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Woman assaulted while pushing stroller

Police in Virginia say a woman was pushing her child in a baby stroller when she was sexually assaulted. Manassas police Assistant Capt. Art Dennis says the woman was walking in Stonewall Park when she was approached by a man...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 29, 2010; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Teen assaulted near Greenbelt Metro

A teenager was sexually assaulted on a footpath near the Greenbelt Metro station Friday evening, Metro Transit police said Saturday. The girl was leaving the station when a man tried to talk to her, followed her on the path leading...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 29, 2010; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Two girls missing from Bethesda school

Two Montgomery County girls -- ages 12 and 14 -- remained missing as of 11:15 a.m. Saturday, and police are concerned because they haven’t been heard from since Friday morning. The girls, Cheyenne Summer Marcolina and Anastasia Strong, go to...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 29, 2010; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Activists to protest Ariz. immigration law

Local activists are protesting Arizona's new immigration law in the nation's capital. Organizers say they will gather at noon on Saturday in Dupont Circle in downtown Washington for an artistic expression event and rally. They say they will then...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 29, 2010; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Heavy rain hits Washington area

Drenching downpours burst late Friday night over several sections of Northern Virginia, sending water onto roadways, according to witnesses and authorities. At least one car got stuck in high water on Annandale Road near Walnut Hill Lane, according to...

By Terri Rupar  | May 29, 2010; 12:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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2 seriously hurt after crash on E. Capitol

Two people were seriously injured Friday night when the vehicle they were in crashed into a tree in the 5000 block of East Capitol Street SE, authorities said. The two, a man and a woman, who both appeared to...

By Terri Rupar  | May 28, 2010; 10:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Man fatally shot in Southeast

UPDATED, 3:02 p.m. D.C. police identified the victim as Manuel D. Sanchez, 29, of Capital Heights. UPDATED, 10:59 p.m. A man who was cleaning up property in Southeast Washington on Friday afternoon was shot and killed, D.C. police said. Cmdr....

By Washington Post editors  | May 28, 2010; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Vote could delay workers' transfer

A proposal that could delay the transfer of thousands of defense workers to a new office building in Alexandria was approved Friday by the House of Representatives as part of the defense spending bill.

By Washington Post editors  | May 28, 2010; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  | Tags:  brac, defense department, house of representatives  
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Fenty opens D.C. pools

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty kicked off the city's summer pool season Friday by celebrating the reopening of the pool at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Northeast.

By Washington Post editors  | May 28, 2010; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  pool, thurgood marshall elementary, thurgood marshall pool  
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Tiger dies at the National Zoo

Rokan, a prolific breeder who was one of the oldest living Sumtran tigers in captivity has died, officials at the National Zoo announced Friday. He was 19. Zoo officials had to euthanize him after they discovered he had a...

By Washington Post editors  | May 28, 2010; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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William & Mary building new stadium

The College of William & Mary is building a new lacrosse and soccer stadium that is expected to be completed next spring. It will be named the Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field in honor of California donors Eff...

By Washington Post editors  | May 28, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Be a holiday traffic spotter

You're on your way out of town, but we're still stuck in the office. Help us gauge holiday weekend traffic by telling us what you're seeing. Tweet us using #dctraffic (but only when it's safe.) And to help you with...

By Washington Post editors  | May 28, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Nationals to offer peanut-free seating

The Washington Nationals are offering peanut-free seating at select games this summer for fans with food allergies. The first game will be June 6, followed by July 31. Tickets also are available for a game Aug. 27. This is the...

By Washington Post editors  | May 28, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Dog missing after NE robbery

A Northeast Washington man came home to discover his house ransacked...and his beloved Rhodesian Ridgeback stolen WUSA reports. "I'm hurt. I'm angry. I want my dog back," said owner Kevin Fitzgerald. Thieves smashed a basement window to enter the house...

By Washington Post editors  | May 28, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. police looking for flasher

D.C. Police are investigating after several girls reported a man exposed himself to them as they walked to school, WJLA reports. Police said the suspicious man has been spotted in the 200 block of 17th Street NE and the 200...

By Washington Post editors  | May 28, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Area gas prices continue to drop

Good news for the 685,000 drivers who plan to getaway from the Washington region this weekend: AAA's survey shows that gas prices have dropped 7 cents per gallon in the past week. It's the third week of declining prices, which hit a spring peak of $2.93 a gallon on May 6.

By Washington Post editors  | May 28, 2010; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  | Tags:  aaa, gas prices  
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Md. woman rescues baby from fire

Joanne Silverstein had just finished washing her car Wednesday evening in Brooklyn Park in Anne Arundel County when she heard her neighbor's smoke alarms, Fox 5 reports. Then she heard somebody yell that there was a baby inside the burning...

By Washington Post editors  | May 28, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Calvert superintendent gets new contract

The Calvert County Board of Education has signed a new four-year contract with its school Superintendent Jack Smith.

By Washington Post editors  | May 28, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  calvert county, superintendent jack smith  
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Wale to appear at DC Black Pride

D.C.-based rapper Wale, who was criticized for canceling an upcoming performance at Sunday's DC Black Pride celebration, is again set to make an appearance, Metro Weekly reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 28, 2010; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  d.c. black pride, dc black pride, wale  
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Man found with stab wound in D.C.

D.C. Police are investigating a stabbing that occurred in the 1900 block of 9th Street NW Friday morning, ABC 7 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 28, 2010; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  | Tags:  d.c. police, metropolitan police department, stab wound  
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Va. investigating mercury exposure

Virginia health officials are investigating 10 cases of possible mercury exposure linked to a homemade cream that claims to lighten skin color.

By Washington Post editors  | May 28, 2010; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  mercury, skin color, virginia  
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Eleanor Holmes Norton meets with CDC

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton are trying to reassure District residents that their tap water is safe. The two are working together to confront uncertainties after the latest controversy...

By Washington Post editors  | May 28, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Baby born at Gaithersburg fire station

It was, in the mother's words, something that happens on a sitcom -- not in real life, WJLA reports. While en route the hospital early Thursday morning, Erin and Christian Presley ran out of time. Their son was supposed...

By Washington Post editors  | May 28, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Fairfax panel backs Tysons plans

The Fairfax County Planning Commission early Friday endorsed long-awaited plans that would enable Tysons Corner to transform from an auto-dependent office park into a urban, walkable city. The commission, which voted to support the plan in a 10 to...

By Erica Johnston  | May 28, 2010; 1:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Thousands lose power in storms

A long line of thunderstorms produced pockets of heavy rain, lightning and hail across the Washington area Thursday night, and thousands lost power. The thunderstorms were slow moving and "embedded" across some areas to the south and west of...

By Erica Johnston  | May 28, 2010; 12:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Silver Spring man dies from gunshot

UPDATED 2:40 a.m. Friday A man who was shot in Silver Spring on Thursday night has died, Montgomery County police said early Friday. They identified the victim as Hamilton Luis Rabanales, 25, of the 2100 block of Dexter Avenue in...

By Erica Johnston  | May 27, 2010; 10:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Man found stabbed to death in D.C.

D.C. police are investigating the death of a man found with apparent stab wounds Thursday inside of a Southeast Washington apartment, officials said. Police arrived at a third-floor apartment in the 1600 block of V Street about 2:30 p.m,...

By Erica Johnston  | May 27, 2010; 10:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Suspicious package on Capitol Hill

Updated, 10:27 p.m.: The situation has been cleared. D.C. police were investigating a suspicious package Thursday evening on Capitol Hill after a laptop computer was left on a sidewalk, officials said. Police explosive ordnance technicians received a call about the...

By Erica Johnston  | May 27, 2010; 7:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Senior prank leads to teen's arrest

The Charles County sheriff's office says a teenager has been arrested after breaking into his school and releasing dozens crickets as part of a senior prank.

By Washington Post editors  | May 27, 2010; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  charles county, senior prank  
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Metro approves fare hike

Metro's board of directors agreed Thursday on a major fare hike but also decided to eliminate any service cuts from its operating budget for the year that starts on July 1.

By Washington Post editors  | May 27, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Three time deportee arrested in Md.

The Frederick County Sheriff's officice said a Guatemalan man who has been deported three times was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of taking a woman against her will, the Frederick News-Post reports. Augustine Ramirez-Martinez, 28, of Frederick , is being held...

By Washington Post editors  | May 27, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Naval Academy midshipmen hospitalized

A hot day has taken a toll on about 50 U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen during the Color Parade that is held each year during graduation week. Judy Campbell, a Naval Academy spokeswoman, says 10 people were taken to area...

By Washington Post editors  | May 27, 2010; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Region under severe thunderstorm watch

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch until 9 p.m. for the region, Capital Weather Gang reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 27, 2010; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  Thunderstorm, capital weather gang, national weather service  
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Vincent Gray must reduce height of fence

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray’s black aluminum fence must be reduced in height or relocated to private property, a city committee ruled Thursday.

By Washington Post editors  | May 27, 2010; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  Vincent C. Gray, adrian fenty, d.c. council, fence  
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Md. man sentenced in boating fatality

A 42-year-old Maryland man has been sentenced in connection with a 2009 boating accident in which a man died, the Maryland Natural Resources Police said Thursday. Jon Randall Martins of Glen Burnie pleaded guilty to negligent homicide of a person...

By Washington Post editors  | May 27, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Accidents at Fort Detrick detailed

Army documents are revealing details about numerous accidents involving potential exposure to pathogens at a biodefense laboratory at Fort Detrick in Frederick. The Frederick News-Post reported Thursday that it obtained four years' worth of reports from the U.S. Army Institute...

By Washington Post editors  | May 27, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Four Md. teens arrested in carjacking

Chief Ronald A. Ricucci of the Takoma Park police announced Thursday the arrests of four teenagers, ages 15 to 17, in connection with a carjacking and robbery. The youths -- two from Silver Spring, one from Gaithersburg and one from...

By Washington Post editors  | May 27, 2010; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Rally to preserve trails along Purple Line

Opponents of running Purple Line light rail trains along a popular bike and walking trail between downtown Bethesda and Silver Spring are planning a 5K race and rally Saturday to show support for the trail.

By Washington Post editors  | May 27, 2010; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Maryland, Traffic and Transportation  | Tags:  bethesda, purple line, silver spring  
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Alcohol ban at Md. campsites reversed

Maryland's Department of Natural Resources says it is reversing a ban on alcoholic beverages at state forest campsites.

By Washington Post editors  | May 27, 2010; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  alcohol, campsites, department of natural resources  
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D.C. firefighters, police to back Gray

District firefighters and police officers are expected to announce Thursday that they will support D.C. Council chairman Vincent C. Gray over incumbent Adrian M. Fenty in this year’s September Democratic primary for mayor.

By Washington Post editors  | May 27, 2010; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  Vincent C. Gray, d.c. firefighters, mayor adrian fenty, metropolitan police department  
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Peruvian officials offer Md. family help

Peruvian officials in the United States want to help the family of the second-grader who told first lady Michelle Obama that her mother "doesn't have papers," ABC 7 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 27, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Illegal, Michelle Obama, Peru, immigration  
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Two dogs poisoned in Centreville

Two dogs are dead and another ill after being poisoned in Centreville police say.

By Washington Post editors  | May 27, 2010; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Va. workers get Friday furlough

Most Virginia state workers are getting a four-day holiday weekend under a budget-cutting move ordered by former Gov. Timothy Kaine.

By Washington Post editors  | May 27, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Memorial Day, furlough, memorial weekend  
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Braddock Rd. shift over Beltway

A new bridge taking Braddock Road traffic over the Capital Beltway is scheduled to open Thursday after rush hour as part of the HOT lanes project, Dr. Gridlock reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 27, 2010; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  | Tags:  Braddock Road, Capital Beltway, Virginia, hot lanes project  
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Kensington ponders beer, wine sales

When Kensington residents vote in the June 7 town council election, they also will be polled about their views on expanding beer and wine sales in town, a referendum some say could bring new life to small businesses, The Gazette...

By Washington Post editors  | May 27, 2010; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Amtrak conducting security drill

Amtrak passengers will see more police at stations and on trains from New Hampshire to Virginia as part of a drill to test counterterrorism and incident response capabilities. Amtrak says Thursday's drill is not a response to any particular threat....

By Washington Post editors  | May 27, 2010; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Electrical issue caused Eastern Market fire

The fire that completely destroyed Washington's historic Eastern Market and kept it closed for two years was not arson, NBC 4 reports. "The case of the Eastern Market fire is finally closed, and it's going to go in the books...

By Washington Post editors  | May 27, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Boy struck by car near D.C.-Md. border

Update, 10:30 p.m.: The 10 year-old boy who was struck by a car Wednesday night was pulled from under the car by firefighters. Prince George's County fire department spokesman says the boy was taken to a hospital with serious,...

By Erica Johnston  | May 26, 2010; 9:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Teen dies in Potomac crash

A Potomac teenager was killed Wednesday when his off-road motorcycle crashed into a SUV at a Potomac intersection, Montgomery County police said. After the collision at Carmelita Drive and Hemswell Lane about 4 p.m., the 17-year-old was taken to...

By Erica Johnston  | May 26, 2010; 9:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Mom charged after daughter, 6, drowns

A Dale City woman has been charged with felony child neglect in the death of her 6-year-old daughter after the girl was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her home, Prince William County police said Wednesday. The mother, Andrea...

By Erica Johnston  | May 26, 2010; 8:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Fund created to aid family of slain man

A Maryland community group on Wednesday launched a fund to support the family of Jose R. Rosales, the man who was killed in Centreville last week while protecting homeowners who had given him work. Rosales, 39, was shot to...

By Erica Johnston  | May 26, 2010; 8:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Legal Aid ex-officer charged in scheme

A former financial officer for the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau was charged Wednesday in a years-long scheme to steal more than $1 million from the nonprofit organization, Maryland federal officials said. Benjamin Louis King, 58, of Gwynn Oak, who...

By Erica Johnston  | May 26, 2010; 7:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Man dies in fall from Arlington building

A man fell to his death Wednesday afternoon from the roof of a Court House area apartment building, Arlington police said. Authorities are investigating the fall as an accidental death after being called to 1400 block of North Taft Street...

By Erica Johnston  | May 26, 2010; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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D.C. owned properties to be auctioned

Eighteen properties owned by the District will be auctioned on June 30 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, city officials announced Wednesday. The auction of single-family and multi-family buildings and vacant lots, will begin at 2 p.m.

By Washington Post editors  | May 26, 2010; 5:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  convention center, walter washington convention center  
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Several injured in Annandale crash

A Fairfax County police and several other people were injured Wednesday afternoon during a multi-vehicle collision in the Annandale area, authorities said. None of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening after at least three vehicles crashed on Braddock Road...

By Erica Johnston  | May 26, 2010; 5:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Watergate Hotel has been sold

The Watergate Hotel was sold Wednesday to a French real estate group that plans to restore the fabled, 251-room property to a luxury hotel, The Washington Post has learned.

By Washington Post editors  | May 26, 2010; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  watergate hold  
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1 dead in Prince George's accident

One person was killed Wednesday in the Glenarden area when a car and a tractor-trailer collided, authorities said. Police and rescue crews were called to eastbound Route 50 near the intersection with Martin Luther King Jr. highway about 4 p.m.,...

By Erica Johnston  | May 26, 2010; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Plan to transform Va. school unveiled

Alexandria City Public Schools superintendent Morton Sherman this week unveiled a plan for improving academic achievement at the city’s only public high school.

By Washington Post editors  | May 26, 2010; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  alexandria public schools, t.c. william high school  
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WSSC to examine minority contracting

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission has hired a California firm to evaluate how the water and sewer utility includes businesses owned by women and minorities when it awards contracts, the WSSC announced Wednesday. The firm, Oakland-based Mason Tillman Associates Ltd.,...

By Washington Post editors  | May 26, 2010; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Ruling coming on Pr. Geo's legislation

Prince George’s Circuit Court Michele D. Hotten is expected to decide in the next 60 days whether the District Council violated a Maryland Public Ethics Law when it approved legislation last year that allowed strip malls and thousands of homes to be built in the rural parts of the county.

By Washington Post editors  | May 26, 2010; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Funding restored for D.C. streetcars

The D.C. Council Wednesday approved stripping funds designated to bring streetcar service back to the city in an effort to close a $550 million budget gap.

By Washington Post editors  | May 26, 2010; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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More condos for Columbia Heights

Madison Investments has bought a blighted apartment building in Columbia Heights for $3.2 million through a bankruptcy trustee sale, the Washington Business Journal reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 26, 2010; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Black bear spotted in Carroll County

Young black bears being kicked out of their dens this time of year tend to go on adventures as they search for new homes. Some males may travel more than 100 miles looking for a bear-friendly habitat.

By Washington Post editors  | May 26, 2010; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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FBI impersonator pleads guilty

A 19-year-old D.C., man who was arrested at a Montana airport has pleaded guilty to impersonating an FBI agent and saying he had a gun in his carry-on bag to see how personnel would respond.

By Washington Post editors  | May 26, 2010; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Two shot in Oxon Hill

Two men were shot in the Oxon Hill area Wednesday afternoon, and a school nearby has been placed on lockdown while police search for suspects, authorities said. The incident occurred just before 12:30 p.m. in the 4800 block of Indian...

By Washington Post editors  | May 26, 2010; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Returning missing Stevie Wonder tickets

People who wound up with Stevie Wonder tickets that were intended for D.C. public school teachers -- and want to give them back -- can email them todcpspartnerships@dc.gov, a D.C. public school spokeswoman said Wednesday.

By Washington Post editors  | May 26, 2010; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Yeardley Love memorial fund created

The family of Yeardley Love has established a memorial fund at Notre Dame Preparatory School, where Love played lacrosse and field hockey, the Baltimore Sun reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 26, 2010; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  George Huguely, Lacrosse, Murder, University of Virginia, Yeardley Love  
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D.C. Council rejects tax on the wealthy

The D.C. Council rejected Wednesday a proposal to raise income taxes on residents who earn $350,000 or more annually.

By Washington Post editors  | May 26, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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D.C. child abuse investigations improving

Child abuse and neglect investigations in the District are improving but often take too long to locate alleged victims and frequently fail to include interviews with teachers, relatives and others likely to have vital insights into the family, according to a new report by the federal court monitor who tracks the city’s child welfare agency.

By Washington Post editors  | May 26, 2010; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Virginia out of Race to the Top

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) confirmed Wednesday that the state is dropping out of the federal Race to the Top competition for school reform funding.

By Washington Post editors  | May 26, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. bike group gets new director

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association on Wednesday named a former District environmental administration as its new executive director. Shane Farthing is the former the head of the Office of Green Economy within the District of Columbia’s Department of the Environment.

By Washington Post editors  | May 26, 2010; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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GMU sex harassment suit dismissed

A federal judge has dismissed all claims against George Mason University and the dean of its law school in a sexual harassment case brought by a woman formerly employed by a GMU legal clinic, Daniel de Vise reports at College Inc.

By Washington Post editors  | May 26, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Zoo announces the birth of two cranes

National Zoo officials announced Wednesday that two rare white-naped crane chicks hatched at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal.

By Washington Post editors  | May 26, 2010; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Protesters storm D.C. Council breakfast

Dozens of protesters stormed into a closed-door D.C. Council breakfast meeting to protest spending cuts in the fiscal year 2011 budget that members plan to vote on Wednesday.

By Washington Post editors  | May 26, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Forum on Pr. Geo's economic outlook

Prince George's County has scheduled a one-day forum on June 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to discuss the county's economic outlook.

By Washington Post editors  | May 26, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. boy in National Geographic Bee

Ten boys, including one from Virginia, are facing off in a battle of world knowledge in the championship round of the National Geographic Bee scheduled to start Wednesday morning in D.C. The finalists beat out nearly five million students who...

By Washington Post editors  | May 26, 2010; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Discounts for interns who rock

The Washington Center, a nonprofit academic internship program that brings hundreds of college students to D.C. each year, wants to show interns just how much they rock. The organization is offering the city's interns an opportunity to get discounts at some area restaurants, museums and stores.

By Washington Post editors  | May 26, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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UMd. cleared in handling of videotape

The University of Maryland has been cleared of wrongdoing following allegations that videotape allegedly showing officers beating students was tampered with, NBC 4 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 26, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Va. school reopens after gun incident

Classes for middle and high school students in Blacksburg went back to their regular schedule a day after a 13-year-old brought two handguns and ammunition to school, the Associated Press reports. Blacksburg police say the Blacksburg Middle School student was...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 26, 2010; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Md. joins family in funeral protest case

Maryland is joining nearly 30 other states in support of the family of a Marine whose funeral was picketed by a controversial church group, WAMU reports. Members of the Westboro Baptist Church held signs that said "Thank God for dead...

By Washington Post editors  | May 26, 2010; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Arrest in chat line robbery

A 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection with an April robbery that occurred after the victim and his alleged assailant met after talking on a chat line, ABC 7 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 26, 2010; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Sasquatch in Spotsylvania?

There's a place in Lake Anna being studied by Big Foot experts, WUSA reports. Billy Willard runs Sasquatch Watch of Virginia, and says there have been 14 sightings within a five mile radius. "Back in May 2009, we had...

By Washington Post editors  | May 26, 2010; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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3 arrested after fight at Wheaton Metro

Three youths were arrested in Wheaton on Tuesday after two groups fought at the Wheaton Metrorail stop, Montgomery County police said. County police said a Metro police officer aided in the arrests, which came after police chased youths on foot....

By Erica Johnston  | May 25, 2010; 8:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Man shot in Capitol Heights

A man was shot and seriously wounded Tuesday in a Capitol Heights neighborhood, Prince George's County police said. The man suffered a wound in the back, and police said it did not appear to be life threatening. He was found...

By Erica Johnston  | May 25, 2010; 7:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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3rd Chain Bridge lane reopens

Afternoon commuters on the Chain Bridge on Tuesday will see something that's been missing for almost a year: a third lane. The D.C. Department of Transportation says all lanes on the bridge are reopened to traffic. The re-striping of the...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 25, 2010; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Parking limits may delay Pentagon move

The House Armed Services Committee wants to limit parking at a new Defense Department site in Northern Virginia, a move that could delay indefinitely the transfer of 6,400 Pentagon employees. The measure, included in the defense spending bill likely to...

By Washington Post editors  | May 25, 2010; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. backs common academic standards

Maryland became on Tuesday one of the first states to endorse new academic standards for reading and math instruction as part of a national movement to create common expectations for the nation's public school students.

By Washington Post editors  | May 25, 2010; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Delays expected on I-95 near Lorton

Major delays are expected on southbound I-95 at Lorton Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. Some lanes will be closed between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. while crews replace overhead signs. -- Ashley Halsey III...

By Washington Post editors  | May 25, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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D.C. may ease rules for tour guides

To obtain a D.C. tour guide license, it’s not enough to know that the Washington Monument is the world’s tallest obelisk at 555 feet, 5.5 inches, that Thomas Circle was named for Union Gen. George Henry Thomas or that the...

By Washington Post editors  | May 25, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Sex abuse charge for ROTC instructor

A Howard County ROTC instructor was arrested Monday night and charged with having sex with a student in a school, Fox 5 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 25, 2010; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Md. law requires children wear life jackets

A new law in Maryland requires children under 13 wear personal floatation devices when on water craft less than 21 feet long, the Associated Press reports. The law, which went into effect in April, comes as officers with Maryland Natural...

By Washington Post editors  | May 25, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Maryland waives MoCo school fine

The Maryland State Board of Education voted Tuesday to waive a fine levied against Montgomery County schools for education funding below state minimums.

By Washington Post editors  | May 25, 2010; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Road work halts for holiday

All highway construction projects in Maryland and Virginia will be suspended for the Memorial Day weekend, opening traffic lanes on the interstates and state highways.

By Washington Post Editors  | May 25, 2010; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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9/11 beam makes stop in Pr. George's

Prince George's County residents and firefighters got to glimpse a relic of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.

By Washington Post editors  | May 25, 2010; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. gets $4M in aid for December snow

Leaders of the Federal Emergency Management Agency say they have committed nearly $4 million to help Maryland recover from a December 2009 snowstorm.

By Washington Post editors  | May 25, 2010; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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D.C. Council considers commuter tax

The D.C. Council is poised to take up a change to the city charter that would clear the way to impose a commuter tax on most city government workers including teachers and principals, public safety personnel and administrative and blue-collar...

By Washington Post editors  | May 25, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Facebook to unveil new privacy controls

On stage today at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York, Facebook’s vice president of product Chris Cox announced that starting Wednesday, Facebook will be rolling out “drastically simplified” and improved privacy controls, theTech Crunch blog reports. Cox didn’t give any details...

By Washington Post editors  | May 25, 2010; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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'Screen on the Green' in jeopardy

Fans have launched a grass-roots campaign to save the annual "Screen on the Green," the outdoor movie festival that showcases free classic movies on the Mall, WAMU reports. Jesse Rauch heads the Save the Screen on the Green campaign. Rauch...

By Washington Post editors  | May 25, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Marriott will double China presence

Marriott International Inc. said Monday it plans to double the number of hotels it runs in China in about five years. Marriott had 47 hotels in China at the end of the first quarter and expects to have a total...

By Washington Post editors  | May 25, 2010; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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U.S. marshal accused of assaulting wife

A top official with the U.S. Marshal Service office in Washington has been placed on leave after being charged with severely beating his wife, according to court documents, the Washington Examiner reports. Sylvester E. Jones, the assistant director of the...

By Washington Post editors  | May 25, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Va. teen cyclist remembered at vigil

Mourning replaced celebration for Fairfax High School senior and wrestler Abdel Ouahid Chadli, 18, who was killed Friday in Fairfax County when an out-of-control sport-utility vehicle veered across a median strip and six traffic lanes and onto a bicycle path,...

By Washington Post editors  | May 25, 2010; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Pedestrian struck in Hillandale

A pedestrian was struck by a car and seriously injured Monday night in the Hillandale area of Montgomery County, authorities said. The incident occurred about 8:45 p.m. in the southbound lanes of New Hampshire Avenue at Elton Road, according...

By Erica Johnston  | May 24, 2010; 11:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Gun seized by police reported stolen

An Alexandria man has been arrested in an incident in which a gun seized by an officer during a traffic stop was later reported to police as stolen, Prince William County police said. County police said that an officer who...

By Erica Johnston  | May 24, 2010; 7:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Stevie Wonder tickets for teachers stolen

Hundreds of concert tickets intended for D.C. public school teachers to see Stevie Wonder perform have been stolen, according to WTOP radio.

By Washington Post editors  | May 24, 2010; 5:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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School bus driver faces porn charges

A 27-year-old Prince George's man, who worked as a bus driver for the Prince George's County school system has been arrested for allegedly producing child pornography, authorities said Monday. Scott Smallwood of Upper Marlboro, who was scheduled to appear in...

By Washington Post editors  | May 24, 2010; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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White House to honor Paul McCartney

The Jonas Brothers, Faith Hill, Stevie Wonder and Jerry Seinfeld are among an all-star lineup that will honor Paul McCartney next month at the White House. McCartney will receive the third Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of...

By Washington Post editors  | May 24, 2010; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Woman says fall changed her accent

A Fairfax County woman says she suffers from Foreign Accent Syndrome because of a fall she took at a 4-H youth conference, reports Ryan Abbott of Courthouse News Service. Abbott reports that Foreign Accent Syndrome is a rare condition occurring...

By Washington Post editors  | May 24, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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D.C. is most fit city in the U.S.

For the third year in a row, the Metropolitan D.C. area received the #1 ranking for the fittest city in the nation in the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) American Fitness Index, the blog We Love D.C. reports. The...

By Washington Post editors  | May 24, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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D.C. running low on free condoms

D.C. officials have been struggling to supply condoms to non-profit organizations that partner with the city to battle HIV/AIDS, D.C. Wire reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 24, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Trooper breaks leg, makes arrest

Maryland State Police say a trooper who broke his leg during a foot chase still managed to make the arrest.

By Washington Post editors  | May 24, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  Frederick Maryland, broken leg, maryland state police, maryland state trooper  
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"Bruno" lawsuit filed in D.C. court

A Palestinian man portrayed as a terrorist in the movie “Bruno” has taken his lawsuit to D.C. Superior Court after the defendants argued the federal court lacked jurisdiction.

By Washington Post editors  | May 24, 2010; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. Sept. 11 statue fails to sell on eBay

A 40-foot bronze statue in Maryland dedicated to the heroes of the Sept. 11 attacks has failed to sell on eBay. A court-appointed receiver tried to sell the sculpture of New York City firefighters to recoup money for victims...

By Washington Post editors  | May 24, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Stafford schools reopen after lockdown

A person was taken into custody Monday morning after several Stafford County schools were place on lockdown while police searched for a suspicious person in the area, ABC 7 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 24, 2010; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  | Tags:  lockdown, schools, stafford county  
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Middle school students' info stolen

A USB drive containing the personal information of students at a Woodbridge middle school was stolen during a burglary last week, according to a notice sent to parents on Friday.

By Washington Post editors  | May 24, 2010; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  | Tags:  burglary, lake ridge middle school, theft, usb, woodbridge  
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VDOT seeks help keeping the grass cut

The Virginia Department of Transportation is seeking volunteers to help keep the grass cut along some state roads after the department's annual mowing budget was slashed nearly in half.

By Washington Post editors  | May 24, 2010; 8:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  | Tags:  department of transportation, mowing, virginia, volunteers  
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One person found shot on B-W Pkwy

Authorities said U.S Park Police are looking into an incident in which one person was found suffering from a gunshot wound inside a car on southbound Baltimore-Washington Parkway, late Sunday night, WJLA reports. Officers responded to reports of gunfire in...

By Washington Post editors  | May 24, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Dulles' Drive for Charity raises $226K

The second annual Drive for Charity on the Dulles Greenway raised more than $226,000 for Loudoun area charities, WTOP reports. Proceeds from tolls paid by more than 63,000 drivers during the annual event, held May 20, will be donated to...

By Washington Post editors  | May 24, 2010; 7:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Zoo opens DNA lab

The National Zoo says it is opening a new DNA lab that will help protect endangered species in the wild and in zoos worldwide. The lab located on the Zoo's “Research Hill” is scheduled to open Tuesday. Smithsonian officials says...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 23, 2010; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Police investigate death of Laurel infant

Anne Arundel County police say they are investigating the death of a six-month-old boy found in a Laurel home. Police say officers were called to the home on Edge Rock Way for a report of a death. When officers arrived...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 23, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Report: Theft ring at Cheesecake Factory

Updated, 4:33 p.m.: The Post now has full report up about the alleged theft. Original post: Servers at the D.C. Cheesecake Factory allegedly helped steal $117,000 from diners by pilfering their credit card numbers for an accomplice, the Washington Examiner...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 23, 2010; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Man shot nine times in Dundalk

Baltimore County police are investigating two homicides, including a case where a man had been shot nine times in Dundalk. Police say the 40-year-old victim was still breathing when officers found him early Saturday. But he died shortly after at...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 23, 2010; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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