Geo. county exec

Prince George’s County Sheriff Michael A. Jackson (D) officially kicked off his campaign for county executive Wednesday, joining a crowded field that includes county council members and former and current state delegates all vying to replace term limited executive Jack...

By Washington Post editors  | March 31, 2010; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. stops attempted impeachment

UPDATE: Over objections from Maryland Republicans, House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D) on Wednesday sidestepped an attempt by Del. Don H. Dwyer (R-Anne Arundel) to call a vote on whether to impeach Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) for directing...

By Washington Post editors  | March 31, 2010; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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3 charged in S.E. shooting

2:15 p.m. update Two men and a male juvenile have been charged with first-degree murder while armed. *** Two men have been charged in the Tuesday night shooting that left four dead and at least five wounded in one of...

By Washington Post editors  | March 31, 2010; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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"NYPD Blue" writer dies

David Mills, a Washington-born writer who had a successful career as a television writer, died Tuesday in New Orleans, his family confirmed Wednesday. Mills, who grew up in Lanham and attended the University of Maryland, was also a staff writer...

By Washington Post editors  | March 31, 2010; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Slain Marine's family gets donations for court costs

Support pours in for the family of a slain Marine being forced to pay court costs following a lawsuit against anti-gay protesters from a Topeka, Kan., church.

By Washington Post editors  | March 31, 2010; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Evans wants D.C. council chair

D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) said Wednesday he’s “definitely running” for council chairman in the September Democratic primary. Evans will most likely face Council member Kwame Brown (D-At large), who has also been working the phones in recent...

By Washington Post editors  | March 31, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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JetBlue coming to National Airport

JetBlue plans to launch service at Reagan National Airport in November, Get There reports. The airline, based in Forest Hills, N.Y., said Wednesday it will initially offer at least eight daily departures from National to East Coast cities. The carrier...

By Washington Post editors  | March 31, 2010; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hearing on Md. juvenile services

Maryland lawmakers are scheduled to hold a public hearing on the state's Department of Juvenile Services to talk about ongoing concerns over the department, ABC 7 reports. The hearing comes as the department is investigating the February slaying of a...

By Washington Post editors  | March 31, 2010; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cherry blossoms peak

If you're planning to head down to the Tidal Basin to check out Washington's heralded cherry blossom trees, better make Wednesday the day to do so. The National Park Service has moved up the peak bloom date -- and it's...

By Washington Post editors  | March 31, 2010; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. marriage applications soar

Applications for marriage licenses in the District have soared, fueled by the legalization of gay marriage.

By Washington Post editors  | March 31, 2010; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Man stabbed over cell phone

frederick man stabbed after cell phone dispute.

By Washington Post editors  | March 31, 2010; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Plane makes emergency landing in Frederick Co.

A Montgomery County traffic management airplane made an emergency landing in Frederick County on Tuesday after its engine failed in high winds, authorities said. The pilot suffered minor facial injuries in the landing at Monocacy National Battlefield, and a passenger...

By Terri Rupar  | March 31, 2010; 12:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Officer fires shots outside mall

A Montgomery County police officer fired shots Tuesday at a moving car that had tried to hit the officer near Westfield Wheaton shopping center, police officials said. Police released few details about the incident, which began about 6 p.m....

By Erica Johnston  | March 30, 2010; 7:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Lawsuit ends, hotel project begins

D.C. Attorney General Peter J. Nickles said Tuesday that he expects the city to break ground on a convention center hotel in late May or early June now that a lawsuit that threatened the project has been dismissed. D.C. Superior...

By Washington Post editors  | March 30, 2010; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Guilty plea in ATM break-in

Md. man pleads guilty in ATM theft in prince george's county

By Washington Post editors  | March 30, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Ehrlich to face O'Malley

Former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) will announce plans next week for a much-anticipated rematch with Gov. Martin O’Malley, the Democrat who defeated him in a bitter contest four years ago, according to Republicans familiar with his plans....

By Washington Post editors  | March 30, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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French prez visits Ben's

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and First Lady Carla Bruni, along with two of Sarkozy's sons, had lunch at Ben's Chili Bowl Tuesday afternoon, The Reliable Source reports. Sarkozy and Bruni had a chili burger and a half-smoke; the boys had...

By Washington Post editors  | March 30, 2010; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. man sentenced for GPS theft

One Maryland man sentenced, another awaiting sentencing for stealing GPS units from cars in Takoma Park

By Washington Post editors  | March 30, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Vincent Gray running for mayor

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray enters the race for D.C. mayor.

By Washington Post editors  | March 30, 2010; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Montgomery cuts Centro Familia

Montgomery County has decided to reassign its contracts with Centro Familia, a Wheaton nonprofit whose spending practices are under scrutiny by the county and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is transferring operations to another county nonprofit. Uma Ahluwalia, head...

By Washington Post editors  | March 30, 2010; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Arrest in Goth scene leader's death

The girlfriend of Dirk Smiler, the gourmand Goth and D.C. club scene fixture, was arrested Tuesday and charged in Fairfax County with his murder. Smiler, 37, was shot to death in his basement bedroom on Little River Turnpike in Annandale...

By Washington Post editors  | March 30, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Date rape column angers AU students

American University students are demanding that a campus newspaper columnist be fired after publishing a column on Monday that called date rape "an incoherent concept," Campus Overload reports. The column, written by Alex Knepper, a sophomore political science major, states...

By Washington Post editors  | March 30, 2010; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Firefighter injured battling Vienna blaze

A firefighter is hospitalized after he was hurt battling a blaze at a Vienna house Tuesday morning, ABC 7 reports. The firefighter suffered a minor electrical shock while working to put out the fire in the 2000 block of Spring...

By Washington Post editors  | March 30, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Driver fined $500 in jogger death

A driver who fatally struck a jogger running in the road near Emmitsburg has been fined $500 under a plea agreement. Twenty-nine-year-old Joshua Cool pleaded guilty Monday in Frederick to failing to exercise care to avoid a pedestrian. In return...

By Washington Post editors  | March 30, 2010; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. public safety system working again

The radio communications system used by the D.C. police and fire departments that shut down Monday night has been restored. Fire department spokesman Pete Piringer said there was a sudden halt in radio transmissions about 7:15.p.m. and continued for at...

By Washington Post editors  | March 30, 2010; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Judge dismisses convention center suit

7 P.M. UPDATE: A court ruling issued Monday appeared to dismiss a complaint that threatened a new convention center hotel in the District. An order by D.C. Superior Court judge Natalia Combs Greene, made public Monday, dismissed two counts of...

By Washington Post editors  | March 29, 2010; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Burglar caught napping on the job

Princess Anne police arrested a burglary suspect after he fell asleep on a bed in an apartment he had broken into. Officers say 19-year-old Jaimie Goodson broke into an apartment on Saturday and had bagged numerous items from throughout the...

By Washington Post editors  | March 29, 2010; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Tallest, fastest roller coaster coming to Virginia

Kings Dominion says its $25 million Intimidator 305 roller coaster is ready. The amusement park plans to show off the ride to the media on Thursday. The ride is set to open to the public a day later. Kings Dominion’s...

By Washington Post editors  | March 29, 2010; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. teacher arrested for having sex with teen

An elementary school teacher in Prince William County has been charged with having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl he met through Craigslist. Police arrested 34-year-old Heber Ashbrook of Gainesville on Friday and charged him with contributing to the...

By Washington Post editors  | March 29, 2010; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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MD's governor calls for a health day

Former Baltimore Oriole Billy Ripkin and former Olympic ice skater Kimmie Meissner are urging Marylanders to be more health conscious. Gov. Martin O’Malley kicked off the state’s first Healthy Maryland Day in Annapolis on Monday with the two prominent Maryland...

By Washington Post editors  | March 29, 2010; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man arrested for threatening to kill Cantor, family

A Philadelphia man has been charged with threatening to kill Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and his family, Virginia Politics reports. A two-count complaint and warrant was filed Monday accusing Norman Leboon with threatening to kill Cantor and his family in...

By Washington Post editors  | March 29, 2010; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Vincent Gray set to challenge Fenty

D.C. Council member Vincent C. Gray (D) will announce Tuesday afternoon that he will challenge Adrian M. Fenty (D) for the Democratic nomination for mayor, the D.C. Wire reports. Gray will file his paperwork for mayor about 1:45 p.m Tuesday...

By Washington Post editors  | March 29, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Wet weather polluting the bay

Maryland natural resources officials say this year’s wet weather is washing more pollution into the Chesapeake Bay. Department of Natural Resources officials say storm runoff contains nitrogen and phosphorous from fertilizer on lawns and farms as well as pollution from...

By Washington Post editors  | March 29, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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President to throw first pitch for Nationals

Washington and beyond will get to see what kind of arm President Obama has when he throws out the first pitch on opening day at Nationals Park. The president will continue a tradition that began 100 years ago, Nationals Journal...

By Washington Post editors  | March 29, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. comes in last in Race to the Top

The District's application for federal grant money to help improve schools has fallen short -- way shot, D.C. Schools Insider reports. The Department of Education announced Monday that the District's application in the first round of the Race to the...

By Washington Post editors  | March 29, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Guilty plea expected in dog tossing

A Frederick man appears ready to plead guilty to tossing a Chihuahua off a bridge, ABC 7 reports. The attorney for David Beers said his client will plead guilty Monday to aggravated animal cruelty, a felony, and theft under $500....

By Washington Post editors  | March 29, 2010; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Metro to stay on heightened alert for several weeks

UPDATED: Get There is reporting that Metro will maintain its heightened security alert through the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit scheduled in Washington in a few weeks. The action follows the bombings of two subway stations in Moscow early Monday. ********...

By Washington Post editors  | March 29, 2010; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cherry blossom bloom date moved up again

It looks as if the peak days to view Washington's beloved cherry blossom trees have been moved up. According to the National Cherry Blossom Festival's bloom watch, the average peak bloom dates are April 1 and 2, with the blooming...

By Washington Post editors  | March 29, 2010; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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