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2 seriously hurt in Anacostia crash

Two people were seriously injured Saturday night in a car crash in Anacostia, authorities said. The crash occurred about 9:30 p.m. on Interstate 295 near Suitland Parkway Suitland Parkway near Interstate 295, according to the D.C. fire and emergency services...

By Terri Rupar  | April 24, 2010; 9:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Several arrested in IMF protests

Eight people have been arrested while protesting the spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Washington.

By Washington Post editors  | April 24, 2010; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  | Tags:  International Monetary Fund, Washington D.C., World Bank  
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Man dies after fall from smokestack

A man in his 20s died early Saturday after apparently falling down a smokestack from the roof at the Connecticut House Apartments in Northwest, authorities said.

By Washington Post editors  | April 24, 2010; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  | Tags:  Apartment, Chimney, Connecticut Avenue, Josh White, Police  
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Body found in Anne Arundel creek

Anne Arundel County officials say divers recovered a body from Mill Creek Friday night, ABC 7 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | April 24, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Anne Arundel, Anne Arundel County Maryland  
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Man says Metro doors trapped him

A Metro rider tells NBC 4 that he got his neck caught in the door of a rail car Friday as he tried to exit the train.

By Washington Post editors  | April 24, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  | Tags:  New York Avenue, Rail, Train  
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Metro cancels some weekend work

Metro has canceled track work scheduled on the Orange and Blue lines this weekend. The agency had planned to replace a track switch at the Rosslyn station. That will happen at a later date.

By Washington Post editors  | April 24, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  Blue Line, Orange Line, Red Line  
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Person shot, hit at least twice in SW

A person was shot late Friday in the Washington neighborhood where the mass shooting occurred last month. The shooting occurred about 11 p.m. in the unit block of Galveston Street SW. Despite being hit at least twice and possibly...

By Terri Rupar  | April 23, 2010; 11:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Man found dead after fire at his home

A 46-year-old man was found dead Friday after a fire at his house in Prince William County, authorities said. Ehnedzahid Azamy, who lived in the 3300 block of Nadia Loop, was found dead in his house after a fire...

By Terri Rupar  | April 23, 2010; 10:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Va. woman sentenced for starving twins

A Norfolk woman will spend 17 years in prison for starving her 10-month-old twin daughters, resulting in the death of one of them.

By Washington Post editors  | April 23, 2010; 6:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  | Tags:  Children, Crime and Justice, Death, Infant, Malnutrition, Murder, Starvation  
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Va. worker impaled by steel bar

A construction worker was seriously injured when he fell from the second story of a Fredericksburg church and was impaled on a piece of steel rebar.

By Washington Post editors  | April 23, 2010; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Catholic Church, Fredericksburg Virginia, Immaculate Conception, Rebar  
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Glenn Beck to give Va. graduation speech

Jerry Falwell Jr., chancellor of Liberty University, announced Friday that Fox News commentator Glenn Beck, will deliver the commencement address at the Lynchburg campus’s May 15 graduation, the News & Advance reports. “Beck is one of the few courageous voices...

By Washington Post editors  | April 23, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Tags:  Christianity, Fox News Channel, Glenn Beck, Jerry Falwell, Liberty University, Paige Patterson, Religion and Spirituality  
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Maryland gets new lottery chief

Maryland has a new state lottery official. Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Friday that Stephen L. Martino will take the helm of the state's lottery agency Monday. Martino served as the executive director of the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission from...

By Washington Post editors  | April 23, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Casino, Gambling, Martin O'Malley, Maryland  
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D.C. teachers: We can make your test rock

We have to give it to E.L. Haynes Public Charter school administrators and teachers. They've put their cool cred on the line with a YouTube rap to encourage students preparing for standardize achievement tests. Principal Eric Westendorf and staff members...

By Washington Post editors  | April 23, 2010; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  Achievement test, Education, School  
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D.C. officials racking up parking fines

District Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee are among city employees whose assigned vehicles have racked up unpaid parking and traffic fines, according to a new D.C. Auditor’s report, the D.C. Wire reports.

By Washington Post editors  | April 23, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  Adrian Fenty, Mayor, Michelle Rhee, Rhee, Washington DC  
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IMF protests begin in D.C.

Opponents of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are protesting in the nation's capital.

By Washington Post editors  | April 23, 2010; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  International Monetary Fund, World Bank  
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MoCo is looking for pet rescuers

Montgomery County is seeking pet rescuers -- volunteers to help with animal sheltering during emergency evacuations.

By Washington Post editors  | April 23, 2010; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Montgomery, Montgomery County, Rockville Maryland  
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Two arrested in Howard shooting

Howard County police on Friday announced they have arrested two men in connection with a shooting on Alma Avenue in Laurel on April 7. Juwaun Marcelle Norbrey, 17, of no fixed address, and Marcus Allen Roman, 18, of Laurel, were...

By Washington Post editors  | April 23, 2010; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags:  Assault, Howard County Maryland, Maryland, Murder, Police  
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Zoo to begin panda pregnancy watch

Image by Getty Images via Daylife Is she or isn't she? National Zoo officials announced that beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday, they will begin a 24-hour pregnancy watch of D.C.'s favorite panda mother -- Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) -- raising...

By Washington Post editors  | April 23, 2010; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Tags:  Biology, Giant Panda, Mei Xiang, National Zoo, Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Tai Shan, Webcam  
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Change of venue for Betts' memorial

D.C. public school officials have announced a change of venue for the public memorial service to honor slain Shaw Middle School Principal Brian Betts. The May 1 memorial will take place at Strathmore Music Center, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North...

By Washington Post editors  | April 23, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Death, Funeral, Middle school  
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Biking and drinking? Not in D.C.

The D.C. Court of Appeals has ruled that the city's ban on driving under the influence applies to riding a bike.

By Washington Post editors  | April 23, 2010; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  DC, Traffic and Transportation  | Tags:  District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Driving under the influence  
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Vatican gives $2.7M to U-Md. research

The Vatican has donated $2.7 million to a project led by the University of Maryland's School of Medicine to finance new research into the potential use of adult stem cells in the treatment of intestinal and possibly other diseases. Officials...

By Washington Post editors  | April 23, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Tags:  Embryonic stem cell, Finance, Pluripotency, Research, Stem cell, Therapy, University of Maryland College Park  
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In-state tuition rising at VaTech

In-state undergraduate students at Virginia Tech will pay an additional $854 in tuition and fees for the 2010-2011 academic year.

By Washington Post editors  | April 23, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Education, Tuition, Virginia, Virginia Tech  
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Suspected Md. bank robber arrested

An anonymous tip has led to the arrest of a Pennsylvania man in connection with a robbery at a Howard County bank last month, police say. Michael Joseph Clark, 28, of Pottsville, Penn., was arrested Thursday at his home by...

By Washington Post editors  | April 23, 2010; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  Counties, Howard County, Howard County Maryland, Pennsylvania, Police, Pottsville Pennsylvania, Robbery  
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Pregnant woman struck by police car

A pregnant woman was taken to a hospital Thursday night after being struck by a marked police cruiser driven by an off-duty Prince George's County officer, WUSA reports. The woman had minor injuries but was taken to the hospital for...

By Washington Post editors  | April 23, 2010; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Tags:  Maryland, Police officer, Prince George, Prince George's County Maryland, Prince George's County Police Department  
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Manassas man found dead in pond

Manassas police recovered the body of a 24-year-old man from a pond near an apartment complex, Crime Scene reports.

By Washington Post editors  | April 23, 2010; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  | Tags:  Autopsy, Medical Examiner, Police  
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Va. college called enviro friendly

The College of William and Mary has been named one of the country's most environmentally friendly colleges in the Princeton Review's “green colleges” list.

By Washington Post editors  | April 23, 2010; 9:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  College of William and Mary, Environmentalism, Green building, Princeton Review  
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Man pleads guilty to stealing from charity

A Maryland man pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing thousands of dollars from a non-profit serving at-risk children in DC and using the funds for his own expenses, WJLA reports. Caesar Adigwe pleaded guilty to stealing more than $530,000 from Residential...

By Washington Post editors  | April 23, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Autistic boy left on school bus

An autistic boy from Charles County was left alone on a school bus for more than two hours last week, WJLA reports. A Charles County school spokesperson confirms that from 8 to 10:30 a.m. last Friday, a special needs student...

By Washington Post editors  | April 23, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Abduction reported in District Heights

Prince George's County police were looking for a man who was abducted from a District Heights home late Thursday night during a home invasion and taken away in his own car, officials said. Police who responded to the 6800 block...

By Erica Johnston  | April 22, 2010; 11:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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Woman shot in NE D.C.

D.C. police are investigating the report of a woman who suffered a graze wound to the leg in Northeast Washington Thursday night, officials said. Police responded to the parking lot of a convenience store in the 700 block of Kenilworth...

By Erica Johnston  | April 22, 2010; 8:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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Motorcyclist dies in Beltway crash

Authorities are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash at an on-ramp to the Capital Beltway from Route 214 in the Largo area shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday, Prince George's county fire department officials said. Initial reports are that the motorcycle was...

By Erica Johnston  | April 22, 2010; 8:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  DC, Maryland  
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Dorothy Height's funeral set for April 29

The funeral service for civil rights leader Dorothy Height will be held next Thursday at Washington National Cathedral, officials said Thursday. Height, president emerita of the National Council of Negro Women, died Tuesday at Howard University Hospital at the age...

By Erica Johnston  | April 22, 2010; 6:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  DC, Maryland  
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Navy tests plant-powered jet

The Navy says it's testing a fighter jet that's designed to do everything such an aircraft should — while conserving fossil fuel. The F/A-18 Super Hornet — dubbed the "Green Hornet" by the Navy — was scheduled for an Earth...

By Washington Post editors  | April 22, 2010; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Aircraft, Biofuel, Earth Day, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Fossil fuel, Military, Navy, United States Navy  
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Delonte West trial postponed

The trial of Cleveland Cavaliers guard Delonte West on weapons charges has been postponed three months until July 21. Authorities say West was carrying two loaded handguns, a loaded shotgun and an 8 1/2-inch Bowie knife while riding a three-wheel...

By Washington Post editors  | April 22, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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UPDATE: Army dog is found at Dulles

UPDATE, 5:04 p.m.: Qondor has been found. The dog was found at about 3 and reunited with his owner. They were scheduled to depart on a 5:15 flight. Original post: A Norwegian Army patrol dog somehow escaped his crate before...

By Washington Post editors  | April 22, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Tags:  Transportation and Logistics, Washington Dulles International Airport  
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Charges dropped in SE shooting

Update, 2:40 p.m. Sources tell The Post's Paul Duggan that charges have been dropped in the case of a 14-year-old boy accused in a drive-by shooting in SE D.C. in which four people were killed and five were wounded. Mayor...

By Washington Post editors  | April 22, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Detective, Drive-by shooting, Homicide, Law Enforcement, Police  
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27 arrested for solicitation in Howard

Howard County police said Thursday that they arrested 27 men for solicitation of prostitution along Route 1. On Wednesday alone, detectives and female officers arrested 11 suspects for soliciting prostitution near Whiskey Bottom Road in Laurel. Officers also conducted an...

By Washington Post editors  | April 22, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Tags:  Counties, Howard County Maryland, Maryland, Police, Prostitution, Undercover, United States  
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Md. finds pollution patrols lacking

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says his second audit of the Chesapeake Bay found state agencies don't have the resources they need. Gansler says agencies don't have the resources to investigate and prosecute polluters, and when polluters are prosecuted penalties...

By Washington Post editors  | April 22, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Attorney General of Maryland, Chesapeake Bay, Doug Gansler, Earth Day  
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Body discovered in Landover

Just after 11 p.m., a citizen called police to report finding a body in the 6900 block of Hawthorne Street in the Landover area, authorities said. Homicide detectives, who investigate all suspicious deaths in Prince George's County, are being called...

By Washington Post editors  | April 22, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Landover Maryland, Prince George, Prince George's County Maryland, United States  
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Controversial cardinal won't be at Mass

Organizers of a elaborate Latin Mass this Saturday say they’re going to fly in the bishop of Tulsa to lead the event, replacing a controversial cardinal who sparked outrage for his response to the clergy sex abuse scandals. Bishop Edward...

By Washington Post editors  | April 22, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, Darío Castrillón Hoyos, Mass, Pope John Paul II, Sexual abuse  
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Ash cloud grounds Md. students

Think of it as an extended study abroad. Twenty-eight Mount St. Mary's University students and their economics professor have been stuck in Italy because of the volcanic eruption in Iceland. They are faring well -- except for the missing underwear....

By Washington Post editors  | April 22, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags:  Iceland, Natural Disasters and Hazards, Volcanic ash, Volcano  
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Va. couple finds $39M in bank account

An accounting error made a Fairfax County couple very rich -- at least for a few hours, NBC 4 reports. Amy Roland of Vienna, Va., deposited $425 at her bank on Monday. When she received her receipt, it read she...

By Washington Post editors  | April 22, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Bank, Banks and Institutions, Financial services, Money  
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Swimming in Baltimore's Inner Harbor?

A local group wants to make Baltimore's harbor swimmable and fishable within a decade, The Baltimore Sun reports. The Waterfront Partnership, a nonprofit group funded by a tax surcharge on commercial properties along the harbor, plans to unveil its proposal...

By Washington Post editors  | April 22, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Baltimore, Environment, Maryland, Water pollution  
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D.C. man convicted of killing lizard

A 43-year-old D.C. man will do 40 hours of community service, pay a $100 fine and spend one year on supervised probation after being convicted of animal cruelty charges, NBC 4 reports The conviction stems from an incident in which...

By Washington Post editors  | April 22, 2010; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  Community service, Cruelty to animals, Humane society, Probation, United States, Washington D.C.  
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Prosecutor may investigate Md. lawmaker

The Maryland state prosecutor has been asked to investigate whether a powerful state senator from Prince George's County improperly used his campaign account for personal purchases and other expenses unrelated to his candidacy, The Baltimore Sun reports. The Maryland Board...

By Washington Post editors  | April 22, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  Democratic Party, Maryland, Prince George, Prince George's County Maryland, Ulysses Currie, United States  
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Fog advisory issued until 9 a.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a dense fog advisory for the D.C. area until 9 a.m.. The Capital Weather Gang predicts sun later today, followed by a chance of rain. Get the full forecast....

By Mike McPhate  | April 22, 2010; 7:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  traffic, weather  
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Woman struck by car in Dupont Circle area

A woman in her 20s was hospitalized Wednesday night after apparently being struck by a car in the Dupont Circle area of Northwest D.C., authorities said. The woman sustained injuries believed to be non-life threatening in the incident at Connecticut...

By Erica Johnston  | April 21, 2010; 10:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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Postal worker charged in gift card theft

Federal prosecutors say a Postal Service employee has been charged in a criminal complaint with stealing gift cards from the mail.

By Washington Post editors  | April 21, 2010; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  Baltimore, Greeting card, Mail, Postal Service  
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9:30 Club to host writers who rock

The Rock Bottom Remainders, the band made up of authors Dave Barry, Amy Tan, Scott Turow, Mitch Albom and others, are putting on a show at the 9:30 Club in Washington Wednesday to raise money for Haiti relief efforts.

By Washington Post editors  | April 21, 2010; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  9:30 Club, Amy Tan, Dave Barry, Haiti, Mitch Albom, Rock Bottom Remainders, Roger McGuinn, Scott Turow  
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Cardinal replaced over abuse comments

A controversial cardinal, who was supposed to deliver an elaborate Latin mass this weekend at one of the most prominent Catholic churches in Washington and the country, is being replaced after outraged victims and activists against clergy sex abuse expressed outrage over his role this week.

By Washington Post editors  | April 21, 2010; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Catholic Church, Darío Castrillón Hoyos, Pope Benedict XVI, Sexual abuse, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests  
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Smithsonian to get JFK's cane

A former U.S. Navy colleague of John F. Kennedy is donating a cane used by the former president during World War II to the National Museum of American History. Retired Lt. Cmdr. Ted Robinson of the U.S. Navy Reserve is...

By Washington Post editors  | April 21, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags:  History, John F. Kennedy, Motor Torpedo Boat PT-109, Pacific War, Tulagi, United States, United States Navy, World War II  
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Suspected pirates to be tried in Va.

A federal law enforcement official says at least five pirate suspects will be brought to Norfolk by the end of the week to stand trial in the United States. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the transfer...

By Washington Post editors  | April 21, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Tags:  Gulf of Aden, Kenya, Norfolk Virginia, Piracy, Somalia, United States  
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MoCo official proposes carbon tax

Just in time for Earth Day on Thursday, Montgomery County Council member and longtime energy lawyer Roger Berliner (D) is proposing an excise tax on major carbon emitters in the county, a move meant to spur faster action to address...

By Washington Post editors  | April 21, 2010; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Tags:  Carbon Management, Carbon dioxide, Earth, Energy, Environment, United States  
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Census: Education advances for women

Women are now just as likely as men to have completed college and to hold an advanced degree, part of an accelerating trend of educational gains that have shielded women from recent job losses. Yet they continue to lag behind...

By Washington Post editors  | April 21, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Bachelor's degree, College, Education, Master's degree, United States, Women  
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Ocean City scraps recycling program

Curbside recycling in Ocean City has become the latest casualty of budget cuts, the Baltimore Sun reports. Starting next week, Ocean City will no longer offer curbside pickup of cans, bottles and papers from homes and businesses. It's a move...

By Washington Post editors  | April 21, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Shots fired at U.S. marshals in Bowie

Shots were fired Wednesday at U.S. Marshals attempting to serve a warrant at a home in Bowie. ABC 7 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | April 21, 2010; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Suspended sentence in cult death

A woman who starved her 1-year-old son to death at the behest of a religious cult leader is set to be sentenced.

By Washington Post editors  | April 21, 2010; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  Child abuse, Crime and Justice, Cult, Death, Murder, Plea, Queen Antoinette, Ria Ramkissoon  
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Va. court upholds ban on winter crabbing

The Virginia Court of Appeals dealt a blow to an effort by state watermen to overturn a ban on winter crabbing, the Virginian-Pilot reports. The court rejected arguments Tuesday that a state ban on harvesting crabs from the Chesapeake Bay...

By Washington Post editors  | April 21, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Chesapeake Bay, Crab, Fishery, Virginia, Virginia Court of Appeals, Winter  
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Driver in D.C. crash had driving violations

The driver of a van that D.C. police say struck a car in Southeast Monday, killing one woman and injuring four children, has a long record of alleged driving violations, WUSA 9 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | April 21, 2010; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Did D.C.'s AG help Fenty friend?

D.C.'s attorney general interceded to keep a friend and fraternity brother of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty off a list of those banned from doing business with the city, the Washington Examiner reports. Contracting officials drafted a letter that would have...

By Washington Post editors  | April 21, 2010; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Murderer held at D.C. jail for 9 years

A convicted murderer was held at the city jail for nine years, making him one of the longest-serving D.C. jail inmates, The Washington Times reports.

By Washington Post editors  | April 21, 2010; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Early morning house fire in Adelphi

Officials are investigating what caused a fire that broke out early Wednesday morning and severely damaged a home in Adelphi, reports WJLA. The blaze started just before 1 a.m. in the 8300 block of Rambler Drive. Firefighters from Prince George's...

By Washington Post editors  | April 21, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. priest is ordered back to Germany

A German Catholic priest, who has served in Washington for the past six years has been removed from ministry and ordered home to face surfacing allegations that he sexually abused teenage girls in Germany two decades ago, church officials...

By Erica Johnston  | April 20, 2010; 10:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Pedestrian struck by car in NE D.C.

A 14-year-old pedestrian was struck by a car and injured Tuesday night on Kenilworth Avenue NE, D.C. police said. The incident occurred about 8 p.m., near Nash Street in the Deanwood area, police said. Police say the vehicle that...

By Erica Johnston  | April 20, 2010; 9:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Charges dropped in D.C. snowball fight

Crime Scene is reporting that prosecutors have dropped a case charging Maria B. Lewis of Mount Pleasant of assaulting a police officer during a late night snowball fight on Feb. 10.

By Washington Post editors  | April 20, 2010; 5:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. Council approves medical marijuana

The D.C. Council unanimously approved a bill Tuesday to allow chronically ill patients to receive a doctor's prescription to use marijuana and buy it from a city-sanctioned distribution center.

By Washington Post editors  | April 20, 2010; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
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Water advisory canceled for NW

The District's Water and Sewer Authority has canceled the advisory for some neighborhoods in Northwest to not use the water. The advisory has been lifted for all neighborhoods in the affected area. WASA says it conducted comprehensive testing of the...

By Washington Post editors  | April 20, 2010; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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No explosive device found in Fairfax

UPDATE: Fairfax County police say that their investigation of a suspicious vehicle at 7841 Rolling Road turned up no explosive device. Police will clear the area shortly and all roads will be open. Fairfax Police investigating possible explosive device 12:13...

By Washington Post editors  | April 20, 2010; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Inmate: dialysis cannot be forced

Maryland's highest court has ruled that a terminally ill state prison inmate cannot be forced to undergo kidney dialysis. The Court of Appeals ruled Monday in the case of Troy Reid, who is serving a 40-year sentence for first-degree rape...

By Washington Post editors  | April 20, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags:  Conditions and Diseases, Dialysis, Health, Kidney, Lawyer, Prison  
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D.C. residents make a way for ducklings

A duck and her ducklings wandered onto Freedom Plaza Tuesday morning, reporter Nikita Stewart tells us. Maybe they were looking to take an early morning splash in the plaza's fountain.

By Washington Post editors  | April 20, 2010; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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FBI probed Holocaust museum shooter in 1963

James von Brunn, the white supremacist who died before he could stand trial in the shooting death of a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, first came to the FBI’s attention 47 years ago when he was accused of making a death threat over a business dispute.

By Washington Post editors  | April 20, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  | Tags:  FBI, Federal Bureau of Investigation, North Carolina, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum shooting, Von Brunn  
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Actor Kal Penn robbed in D.C.

TMZ is reporting that Kal Penn -- aka Kumar from that "White Castle" movie -- was robbed at gunpoint early Tuesday morning while walking in a D.C. neighborhood.

By Washington Post editors  | April 20, 2010; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  | Tags:  Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Kal Penn, Kalpen Modi  
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Funding sought for intersex fish study

A Washington environmental group is calling for more funding for research on intersex fish in the Potomac River.

By Washington Post editors  | April 20, 2010; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  Fish, Potomac River, Smallmouth bass  
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Montgomery police arrest man in teacher carjacking

Montgomery County detectives have arrested a 25-year-old man in connection with the carjacking and kidnapping of a teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School in D.C. Jeremiah Juwley, of the 14200 block of Georgia Avenue, in the Aspen Hill area...

By Washington Post editors  | April 20, 2010; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DC voting rights: not this session

The effort to secure a voting member of Congress for the District was dealt a stinging defeat Tuesday, just days after Del. Eleanor Holmes-Norton said legislation would be introduced as early as Wednesday, according to the DC Wire blog. At...

By Washington Post editors  | April 20, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Second arrest in carjacking of D.C. teacher

A second person has been charged in the weekend carjacking and kidnapping of a D.C. school teacher, Montgomery County Police announced Tuesday.

By Washington Post editors  | April 20, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Maryland  | Tags:  Adams Morgan, Georgia Avenue, Maryland, Montgomery, Police, Silver Spring Maryland  
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Clinton to be honored by VMI

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is being honored by Virginia Military Institute for her work in advancing U.S. interests through diplomacy. Clinton will receive VMI's Distinguished Diplomat Award and deliver remarks on April 28. The event is free and open...

By Washington Post editors  | April 20, 2010; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags:  Director of Central Intelligence, Foreign policy, Hillary Rodham Clinton, R. James Woolsey Jr., Virginia Military Institute  
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Baltimore students take chess title

A team from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute won the K-12 unrated division of the National K-12 Chess Championships in Columbus, Ohio, the Baltimore Sun reports. In addition, four Baltimore students took top-10 individual honors. The Baltimore Kids Chess League, which was...

By Washington Post editors  | April 20, 2010; 9:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Chess, K–12  
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Early morning blaze in Bowie

Prince George's County firefighters battled an early morning house fire Tuesday in Bowie, WJLA reports. The fire on Croydon Lane broke out around 1:35 a.m. Firefighters from Anne Arundel County were brought in to help fight the blaze. The roof...

By Washington Post editors  | April 20, 2010; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Civil rights leader Dorothy I. Height dies

Dorothy I. Height, 98, a founding matriarch of the American civil rights movement whose crusade for racial justice and gender equality spanned more than six decades, died early Tuesday morning, a spokesman for Howard University Hospital said.

By Mike McPhate  | April 20, 2010; 6:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Child may have sparked D.C. fire

A house in Southeast Washington was heavily damaged Monday evening by a fire that was apparently touched off by a child playing with a cigarette lighter, a D.C. fire department spokesman said. The fire broke out around 7 p.m....

By Erica Johnston  | April 19, 2010; 11:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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District teacher kidnapped in city

UPDATE: The Washington Post has now confirmed: A teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School in the District was abducted over the weekend by a Wilson student and forced to withdraw money from her bank account, sources said. EARLIER POST: Fox-5...

By Erica Johnston  | April 19, 2010; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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1 killed, 6 hurt in D.C. crash

UPDATE: A woman was killed and six other people, at least four of them children, were injured Monday evening in a fiery car crash in Southeast Washington, authorities said. The crash occurred about 7 p.m. in the 3600 block of...

By Erica Johnston  | April 19, 2010; 8:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Chris Brown concert for Haiti in VA

Virginia's own Chris Brown will host a benefit concert for Haiti in his home state next month.

By Washington Post editors  | April 19, 2010; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  American Red Cross, Chris Brown, Keri Hilson, Richmond Virginia, Ryan Leslie, Trey Songz, Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University  
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League to say no to D.C. vote bill

The League of Women Voters, which has championed D.C. Voting Rights for the past five decades, announced Monday that it will not support the bill pending before Congress to give the District a vote in Congress because it would also weaken the city's gun laws, the D.C. Wire reports.

By Washington Post editors  | April 19, 2010; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  | Tags:  Congress, District of Columbia voting rights, Eleanor Holmes Norton, League of Women Voters, Washington DC  
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Mother of Va Tech student to speak at rally

The mother of slain Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington will speak Tuesday at a Take Back the Night rally in Roanoke, ABC 7 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | April 19, 2010; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Albemarle County Virginia, Charlottesville Virginia, Morgan Harrington, Take Back the Night, Virginia Tech  
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New details in slain principal probe

Montgomery County detectives putting together a time-line of slain principal Brian Betts's final hours have learned he was still alive at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, a police spokesman confirmed Monday. The spokesman also released new details of the discovery of...

By Washington Post editors  | April 19, 2010; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eagles concert canceled

Live Nation has announced that the June 15 concert at Nationals Park featuring the Eagles, Dixie Chicks and Keith Urban, has been canceled. The cancellation was first reported by DCist.

By Washington Post editors  | April 19, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  Eagles, Hotel California, Keith Urban, Live Nation  
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Life in prison for Va. Tech student

A former Virginia Tech graduate student who admitted to decapitating a classmate has been sentenced to life in prison.

By Washington Post editors  | April 19, 2010; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Murder, Murder of Yang Xin, Virginia Tech  
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Brush fires near CSX tracks under control

The D.C. Fire and EMS is reporting that several brush fires have occurred north of Benning Road Northeast near the CSX tracks and in the vicinity of the Minnesota Avenue Metro in Northeast.

By Washington Post editors  | April 19, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Weather  | Tags:  CSX Transportation, Wildfire  
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Bad behavior could be costly in Baltimore

Baltimore's City Council president think he's had a solution for the city's budget woes: higher fines for bad behavior. Bernard "Jack" Young has proposed increasing fines for those who drink, spit, urinate and commit other quality-of-life offenses in neighborhoods like...

By Washington Post editors  | April 19, 2010; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Baltimore, City Council, Fells Point, Fells Point Baltimore, Maryland  
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Teen's mom wants stronger crime laws

Nardyne Jeffries was among the parents and relatives of the four teenagers killed last month in a drive-by shooting on South Capitol Street who pleaded with council members to strengthen the city’s criminal penalties and to do more to keep violent offenders off the streets.

By Washington Post editors  | April 19, 2010; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  | Tags:  AK-47, Death, Drive-by shooting, Phil Mendelson  
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Gray could oppose D.C. voting rights bill

D.C. Council member Vincent C. Gray, a Democratic candidate for mayor, said Monday that he will not support the D.C. voting rights bill pending before Congress unless substantive changes are made to the provision that restricts the city's ability to set its own gun-control laws.

By Washington Post editors  | April 19, 2010; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  District of Columbia voting rights, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Gun Control, Vincent C. Gray  
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Activities canceled at Quince Orchard

Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg has been evacuated for a suspected gas leak, Montgomery County school officials said.

By Washington Post editors  | April 19, 2010; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  High school, Montgomery, Quince Orchard High School  
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Gas leak closes D.C. street

he District Department of Transportation is reporting that there is a gas leak at 12th and H Streets, Northeast. H Street is closed between 11th and 13th.

By Washington Post editors  | April 19, 2010; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Vigil set for slain Frostburg student

Frostburg State University students will gather for a candlelight vigil in memory of a classmate shot in what police say was a confrontation with a fellow student.

By Washington Post editors  | April 19, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Maryland  | Tags:  Brandon Carroll of Waldorf, Candlelight vigil, Frostburg State University, Glen Burnie Maryland, Murder, Washington DC  
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Raymond leaving D.C. school board

Lisa Raymond, a member of the D.C. State Board of Education who as president fought to keep the panel relevant in the era of mayoral control, is leaving the board, D.C. Schools Insider reports.

By Washington Post editors  | April 19, 2010; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va.'s McDonnell cuts Viagra coverage

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell has pulled funding for coverage of erectile dysfunction drugs in public employee health plans from Virginia's two-year state budget, The Examiner reports.

By Washington Post editors  | April 19, 2010; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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SEIU backs D.C. council members

The Service Employees International Union, which says it represents 40,000 workers in the Washington region, announced Monday that it is endorsing all four of the five D.C. council members up for reelection this year, the D.C. Wire reports.

By Washington Post editors  | April 19, 2010; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  District of Columbia Council, Service Employees International Union  
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Shaw students mourn slain principal

UPDATED: Shaw Middle School students returned to class Monday, the first day back in class since school principal Brian Betts was discovered shot in his Silver Spring home Thursday night. The front of the school has become a makeshift memorial,...

By Washington Post editors  | April 19, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Medical mission to depart despite volcano

A team from Howard University Hospital is leaving for a medical mission in Nigeria after a volcanic eruption in Iceland delayed its trip. The plume of volcanic ash has forced thousands of flight cancellations. The Howard team planned to leave...

By Washington Post editors  | April 19, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Photos: Memorials to D.C. principal Brian Betts

Students at Shaw Middle School at Garnet-Patterson returned to class this morning.

By Mike McPhate  | April 19, 2010; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Woman struck in hit-and-run incident

A 29-year-old pedestrian was critically injured early Sunday in a hit and run incident in the Oxon Hill area, Prince George’s County police said. The woman was found about 2:15 a.m. in the southbound lanes of Indian Head Highway near...

By Erica Johnston  | April 19, 2010; 12:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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3 wounded in Trinidad

Three people were wounded Sunday afternoon in an outbreak of gunfire in the Trinidad neighborhood of Northeast Washington, D.C. police said. None of the wounds appeared to be life-threatening, authorities said. The shootings occurred about 4:30 p.m. in the 1100...

By Erica Johnston  | April 18, 2010; 7:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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