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GW student dies after fall from dorm

A George Washington University student has died after falling from a dormitory window. University president Steven Knapp announced the student's death during commencement on Sunday, and graduates observed a moment of silence. Taylor Hubbard of Lexington Park, Md., fell out...

By Terri Rupar  | May 15, 2010; 6:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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30 students injured in Va. deck collapse

Nearly 30 Washington and Lee University students were injured when a deck collapsed at an off-campus house. Rockbridge County Emergency Management Coordinator Robert Foresman says rescue crews got a call around 11:20 p.m. Friday about the collapse of the wooden...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 15, 2010; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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3 children die in Cecil County house fire

Maryland fire investigators says three children are dead and their mother is in critical condition after an early morning fire in Cecil County. The State Fire Marshal's office says the children's mother, 29-year-old Jewel Johnson, reported the fire at the...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 15, 2010; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Rev. gives final grad speech at Catholic U.

The Very Rev. David M. O’Connell delivered his final commencement speech as president of the Catholic University of America on Saturday, telling 1,400 graduates to "to do something great." O’Connell, 55, is one of the longest-serving college or university presidents...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 15, 2010; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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McDonnell won't stop Va. execution

Gov. Bob McDonnell has denied clemency for a Virginia man convicted in two separate shooting deaths. McDonnell said Saturday he found no compelling reason to stop Thursday's scheduled execution of 37-year old Darick Demorris Walker. Walker was convicted of killing...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 15, 2010; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Man shot in buttocks in SE

A man was shot and wounded late Friday in Southeast Washington, D.C. police said. They said the man was shot in the buttocks in the 600 block of 46th Place. The 11 p.m. attack occurred outdoors in the Benning Ridge...

By Terri Rupar  | May 14, 2010; 11:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Pedestrian critically hurt on N.J. Ave. NW

A pedestrian was struck by a car and critically injured Friday night in downtown Washington, authorities said. The incident occurred about 9:30 p.m. in the 800 block of New Jersey Avenue NW. The man was taken to a hospital...

By Terri Rupar  | May 14, 2010; 10:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tornado warning in Arundel canceled

A tornado warning is in effect for northeastern Anne Arundel County until 7:45 p.m. The National Weather Service advises residents to take cover. It listed locations that could be affected as including Riveria Beach, Arnold, Lake Shore, Fort Smallwood State...

By Terri Rupar  | May 14, 2010; 7:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hail, funnel clouds reported in area

UPDATED, 7:53 p.m. Funnel clouds were reported in Southern Maryland on Friday night, as the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for southeastern Prince George’s County, and much of the southern Maryland area. The warning followed one in northeastern...

By Terri Rupar  | May 14, 2010; 6:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Fire in bathroom near Wash. Monument

A small fire broke out on the Washington Monument grounds during Friday evening’s rush hour, authorities said. The fire, in a restroom near 15th Street NW and Independence Avenue, was quickly extinguished and appeared accidental, said D.C. Fire and Emergency...

By Terri Rupar  | May 14, 2010; 6:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Chlorine water treatment to end

The Washington Aqueduct water treatment plants will return Tuesday to using chloramine -- chlorine plus ammonia -- to disinfect water.

By Washington Post editors  | May 14, 2010; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Chlorine, Disinfectant, Drinking water, Washington Aqueduct, Water purification  
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Sunny now, thunderstorms later

f you haven't been outside this beautiful Friday, go now! After less than Spring-like temperatures this week -- that would be anything below 68 -- the Washington area is experiencing temps in the 80s.

By Washington Post editors  | May 14, 2010; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  Cold front, Thunderstorm, Weather  
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Block the bridges into D.C.?

A D.C. candidate vying for a seat in Congress says federal lawmakers need to know how serious the city is about achieving statehood.

By Washington Post editors  | May 14, 2010; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Tags:  Congress, District of Columbia voting rights, Eleanor Holmes Norton, House, Puerto Rico, United States Congress, Washington DC  
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Body found near D.C. police headquarters

D.C. police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found across the street from police headquarters Friday.

By Washington Post editors  | May 14, 2010; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  | Tags:  Death, Nicholas Breul, Police  
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AU plans to be carbon neutral by 2020

American University says it plans to be carbon neutral by 2020. That means the university plans to cut emissions of greenhouse gases from activities such as heating and cooling its buildings, or offset them through other actions.

By Washington Post editors  | May 14, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  Electricity, Energy, Greenhouse gas, Renewable, Renewable energy, Wind power  
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Pr. Geo. won't appeal court ruling

Prince George's County officials have decided not to seek further appeal in a court battle against a Laurel church that was awarded $3.7 million from a jury in 2008, Jonathan Mummolo reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 14, 2010; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Church, Jack B. Johnson, Prince George, Prince George's County Maryland, Seventh-day Adventist Church, Washington Post  
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Woman stabs man at Shaw Metro station

C. Fire and EMS is reporting that they are transporting two patients to the hospital following a stabbing at 7th Street NW. Metro and D.C. police are investigating.

By Washington Post editors  | May 14, 2010; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Traffic and Transportation  
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Guilty plea in Va. hostage case

A Tennessee man could face life in prison after pleading guilty to holding three people hostage at a post office in Virginia last year.

By Washington Post editors  | May 14, 2010; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  | Tags:  Tennessee, U.S. Postal Service, United States Postal Service, Virginia  
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Bullet strikes teen in Frederick in head

Police in Frederick say a teenager suffered a minor head wound from a bullet that was fired at a home in the 400 block of Heather Ridge Drive.

By Washington Post editors  | May 14, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  Bullet, Frederick Maryland, House, Law Enforcement, Police  
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Va. tax holiday on hurricane items

Virginia residents can get a jump on hurricane season and save money at the same time.

By Washington Post editors  | May 14, 2010; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Sales tax, Tax, Tax exemption  
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Unleash the hounds -- after an hour

A proposed ordinance in Alexandria would bar dog owners from tethering their pets outside for more than an hour.

By Washington Post editors  | May 14, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  | Tags:  Alexandria Virginia, Animal welfare, City Council, Dog, Mayor, Pet, Restaurant  
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Alcohol likely factor in death of 2-year-old

Prince George's County police say that alcohol, speed and wet road conditions were likely factors in a single-car accident in which a 2-year-old girl was killed Wednesday, ABC 7 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 14, 2010; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  Landover Maryland, Prince George, Prince George's County Maryland  
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A little Bollywood for D.C.

The Asia Heritage Foundation is celebrating its 5th Annual National Asian Heritage Festival by getting 300 or more people to do a Bollywood style flash mob dance in downtown D.C.

By Washington Post editors  | May 14, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  Asia, Bollywood, Dance, Flashmob, Pennsylvania Avenue  
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MoCo cuts could affect park police

The Maryland National Capital Park Police force could see a reduction in officers under a proposal to cut Montgomery County's budget, NBC 4 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 14, 2010; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  Isiah Leggett, Maryland, Maryland National Capital Park Police, Montgomery, Montgomery County Maryland, Police officer  
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Alexandria fire injures one

One person was taken to Washington Hospital Center following a fire in Alexandria Thursday night, WUSA9 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 14, 2010; 8:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Alexandria, Condominium, Firefighter, High-rise, Washington  
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Chandra Levy slay suspect due in court

A man charged in the killing of federal intern Chandra Levy is scheduled to appear in court.

By Washington Post editors  | May 14, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  | Tags:  Chandra Levy, Court, Murder, Rock Creek Park, Superior court, Washington D.C.  
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Add a little Style to your life

Want a little Style in your life? Come out and meet writers, editors and columnists from the Post's Style section and find out just what is Style.

By Washington Post editors  | May 14, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  Arts, Chats and Forums, Writer  
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4 students ill after smoking substance

Four West Springfield High School students were sent to a hospital Thursday after they apparently became ill from smoking an unknown substance at school, Fairfax County officials said. Rescue and hazmat crews responded to a call of four students possibly...

By Terri Rupar  | May 14, 2010; 12:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Injured construction worker dies

Update, 11:55 p.m.: The construction worker died late Thursday night at Washington Hospital Center, Montgomery county police said. Earlier: A construction worker was critically injured Thursday when he fell from the second floor of a Laytonsville home, Montgomery county authorities...

By Erica Johnston  | May 13, 2010; 8:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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5 cars collide near D.C.-Pr. George's line

Five cars collided Thursday evening, injuring several people on Route 50 near the District's border with Prince George's county, authorities said. At least five people suffered injuries that were not believed to be life threatening in the incident near...

By Erica Johnston  | May 13, 2010; 7:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Maryland  
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Up, up and.... whoa

The Air Show returns to Andrews Air Force Base Friday, offering the public an opportunity to check out the Blue Angels, F-22's and other air and land performers. But the Post's very own and very brave Anna Uhls got to go where few would dare -- and those of us with weak stomachs wouldn't think of going.

By Washington Post editors  | May 13, 2010; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  | Tags:  Air Show, AirForce, Blue Angels, Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility  
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Howard Co. wants to be winery- friendly

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman announced Thursday that he will introduce an amendment to current zoning regulations that would make it easier for property owners to grow grapes and open wineries in the county.

By Washington Post editors  | May 13, 2010; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Drink, Grape, United States, Wine, Winery  
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WSSC customers to pay more

Montgomery and Prince George’s county residents will pay an average $13.80 more per quarter for water and sewer services beginning July 1 as part of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission's new $1.1-billion budget approved Thursday.

By Washington Post editors  | May 13, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  County council, Prince George, Sewage treatment, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission  
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Calvert Cliffs reactor shuts down

A spokesman for the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant says one of its two reactors has shut down automatically after the unit's link to the regional power grid apparently failed. Spokesman David Fitz said the reactor at the Southern Maryland...

By Washington Post editors  | May 13, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, Electrical grid, Electricity, Nuclear, Nuclear power, Power station, Southern Maryland  
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'Top Chef: Washington' premiers in June

DCist reports that 'Top Chef: Washington' will premier June 16 at 9 p.m. According to an announcement from the cable network Bravo, the season will feature guest appearances from D.C. types like Buzz Aldrin, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, White House...

By Washington Post editors  | May 13, 2010; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Buzz Aldrin, DCist, Joe Scarborough, Nancy Pelosi, Top Chef  
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U-Md. students charged with rioting

University of Maryland Police have charged six students with disorderly conduct, arson and rioting in connection with fires that were started following the March basketball game against Duke University, WUSA 9 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 13, 2010; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  University of Maryland College Park, duke university, fires, rioting, route 1  
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Last of the Follies girls

Doris Eaton Travis proved that you're never too old to tackle new ventures -- and her case, too young either.

By Washington Post editors  | May 13, 2010; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Broadway theatre, Doris Eaton Travis, Theatre, Travis, Washington, Ziegfeld Follies  
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Hastings the harbor seal goes home

Officials with the National Aquarium in Baltimore announced that a young male harbor seal that was found stranded in Ocean City in January was released back into the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday.

By Washington Post editors  | May 13, 2010; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Aquarium, Atlantic Ocean, Harbor Seal, Hastings, National Aquarium, National Aquarium in Baltimore  
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Va. students taken to hospital

Three West Springfield High School students have been taken from class to a hospital, ABC 7 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 13, 2010; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Education, High school, K through 12, Student, West Springfield High School  
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Man with fake papers arrested at Dulles

A Bolivian man was arrested Thursday at Dulles International Airport for allegedly posing as a U.S. citizen, said officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Juan Condori Sejas, 51, was arrested by agents after he attempted to use a Puerto...

By Washington Post editors  | May 13, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  U.S. Customs and Border Protection, fake birth certificate and immigrants  
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Vigil for fallen officers to be held in D.C.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is leading a ceremony Thursday to honor fallen law enforcement officers from across the country.

By Washington Post editors  | May 13, 2010; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano, Law, Law Enforcement, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, Police, United States Secretary of Homeland Security  
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D.C. could set marriage record

Same-sex marriage has been legal in the District for only about two months, but the city is on track to set a record for marriages this year, WTOP reports. The D.C. Superior Court has issued more than 2,000 marriage licenses....

By Washington Post editors  | May 13, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Same-sex marriage, dc marriage licenses, district of columbia, gay marriage  
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Nightclubs seek another look at strip laws

The owners of three Virginia nightclubs are challenging state laws that prohibit stripping and topless dancing at clubs that serve mixed drinks.

By Washington Post editors  | May 13, 2010; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  | Tags:  Nightclub, Virginia  
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Visits to Maryland increased in 2009

Maryland was one of five states nationwide that saw their number of visitors rise in 2009, according to figures released Tuesday by the Maryland Office of Tourism, The Baltimore Sun reports. The report by D.K. Shifflet & Associates of McLean,...

By Washington Post editors  | May 13, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Baltimore, Business, District of Columbia, Maryland, McLean Virginia, United States, Washington DC  
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Arlington wants to remake Crystal City

Arlington County officials are preparing to spend millions of dollars on Crystal City during the next five years as the Army's plan to relocate thousands of area workers has threatened to sap the life from the neighborhood, The Washington Examiner...

By Washington Post editors  | May 13, 2010; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Arlington, Arlington County, Arlington County Virginia, Crystal City, Travel and Tourism, Virginia  
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Traffic delays on Rte. 1 in Howard

Motorists should expect lane closures and traffic delays along Route 1 on Thursday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Howard County police say. Police officers and supporters of the Law Enforcement Memorial Run traveling from Philadelphia to Washington will be...

By Washington Post editors  | May 13, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Howard County, Howard County Maryland, Maryland, Police, Prince George, United States  
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Pit bull attacks off-duty cop

Isaiah Harrison, a police officer with the Federal Reserve, was walking 17-month-old Little Stewie, his 11-pound Yorkshire terrier-poodle mix, near his home in Ellicott City on Sunday when a pit bull appeared in front of them and attacked, The Baltimore...

By Washington Post editors  | May 13, 2010; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Pit Bull  
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GWU goes 'green' for graduation

This Sunday, students at George Washington University will graduate in a planet friendly way, NBC 4 reports. The gowns worn by the class of 2010 at commencement Sunday will be made with Renew Fabric -- a cloth spun from recycled...

By Washington Post editors  | May 13, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  Climate change, George Washington University, Sustainability  
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Carrier gets backing for Montgomery board

Francoise Carrier, head of Montgomery County's hearing examiner's office, appeared Wednesday to have won backing from a majority of the County Council in her bid for planning board chairman. "I think it will be unanimous and by acclamation," said Council...

By Washington Post editors  | May 13, 2010; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Thieves target Rock Creek neighborhood

Extra police officers are patrolling the Rock Creek area trying to find thieves who camp in the woods as they wait to break into houses, WJLA reports. It is a quiet little neighborhood with streets that dead end into scenic...

By Washington Post editors  | May 13, 2010; 6:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Too much OT may be bad for health

Folks who logged three or more hours of OT had a 60 percent higher risk of heart-related problems. Those problems included non-fatal heart attacks, angina and death due to heart disease, WTOP reports. The study followed 10,000 British civil servants,...

By Washington Post editors  | May 13, 2010; 6:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags:  Cardiovascular Disorders, Civil service, Conditions and Diseases, Health, Heart disease, Occupational safety and health, Research  
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Man shot in head in NW D.C.

A man was shot in the head in Northwest Washington Wednesday night, D.C. police said. The victim was found unconscious in a car in a courtyard near 1st and K streets about 10:30 p.m., officials said. Police heard the gunfire,...

By Erica Johnston  | May 12, 2010; 10:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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Man shot in SE D.C.

A man was shot in the leg on a Southeast Washington sidewalk, D.C. police said. Police found the victim with the non-life-threatening wound in the 2000 block of Naylor Road about 8:40 p.m., said Officer Hugh Carew, a police...

By Erica Johnston  | May 12, 2010; 10:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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2-year-old dies in Prince George's crash

A 2-year-old girl was killed Wednesday night when she was thrown from her car seat after her mother lost control of their car and hit several trees in the Landover area, Prince George's County police said. The Chrysler sedan...

By Erica Johnston  | May 12, 2010; 9:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Shot fired at Fairfax school bus

Fairfax County police were questioning a 14-year-old boy who may have shot at a county school bus Wednesday afternoon, while shooting at birds in the Alexandria area, officials said. Just after 3 p.m., a school bus driver heard a...

By Erica Johnston  | May 12, 2010; 8:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Shady Grove Hospital's ER reopens

Update,7:50 p.m.: The emergency room at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital has been reopened after a suspicious substance was determined to be nontoxic. Hospital officials said in a prepared statement that the ER was closed late Wednesday afternoon after a...

By Erica Johnston  | May 12, 2010; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Roger Mudd donates papers

Retired television journalist Roger Mudd has donated his papers to Washington and Lee University. The Lexington school said Wednesday that the papers document Mudd's career, including his work at CBS and NBC. There also are records from journalism courses that...

By Washington Post editors  | May 12, 2010; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  20th century, CBS, Journalism, NBC, Roger Mudd, Washington, Washington & Lee University  
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Howard County assault suspect sought

Howard County police are asking for the public’s help in locating a Gaithersburg man wanted for attempting to kill a female friend and are offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to his apprehension. Police have...

By Washington Post editors  | May 12, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Dodge Ram, Howard County, Howard County Maryland, Maryland  
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Prayer vigil tonight for slain D.C. intern

The Office of D.C. Councilmember Michael Brown announced that Alonte Sutton, the D.C. Council intern who was fatally shot over the weekend, will be honored at a prayer vigil Wednesday evening, Theola Labbé-DeBose reports on The Post's Crime Scene blog....

By Washington Post editors  | May 12, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Council of the District of Columbia, Death, Funeral, Michael Brown, Police, Washington DC  
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Academy will adapt to policy on gays

The head of the U.S. Naval Academy says the school would adapt to a repeal of the military's ban on gays serving openly in the military because basic respect among students is crucial to succeeding. Vice Adm. Jeffrey Fowler told...

By Washington Post editors  | May 12, 2010; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Military, President, United States, United States Naval Academy  
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Cyclist shot in NE D.C. park

A young man was hospitalized in critical condition after he was shot in the head while riding a bike though Marvin Gaye Park in Northeast Washington, NBC 4 reports. The shooting happened just after 1 p.m. Tuesday, close to the...

By Washington Post editors  | May 12, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Herndon climb on its way out?

The head of the U.S. Naval Academy says a traditional climb on a 21-foot obelisk greased with 200 pounds of lard may be on its way out.

By Washington Post editors  | May 12, 2010; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Herndon Monument, Lard, Maryland, Midshipman, Sea trial, U.S. Naval Academy, United States Naval Academy  
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Teen arrested in Howard shooting

A fourth person has been arrested in connection with a shooting in Laurel last month, Howard County police said Wednesday. Dwight Leo Dent II, 17, of Laurel, was arrested Tuesday and is being charged as an adult. He faces two...

By Washington Post editors  | May 12, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Assault, Felony, Howard County Maryland, Maryland, Murder  
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It's official: Orange running for council chair

Surrounded by about a dozen supporters and campaign workers, former D.C. Council member Vincent Orange Wednesday officially declared his candidacy for council chairman, the D.C. Wire reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 12, 2010; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  Adrian Fenty, District of Columbia Council, Kwame R. Brown, Mayor, Vincent C. Gray  
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Bus driver allegedly attacked student

A substitute Loudoun County school bus driver was charged with simple assault after allegedly striking a student who refused to turn down the volume on his iPod, authorities said. Post reporter Maria Glod reports on the Crime Scene blog that...

By Washington Post editors  | May 12, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Tags:  Loudoun County, Loudoun County Virginia, Purcellville Virginia, Virginia  
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Va. woman dies after car hits pond

A Loudoun County woman was killed in a wreck Tuesday night that sent her vehicle into a pond, authorities said Wednesday. Post reporter Dan Morse reports on the Crime Scene blog that two cars collided on Route 7 in the...

By Washington Post editors  | May 12, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Automobile, Loudoun, Loudoun County, Loudoun County Virginia, Virginia  
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Blair Witch signs for sale -- maybe

A Maryland town that has long disdained its ties to the “Blair Witch Project” is now considering selling some coveted artifacts from the 1999 horror film.

By Washington Post editors  | May 12, 2010; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Blair Witch, Blair Witch Project, Horror, Movies  
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Forecast: big hurricane season

With the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season just three weeks away, AccuWeather.com's chief storm forecaster said Tuesday that the East and Gulf coasts should be prepared for as many as five storms with hurricane-force winds, The Baltimore Sun...

By Washington Post editors  | May 12, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  AccuWeather, Hurricane Katrina, Joe Bastardi, Meteorology  
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Alexandria ponders a new waterfront

(photo courtesy of Alexandria Planning Department) Alexandria wants to redevelop its Potomac River waterfront with more open space, restaurants and mixed-use development, WTOP reports. City Planning Director Faroll Hamer says the idea would be to bring more activities to the...

By Washington Post editors  | May 12, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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"Preak On" seeks to boost attendance

Organizers of the Preakness Stakes are trying to bring the party back to the infield. Infield ticket sales for the second leg of the Triple Crown dipped 31 percent last year after organizers banned spectators from bringing their own beer.

By Washington Post editors  | May 12, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Baltimore, Beer, Churchill Downs, Horse racing, Maryland Jockey Club, Preakness Stakes, Triple Crown, sport  
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McDonnell vows law change after murder

University of Virginia President John Casteen vowed on Good Morning America Wednesday morningto change state law next year to help prevent murders like that of 22-year-old U.Va. lacrosse player Yeardley Love, the Virginia Politics blog reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 12, 2010; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  | Tags:  George Huguely, George Stephanopoulos, Good Morning America, Lacrosse, Love, University of Virginia, Virginia  
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Visits to D.C. declined in 2009

New figures show Washington saw a 3 percent decline in visitors last year but could be poised for a recovery in 2010.

By Washington Post editors  | May 12, 2010; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  Business, Hospitality, Hospitality industry, Hotel, Smithsonian Institution, Tourism, Washington  
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Metro's fare surcharge falling short

According to a new Metro report, the extra dime per trip that the transit agency began to charge riders this spring isn't making up for the emergency budget shortfall it was supposed to help solve, the Washington Examiner reports. In...

By Washington Post editors  | May 12, 2010; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Four-year-old saves family from fire

Family members say a four-year-old Maryland boy deserves the credit for saving the family from a devastating house fire, WJLA reports. Four-year-old Kaleb Brawley asked his dad if he could stay up late for Mother's Day. Luckily, Larry Brawley gave...

By Washington Post editors  | May 12, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Man killed overnight in Bowie

A man was shot to death at around midnight Tuesday in a home in Bowie, Prince George's County police said.

By By Debbi Wilgoren  | May 12, 2010; 6:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Man dies in Montgomery County crash

Update, 8:35 p.m.: A 33-year-old man died Thursday night after the SUV he was riding in struck a tree in the Laytonsville area of Montgomery County, authorities said. Earlier: A man was critically injured Thursday and two other people...

By Erica Johnston  | May 11, 2010; 7:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Arrest in intern slaying

A 28-year-old Southeast Washington man was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged in the fatal shooting of the 18-year-old city council intern who was found dead Sunday, D.C. police said. Police said Omare Ishmael Cotton, 28, was charged with first degree...

By Washington Post editors  | May 11, 2010; 6:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Huguely's mom 'devastated and confused'

George Huguely’s mother said in a written statement Tuesday she was “devastated and confused” by the May 3 death of University of Virginia senior Yeardley Love and the subsequent murder charge facing her son.

By Washington Post editors  | May 11, 2010; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  | Tags:  Chevy Chase, Lacrosse, Love, Marta Murphy, Murder, University of Virginia  
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Fake FBI agent pleads guilty

A Massachusetts woman has pleaded guilty to impersonating an FBI agent after fooling her former neighbors in northern Virginia into taking jobs as her assistant.

By Washington Post editors  | May 11, 2010; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  | Tags:  FBI, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Northern Virginia, Plea, Virginia  
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D.C. wants sports fans to pay more

D.C. sports fans may have to pay a little more to watch their teams next fiscal year, the D.C. Wire reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 11, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  Council of the District of Columbia, Department of Parks and Recreation, Parks And Recreation  
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New hospital to be built in Loudoun

HCA Virginia’s longtime plans to build a new Loudoun County hospital were approved Monday evening by the county's Board of Supervisors, the Washington Business Journal reports. HCA’s StoneSpring Medical Center project was announced last April. The board was not expected...

By Washington Post editors  | May 11, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Casteen seeks notification on crimes

University of Virginia President John T. Casteen met with Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) today to ask him to change state law so college officials would be notified if students are arrested.

By Washington Post editors  | May 11, 2010; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  | Tags:  College and University, Lacrosse, Police officer, University of Virginia, Virginia, Women, Women's lacrosse  
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Break dancing, Metro style

Local artist Mad Sole was savvy enough to post a YouTube video of himself and other artists using the Metro system as a stage for break dancing. The dancers use Metro platforms, escalators and even support poles to execute a...

By Washington Post editors  | May 11, 2010; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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UMd. students strip for the homeless

Students at the University of Maryland are dropping down to their drawers Tuesday night to raise money and clothes for College Park's homeless.

By Washington Post editors  | May 11, 2010; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  College Park, Homeless shelter, Homelessness, Student, University of Maryland  
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Zoo bear cubs' names up for vote

The National Zoo's twin Andean bear cubs need names. Zoo officials have selected names, and the public is invited to vote for a favorite. Here are your choices, plus a little insight on each name from zoo officials: For the...

By Washington Post editors  | May 11, 2010; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Tags:  Andes, Angel Falls, Mount Roraima, National Zoo, Peru, Quechua, Smithsonian National Zoological Park, South America, Venezuela  
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Hirshhorn Museum reopens

The Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum reopened Tuesday after a delivery truck broke through a barrier and crashed into the building. It was an incident on the Mall with little, if any, recent precedent. The truck shattered a plate-glass window that forms...

By Washington Post editors  | May 11, 2010; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, National Mall, United Parcel Service  
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Union donates to Vietnam memorial

A labor union is pledging $50,000 for upkeep of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial grounds on the National Mall.

By Washington Post editors  | May 11, 2010; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  National Mall, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund  
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CBF lawsuit against EPA settled

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation announced Tuesday that they have reached an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency to end their lawsuit after the agency agreed to a settlement that requires mandatory pollution reductions across the watershed.

By Washington Post editors  | May 11, 2010; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Chesapeake Bay, Environmental Protection Agency, Lawsuit, United States Environmental Protection Agency  
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Driver's ed required for N.Va. parents

Northern Virginia parents of teenagers will be required to take a 90-minute driver's education course starting next school year before the minors can receive a license. A law passed this year mandates the course in Planning District 8, which includes...

By Washington Post editors  | May 11, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Suburban Hospital fined $25K

Suburban Hospital will pay the Maryland Department of the Environment $25,000 after a radiologist at the Bethesda facility failed to turn in his device on schedule and got overexposed, The Gazette reports. The physician received 5.467 rems of radiation, 0.467...

By Washington Post editors  | May 11, 2010; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags:  Facilities, Health, Health care, Hospital, Medicine, Physician, Radiation Measurement, Radiology  
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McDonnell, Casteen to discuss slaying

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) will meet with the president of the University of Virginia Tuesday to discuss possible changes to the state law so school officials would be notified if a student is arrested.

By Washington Post editors  | May 11, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  | Tags:  Bob McDonnell, Lacrosse, Murder, University of Virginia  
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Meteor spotted in Gaithersburg

Early-morning commuters in Maryland and as far away as Pittsburgh and Massachusetts were startled Monday by what was likely a spectacular meteor that crossed the sky in the pre-dawn darkness, The Baltimore Sun reports. Dawn Teagle Dobbs spotted the fireball...

By Washington Post editors  | May 11, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Md. Marine killed in Afghanistan

Military officials said that Cpl. Kurt S. Shea, a 21-year-old Marine from Frederick, Md., died on Monday in Afghanistan. Shea was killed in Helmand province. Department of Defense officials provided no additional details on how he was killed. Shea was...

By Washington Post editors  | May 11, 2010; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  2nd Marine Division, Afghanistan, Camp Lejeune, Helmand Province, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, United States, United States Department of Defense  
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Bay foundation plans announcement

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says it plans to make a major announcement Tuesday about its suit against the Environmental Protection Agency a day before the federal agency is to release its Chesapeake Bay restoration strategy. The foundation, which put the...

By Washington Post editors  | May 11, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Bernie Fowler, Chesapeake Bay, Chesapeake Bay Program, Environmental Protection Agency, Pollution, United States, United States Environmental Protection Agency  
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Lights out for 4 hours in NW D.C.

Update, 11:43 p.m.: Classes were suspended at a District public high school and hundreds of homes and businesses lost power for hours Tuesday when a cable failed in the North Georgetown/ Foxhall area of Northwest Washington, authorities said. A...

By Erica Johnston  | May 10, 2010; 10:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Truck crashes into Hirshhorn Museum

A delivery truck crashed into the Hirshhorn Museum on Independence Avenue SW Monday night, authorities said. Pete Piringer, a spokesman for the D.C. fire and emergency services department said the driver of the truck may have been injured in the...

By Eric Athas  | May 10, 2010; 9:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Orange line service delayed -- and restored

Metro Orange line service was delayed Monday evening after a man was spotted on the tracks, a Metro spokeswoman said. A train operator reported that the man was walking along the tracks just before 7 p.m. between the Deanwood...

By Erica Johnston  | May 10, 2010; 8:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fire damages house in NW D.C.

Fire damaged a house near the Tenley Circle/ Friendship Heights area of upper Northwest Washington Monday evening, authorities said. The fire was reported about 7 p.m. in the 3800 block of Huntington Street NW, near heavily traveled Reno Road...

By Erica Johnston  | May 10, 2010; 8:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. officer injured during chase

A D.C. police officer was injured Monday evening during a foot chase in the Petworth area of Northwest Washington, police said. The incident occurred about 6 p.m. in the 200 block of Webster Street NW, which is a couple...

By Erica Johnston  | May 10, 2010; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Man stabbed in SE D.C.

D.C. police were investigating a stabbing Tuesday evening in the Anacostia area of Southeast Washington. The victim was stabbed in the stomach near 14th and T Streets SE about 6:45 p.m., and was described as conscious and breathing, police...

By Erica Johnston  | May 10, 2010; 7:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Power restored in Georgetown

D.C. Fire and EMS is reporting that the power is out in the north Georgetown area around Foxhall and Reservoir roads Northwest. Traffic lights in the area are out, says Get There.

By Washington Post editors  | May 10, 2010; 6:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C.'s Webster Gardens to be renovated

District officials announced Monday afternoon that Webster Gardens, the city’s oldest garden-style apartment building, will be renovated into an affordable housing complex using federal money designed to help local and state housing finance agencies fund housing projects stalled during the economic crisis.

By Washington Post editors  | May 10, 2010; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  Affordable housing, Apartment  
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D.C. CFO ready to certify teachers' contract

D.C. chief financial officer Natwar M. Gandhi is said to be ready to certify teachers' contract as fiscally sound, according to reporter Bill Turque. D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee and the Washington Teachers' Union announced in April that they...

By Washington Post editors  | May 10, 2010; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pr. William police threatened via Facebook

A Manassas woman has been arrested for posting threatening statements against the Prince William County Police on Facebook, Fox 5 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 10, 2010; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  | Tags:  Manassas Virginia, Police, Prince William County Virginia  
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Vincent Orange set to run for chairman

It's official -- former D.C. council member Vincent Orange is set to enter the chairman's race Wednesday, his campaign said Monday.

By Washington Post editors  | May 10, 2010; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  Adrian Fenty, Kwame R. Brown, Vincent C. Gray, Vincent Orange, Washington DC  
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SUV strikes man on Oxon Hill sidewalk

A man was struck and critically injured Monday afternoon by an SUV that drove up on the sidewalk of the Eastover Shopping Center in Oxon Hill, Crime Scene reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 10, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation  | Tags:  CVS Caremark, Hospital, Oxon Hill, Oxon Hill Maryland, Sport utility vehicle  
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Va.: Marine dies in accidental shooting

A 20-year-old Marine was killed early Sunday in what authorities said was an accidental shooting at Marine Corps Quantico Base, Maria Glod reports on The Post's Crime Scene blog . Lance Cpl. Kevin P. Grant, of Harvey, Ill., was pronounced...

By Washington Post editors  | May 10, 2010; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Crime Scene, Military, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, United States Marine Corps  
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Twitter fixes 'follower' bug

No, it wasn't something you said. As Erick Schonfeld on the blog TechCrunch puts it: Twitter was all kinds of wacky on Monday. Apparently, an effort to fix a bug that can be used to force people to follow a...

By Washington Post editors  | May 10, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Erick Schonfeld, Online Communities, Social network, TechCrunch, Twitter  
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VMI extends superintendent's contract

Virginia Military Institute's Board of Visitors has extended its superintendent's contract by two years. Superintendent Gen. J. H. Binford Peay III's contract would have expired in 2013. Board President Thomas G. Slater Jr. says the agreement approved Saturday will extend...

By Washington Post editors  | May 10, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Contract, Education, Military, Superintendent, United States  
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Auction for Md. Sept. 11 sculpture set

A 40-foot sculpture in rural Maryland of three New York City firefighters raising the U.S. flag at Ground Zero is being offered on eBay, but there's a catch: You can't take it home. Bidding on the towering tribute to...

By Washington Post editors  | May 10, 2010; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Md. counties seek to track recycling

Several Maryland jurisdictions have found a way to monitor participation in their recycling programs, the Examiner reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 10, 2010; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Environment, Recycling  
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D.C. court dismisses inauguration suit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Friday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the religious elements of President Obama's inauguration, including the inaugural prayers and the phrase "so help me God" in the presidential oath, Courthouse News Service reports....

By Washington Post editors  | May 10, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags:  Inauguration of Barack Obama, Joseph Lowery, Rick Warren, Separation of church and state, United States  
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AARP to co-host job fair at Nats Park

AARP is co-hosting a job and career fair Tuesday, May 11, in the Stars and Stripes Club at Nationals Park, the association announced.

By Washington Post editors  | May 10, 2010; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  AARP, American Association of Retired Persons, Career counseling, Employment, Job fair, Nationals Park  
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Va. college offers rent-a-textbook

The College of William & Mary's bookstore will offer a textbook-rental program starting in the upcoming school year.

By Washington Post editors  | May 10, 2010; 9:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Chegg, Textbook  
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Md. flush with teaching applicants

While they anxiously wait to find out whether their teaching jobs in northern New Jersey will survive that state's budget cuts, Christopher Bell and his wife are beginning to consider where they might go to find employment, the Baltimore Sun...

By Washington Post editors  | May 10, 2010; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Md. spill may offer lessons for the Gulf

A decade after 140,000 gallons of oil leaked into a Patuxent River tributary and became Maryland's worst spill, the water doesn't show a hint of the environmental devastation The Baltimore Sun reports. But wedge a stick into the bottom of...

By Washington Post editors  | May 10, 2010; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Post-prom crash kills Va. teen, injures 4

State police say a King George teenager died and four other youths suffered serious injuries in a single-vehicle crash. Virginia State Police spokesman T. J. Molnar says 16-year-old passenger Anthony Feather died Sunday at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg....

By Washington Post Editors  | May 9, 2010; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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43 arrested on drug charges in St. Mary's

Authorities in St. Mary's County have arrested 43 people on drug charges after a three-day operation that targeted dealers of cocaine, marijuana, PCP, heroin and prescription drugs. The sweep was called “Operation May Flower” and resulted in several search warrants...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 9, 2010; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Serious crashes leave 2 dead, 3 hurt

Two serious crashes in Prince George’s County Saturday night and early Sunday morning left two people dead and a third in critical condition, authorities said. Details on each of the crashes were scant. At about 11:20 p.m. Saturday, three pedestrians...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 9, 2010; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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