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Bowie activates new speed cameras

Speed cameras are being activated in some school zones in Bowie and have started issuing tickets. The cameras were installed in April near Northview Elementary School and began with warning citations. Now, a 30-day warning period has expired. Violators face...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 22, 2010; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Car runs into Capitol Hill living room

A car smashed through a wall and into the living room of a house on Capitol Hill on Friday evening, according to authorities and witnesses. Scott Berkowitz, of the 200 block of 10th Street NE, said he was in...

By Terri Rupar  | May 21, 2010; 8:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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No sign of fatal deer disease in Md.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says there's no evidence of chronic wasting disease among the state's deer. The department's Wildlife & Heritage Service tested tissue samples from more than 1,100 deer during the 2009-10 hunting season. Recent lab results...

By Washington Post editors  | May 21, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Fairfax sees increase in copperheads

Fairfax County government reports that there have been an "unusually high number of copperhead snakes" in the area.

By Washington Post editors  | May 21, 2010; 5:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Fairfax County, copperhead snakes, snakebite  
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Cyclist, driver killed in Fairfax accident

A bicyclist was killed and another was injured Friday when the driver of a vehicle left the road near Lee Highway and Forum Drive and struck the cyclists.

By Washington Post editors  | May 21, 2010; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  | Tags:  Bicycle, Cycling, cyclist, lee highway  
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UMd. tries no cars on Campus Drive

The University of Maryland has decided to restrict access to Campus Drive for eight weeks beginning next month.

By Washington Post editors  | May 21, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Maryland, Traffic and Transportation  | Tags:  University of Maryland, University of Maryland College Park, campus drive  
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Va. principal on leave over fetus dolls

A Virginia school employee was place on administrative leave Thursday after reports that the worker distributed plastic human fetus dolls to students at an elementary school.

By Washington Post editors  | May 21, 2010; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  abortion, fetus, virginia  
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Hockey coach arrested at Mayflower hotel

The assistant coach of the L.A. Kings hockey team was arrested early Friday morning at a downtown D.C. hotel on a misdemeanor sex abuse charge, ABC 7 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 21, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  | Tags:  Sexual Abuse and Assault, hockey coach, mayflower hotel  
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Friday time-suck: Google's Pacman tribute

OK, it's Friday and we know how you're wasting your time. We've seen the glory that is Google's tribute to the 30th anniversary of Pacman.

By Washington Post editors  | May 21, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  google centipede, google pacman anniversary, google tetris, google video games  
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Md. man charged in tarantula theft

A Westminster man was held in lieu of $10,000 bail on charges that he stole a pet tarantula from the Westminster branch of the Carroll County Public Library on Wednesday, the Carroll County Times reports. Randy Allan Humple, 27, of...

By Washington Post editors  | May 21, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Alleged ATM robber caught

Apparently, the Salahis weren't the only people who got into a bit of trouble the night the Obamas hosted their second state dinner. Police say a person targeting ATM users was caught because he tried to commit a robbery near...

By Washington Post editors  | May 21, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Anti-abortion pregnancy center sues MoCo

An anti-abortion pregnancy center has sued Montgomery County over a law requiring it to post information about the care it provides, The Gazette reports. Centro Tepeyac Women's Center in Silver Spring believes the law is unconstitutional, said the center's lead...

By Washington Post editors  | May 21, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Crashing plane costs homeless man $40

A homeless man who stole and crashed a single-engine plane will have to pay just $40 in restitution, even though he caused about $12,000 in damage.

By Washington Post editors  | May 21, 2010; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation  | Tags:  Frederick Maryland, homeless man, plane crash  
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Group fights to save tobacco barns

In 2004, the National Trust for Historic Preservation listed Southern Maryland tobacco barns as the 11th most endangered historic properties in the nation. The Maryland preservation community held a tobacco barns summit in 2004 to study the situation and develop...

By Washington Post editors  | May 21, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Va. senator's credit card used to buy pot

Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield) said his phone has been ringing off the hook since a report appeared yesterday in California noting that local authorities were alleging Sacramento identity thieves had stolen the Virginia's state senator's credit card number...

By Washington Post editors  | May 21, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Man's body found in NW D.C.

The body of a man with an apparent stab wound has been found in a home in Northwest Washington, ABC 7 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 21, 2010; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  | Tags:  bodt found, d.c. police, metropolitan police department, stab wounds  
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Zoo's lion cub dies

The National Zoo has announced its newborn lion cub died Thursday night.

By Washington Post editors  | May 21, 2010; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  Lion, National Zoo, lion cub  
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WASA works to rid C&O Canal of stink

After years of study, the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority and the National Park Service Thursday broke ground on a solution to the problem of the odor along the C&O Canal: building six air-scrubbing huts in place of all but...

By Washington Post editors  | May 21, 2010; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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India may invest in Pr. George's hospital

Dimensions Healthcare System has lined up an investment team from India to purchase the troubled Prince George's County hospital system, according to members of the hospital management organization and officials familiar with negotiations, The Gazette reports. "These guys from India...

By Washington Post editors  | May 21, 2010; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Small plane goes off runway in Md.

A pilot was trapped inside of a small plane Thursday evening after it ran off a private runway in the Brandywine area, Prince George's County fire officials said. Firefighters were call to the 15200 block of Letcher Road about 7:30...

By Terri Rupar  | May 20, 2010; 8:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Man jumps from apt. after finding body

Update, Friday, 10:45 a.m. The decomposing body of a woman was found in a Southeast Washington apartment Thursday after D.C. police were called to the scene on a report of a man who fell from a third-floor window, authorities said....

By Washington Post editors  | May 20, 2010; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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Pot bust in Pocomoke

Maryland State Police have seized 75 pounds of marijuana and arrested two Virginia men after a traffic stop near Pocomoke.

By Washington Post editors  | May 20, 2010; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  | Tags:  Virginia, marijuana, pocomoke, pot  
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D.C. soda tax likely dead

A majority of D.C. Council members signaled their opposition Thursday to a 1-cent tax on soda, likely killing the proposal.

By Washington Post editors  | May 20, 2010; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  d.c. soda tax, soda tax  
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And the winners are....

Chaska and Bernardo! Mehgan Murphy, National Zoo Those would be the names of the National Zoo's new Andean bear cubs. The two cubs were born at the zoo to four-year-old Billie Jean on Jan. 14 and 15. They are the...

By Washington Post editors  | May 20, 2010; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Fairfax sees decrease in homelessness

A $2.4 million federal stimulus grant for Fairfax County has helped more than 600 people avoid becoming homeless and contributed to a double-digit decrease in annual homelessness in the area, officials say.

By Washington Post editors  | May 20, 2010; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Homelessness, fairfax, hud, stimulus  
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D.C. bike lanes delayed

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s administration is delaying the opening of the bicycle lanes under construction on Pennsylvania Avenue because officials have concluded they are not yet ready for prime time.

By Washington Post editors  | May 20, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  DC, Traffic and Transportation  | Tags:  fenty, mayor adrian fenty  
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ICE will not pursue mother of Md. student

The mother of a Maryland second-grader who questioned First Lady Michelle Obama about the Obama administration's immigration policy will not be deported, The Federal Eye reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 20, 2010; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Illegal, Michelle Obama, ice, immigration  
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July meeting on deadly Red Line crash

The long-awaited meeting on the cause of last year’s deadly Red Line crash will be held in July, Get There is reporting.

By Washington Post editors  | May 20, 2010; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  | Tags:  metro, ntsb, red line  
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Va. community college costs to rise

Students at Virginia's community colleges will see tuition and fees rise by at least $7.50 per credit hour for the 2010-2011 school year.

By Washington Post editors  | May 20, 2010; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Tuition, community college, virginia community colleges  
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O'Malley signs bill to help homeowners

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) signed a bill Thursday that creates a statewide foreclosure mediation program designed to help beleaguered homeowners stay in their homes.

By Washington Post editors  | May 20, 2010; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Foreclosure, Martin O'Malley, O'Malley, homeowners  
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Baltimore ponders bottle tax alternative

Several Baltimore city council members say they have a plan to cut the city's budget gap without a 4-cent tax on bottled drinks. Eight of the council's 14 members, including Council President Jack Young, announced a plan Wednesday to tax...

By Washington Post editors  | May 20, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Major khat bust in Fairfax

An alert patrol officer in Fairfax County is responsible for what is believed to be the county’s largest-ever seizure of khat, an illegal drug popular in East Africa and along the Arabian Peninsula, Post reporter Josh White reports on the...

By Washington Post editors  | May 20, 2010; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Baltimore statue will honor Frank Zappa

A bust of legendary musician and Baltimore native Frank Zappa will officially be dedicated Sept. 18, The Baltimore Sun reports. Members of Zappa's family are expected to attend the ceremony, which will take place at Eastern Avenue and South Conkling...

By Washington Post editors  | May 20, 2010; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Execution set today for Va. killer

A Virginia inmate convicted of killing two men in separate shootings was scheduled to be executed Thursday unless the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear his appeals. Darick Demorris Walker, 37, is set to die by injection at 9 p.m....

By Anne Bartlett  | May 20, 2010; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Virginia  
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Body found at Va. recycling plant

Prince William County police say a body has been found at a recycling depot near Manassas. Sgt. Kim Chinn says the body of a man was found at the Canusa Hershman Recycling Center near Interstate 66 on Wednesday night. Police...

By Washington Post editors  | May 20, 2010; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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2 men shot in Montgomery Village

Update, 8:10 p.m.: Montgomery County police are now saying that two people were shot earlier this evening, and that it happened in the Montgomery Village area, not Gaithersburg. Police say the two were shot in the 19900 block of...

By Erica Johnston  | May 19, 2010; 7:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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Woman injured in Damascus crash

A woman suffered potentially life threatening injuries Wednesday when her car left a Damascus area road and struck a tree, Montgomery County police said. Police believe the driver may have had a medical emergency that caused her to lose control...

By Erica Johnston  | May 19, 2010; 5:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bicyclist collides with van in D.C.

A bicyclist collided with a mini-van Wednesday afternoon in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Northwest Washington, authorities said. The incident happened at 14th and Belmont streets about 4 p.m., said Officer Paul Metcalf, a D.C. police spokesman. The man on...

By Erica Johnston  | May 19, 2010; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Girl struck by vehicle in Bladensburg

Update: The girl struck by a car was a female toddler who suffered a mnor leg injury, authorities said. She was taken to a hospital by private vehicle. A girl was struck by a vehicle and suffered minor injuries Wednesday...

By Erica Johnston  | May 19, 2010; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro operators back at work

Two Metro operators have been placed on administrative leave while the transit agency investigates the death of a man who boarded a Red Line train Monday and was not discovered for five hours.

By Washington Post editors  | May 19, 2010; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  | Tags:  metro, red line, train  
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Md. updates same-sex benefit policy

Maryland has updated its benefits policy for state employees to include same-sex spouses who possess a valid marriage certificate from another state.

By Washington Post editors  | May 19, 2010; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Same-sex marriage, gay marriage, maryland  
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Help develop downtown Silver Spring

Have ideas about how to further develop downtown Silver Spring? Architects will be standing by with sketch paper in hand Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Fenton Street Market at the corner of Fenton Street and Silver Spring Avenue to help draft a vision for the area.

By Washington Post editors  | May 19, 2010; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Silver Spring Maryland, architects, redesign  
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Md. agency will broadcast meetings live

The Maryland state board responsible for awarding millions of dollars in state contracts is embracing techonolgy. The Board of Public Works is working on putting its meetings online so people can listen to them while they are in progress. But...

By Washington Post editors  | May 19, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Alexandria's annual festival canceled

The annual Alexandria Red Cross Waterfront Festival is no more.

By Washington Post editors  | May 19, 2010; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Alexandria, american red cross, festival, red cross  
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College student dies in pole vault fall

A collegiate pole vaulter from Rockville died Monday after injuries suffered in a fall during a track meet in Illinois last week, officials at his school, Grinnell College, said. Officials at the Iowa campus said in a letter on the...

By Washington Post editors  | May 19, 2010; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Calvert Cliffs reactor back online

A spokesman for the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant says one of the plant's two reactors is back online after the unit automatically shut down last week when its link to the regional power grid failed.

By Washington Post editors  | May 19, 2010; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, reactor  
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D.C. candidates pick up labor support

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray has picked up the backing of the American Federation of Government Employees, a federal and D.C. government employee union that represents 600,000 workers, in his race against Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, the D.C. Wire reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 19, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Dulles tolls to benefit charities

No one likes paying tolls, but perhaps knowing that on Thursday the money collected will benefit charitable organizations might ease the pain.

By Washington Post editors  | May 19, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  | Tags:  Loudoun, Loudoun County Virginia, March of Dimes, Virginia  
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Another arrest in Brian Betts's death

A fifth person has been arrested in connection with the slaying of D.C. middle school principal Brian Betts, WTOP is reporting.

By Washington Post editors  | May 19, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. movie theater mural coming down

A new movie theater in Fredericksburg is removing a Confederate flag from a mural after it received complaints.

By Washington Post editors  | May 19, 2010; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Man who skinned guinea pig found guilty

A Virginia man has been found guilty of animal cruelty after he skinned a guinea pig to make a hat.

By Washington Post editors  | May 19, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  | Tags:  guinea pig, guinea pig hat, skinned guinea pig  
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Curtains for Pocomoke City's rest stop?

Worcester County officials are trying to scrape together money to keep the Maryland Welcome Center on Route 13 at the Virginia line open, DelmarvaNow.com reports. They say they need $57,281 to keep the second busiest welcome center in Maryland open....

By Washington Post editors  | May 19, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. principal wants yearbook reprinted

A Fredericksburg high school principal is trying to have the school yearbook, "Glances 2010, Truth Be Told," reprinted after some students printed, well, a bit too much truth.

By Washington Post editors  | May 19, 2010; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  fredericksburg, yearbook  
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Cash for buckling up in Prince George's

Lucky residents in Prince George's County could make a buck for buckling their seat belts Wednesday. County police say officers and safety advocates will distribute $1 bills to drivers and passengers who have their seat belts fastened on starting at...

By Washington Post editors  | May 19, 2010; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Foreign visitors flock to region

The Washington region welcomed tens of thousands more overseas visitors in 2009 than the year before, bucking a national trend during the worst stretch for the U.S. tourism industry since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the Washington Examiner reports. The...

By Washington Post editors  | May 19, 2010; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Student allegedly sold guns outside Metro

Police confirmed that an undercover Montgomery County police detective bought four handguns from a Montgomery College student outside the Bethesda Metro station during four sting operations earlier this year, the Washington Examiner reports. The guns were sold by David Bonett,...

By Washington Post editors  | May 19, 2010; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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New dog park for NW D.C.

Mayor Adrian Fenty handed out dog treats to some of his furriest constituents Tuesday at the groundbreaking of the Newark Dog Park. The 11,000-square-foot park will be located off Wisconsin Avenue at 39th and Newark Streets in Northwest, WTOP reports....

By Washington Post editors  | May 19, 2010; 7:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Youth struck by hit-and-run driver in D.C.

A youth was struck by a hit and run driver Tuesday night on a Northeast Washington street, D.C. police said. Authorities did not identify the age or gender of the victim, but said a juvenile was struck by a car...

By Erica Johnston  | May 18, 2010; 10:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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3 shot near D.C.-Md. border

Three people were shot in Tuesday evening in the Capitol Heights area near the District border, Prince George's County police said. Officers were called to Benning Road at the intersection with Marlboro Pike, where police said three males were...

By Erica Johnston  | May 18, 2010; 7:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Man who died was on train almost 5 hours

A man who boarded a Metrorail train in Montgomery County on Monday was found dead on the same train almost five hours later, Metro said Tuesday night. It was not clear when the man died, but Metro said that...

By Erica Johnston  | May 18, 2010; 7:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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DOE: VaTech failed on campus security

The U.S. Department of Education says Virginia Tech failed to comply with campus security laws during a 2007 shooting rampage that left 33 people dead, including the gunman.

By Washington Post editors  | May 18, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Clery Act, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia Tech  
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Family injured in Howard crash

Four people, including two children have been hospitalized after a two-vehicle collision Tuesday morning near Cooksville, Howard County police said. Police said the driver of a Honda Civic was on Monticello Drive turning left onto southbound Maryland 97 when the...

By Washington Post editors  | May 18, 2010; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Honda, Honda Civic, Jeep, Jeep Liberty, Johns Hopkins, Maryland  
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Teens charged in MoCo robberies

Montgomery County police have charged three teens in connection with a pair of robberies, one of which was caught on tape, WUSA 9 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 18, 2010; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  Police, Robbery, Silver Spring Maryland  
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Construction begins at Rhode Island Metro

Construction has started on a $107 million development that will bring 274 apartments, 70,000-square-feet of retail and a Metro garage to the Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood Metrorail Station.

By Washington Post editors  | May 18, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DC, Traffic and Transportation  | Tags:  Retailing, Rhode Island  
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Lawyer suspended in drugs for sex case

Maryland's highest court has suspended an Anne Arundel County lawyer after he was found to have traded Vicodin for sex, the Baltimore Sun reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 18, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  Anne Arundel County Maryland, Maryland, The Baltimore Sun  
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Lion cub born at National Zoo

Mehgan Murphy/Smithsonian It's a new zoo baby! Ecstatic officials at the National Zoo announced that for the first time in more than 20 years, a lion cub has been born at the zoo. Nababiep, 6, gave birth Tuesday around 4...

By Washington Post editors  | May 18, 2010; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags:  China, Dennis Kelly, Giant Panda, Lion, National Zoo, Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Tai Shan  
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Chesapeake Bay gets a C for health

The Chesapeake Bay is getting a grade of C on its annual report card.

By Washington Post editors  | May 18, 2010; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Chesapeake Bay, Martin O'Malley, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration  
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D.C. Council honors slain intern

The D.C. Council has approved a resolution honoring Alonte Sutton, a council intern that was fatally shot in southeast Washington.

By Washington Post editors  | May 18, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  | Tags:  Council of the District of Columbia, DC Council, Michael Brown, Washington, Washington DC  
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Cult leader gets 50 years in child's death

The head of a cult convicted of the starvation death of a toddler has been sentenced to 50 years in prison by a judge who called her a manipulator of lost souls.

By Washington Post editors  | May 18, 2010; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  Baltimore, Child abuse, Crime and Justice, Death, Injustice, Murder, Queen Antoinette  
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Cyclists injured by tacks on roadway

The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office is investigating a bizarre case of sabotage at a Leonardtown bicycle race over the weekend that involved someone tossing numerous thumbtacks onto a roadway in various spots apparently aimed at causing crashes, reports The...

By Washington Post editors  | May 18, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Bicycle, Cycling, Road, Sheriff, Sport  
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Fairfax parks broke by 2014?

Officials said Tuesday morning that Fairfax County's parks could be out of money by 2014 unless they receive a cash infusion or increase their fees, reports The Post's Derek Kravitz on the Virginia Politics blog. William G. Bouie, chairman of...

By Washington Post editors  | May 18, 2010; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Business, Counties, Fairfax, Fairfax County, Fairfax County Park Authority, Fairfax County Virginia, United States, Virginia  
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Frostburg student indicted for murder

A grand jury has indicted a Frostburg State University student on first-degree murder and assault charges stemming from an off-campus confrontation last month.

By Washington Post editors  | May 18, 2010; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  Basketball, Frostburg State University, Glen Burnie Maryland, Grand jury, Indictment, Murder, Washington DC  
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Police ID man killed in mansion attack

Fairfax County police say the man killed by intruders at a Centreville mansion on Monday was a handyman for the family that owned the house, Crime Scene reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 18, 2010; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  | Tags:  Fairfax County Virginia, Law Enforcement, Manassas Virginia, Pickup truck, Police, Virginia  
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Harry Thomas gets support of gay Dems

Gay Democrats have rewarded D.C. Council member Harry Thomas (D-Ward 5) for his vote last year in favor of the city's same-sex marriage law with an endorsement for his re-election, D.C. Wire reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 18, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  Council of the District of Columbia, Democratic, Harry Thomas, Jeff Smith, Jim Graham, Same-sex marriage, United States  
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Woman allegedly robbed bank for love

A Virginia woman was taken into custody after police say she tried to pay off her boyfriend's child support using money stolen from a Maryland bank, the Washington Examiner reports. Crystal Marie Lowney was identified as the suspect in the...

By Washington Post editors  | May 18, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Tags:  Child support, Maryland, Money, Police, Shenandoah County, Shenandoah County Virginia, United States, Virginia  
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DC2NY, and Rehoboth and Dewey, too

DC2NY is hitting the beach. The budget-conscious bus that shuttles riders between the District and New York City will offer service between D.C. and the Rehoboth and Dewey beaches on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays beginning Memorial Day weekend, the Washington Business Journal reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 18, 2010; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  | Tags:  Holidays, Memorial Day, Metro Areas, New York, New York City, Washington D.C.  
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New planning chair tapped in MoCo

Francoise Carrier has been nominated to be Montgomery County's new planning board chairman. Carrier won unanimous backing from the County Council on Tuesday. Her nomination is expected to win swift approval from County Executive Isiah Leggett (D). Carrier, a lawyer...

By Washington Post editors  | May 18, 2010; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  County Council, County executive, Montgomery, Montgomery County Pennsylvania  
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I-295 reopens after accident

A multi-vehicle accident has shut down southbound I-295 near Kenilworth Avenue, the D.C. Department of Transportation reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 18, 2010; 9:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  | Tags:  I 295, accident  
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Proposed settlement for mortgage fraud

More than 100 people who say they were victimized by a mortgage fraud scheme would get only a few thousand each under a proposed settlement.

By Washington Post editors  | May 18, 2010; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  Foreclosure, Lawsuit, Mortgage fraud, Plaintiff, Virginia, Washington D.C.  
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Vincent Gray gets labor backing

The Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO, which boasts 150,000 members in the region, voted Monday night to endorse Vincent C. Gray in the mayor’s race, D.C. Wire reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 18, 2010; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  AFL-CIO, Labor, Trade union, Vincent C. Gray  
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New president for Montgomery College

After a five month nationwide search, officials at Montgomery College announced Tuesday that they have selected DeRionne P. Pollard, currently the presidfent at Las Positas College in Livermore, Ca. to be the campus' new president. “The Board of Trustees looks...

By Washington Post editors  | May 18, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Md. hospital project: not affordable

The fight between Adventist HealthCare and Holy Cross Hospital to build Montgomery County’s next hospital has taken a new twist: The Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission thinks that neither health system can afford to erect a new hospital in...

By Washington Post editors  | May 18, 2010; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Md. man charged with making bombs

A 51-year-old Eastern Shore man has been charged with building and selling improvised bombs after investigators spent four months trying to learn the source of loud noises in Queen Anne's County, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal, the Baltimore...

By Washington Post editors  | May 18, 2010; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Md. website to help assess stream health

Gov. Martin O'Malley is rolling out a new website to enable Maryland residents to check on the environmental health of Maryland streams. O'Malley will be in Middle River on Tuesday to release the 2010 University of Maryland Center for Environmental...

By Washington Post editors  | May 18, 2010; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Ex-Gaithersburg official found dead

Former Gaithersburg Assistant City Manager Fred Felton has died, The Gazette reports. He was 46 years old. A family member found Felton's body in his car Monday, parked in the driveway of his mother's home on Central Avenue in Olde...

By Washington Post editors  | May 18, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Dead person found on Metro train

A person who had died was found Monday on board a Metro train, a Metro spokeswoman said. Metro said an “unconscious patron” was found on a train at the platform of the Shady Grove station on the Red Line....

By Erica Johnston  | May 17, 2010; 11:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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New leader for Montgomery board

Francoise Carrier, head of Montgomery County's hearing examiner's office, is poised to become Montgomery County's next planning board chairman. The County Council will vote Tuesday morning on the nomination. Last week, five of nine council members said they would...

By Erica Johnston  | May 17, 2010; 7:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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K St. tied up by water-main repairs

Traffic in the K Street corridor in downtown Washington was backed up Monday evening while crews made emergency repairs on a broken water main. The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority said traffic was blocked on 21st Street NW between K...

By Erica Johnston  | May 17, 2010; 7:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fire causes flight delays at Reagan Airport

Airport officials say a small fire at a Reagan National Airport terminal has caused some minor flight delays.

By Washington Post editors  | May 17, 2010; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  | Tags:  Airport terminal, Courtney Mickalonis, McDonald's, Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority, Restaurant, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Security checkpoint, United States  
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CSI: Scoop the poop

The Baltimore Sun reports that the residents of the condo have become so fed up that someone has failed to pick up after their dog that they're considering mandated DNA tests for every dog in the building.

By Washington Post editors  | May 17, 2010; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  baltimore, inner harbor, pooper scooper, scarlett place  
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Preservation Virginia releases annual list

Preservation Virginia's annual list of endangered historic sites and properties includes several schools that educated African-American children during Virginia's segregated past and all of the state's family cemeteries. The list released Monday is the sixth edition compiled by Preservation Virginia,...

By Washington Post editors  | May 17, 2010; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  African American, American Civil War, Civil War, Historic preservation, United States  
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FLOTUS to visit Silver Spring school

First lady Michelle Obama has invited Mexico's first lady to tour a Silver Spring elementary school honored for teaching healthy living. Obama and Margarita Zavala, the wife of Mexican President Felipe Calderon, are scheduled to visit the New Hampshire Estates...

By Washington Post editors  | May 17, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Tags:  Education, Margarita Zavala, Maryland, Mexico City, Michelle Obama, United States  
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Search resumes for missing fisherman

Authorities say they have resumed their search for a Gaithersburg man who is presumed to have drowned in the Potomac River near Sandy Hook, across from Harpers Ferry, W.Va. Maryland Natural Resources Police say 37-year-old Daniel Figueroa was fishing with...

By Washington Post editors  | May 17, 2010; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Fish, Gaithersburg Maryland, Harpers Ferry West Virginia, Potomac River, United States, West Virginia  
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Slaying in Centreville

An unidentified person has been found dead outside a home in the Centreville area of Fairfax County, and police on Monday were searching for two men whom they described as "probably armed and dangerous." The Crime Scene blog has more....

By Washington Post editors  | May 17, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Protesters shut down Bank of America

Dozens of protesters forced a Bank of America branch near the U.S. Capitol to close on Monday as part of an anti-K Street protest, The Huffington Post reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 17, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  Bank of America, Huffington Post, Service Employees International Union, U.S. Capitol, United States Capitol, Washington DC  
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Buyer found for Washington Harbour

MRP Realty is under contract to buy Washington Harbour from Prudential Real Estate Investors for more than $240 million, according to sources involved in the sale, the Washington Business Journal reports. The deal for the Georgetown site, which includes 3000...

By Washington Post editors  | May 17, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Business, Business and Economy, Real estate, Washington Harbour  
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Montgomery fights speed camera suit

Montgomery County is trying to dismiss a class-action lawsuit charging that the county operates its speed camera program illegally, the Washington Examiner reports. The lawsuit says the county is breaking state law by paying its camera contractor, Affiliated Computer Services,...

By Washington Post editors  | May 17, 2010; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Tags:  Affiliated Computer Services, Counties, Maryland, Montgomery, Montgomery County, Montgomery County Maryland, United States  
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Police ID body found in Md. park

Update, 8 a.m. -- Maryland State Police have identified the body found in an Anne Arundel park by a fisherman Sunday as that of a Baltimore man reported missing five weeks ago. Police say 31-year-old Matthew Martin was reported missing...

By Erica Johnston  | May 17, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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GWU to launch nursing school

The George Washington University Board of Trustees has approved the formation of the GWU School of Nursing, responding to high demand for its nursing degrees, the Washington Business Journal reports. The new school will offer a master's of science degree...

By Washington Post editors  | May 17, 2010; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Rally for Shady Grove emergency center

Community leaders from Germantown, Clarksburg and the surrounding area will rally Monday afternoon in support of saving the Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center in Germantown and the creation of the Clarksburg Community Hospital.

By Washington Post editors  | May 17, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Germantown Montgomery County Maryland, Maryland Route 118, Medicine, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital  
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NextBus predictions -- not so accurate

Metro's bus prediction system is even less reliable now than when the transit agency deemed it so inaccurate as a pilot that officials pulled its plug, the Washington Examiner reports. The NextBus system, which uses GPS signaling to help predict...

By Washington Post editors  | May 17, 2010; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Annapolis to triple downtown surveillance

Annapolis police will soon have extra eyes on downtown streets, thanks to a federal grant to supply 20 additional surveillance cameras, The Baltimore Sun reports. The new cameras will make a total of 30 surveillance cameras downtown, and they will...

By Washington Post editors  | May 17, 2010; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Germantown woman fatally struck

A 55-year-old Germantown woman was struck by a car and killed Sunday night in the Germantown area of Montgomery County, county police said. The incident occurred about 8:30 p.m. as the woman was trying to cross Germantown Road between...

By Erica Johnston  | May 16, 2010; 11:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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NYC-Los Angeles flight diverted to Dulles

A United Airlines flight from New York to Los Angeles was diverted to Dulles International Airport Sunday night after a small fire broke out in the cockpit, a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman said. Flight 27, which carried 105 passengers...

By Erica Johnston  | May 16, 2010; 11:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Del. student wins literary prize

A college senior from Delaware who wrote about family, the literary life and the frustrations of dealing with physical disability won one of the nation’s largest undergraduate literary prizes Sunday.

By Washington Post Editors  | May 16, 2010; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Creative writing, English language, Sophie Kerr, Washington College, cerebral palsy  
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Post poll: D.C.'s baby wars

A Post story today examines a brewing battle over babies in the District. As the writer Annys Shin puts it: Politicians and planners have heralded the return of young families to such areas as Washington, Boston and New York as...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 16, 2010; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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