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Body found in Va. shed damaged by fire

A body was found Saturday in Fairfax County inside a shed that was heavily damaged by fire, a county fire department spokesman said. The fire was reported about 6:20 p.m. in a detached garage or shed in the 6200 block...

By Terri Rupar  | May 1, 2010; 10:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Woman attacked in Rock Creek Park

A woman was attacked by a man with a knife while jogging in Rock Creek Park on Saturday, the U.S. Park Police said. The incident occurred about 2 p.m. on a trail that enters the park near 16th and...

By Terri Rupar  | May 1, 2010; 10:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Man forced way into Md. apartment

A man forced his way into an 11-year-old girl’s apartment in Silver Spring Friday but fled after a 16-year-old male cousin came to her aid, Montgomery County police said Saturday. They said that as the girl entered the lobby...

By Terri Rupar  | May 1, 2010; 9:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Dupont Circle Station reopens after threat

Metro's Dupont Circle station is reopening on the red line after someone called in a bomb threat. Police conducted a security sweep of the station after the threat was called in about 1:20 p.m. A Metro spokesman says the...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 1, 2010; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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More modest version of Va. seal unveiled

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is opting for a more modest depiction of the state's seal. The seal depicts the Roman goddess Virtus wearing a blue tunic draped over one shoulder with her left breast exposed. But on the new...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 1, 2010; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
 
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About 35 arrested at immigration rally

Updated, 5:33 p.m.: About 35 immigrant advocates have been arrested in front of the White House fence, including a U.S. congressman, after they sat down and defied orders from police. Protesters are usually required to stay in motion when demonstrating...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 1, 2010; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (118)
 
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Memorial held for slain principal

D.C. Public Schools conducted a memorial service for Brian Betts, a principal who was killed in his Maryland home April 15. The service for the popular leader of Shaw at Garnet-Patterson Middle School was held Saturday morning at the Music...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 1, 2010; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Man shot, seriously hurt in carjack attempt

A man was shot and seriously wounded Friday night in the Anacostia area of Southeast Washington during what appeared to be an attempt to carjack him, D.C. police said. They said the shooting occurred about 9:40 p.m. near 16th...

By Terri Rupar  | April 30, 2010; 11:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Man shot in arm in Southeast

A man was shot Friday night in Southeast Washington, D.C. police said. They said the man was hit in the arm about 8 p.m. in t he 800 block of Southern Avenue SE. The wound was not believed to...

By Terri Rupar  | April 30, 2010; 9:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Metro police officer hurt in collision

A Metro transit police officer was injured Friday evening when the officer’s car collided with another vehicle in Northeast Washington, the transit agency said. The officer was taking a juvenile suspect to Childrens Hospital when the collision occurred about...

By Terri Rupar  | April 30, 2010; 7:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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D.C. man convicted of hate crime

A southeast Washington man has been found guilty of punching a 67-year-old gay man in what jurors determined was a hate crime.

By Washington Post editors  | April 30, 2010; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  | Tags:  Hate crime, Jury, Washington  
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Preakness preparations begin

The Baltimore area will host myriad events, including a crab derby, a 5k race, a parade and a balloon launch, in the week leading up the 135th running of the Preakness Stakes horse race on May 15. Gov. Martin O'Malley...

By Washington Post editors  | April 30, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Baltimore, Equestrian, Horse racing, Maryland, Pimlico Race Course, Preakness Stakes, Racing  
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Va. battle over Wal-Mart continues

A judge on Friday kept alive the fight to block a Wal-Mart Supercenter near an endangered Civil War site where Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant first met on the field of battle. Circuit Court Judge Daniel R. Bouton...

By Washington Post editors  | April 30, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Tags:  American Civil War, Ken Burns, Robert Duvall, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, Virginia, Wal-Mart  
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UVa. tuition going up 10 percent

In-state undergraduates at the University of Virginia will see tuition rise by nearly 10 percent in the upcoming school year.

By Washington Post editors  | April 30, 2010; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Board of Regents, Tuition, Undergraduate education, University of Virginia  
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Va. man arrested in daughter's death

An Alexandria man accused of killing his 3-year-old daughter and her mother has been arrested by New York City police, ABC 7 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | April 30, 2010; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  | Tags:  Alexandria, New York City  
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Catalytic converters targeted in Charles

The Charles County sheriff’s office says it’s increasing patrols around park and ride commuter lots after several catalytic converter thefts.

By Washington Post editors  | April 30, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  La Plata, Law Enforcement, Scrap, Sheriff, Theft  
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Va. DMV drops toll-free service

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has dropped its toll-free customer service number to save money.

By Washington Post editors  | April 30, 2010; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  | Tags:  Department of Motor Vehicles, Toll-free telephone number, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles  
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2 bus drivers hurt in Tidal Basin crash

Update, 1:20 p.m.: Peter Piringer says a tour bus collided head on with a second bus that was parked or stationary. Neither bus had any passengers, but both drivers were severely injured. One was pinned for about 45 minutes in...

By Washington Post editors  | April 30, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  DC, Traffic and Transportation  
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Takoma Park man charged with burglary

A 24-year-old Takoma Park man has been arrested and charged with first-degree burglary, police said Friday. Takoma Park police said that on April 30, 2010, at approximately 1:28 a.m., they received a call about a burglary in progress on the...

By Washington Post editors  | April 30, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety  | Tags:  Arrest, Burglary, Maryland, Montgomery, Takoma Park, Takoma Park Maryland  
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Lanier: Put the cell phone down

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier is joining national leaders to urge people to stop using their cell phones while driving. The Associated Press reports that Lanier attended a "No Phone Zone" rally Friday at the Newseum organized by "The Oprah...

By Washington Post editors  | April 30, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety  | Tags:  Gayle King, Mobile phone, Newseum, Oprah Winfrey Show, OprahWinfrey  
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Md. waterman charged with poaching

The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) charged a Maryland waterman Wednesday with poaching oysters. Ben Harrison Marshall, 34 of Newcomb, was charged with taking oysters during closed season and operating a power dredge in an area reserved for hand tongs....

By Washington Post editors  | April 30, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Fishing, Maryland, Meat and Seafood, Oyster, Seafood, Shellfish, United States  
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Gandhi won't certify D.C. teacher contract

The District's chief financial officer told the D.C. Council Friday that he cannot certify the proposed teachers' contract as fiscally sound because the city has yet to demonstrate that there is enough money to pay for it. Natwar M. Gandhi...

By Washington Post editors  | April 30, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Chief financial officer, Council of the District of Columbia, Education, Fiscal year  
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Md. students raise money for Haiti

Seventh-graders at Severna Park Middle School celebrated raising more than $12,000 for relief efforts in Haiti — the most of any school in the Maryland Kids Care Campaign: Operation Haiti, the Baltimore Sun reports. The students donated the money to...

By Washington Post editors  | April 30, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags:  2010 Haiti earthquake, Anne Arundel, Anne Arundel County Maryland, Haiti, Maryland, Severna Park, Severna Park Maryland  
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Report: D.C. police guns poorly secured

According to a new report by the D.C. inspector general, police in the District are unable to ensure that service weapons brought into the juvenile intake center are kept out of the wrong hands because many of the lockboxes used...

By Washington Post editors  | April 30, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Tags:  Firearm, Law, Law Enforcement, Police, Police officer, Security, Washington D.C.  
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$1K reward in possum death

A female possum was killed in an alley off 16th Street in Northeast D.C on Tuesday when someone smashed her over and over again with bricks, WTOP's Kate Ryan reports. The possum was carrying 10 babies in her pouch, looking...

By Washington Post editors  | April 30, 2010; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Va. judge dismisses flooding lawsuit

A class-action lawsuit seeking $10 million from Fairfax County and the Virginia Department of Transportation for 2006 flooding damage in Huntington has been dismissed, according to county court records, the Washington Examiner reports. Fairfax County Circuit Judge Robert J. Smith...

By Washington Post editors  | April 30, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Va. man dies after Taser shock

WRC (Channel 4) is reporting that a man died early Friday after an Arlington County police officer used a taser gun to try and subdue him.

By Mike McPhate  | April 30, 2010; 6:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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Bicyclist injured in Reston collision

A bicyclist was struck and critically injured in Reston Thursday evening, Fairfax County police said. The man collided with a Saturn sedan on Sunrise Valley Drive at Barton Hill Road about 6 p.m., said Officer Bud Walker, a police spokesman....

By Erica Johnston  | April 29, 2010; 11:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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Pr. George's officer hurt in collision

A Prince George's County police officer was seriously injured Thursday evening when her cruiser was struck by a vehicle in the Oxon Hill area, officials said. The officer was responding to a routine call and did not have her...

By Erica Johnston  | April 29, 2010; 10:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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D.C. school gets visit from first lady

First Lady Michelle Obama brandished a paintbrush Thursday to add a little color to a mural at an elementary school in northwest Washington and demonstrate the value of community service.

By Washington Post editors  | April 29, 2010; 5:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  Elementary school, Garden, Michelle Obama, Mural, Plant, Washington  
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Jewish groups: Change Va. prayer policy

The Jewish Federation communities of the Commonwealth have written a letter to Gov. Bob McDonnell asking him to reconsider his decision that lifted a ban on Virginia State Police troopers referring to Jesus Christ in public prayers, Virginia Politics reports.

By Washington Post editors  | April 29, 2010; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Bob McDonnell, Jewish Federation, Judaism, Virginia State Police  
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Suspect pleads guilty in drive-by shooting

Nathaniel Simms , 26, has pleaded guilty in D,C. Superior Court to five counts of second-degree murder in a series of shootings that culminated in a drive-by on South Capital Street on March 30. The Crime Scene blog has the...

By Washington Post editors  | April 29, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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VCU tuition, fees to rise 24 percent

In-state undergraduates at Virginia Commonwealth University will see 2010-11 tuition and fees rise by 24 percent.

By Washington Post editors  | April 29, 2010; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Budget, Colleges and Universities, Student financial aid, Tuition, Virginia Commonwealth University  
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Columbia's bell tower coming down

Columbia's iconic lakefront bell tower is coming down, The Sun reports.

By Washington Post editors  | April 29, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Bell tower  
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Small earthquake reported near Richmond

No injuries or damages are reported following a minor earthquake in the Richmond area. The U.S. Geological Survey's website shows that a 2.3-magnitude earthquake struck at 12:12 a.m. Thursday.

By Washington Post editors  | April 29, 2010; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Earthquake  
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Va. man pleads guilty to $50M bank fraud

A flashy Virginia restaurant owner with a penchant for sports cars has pleaded guilty to a massive series of bank frauds in federal court totaling more than $50 million.

By Washington Post editors  | April 29, 2010; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  | Tags:  Alexandria, Fraud, Money laundering  
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Woodbine couple killed in plane crash

Friends of a Woodbine couple fear that the two were on board a plane that crashed Tuesday in Eastern Kentucky, WUSA reports.

By Washington Post editors  | April 29, 2010; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland, Traffic and Transportation  | Tags:  Kentucky, Mississippi  
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Pedestrian fatally hit by vehicle

D.C. Fire and EMS report that a pedestrian was fatally struck about 10"30 a.m. Thursday at 1st and M streets Southeast.

By Washington Post editors  | April 29, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  | Tags:  Pedestrian, Police  
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Teen assaults St. Mary's officers

The St. Mary's County sheriff's office says a teenager has been arrested for assaulting two officers.

By Washington Post editors  | April 29, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  Assault, Law Enforcement, Police officer, Resisting arrest, Sheriff  
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Mt. St. Mary's denies link to Gosselin

Mount St. Mary’s University says it has no official connection to a charity event featuring reality TV star Jon Gosselin, whose brother coaches women’s soccer at the Catholic school in Emmitsburg.

By Washington Post editors  | April 29, 2010; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Jon & Kate Plus 8, Jon Gosselin, Reality television  
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Free fishing days coming to Virginia

The first weekend in June has been declared free fishing days in Virginia.

By Washington Post editors  | April 29, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Fishing, Recreational fishing, Virginia, Virginia Marine Resources Commission  
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Va. lottery winner sought

Someone won the lottery in Virginia last week. And because that someone has yet to come forward it seems a lot of people are playing a new game called, who can it be?

By Washington Post editors  | April 29, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Gambling, Lotteries, Lottery, Mega Millions, Powerball  
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Flat screen TVs targeted in Fairfax

Fairfax County police are battling a rash of thefts of flat screen televisions, WUSA 9 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | April 29, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  | Tags:  Fairfax, Fairfax County, Fairfax County Virginia, Virginia, Xbox  
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Fenty apologizes for PFOX award

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty apologized Thursday over his decision to issue a certificate of appreciation honoring the leader of the ex-gay movement, which believes homosexuals can be rehabilitated.

By Washington Post editors  | April 29, 2010; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  Ex-gay, Gay community, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays  
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Natl' Harbor gives old ship new life

A skipjack owned by the city of Baltimore will run cruises and private charters at National Harbor in Prince George's County this summer.

By Washington Post editors  | April 29, 2010; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland, Traffic and Transportation  | Tags:  Baltimore, Fort McHenry, Minnie V, Prince George's County Maryland  
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Inmates could pay more to call home

Montgomery County is considering adding a 35 cent surcharge to the phone calls its inmates make to family members.

By Washington Post editors  | April 29, 2010; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  Montgomery County, Montgomery County Maryland  
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Man shot near D.C.-Md. border

A man was shot and critically wounded Wednesday night near the Prince George's County-D.C. border, officials said. It wasn't immediately clear in which jurisdiction the man was shot, but investigators found shell casings at Branch Avenue and Suitland Parkway, in...

By Erica Johnston  | April 28, 2010; 10:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Maryland  
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Teen shot in SE D.C.

A teenaged male was shot and seriously wounded late Wednesday in the Benning Heights area of Southeast Washington, D.C. police said. Officers were called for the report of a shooting in the 4400 block of F Street about 5...

By Erica Johnston  | April 28, 2010; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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Mother of baby who overdosed convicted

The mother of a five-month-old boy who overdosed on heroin was convicted Wednesday of felony child neglect.

By Washington Post editors  | April 28, 2010; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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Gandhi calls teacher deal not acceptable

D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi has told D.C. officials that he will not approve a proposed teacher contract unless Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee finds public funds, rather than private donations, to fund raises, said a top D.C. official with detailed knowledge of the issue.

By Washington Post editors  | April 28, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  Adrian Fenty, Chief financial officer, Grant, Michelle Rhee  
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Ventilation shaft collapses in Dupont

Fortunately, nobody was hurt when a ventilation shaft broke from the side of a building Wednesday afternoon near the 1800 Cafe in Dupont Circle, though some cars were damaged. Alert staffers at the Sunlight Foundation filmed it all, and the...

By Washington Post editors  | April 28, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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McDonnell reverses policy on prayers

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has quietly reversed a policy banning Virginia State Police troopers from referring to Jesus Christ in public prayers, according to reporter Anita Kumar.

By Washington Post editors  | April 28, 2010; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Bob McDonnell, Christianity, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Virginia, Virginia State Police  
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Store owner beaten in robbery to retire

A jewelry store owner in Kensington who tried to defend himself from armed robbers said Wednesday that he will close his business, WUSA 9 reports. Sandro Vendemmia, 77, told the TV station that he wants to sell his inventory and...

By Washington Post editors  | April 28, 2010; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Va. 2-year-old hospitalized after accident

A 2-year-old child is hospitalized after being struck by a vehicle in Manassas Tuesday, ABC 7 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | April 28, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Hospital, Law, Police  
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D.C. partnership will help people save

A D.C. public-private partnership is aiming to help 10,000 District residents set up bank accounts. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty launched the Bank on D.C. program Wednesday. In a news release, he says some 37,000 households in the District — about...

By Washington Post editors  | April 28, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Bank account, Banking Services, Banks and Institutions, Business, Financial Services  
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Court empowering D.C. tenants

D.C. court officials are making it easier for tenants to sue landlords over housing code violations. The program launched Wednesday at D.C. Superior Court allows tenants to raise such claims on an expedited basis. The court says cases on the...

By Washington Post editors  | April 28, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Tags:  Housing, Landlord, Lawsuit, Superior Court of the District of Columbia  
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'Miracle on Hudson' crew honored

The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum is honoring the flight crew that safely landed a disabled jet with 150 passengers in the Hudson River last year. Captain Chesley Sullenberger and the US Airways crew are to receive the museum's...

By Washington Post editors  | April 28, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fenty says D.C. helping with Height events

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty tried to quash rumors Wednesday that his administration was not cooperative in assisting with the events honoring civil and women’s rights icon Dorothy I. Height, who died last week.

By Washington Post editors  | April 28, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  DC, Traffic and Transportation  | Tags:  Adrian Fenty, Dorothy Height, Eleanor Holmes Norton, National Council of Negro Women, Women's rights  
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Bomb threat diverts Dulles-bound plane

A plane headed to Dulles International Airport from Houston Wednesday morning was diverted to an airport in North Carolina after a bomb threat was found written on a bathroom mirror, the News & Record reports.

By Washington Post editors  | April 28, 2010; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  | Tags:  Continental Airlines, News & Record, North Carolina  
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Skinner to testify again before D.C. Council

Businessman Sinclair Skinner is scheduled to reappear before the D.C. Council on Wednesday afternoon for additional testimony in the ongoing special investigation into recreation construction contracts awarded to his and another firm with ties to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D).

By Washington Post Editors  | April 28, 2010; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  Adrian Fenty, District of Columbia Council, John A. Wilson Building, Sinclair Skinner  
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24 arrested on drug charges in Md.

Anne Arundel County police have charged two dozen people with drug offenses after a six-month investigation in the Brooklyn Park area.

By Washington Post editors  | April 28, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Anne Arundel, Anne Arundel County Maryland, Cocaine, Crime, Maryland, Police  
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Bono, Clinton to be honored Wednesday

Bono's back in town, Click Track reports.

By Washington Post editors  | April 28, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  Atlantic Council, Bill Clinton, Northern Ireland, Ritz-Carlton  
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Virginia will get snowstorm aid

President Obama has declared a disaster for parts of Virginia affected by a February snowstorm, clearing the way for federal aid. Federal funding is available to state and local governments and some private nonprofit organizations to pay for damage to...

By Washington Post editors  | April 28, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Injured bald eagle finds new home

A bald eagle with a damaged beak has a new name and a permanent home at the Virginia Wildlife Center. The eagle, formerly known as patient No. 08-0887, is now called Buddy. The wildlife center said Tuesday that Buddy is...

By Washington Post editors  | April 28, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Bald Eagle, Gardens, Norfolk Botanical Garden, United States, Wildlife  
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National Zoo's panda -- not pregnant

The National Zoo announced Wednesday morning that its female giant panda, Mei Xiang, is not pregnant.

By Washington Post editors  | April 28, 2010; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  China, Giant Panda, Mei Xiang, Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Tai Shan, Tian Tian  
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D.C. bill would block fingerprinting

Some D.C. Council members are looking to prevent police from joining a federal fingerprinting program that allows authorities to check the immigration status of people they arrest, WJLA reports. Council members Phil Mendelson and Jim Graham are sponsoring a bill...

By Washington Post editors  | April 28, 2010; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Tags:  Immigration, Jim Graham, Law, Law Enforcement, Phil Mendelson, Police  
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Plane from Frederick crashes in Kentucky

A plane traveling from Frederick to Mississippi crashed in eastern Kentucky Tuesday evening, The Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

By Washington Post editors  | April 28, 2010; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland, Traffic and Transportation  | Tags:  Civil Air Patrol, Kentucky, Lexington Herald-Leader  
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Prince William Co. adopts budget

Prince William County supervisors on Tuesday formally approved the county's $844 million general fund budget for fiscal 2011 that included a modest tax rate increase, as well as enough money to keep all of the county's libraries open, the Washington...

By Washington Post editors  | April 28, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Police investigate Laurel homicide

Prince George’s County police are investigating a homicide Tuesday night in the Laurel area of the county. The victim, who apparently had been shot, was found about 9 p.m. in the 8900 block of Finchley Lane. Further details were...

By Erica Johnston  | April 27, 2010; 10:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Young brothers foil attempted abduction

A man tried to abduct a 5-year old boy from a residential neighborhood in Prince William County on Monday, the county police said. They said the boy and his 9-year-old brother had left a friend’s house in the Bristow...

By Erica Johnston  | April 27, 2010; 9:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Thousands pay respects to Dorothy Height

Thousands of people -- young and old, famous and not so -- crowded to the headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women in the District Tuesday night to honor civil rights icon Dorothy Height. Former D.C. mayor Sharon...

By Erica Johnston  | April 27, 2010; 8:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. council to consider Arizona resolution

The D.C. Council plans to take up a resolution as early as next Tuesday calling on the city government to stop doing business with the state of Arizona because of that state’s recently enacted immigration reform law. Although the...

By Erica Johnston  | April 27, 2010; 8:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Armored car guard held up in NE D.C.

Update, 10:37 p.m.: D.C. police have confirmed that money was stolen in the hold-up of an armored-truck guard Tuesday night in Northeast. Police said the thieves seized bags of cash before fleeing. The amount of money involved was not...

By Erica Johnston  | April 27, 2010; 7:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Georgetown man films noisy neighbors

A Georgetown resident, fed up with some of his noisy young neighbors, is taking a novel approach to striking back, Campus Overload reports.

By Washington Post editors  | April 27, 2010; 5:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Orange signaling a return to D.C. Council?

Former D.C. council member Vincent Orange (Ward 5) resigned Tuesday from his job as a vice president at Pepco, signaling that he is preparing to run for council chairman in the Democratic primary in September, D.C. Wire reports.

By Washington Post editors  | April 27, 2010; 5:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Kwame R. Brown, Pepco Holdings, Vincent Orange  
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Five-vehicle accident in Bowie closes road

Route 197 in the Bowie area is closed between Route 450 and Old Chapel Road after a five-vehicle crash in the area left as many as 10 people with injuries, Crime Scene is reporting.

By Washington Post editors  | April 27, 2010; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Utility lines cause school bus delay

About 40 Hyattsville Middle School students will be delayed getting home after their bus ran into some low hanging power lines, Crime Scene reports.

By Washington Post editors  | April 27, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation  | Tags:  Bus, Bus driver  
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Search for would-be robbers in MoCo

Police officers aided by police dogs were searching the area around Sandro Jewelry Boutique, in the 3700 block of Howard Avenue along "Antique Row" in Kensington for robbery suspects, said Sgt. C. Thomas Jordan, a Montgomery County police spokesman. A...

By Washington Post editors  | April 27, 2010; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DDOT to preview new streetcars

The public will be able to take a tour of one of the District's much-talked about streetcars next week.

By Washington Post editors  | April 27, 2010; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation  | Tags:  Construction, Neighborhoods, Recreation, Roads and Highways, United States, Washington DC, Wireless  
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U.S. Sens. want to repeal D.C. gun laws

Two U.S. senators plan to introduce legislation Tuesday that would repeal most of the District’s gun laws and restrict the D.C. Council from regulating firearms.

By Washington Post editors  | April 27, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  | Tags:  Arizona, Council of the District of Columbia, D.C. Council, John McCain, Legislation, Supreme Court of the United States  
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Transit workers rally Hill for more funding

Thousands of transit workers from across the country rallied on Capitol Hill on Tuesday afternoon to call for greater and more flexible federal funding for the nation's ailing public transport systems.

By Washington Post editors  | April 27, 2010; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  | Tags:  Amalgamated Transit Union, Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, New Jersey, Public transport, Transport Workers Union of America  
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Disabled protest for more in-home care

Dozens of disabled protesters, mostly in wheelchairs, are demanding that more federal funding goes to in-home care services.

By Washington Post editors  | April 27, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  American Health Care Association, Disability, Home care, Nursing home  
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Deal finalized for sale of Wizards

The Abe Pollin family has finalized a deal with Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis to sell him the family’s share of the Washington Wizards and Verizon Center, the family announced in a statement today. -- Thomas Heath...

By Thomas Heath  | April 27, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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O'Malley begins campaigning in Baltimore

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) Tuesday made Baltimore the first stop of a whirlwind three-day tour kicking off his re-election campaign, reporter Aaron C. Davis tells us.

By Washington Post editors  | April 27, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Baltimore, Martin O'Malley, Maryland, Politics, Prince George, Prince George's County Maryland  
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3 charged in threatening teen campers

Three men who allegedly held machetes to the throats of a group of teenage campers face assault and robbery charges in Frederick County. Twenty-one-year-old Zachary Lee of Hagerstown, 21-year-old Nicholas Cann of Frederick and 22-year-old George Carroll of Frederick have...

By Washington Post editors  | April 27, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags:  Frederick, Frederick County Maryland, Maryland, Monocacy River, Police, Tuscarora  
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McDonnell confirms Grumman move to VA

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) said Tuesday that the state is giving Northrop Grumman$12 million to $14 million in grants and cash incentives to lure the defense giant's headquarters to Northern Virginia, Virginia Politics reports.

By Washington Post editors  | April 27, 2010; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Bob McDonnell, Los Angeles, Northern Virginia, Northrop Grumman, WTOP  
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Ex-Graham aide pleads not guilty

Ted G. Loza, former chief of staff for D.C. Council member Jim Graham, Tuesday morning pleaded not guilty to charges that he accepted or solicited bribes in exchange for pursuing legislation favorable to the taxicab industry, Crime Scene reports.

By Washington Post editors  | April 27, 2010; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  Council of the District of Columbia, Jim Graham, Limousine, Solicitation, Taxicab  
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City Paper has a new chief

The Washington City Paper has a new head honcho.

By Washington Post editors  | April 27, 2010; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  Editing, Erik Wemple, Washington City Paper, Washington DC  
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Va. to revisit blue crab harvest rules

Virginia regulators are scheduled to review harvest regulations for blue crab following a survey that found the Chesapeake Bay delicacy is rebounding after years of decline. The Virginia Marine Resources Commission meets Tuesday in Newport News to discuss the survey...

By Washington Post editors  | April 27, 2010; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Blue crab, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, Newport News Virginia, Population, United States, Virginia, Virginia Marine Resources Commission  
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Conviction overturned in cell phone killing

Maryland's second-highest court has thrown out the murder conviction of an Annapolis man accused of shooting a man after a dispute over a cell phone, The Daily Record reports. Monday's ruling by the Court of Special Appeals raised the question...

By Washington Post editors  | April 27, 2010; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Frederick, a celeb hotspot?

Capitol Hill isn't the only place in the region to catch a star.

By Washington Post editors  | April 27, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Harrison Ford, Jon & Kate Plus 8, Jon Gosselin, Kate Gosselin, Reality television  
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Montgomery may raise parking fees

Montgomery County officials are toying with the idea of raising parking fees by a dime and charging for parking on Saturdays, WJLA reports. The proposal would increase meter fees in Bethesda from 65 cents to 75 cents an hour. Monthly...

By Washington Post editors  | April 27, 2010; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Bethesda Maryland, Counties, Montgomery County, Montgomery County Maryland  
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President to deliver eulogy for Height

President Barack Obama is expected to deliver the eulogy Thursday at the funeral for civil rights leader Dorothy Height, according to the Root.

By Washington Post editors  | April 27, 2010; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  Barack Obama, Civil and political rights, Dorothy Height, Washington National Cathedral  
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Md. mom may face deportation

A 26-year-old Maryland mother of three children is at the center of a deportation fight that is being used to highlight a new law enforcement tool critics claim is being misused to target illegal immigrants, Fox 5 reports. Florinda...

By Washington Post editors  | April 27, 2010; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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Flags to be flown at half-staff for Height

American flags will be flown at half-staff at the White House and other federal buildings throughout the country Thursday, in memory of civil rights icon Dorothy Height, President Obama announced Monday.

By Erica Johnston  | April 26, 2010; 7:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Northrop Grumman headed for Virginia

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and Northrop Grumman will announce Tuesday that the defense giant has selected Virginia over Maryland for its corporate headquarters, the Virginia Politics blog is reporting.

By Washington Post editors  | April 26, 2010; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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New arrest in D.C. mass shooting

The D.C. Police just issued the following news release: The Metropolitan Police Department announced today that an additional arrest has been made in the shootings that occurred on South Capitol Street on March 30, 2010. Twenty-one year old Jeffrey D....

By Washington Post editors  | April 26, 2010; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Homeless man set on fire in Va.

Police in Fredericksburg, Va., are searching for the person who set a homeless man on fire as he slept under the Chatham Bridge early Saturday morning, NBC 4 reports. A passerby saw the victim walking on William Street after the...

By Washington Post editors  | April 26, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg Virginia, Law Enforcement, Police, Virginia  
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Plane makes emergency landing at DCA

A US Airways flight headed to Washington from Boston made an emergency landing at Reagan National Airport Monday after encountering minor mechanical problems, aviation officials said.

By Washington Post editors  | April 26, 2010; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  | Tags:  Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, US Airways  
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Andy Park leaves WMAL radio

WMAL radio released a statement Monday saying that its longtime morning host and traffic reporter Andy Parks is no longer with the station, Politically Illustrated reports.

By Washington Post editors  | April 26, 2010; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Md.'s native crayfish population declining

According to a new study by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, several species of native Maryland crayfish are declining because of the spread of invasive crayfish. Jay Kilian, a DNR biologist and study author, says Maryland is now home...

By Washington Post editors  | April 26, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Anacostia gets new library

D.C. opened the new $14.7 million Anacostia Public Library Monday, the D.C. Wire reports.

By Washington Post editors  | April 26, 2010; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Clinton visit to VMI postponed

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's appearance at Virginia Military Institute has been postponed until the fall.

By Washington Post editors  | April 26, 2010; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Civil and political rights, Dorothy Height, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Howard University, Virginia Military Institute, Washington DC  
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Fred Smoot to bring Waffle House to D.C.

Fred Smoot may no longer be a Redskin, but he's not cutting his ties to D.C.

By Washington Post editors  | April 26, 2010; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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GWU may boost student aid pool

After receiving a record amount of financial aid appeals this year, a top George Washington University administrator will recommend an additional $5 million be added to the amount of financial aid allocated for the 2010-2011 school year, The GW Hatchet...

By Washington Post editors  | April 26, 2010; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Md. ranks 6th in mortgage fraud

According to a new report, Maryland ranked sixth-worst in the nation last year for mortgage fraud, the Baltimore Sun reports. The state had 36 percent more reported fraud cases than the national average in 2009, the Mortgage Asset Research Institute...

By Washington Post editors  | April 26, 2010; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Tags:  Business, Florida, Fraud, Maryland, Mortgage, Mortgage fraud, United States  
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Police seek possible witness to shooting

Washington-area police are searching for a man believed to be a witness to the shooting death of a college student in Texas.

By Washington Post editors  | April 26, 2010; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  Houston, Texas, Texas Southern University  
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D.C. officer struck by vehicle

D.C. Fire and EMS report that a police officer has been struck by a vehicle at the scene of a trash truck fire on I-395 near South Capitol Street.

By Washington Post editors  | April 26, 2010; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Traffic and Transportation  | Tags:  Police officer, South Capitol Street, Truck  
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New rules for D.C.'s pedicabs

D.C.'s pedicabs would have to follow new safety rules under a plan proposed by the District's Department of Transportation, the Washington Business Journal reports. The three-wheeled bicycles would be allowed to operate only on public streets and in accordance...

By Washington Post editors  | April 26, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Man struck in throat by softball dies

A man died Saturday afternoon after being hit in the throat by a line drive during a softball game in Virginia, Leesburg Today reports.

By Washington Post editors  | April 26, 2010; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Inova Fairfax Hospital, Loudoun County Virginia, Virginia  
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UDC signs lease in NoMa

The Community College of the District of Columbia made its move off of the University of the District of Columbia’s Van Ness campus official Friday, when school officials signed a lease for a nine-story building two blocks from Union Station,...

By Washington Post editors  | April 26, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Tags:  Community college, University of the District of Columbia, Washington DC  
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Va. man charged with 5 bank robberies

An Alexandria man who was once arrested with a bag of stolen cash while he waited on a Metro train has been indicted on five felony counts of bank robbery, the Washington Examiner reports.

By Washington Post editors  | April 26, 2010; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  | Tags:  Alexandria Virginia, Bank robbery, Northern Virginia, Robbery, Virginia  
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Potomac River boaters found safe

Frederick County authorities say three boaters were found safe on the Potomac River after they had motor trouble just as the weather turned ominous and storms moved through the area.

By Washington Post editors  | April 26, 2010; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Frederick, Frederick County, Potomac River  
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Alleged sexual assault at GMU

George Mason University police are investigating an alleged sex assault on campus, WUSA reports. Campus officials say they don't believe there is a threat to the campus community. Campus officials say the freshman was acquainted with her attacker. Fairfax County...

By Washington Post editors  | April 26, 2010; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Storms down trees, knock out power

Strong thunderstorms downed trees and power lines and left hundreds without electricity in the region. Pepco reports about 450 customers — mostly in Prince George's County — without power on Monday morning. Since the storms started moving through the area...

By Washington Post Editors  | April 26, 2010; 7:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Washington Times publisher leaving

Washington Times President and Publisher Jonathan Slevin is leaving the paper. Times spokesman Don Meyer says Slevin's contract will be allowed to expire Friday. He said the paper is looking for a replacement. The Times was founded in 1982 and...

By Washington Post Editors  | April 25, 2010; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Scantily clad women to protest in D.C.

Who would have ever thought that a Shiite cleric's claim would inspire "Boobquake?" Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi earlier this month warned worshipers: "Women who do not dress modestly . . . lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery...

By Editor  | April 25, 2010; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  DC  
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Fire truck crashes with kids onboard

A group of eight children exploring a fire truck went for an unexpected ride Saturday in Pasadena. The Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company was holding a demonstration when the truck's emergency brake released, and the truck rolled down a hill...

By Washington Post Editors  | April 25, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Earth Day concert kicks off on The Mall

Events marking the 40th Earth Day culminate Sunday in an all-day concert and rally featuring Sting, John Legend, Jimmy Cliff and others. The Climate Rally began at 11 a.m. on the National Mall and is scheduled to last until 7...

By Washington Post Editors  | April 25, 2010; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Silver Spring man stabbed in Wheaton

A 27-year-old Silver Spring man was stabbed in Wheaton early Saturday after the car he was riding in was rammed by another vehicle, Montgomery County police said. They said the victim was in a 1998 Honda that was rammed...

By Terri Rupar  | April 25, 2010; 12:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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