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Large pine tree topples in Lafayette Park

Kids play near the pine tree. A Post official snapped a shot of a large pine tree that toppled in Lafayette Park Saturday afternoon in D.C. The official reports children were playing in the area, but no one was...

By Washington Post Editors  | April 17, 2010; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Police: Dead principal's car found in SE

The car belonging to D.C. principal Brian Betts was found in the District, according to police. The car was found in the 3900 block of 4th St. SE. Police had been searching for it since Betts, 42, was found dead...

By Washington Post Editors  | April 17, 2010; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Police car in collision with 2nd vehicle

Updated, 11:57 p.m. An unmarked Fairfax County police car was in a collision Friday night with another vehicle, injuring the drivers of both, county police said. The incident occurred about 9:20 p.m. at Rolling Road and Parliament Drive in the...

By Terri Rupar  | April 16, 2010; 11:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Red Line delayed toward Shady Grove

6:47 p.m. Update: Metro says the problem has been resolved. However, it may take some time for normal service to resume. Expect platforms -- and trains -- to be crowded. And keep in mind that maintenance work on the Red...

By Washington Post Editors  | April 16, 2010; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DC, Maryland  | Tags:  red line delay, rhode island avenue, train malfunction  
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Army destroys Spring Valley munitions

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday began destruction of the first of a series of chemical and nonchemical munitions unearthed in recent months at the Spring Valley World War I chemical weapons site in Northwest Washington. A 75-millimeter...

By Washington Post editors  | April 16, 2010; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Tags:  Chemical warfare, Dan Noble, Spring Valley, United States, United States Army, United States Army Corps of Engineers, World War I  
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Va., D.C. match 2000 response rate

Virginia and the District reached a census milestone Friday when they matched the response rate for the 2000 Census, while Maryland is lagging behind. According to the Census Bureau, 73 percent of Virginian households and 66 percent of District households...

By Washington Post Editors  | April 16, 2010; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  2000 Census, Census, Census Bureau, Maryland, United States Census Bureau, d.c. matches census rate, virginia matches census rates  
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Dead manatee found in Md.

Scientists at a museum in Calvert County have discovered the body of a manatee, which washed up on the banks of the Patuxent River. The manatee was found Monday by scientists from the Calvert Marine Museum. Cindy Driscoll, a veterinarian...

By Washington Post editors  | April 16, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Calvert County Maryland, Manatee, Marine mammal, Maryland, Museum  
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Police officer faces child porn charges

Manassas City police say a veteran U.S. Capitol Police officer is facing child pornography charges after a four-month investigation, WJLA reports. Dennis Bell, 55, was arrested Thursday and charged with one count of distribution of child pornography and one count...

By Washington Post editors  | April 16, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Tags:  Child pornography  
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Principal was shot, medical examiner says

A middle school principal who was wooed from Montgomery County as part of Chancellor Michelle Rhee’s effort to improve the struggling D.C. system was found dead in his Silver Spring home Thursday night.

By Mike McPhate  | April 16, 2010; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Targeted violence up at college campuses

A government report finds that targeted violence on college campuses, from serious assaults to the mass shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007, is up sharply over the last two decades. Targeted violence refers to cases where attackers select a specific...

By Washington Post editors  | April 16, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Campus, United States, Violence and Abuse, Virginia Tech  
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Guilty plea in Frederick neglect case

A 47-year-old man who worked as a caregiver for the disabled has pleaded guilty to three counts of neglect for leaving three severely disabled men locked in a car while he ate lunch at a diner. Brian Fleming of Fairfield,...

By Washington Post editors  | April 16, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Frederick Maryland  
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D.C. teachers go back to court

The Washington Teachers' Union has asked a D.C. a Superior Court judge to re-open its lawsuit challenging the legitimacy of the teacher layoffs Chancellor Michelle Rhee ordered last October because of what she described as a budget crunch. Union president...

By Washington Post editors  | April 16, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Moment of silence for Va. Tech victims

Gov. Bob McDonnell led a solemn ceremony today at the Bell Tower in Capitol Square in memory of the victims of the Virginia Tech shootings, marking the three-year anniversary of the event, reports The Post's Rosalind Helderman on the Virginia...

By Washington Post editors  | April 16, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Bob McDonnell, Colleges and Universities, Virginia, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Virginia Tech  
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Volcano forces hospital to cancel trip

Howard University Hospital has been forced to postpone a medical mission to Nigeria because of the flight disruptions caused by a volcanic eruption in Iceland. The plume of volcanic ash hovering over Europe has forced thousands of flight cancellations. The...

By Washington Post editors  | April 16, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Iceland, Volcanic ash  
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Hoyer gives green light to voting rights bill

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) has firmed up plans to bring the D.C. voting rights bill to a vote next week. Hoyer had previously said the bill could come up "as early as next week." But in a statement...

By Washington Post editors  | April 16, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Tags:  Eleanor Holmes Norton, Orrin Hatch, Steny Hoyer  
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2 charged with arson at Gaitherburg High

Two Gaithersburg High students have been arrested and charged with felony arson in connection with a fire that destroyed the school's baseball press box and rendered its field unplayable last week. Charges are pending against a third Gaithersburg student, according...

By Washington Post editors  | April 16, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Tags:  Gaithersburg High School, Gaithersburg Maryland, Maryland, Montgomery  
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National Zoo's new kiwi is a girl

A kiwi that hatched March 31 at the National Zoo is female.

By Washington Post editors  | April 16, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  New Zealand  
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D.C. gov. closed for Emancipation Day

District government offices will be closed Friday in honor of Emancipation Day. Emancipation Day commemorates the day — April 16, 1862 — when President Abraham Lincoln signed an act freeing slaves in D.C. Some 3,100 slaves were freed by the...

By Washington Post editors  | April 16, 2010; 6:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Abraham Lincoln, Emancipation Proclamation, Government  
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Skull found in NE Washington

A skull was found Thursday on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Northeast Washington, D.C. police said. A resident walking in the 3700 block of North Capitol Street spotted what appeared to be a skull and...

By Erica Johnston  | April 15, 2010; 11:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  DC  
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Sexting scandal at MoCo campuses

Some female students at Pyle Middle School and Whitman High School in Montgomery County willingly posed for inappropriate photos and some students sold and bought access to the pictures and videos, resulting in a police investigation, according to a letter...

By Washington Post editors  | April 15, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags:  High school, Middle school, Montgomery, Montgomery County, Montgomery County Maryland  
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Toxic glassware found in Spring Valley

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has suspended digging at a Spring Valley neighborhood site near American University after discovering what could be a fourth major disposal area for World War I-era munitions. Project Manager Dan Noble said Thursday that...

By Washington Post editors  | April 15, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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German traveler caught smuggling pork

A German traveler was fined $300 for attempting to smuggle pork products into the United States through Dulles International Airport, authorities said. The passenger arrived from Frankfurt, Germany, on Monday and was referred to a secondary agriculture inspection. He repeatedly...

By Washington Post editors  | April 15, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags:  Agriculture, Border Protection, Pork, U.S. Customs and Border Protection  
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Carjacked D.C. cop changes story

Baltimore police say an off-duty D.C. police officer who claimed to have been carjacked Monday night while stopped at a red light has changed his story. Charging documents show that Officer Kevin Carey changed his story several times while being...

By Washington Post editors  | April 15, 2010; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Tags:  Automobile, Carjacking, Crime and Justice, Police officer, Theft  
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Police investigate threats at T.C. Williams

Alexandria police are investigating rumors of possible threats being made against T.C. Williams High School, a police spokeswoman said Thursday afternoon. No charges have been filed. Rumors of an attack come just before the anniversary of the April 20, 1999,...

By Washington Post editors  | April 15, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Columbine High School, Columbine High School massacre, High school, Incidents, Police, School, Violence and Abuse  
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IHOP not liable for teen's death

The Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that a restaurant isn't responsible for compensating the family of a customer who left without paying and was shot to death by an Alexandria policeman. The justices determined Thursday that Carl Stowe was acting...

By Washington Post editors  | April 15, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Tags:  Aaron Brown, IHOP, Law Enforcement, Police, Police officer  
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Hatch vows fillibuster over D.C. vote

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a leading sponsor of legislation to give the District a vote in the House, dampened expectations for voting rights advocates Thursday when he announced opposition to a bill scheduled to move forward as early as next...

By Washington Post editors  | April 15, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Tags:  Orrin Hatch, Utah, Washington D.C.  
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Va. man wanted in attempted abduction

Authorities are searching for a Springfield man who they say tried to abduct the mother of his children. The Loudoun County sheriff's office says it has arrest warrants charging 34-year-old Carlos Alberto Bonilla with abduction, destruction of property and two...

By Washington Post editors  | April 15, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Arrest warrant, Law, Law Enforcement, Loudoun County, Loudoun County Virginia, Police, Sheriff, United States  
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Ash cloud forces flight cancellations

The impact of the closure of European air space began to ripple through Washington's three major airports. Jonathan Dean, spokesman for Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, said evening British Airways flights to and from London's Heathrow Airport are canceled for...

By Washington Post editors  | April 15, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Airline, American Airlines, British Airways, London, London Heathrow Airport, Lufthansa, United States, Volcanic ash  
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How the IRS took down Al Capone

Al Capone ordered a special heavy pocket sewn into each of his custom-made suits -- the better to cut down on wear-and-tear from his revolver. But it wasn’t the revolver that did in Capone. On a day much like today,...

By Washington Post editors  | April 15, 2010; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Al Capone, Chicago Outfit, Crime, Internal Revenue Service, Organized crime, Tax avoidance and tax evasion, United States  
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Skinner begins testimony in contract probe

Sinclair Skinner, a friend of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, now at the center of the D.C. Council's probe of recreation construction contracts, began his testimony before the D.C. Council on Thursday. He arrived this morning, armed with site plans and...

By Washington Post editors  | April 15, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Adrian Fenty, DC Council  
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NSA official indicted for leaks

A former senior executive with the National Security Agency has been indicted on 10 felony charges related to the leaking of classified information to a national newspaper in 2006 and 2007, the Justice Department announced Thursday morning. Thomas A. Drake,...

By Washington Post editors  | April 15, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Classified information, Indictment, Justice Department, National Security Agency, United States, United States Department of Justice  
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Frederick cuts $1M from libraries

Frederick County public libraries have become the latest victims of a sour economy, the Frederick News-Post reports. In an attempt to balance a $435 million operating budget and eliminate a $35 million deficit, the Frederick Board of County Commissioners ordered...

By Washington Post editors  | April 15, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Library, Public library  
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Md. firefighter saves parents' home

Anne Arundel County firefighter Justin Davidson was visiting his parents at their home in Wallingford, Pa., on Tuesday, when a fire broke out in the attic. So he did what he'd been trained to do: he got his mother and...

By Washington Post editors  | April 15, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Tags:  Anne Arundel County Maryland, Glen Burnie Maryland  
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Charles Town Races changes name

The owners of Charles Town Races and Slots hope to bring some of the glitter and glamour of Tinseltown to West Virginia with an expanded casino, a new name, and a fancy club and restaurant, the Frederick News-Post reports. Owners...

By Washington Post editors  | April 15, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Penn National Gaming  
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D.C. officer charged with sexual assault

Federal prosecutors have charged a decorated D.C. police lieutenant with sexual assault after accusations that he groped another police officer in 2008, The Examiner reports. Burley Sanders, 46, appear in Superior Court Wednesday, where he pleaded innocent to the misdemeanor...

By Washington Post editors  | April 15, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags:  Police officer  
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Artist: Give D.C. a vote

A D.C. artist is working on a campaign to put 100 sculptures of a raised hand around the capital to raise awareness of District residents' lack of voting rights. Creator Peter Krsko said starting next week, the 3-foot, 5-foot and...

By Washington Post editors  | April 15, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Free ice cream at the IRS building

Yes folks, it's true. The folks at Dairy Queen have dispatched their Blizzardmobile to D.C. and plan to hand out free ice cream outside the IRS building on Thursday -- also known as April 15, Tax Day -- the Washington...

By Washington Post editors  | April 15, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Dairy, Dairy Queen, Ice cream, Mini Blizzard, Tax Day  
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Emergency landing for Dulles flight

A United Airlines flight from Dulles to Seattle made an emergency landing Wednesday night in Sioux Falls, S.D., after the crew reported the smell of smoke in the plane’s cabin, federal and company officials said. The crew aboard Flight...

By Erica Johnston  | April 14, 2010; 11:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  
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Man stabbed in SE Washington

A 35-year-old man was stabbed and critically injured Wednesday night in Southeast Washington. D.C. police were called at about 9:30 p.m. to the 3000 block of Stanton Road, where the man was found unconscious from stab wounds, said Officer Hugh...

By Erica Johnston  | April 14, 2010; 10:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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Leaders revive fight for D.C. voting rights

Congressional leaders intend to revive a D.C. voting rights bill on the House floor as early as next week, despite opposition from city leaders to an amendment that would strip most of the District’s gun-control laws. The final details of...

By Washington Post editors  | April 14, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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D.C. takes control of United Medical Center

The District has taken control of troubled United Medical Center, after its owner, Specialty Hospitals of America defaulted on loan and grant agreements designed to save the only hospital in Southeast D.C. from collapse, the Washington Business Journal reports. The...

By Washington Post editors  | April 14, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags:  Facilities, Health, Health care, Hospital, Medicine, Washington D.C.  
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Your tweets are ... history

Might want to watch what you tweet. Officials at the the Library of Congress announced Wednesday that they will acquire the entire Twitter archive -- ALL public tweets, ever, since March 2006! Folks were so excited, The Post's Rob Pegoraro...

By Washington Post editors  | April 14, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Facebook, Library of Congress, Online Communities, Social Networking, Twitter  
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2nd Va. toddler falls from window

A 2-year-old was injured after apparently falling from a third-story window at her home in Falls Church -- the second time in four days this has happened to a young child, police said. Police said the 2-year-old girl was playing...

By Washington Post editors  | April 14, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Tags:  Fairfax County Virginia, Falls Church Virginia, Inova Fairfax Hospital, Virginia  
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Public defenders ask for broader review

The D.C. Public Defender Service is asking a judge to order a broader, more transparent investigation into past convictions involving lab work by FBI agents who later came under criticism. The U.S. attorney's office completed a partial review of the...

By Washington Post editors  | April 14, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Michael Malone, Superior Court of the District of Columbia  
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ACLU: Foster mom told to serve pork

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland says a Muslim woman's application to be a foster mother was rejected because she does not allow pork in her home. Officials with the Maryland ACLU said Wednesday they have filed a complaint...

By Washington Post editors  | April 14, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Tags:  American Civil Liberties Union, American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, Baltimore, Foster care, Maryland, Maryland ACLU  
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Acting Metro police chief apologizes

Metro's acting police chief has issued an apology for a training memo that sparked accusations of racial profiling because it told officers to ask crime victims if robbers had "large lips," the Washington Examiner reports. Chief Jeri Lee's apology letter...

By Washington Post editors  | April 14, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Tags:  Racial profiling  
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Parents sue Anne Arundel schools

The family of a 14-year-old Crofton boy killed in a gang-related dispute last May filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the Anne Arundel County Board of Education and others Tuesday, contending that school officials knew the youth faced violent threats and...

By Washington Post editors  | April 14, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Tags:  Anne Arundel County Maryland, Crofton Maryland  
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Md.'s blue crabs make a comeback

GRASONVILLE, Md. -- The Chesapeake Bay's blue crabs are making an extraordinary comeback, more than doubling their population in the two years since new limits were put on their harvest, officials say. The crab, a key part of both the...

By Washington Post editors  | April 14, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Tags:  Chesapeake Bay, Crab, Eastern Shore of Maryland, Martin O'Malley, Maryland, Striped bass, Virginia  
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Suspicious package in NW cleared

Update, 10:45 a.m. Police report that the suspicious package has been cleared. Previous post: The Post's Get There blog reports that a police investigation of a suspicious package at 14th and K streets NW has prompted Metro to close the...

By Washington Post editors  | April 14, 2010; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  McPherson Square, Orange Line, Washington DC, Washington Metro  
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Smithsonian hires education director

Officials at the Smithsonian Institution have hired Claudine Brown as their first director of education, charged with coordinating programs for K-12 students. Brown, 60, was appointed to the post Tuesday. She has been the director of arts and culture programs...

By Washington Post editors  | April 14, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Claudine Brown, Education, Museum, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution  
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Squirrels found hanging outside Md. dorm

Officials at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, say they believe two squirrels found hanging outside a men's dormitory at the historically black university were a college prank and not a racial threat. The squirrels were found Monday, prompting concerns...

By Washington Post editors  | April 14, 2010; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Tags:  Historically black colleges and universities, Maryland, University of Maryland Eastern Shore  
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Va. ends free online tax-filing service

The state's free online tax-filing service will disappear under a new law that will shift the task to private businesses, which will be able to charge for the service. Nearly 97 percent of Virginians who filed state taxes were eligible...

By Washington Post editors  | April 14, 2010; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Tags:  Individual Tax, Tax, Virginia  
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Off-duty D.C. officer carjacked

An off-duty D.C. police officer's service weapon is missing after he was carjacked in East Baltimore, Monday night, the Baltimore Sun reports. Baltimore police said the 44-year-old officer told police he was driving home on Harford Road and East 25th...

By Washington Post editors  | April 14, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Dan Snyder's wall still in dispute

Negotiations with Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder are delaying an environmental assessment launched in 2007 to determine the impacts of repairing a failed retaining wall on his River Road property, a Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park official told...

By Washington Post editors  | April 14, 2010; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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O'Malley to make blue crab announcement

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will head to the Eastern Shore on Wednesday to make what his staff calls a "major announcement" on the Chesapeake Bay's rebounding crab population. O'Malley will appear at a Grasonville restaurant.Maryland Department of Natural Resources spokesman...

By Washington Post editors  | April 14, 2010; 6:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Chesapeake Bay, Eastern Shore, Eastern Shore of Maryland, Martin O'Malley, Maryland, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Virginia  
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Metro bus strikes pedestrian in SE

A Metro bus struck a pedestrian Tuesday night in Southeast Washington, a Metro spokeswoman said. A bus headed on the W-2 route “made contact” with a male pedestrian at Alabama Avenue and Irving Street about 8:45 p.m, said spokeswoman...

By Erica Johnston  | April 13, 2010; 11:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man shot in SE Washington

A man was shot and wounded in southeast Washington shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday, D.C. police said. A police spokesman said the shooting occurred in the 800 block of Yuma Street. The circumstances were not known immediately. The site...

By Erica Johnston  | April 13, 2010; 11:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The security net and the Four Seasons

About 100 people were crowded into the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown for about an hour Wednesday afternoon, unable to come and go, said Sandra McElwaine, who was passing through the hotel to a hair appointment and...

By Washington Post editors  | April 13, 2010; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Woman raped in Alexandria

A 22-year-old woman was raped early Tuesday morning along Duke Street, about two blocks from the King Street Metro Station, WJLA reports. Alexandria police said the woman was walking in the 1600 block of Duke Street just after midnight Tuesday...

By Washington Post editors  | April 13, 2010; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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I-95 accident sends five to hospital

A dump truck swerved out of control and struck 12 other vehicles on I-95 on Tuesday after the driver apparently had a medical emergency, Virginia State Police said. Five people — including the dump truck driver, 57-year-old Wilton L. Powell...

By Washington Post editors  | April 13, 2010; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Jackie Kennedy interviews to be released

With the 50th anniversary of her father's inauguration coming next year, Caroline Kennedy is allowing interviews her mother gave to historian and family friend Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. during the first half of 1964 -- just after President John F....

By Washington Post editors  | April 13, 2010; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Arthur M. Schlesinger, Caroline Kennedy, First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Oral History, Washington DC, White House  
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Md. ranked 8th in motorcycle theft

An analysis of crime data by the National Insurance Crime Bureau shows that Maryland had the eighth-highest number of motorcycle thefts nationwide, the Baltimore Sun reports. But mirroring a national trend, the number of incidents statewide decreased to 1,538, down...

By Washington Post editors  | April 13, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Crime, Law enforcement agency, Maryland State Police, Motor vehicle theft, National Crime Information Center, National Insurance Crime Bureau, Uniform Crime Reports, United States  
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Metro seeks stabbing witnesses

Metro police are seeking witnesses to a stabbing Monday about 10 p.m. outside the Georgia Avenue-Petworth Station. Two men were stabbed near the station's street-level elevator. Both were taken to a nearby hospital. A 19-year-old man was treated and released...

By Washington Post editors  | April 13, 2010; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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2 indicted in alleged marijuana scheme

Two Florida men have been indicted by a federal grand jury in a scheme in which they allegedly distributed more than 100 kilograms of marijuana in Maryland with an approximate street value of $8 million. Pierre Smith, aka “P,” 37,...

By Washington Post editors  | April 13, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Minor quake shakes Southwest Virginia

The National Geographic Survey's Web site reports that a 2.5-magnitude temblor struck southwest Virginia about 12:12 p.m. Tuesday. There are no reports of damage. The epicenter was eight miles northwest of Richlands and seven miles north-northwest of Raven. -- The...

By Washington Post editors  | April 13, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Montgomery budget gap widens

Montgomery County officials say revenue is down sharply again, opening a new $44 million hole in the county's current budget and adding an additional $100 million to the budget gap for the fiscal year beginning July 1. -- Michael Laris...

By Washington Post Editors  | April 13, 2010; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Police ID cyclist struck by truck

Update: The American Association for the Advancement of Science released this statement about Constance Holden, 68, who was killed Monday when she was struck by a truck providing support for the Nuclear Security Summit. The statement said that Holden was...

By Washington Post editors  | April 13, 2010; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Tags:  Alan I. Leshner, American Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science  
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Md. releases 'Race to the Top' application

Maryland has unveiled its draft application for a federal education grant program that could net the state hundreds of millions of dollars. The proposal would tie teacher evaluations to student performance, would lengthen teacher probation to three years and would...

By Washington Post editors  | April 13, 2010; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Two Metro employees suspended

Two Metro employees have been suspended without pay in connection with a Red Line train derailment in a rail yard in March, the Washington Examiner reports. Metro officials said the train operator and the interlocking operator in charge of rail...

By Washington Post editors  | April 13, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Md. man killed in tractor incident

A 60-year-old Maryland man was killed when he was pinned under a tractor he was using to free a pickup truck stuck in the mud, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office. Cpl. Jennifer Bailey said David Burdette, of Middletown,...

By Washington Post editors  | April 13, 2010; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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6-year-old girl sexually assaulted

A McLean man is charged with aggravated sexual battery after he "inappropriately touched" a six-year-old girl Saturday as she read a book in the children's section of a Manassas store, the Post's Crime Scene blog reports. The girl's father saw...

By Washington Post editors  | April 13, 2010; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Tags:  Manassas Virginia, Prince William County Virginia  
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Metrobus driver fired

A Metrobus driver who was arrested for soliciting sex from an undercover police officer while driving his bus has been fired, the Washington Examiner reports. Shawn W. Todd had been on paid administrative leave since he was arrested in the...

By Washington Post editors  | April 13, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Money allegedly stolen from booster club

The former president of the booster club for the crew team at Manassas's Woodbridge High School has been charged with embezzling, Inside NoVa.com reports. William Schwentner III, 40, the former president of the team's booster club, who was also its...

By Washington Post editors  | April 13, 2010; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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1 man killed in Capitol Heights

One man was killed and another wounded in a shooting incident in Prince George’s County Monday night, county police said. The gunfire occurred about 7:30 p.m. in the 6800 block of Central Avenue in the Capitol Heights area of...

By Erica Johnston  | April 12, 2010; 11:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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2 stabbed outside Petworth Metro

Two men were stabbed Monday night near the Petworth Metro station in Northwest Washington, authorities said. D.C. police said the stabbings occurred around 10 p.m. at Georgia and New Hampshire Avenues NW. The men were taken to a hospital...

By Erica Johnston  | April 12, 2010; 11:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Bicyclist killed on N.Y. Avenue

The District Department of Transportation reports that a pedestrian was struck at 12th Street and New York Avenue NW. More details to come. Expect additional delays in the area.

By Michael Bolden  | April 12, 2010; 6:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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UPDATED: Parent of Howard child found

Update, 6:30 p.m.: Howard County police said they have located a parent of a child found in the Laurel area Monday afternoon. A man called 911 about 5:45 p.m. to report that his son was missing. Police have determined...

By Washington Post editors  | April 12, 2010; 6:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Charges against UMd. students dropped

(Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/Post) Update: The Prince George's County prosecutors have dropped charges against two University of Maryland students they claimed struck mounted Park Police officers and their horses after a basketball game in March. A video shot...

By Washington Post editors  | April 12, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Holocaust scholars gather in Va.

An international group of scholars have gathered at Shenandoah University for three days of discussions focused on keeping alive the memory of the Holocaust. The teachers and historians began meeting Sunday and will work through Tuesday discussing ways to introduce...

By Washington Post editors  | April 12, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Antisemitism, Campus, Holocaust, Holocaust denial, Shenandoah University  
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Man allegedly used gun to steal steak

Perhaps he was hungry? Prince George's County police are searching for a man who they say held employees at gunpoint while he stole a steak and other items from the Hanabi Japanese Steak House. The robber approached employees at the...

By Washington Post editors  | April 12, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Md. may buy more solar power

The Maryland State Senate has agreed with a scaled back version of a bill that will require utilities to buy more of their power from solar energy sources. The bill now goes to Gov. Martin O'Malley, who supports the measure....

By Washington Post editors  | April 12, 2010; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Va. boy brings gun to school

A 12-year-old middle school student brought an unloaded handgun to school Monday and pointed it at his head before a teacher took it away, Prince William County police said. Police were called to Potomac Middle School shortly before 8 a.m....

By Washington Post editors  | April 12, 2010; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Car smashes ballpark box office

A car crashed into a box office of Virginia's minor league baseball team the Salem Red Sox on Sunday morning, the Roanoke Times reports. Salem police said the driver of the 1998 Toyota Avalon lost control while making a turn...

By Washington Post editors  | April 12, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Md. man crushed by granite slab

A 41-year-old truck driver was killed Monday when a granite slab fell on him while he was unloading the stone, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department said. Lt. Stuart Peters said the accident occurred about 9:15 a.m....

By Washington Post editors  | April 12, 2010; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Man arrested for shooting at deputy

A man was arrested and charged with attempted murder Sunday after authorities say he shot at a vehicle driven by an Anne Arundel County sheriff's deputy, the Balitmore Sun reports. Just before 8 a.m., Rodney Divine of Arnold fired a...

By Washington Post editors  | April 12, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ex-GW worker sues university

A former employee who worked in the executive vice president and treasurer's office at George Washington University has filed a complaint in U.S. District Court saying she was unfairly terminated from her job, the GW Hatchet reports. Audrey Johnson, 37,...

By Washington Post editors  | April 12, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Accused teenage gunman in court

A teenager accused in a fatal shooting -- believed to have set off a chain of retaliatory violence in Southeast Washington that ended with a drive-by shooting in which four people died -- is due back in court Monday. Nineteen-year-old...

By Washington Post editors  | April 12, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Tags:  Drive-by shooting, Jordan Howe, Nathaniel Simms, Orlando Carter, Sanquan Carter  
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School bus accident in NW

Rescue crews were evaluating three passengers who were riding aboard a small school bus involved in an accident Monday morning with four other vehicles in Northwest Washington. D.C. fire department spokesman Pete Piringer said the 15-passenger bus and three other...

By Washington Post editors  | April 12, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Md. woman charged with disrupting flight

A Maryland woman has been charged with disrupting an overnight flight from San Francisco to Dulles International Airport, the Frederick News-Post reports. Maria Rita Mazoni apparently screamed and pushed her way to the front of United Flight 142, after she...

By Washington Post editors  | April 12, 2010; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Stabbing at GWU

A person was stabbed in the arm early Sunday morning on the campus of George Washington University, the GW Hatchet reports. A university-wide crime alert sent out Sunday afternoon said the assault took place about 1:30 a.m. and did not...

By Washington Post editors  | April 12, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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UMBC wins 6th chess championship

The team from the University of Maryland Baltimore County has won the "Final Four" of chess and will bring its sixth college chess championship back to Maryland, The Baltimore Sun reports. UMBC has dominated the college chess world, bringing home...

By Washington Post editors  | April 12, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Moment of silence for WVa. miners

As investigators continue to investigate the cause of the blast that killed 29 men in the worst U.S. mining disaster since 1970, the governor of West Virginia has asked for a moment of silence Monday at 3:30 p.m. to remember...

By Washington Post editors  | April 12, 2010; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Coal mining, Joe Manchin, Massey Energy, Mine Safety & Health Administration, West Virginia  
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Downtown summit restrictions in effect

Road and Metro restrictions are now in effect for this week's Nuclear Security Summit. A vast grid of roads are closed to traffic and parking, the Mount Vernon Square Metro station is closed and 13 bus lines will be rerouted.

By Eric Athas  | April 11, 2010; 10:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fire at D.C. high school is extinguished

A two-alarm fire sent smoke billowing from the roof of Eastern Senior High School Sunday afternooon, authorities said. The fire has been extinguished and no injuries were reported. A school system spokeswoman said the fire was related to ongoing...

By Washington Post Editors  | April 11, 2010; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Two dead in apparent domestic dispute

Two people were killed Sunday morning in what appeared to be a domestic dispute in an Alexandria apartment building, police said. Officers responded to reports of a domestic disturbance at 375 South Reynolds Street just after 10 a.m. Sunday morning...

By Washington Post Editors  | April 11, 2010; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Police use tear gas to break up JMU party

Police have used pepper spray and tear gas to disperse what they say was a rowdy crowd of thousands who gathered for an annual open air party near the James Madison University campus. Lt. Kurt Boshart of the Harrisonburg Police...

By Washington Post Editors  | April 11, 2010; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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