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Pregnant woman attacked in her home

A pregnant woman was attacked and seriously wounded in her home in upper Montgomery County on Friday, and another woman was arrested and charged in the attack, county police said.

By Eric Athas  | June 5, 2010; 9:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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Retired officer shot in NE carjacking

D.C. police are investigating a shooting late Saturday morning in the 1300 block of Kennilworth Avenue NE. A male adult was shot in the arm multiple times and was concious and breathing, said Officer Eric Frost, a police spokesman. The investigation is ongoing.

By Washington Post Editors  | June 5, 2010; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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UPDATE: Teen shot, killed in SE D.C.

D.C. police are investigating a fatal shooting overnight in Southeast Washington. About 2:55 a.m. Saturday, police responded to the 1600 block of W Street SE and found a male victim shot multiple times, said Officer Eric Frost, a police spokesman.

By Washington Post Editors  | June 5, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  | Tags:  homicide, shooting  
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Kenilworth Avenue NE cleared

Two lanes are blocked on northbound Kenilworth Avenue NE at Burroughs Avenue because of police activity. Authorities are asking motorists to use an alternate route.

By Washington Post Editors  | June 5, 2010; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bicyclist hit by 2 cars dies

A bicyclist was killed late Friday in Southeast Washington when he was struck by two vehicles, D.C. police say. About 10:45 p.m., the male cyclist traveling, southwest in the 1400 block of Southern Avenue SE, was struck by a 2004 Chevy Suburban, said Officer Eric Frost, a police spokesman. The driver remained at the scene.

By Washington Post Editors  | June 5, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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911 call of Tara O'Malley incident released

Baltimore police called an ambulance last week for Gov. Martin O'Malley's 18-year-old daughter out of concern for alcohol poisoning after she was found unconscious near the Inner Harbor. Baltimore police on Friday released recordings of a 911 call and a...

By Washington Post Editors  | June 5, 2010; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Body found in lake was wanted man

Howard County police are working with Montgomery County authorities to investigate the discovery of a body in the Triadelphia Reservoir near Brighton Dam on Friday.

By Washington Post Editors  | June 5, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  body found in lake, triadelphia reservoir  
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Three kitchen fires in D.C.

Kitchens are traditionally hot, but three kitchens in the District had more than their share of high temperatures on Friday.

By Eric Athas  | June 4, 2010; 11:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro investigates bus crash

Metro is investigating a Thursday crash involving a bus and a parked truck in Northeast Washington that was captured on video and posted on a blog, a Metro spokeswoman said.

By Eric Athas  | June 4, 2010; 11:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Cruiser crashes in Pr. George's

Three cars, including a Prince George’s County police cruiser, collided Friday night in the Coral Hills area of the county, police said.

By Eric Athas  | June 4, 2010; 11:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Infant girl found alone in car

A toddler was found alone in a car in Gaithersburg Friday, crying and in apparent distress, Montgomery County police said.

By Eric Athas  | June 4, 2010; 10:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  toddler found alone inside car  
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Ohio student wins bee

Lanson Tang, an eighth grade student from Potomac, will not advance to the eighth round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

By Eric Athas  | June 4, 2010; 8:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Tags:  lanson tang Scripps National Spelling Bee finals  
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Ffx. police union sues over pay

Fairfax County’s police union filed a lawsuit last week against the county over frozen pay increases for long-serving officers.

By Washington Post Editors  | June 4, 2010; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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New principal for Wakefield H.S.

The Arlington School Board Thursday night appointed a new principal for Wakefield High School. Christian Willmore, the school’s assistant principal since 2002, will take the post in July. Willmore is a fluent Spanish speaker who taught in the District before...

By Washington Post editors  | June 4, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Union Station reopens

Update 3:30 p.m. Authorities now say, contrary to a WMATA press release, "There was no one shot; there were no shots fired." The victim was unconcious with non-life-threatening head injuries, and police said he was "struck" by a person, Dr....

By Washington Post editors  | June 4, 2010; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Day laborer debate surfaces in Va. race

The two Republican primary candidates in Virginia's 11th congressional district have waded into the debate over an immigrant day labor work center in Centreville, with both publicly opposing the plan. Keith Fimian, an Oakton businessman seeking a second chance to...

By Washington Post editors  | June 4, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Video: Metrobus hits parked car

This video of a Metrobus hitting a parked car (yes, a parked car) comes to us courtesy of the Unsuck DC Metro blog. As they say, you have to see it to believe it....

By Washington Post editors  | June 4, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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U-Va.'s Starsia wants to continue coaching

Virginia men's lacrosse coach Dom Starsia said Friday that he has no immediate plans to retire and wants to return as coach next season after his team completed a season that was overshadowed by the arrest of senior midfielder George...

By Washington Post editors  | June 4, 2010; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Water rate hike in Alexandria

Alexandria is one of the only localities in Virginia that has private water service, an arrangement that dates back to the 1840s, when the city left the District and returned to Virginia, WAMU reports. The way current utility regulation works...

By Washington Post editors  | June 4, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Our favorite D.C. area blog posts

It's that time again. Here are our five favorite entries from the D.C. area blogosphere. (And if you know of a fabulous blog you'd like us to know about, just message aratanil@washpost.com) The blog of the Parents Coalition of Montgomery...

By Washington Post editors  | June 4, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Loris AM Buzz  
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Obama visits Prince George's

Normally, the only vehicles that come to the 5000 block of Tuxedo Road in Cheverly are buses, trucks and cars transporting people working in warehouses. But on Friday, Tuxedo Road was swarming with Secret Service agents. President Barak Obama and...

By Washington Post editors  | June 4, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mirant sues Montgomery County

Montgomery County's largest polluter is suing the county over a new law that imposes a tax on its carbon dioxide emissions, The Gazette reports. A much-anticipated lawsuit was filed Monday on behalf of the Mirant coal-fired power plant in Dickerson,...

By Washington Post editors  | June 4, 2010; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lyme disease spreading in Virginia

Health officials say Lyme disease is spreading in Virginia but they're not sure why.

By Mike McPhate  | June 4, 2010; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  | Tags:  lyme disease, virginia  
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Pedestrian hit in North Bethesda

A pedestrian was hit Friday morning near the intersection of southbound Highway 355/Rockville Pike and Marinelli Road in North Bethesda, police said.

By Mike McPhate  | June 4, 2010; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation  | Tags:  bethesda, hit, pedestrian, rockville pike  
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Community college enrollment up in Va.

Enrollment at Virginia's community colleges reached record levels during the 2009-2010 academic year.

By Mike McPhate  | June 4, 2010; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  community colleges, enrollment, virginia  
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Chris Brown concert in Va. canceled

A concert by R&B star Chris Brown set for Friday in Fredericksburg has been canceled after a representative for the singer said Brown never signed a contract for the event.

By Mike McPhate  | June 4, 2010; 7:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Chris Brown, concert, fredericksburg  
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Man arrested after NE shooting, chase

Police arrested a person after a Northeast shooting and police chase that ended with a crash in Alexandria early Friday.

By Mike McPhate  | June 4, 2010; 7:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Virginia  | Tags:  chase, northeast, police, shooting  
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Woman's skull, bones found in Dale City

The skull and bones of a woman were found Wednesday in a wooded area of Dale City, Prince William police said.

By Mike McPhate  | June 4, 2010; 6:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  | Tags:  bones, dale city, skull  
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Lori's A.M. BUZZ

Good morning. It's National Doughnut Day. It's a Code Orange day, so air quality is quite poor. Officials say you should try and stay inside if you can. You'd have a perfectly legitimate excuse for putting off that afternoon jog...

By Washington Post editors  | June 4, 2010; 6:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Report: Bus driver assaulted woman

A Metro bus driver has been sentenced to 6 months in a halfway house after he allegedly pushed a woman who had spit on him for failing to pick her up.

By Mike McPhate  | June 4, 2010; 6:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Traffic and Transportation  | Tags:  assault, brookland, bus, metro  
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Forecast: Air quality poor Friday

Area officials are warning residents who are sensitive to air pollution to avoid outdoor activity Friday.

By Mike McPhate  | June 4, 2010; 5:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  air quality, orange, weather  
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Suspect captured in fatal stabbing

The suspect in the fatal stabbing of a Woodbridge man has been captured, Prince William County police said.

By Mike McPhate  | June 4, 2010; 4:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  | Tags:  murder, prince william, stabbing, zamora  
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2 men run afoul of Obama motorcade

Secret Service officers have subdued two men who refused to get out of the street as President Barack Obama's motorcade was returning to the White House. Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan says Obama was returning Thursday night from a school...

By Erica Johnston  | June 3, 2010; 11:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Boy hit, killed by vehicle in NE D.C.

A boy was struck and killed by a vehicle in the Trinidad neighborhood of Northeast Washington Thursday evening, D.C. police said.

By Erica Johnston  | June 3, 2010; 9:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Storms knock out power to thousands

Heavy rainstorms swept through the area Thursday evening and knocked out power to thousands in the region, and caused some traffic headaches, utility companies reported. Dominion Power said more than 15,000 people were without power, mostly concentrated in the...

By Erica Johnston  | June 3, 2010; 8:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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3 area kids advance to bee semifinals

The 83rd Scripps National Spelling Bee has been narrowed from 273 spellers from all over the globe to 48 semifinalists, including three from the D.C. area. The semifinalists were selected based on a written test they took on Wednesday and...

By Erica Johnston  | June 3, 2010; 8:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Missing girl, 12, is found safe

A 12-year-old Montgomery County girl missing since last week was found safe Thursday evening in the District, according to police. Still missing is the girl’s 14-year-old friend, who wasn’t with her. The pair left North Bethesda Middle School on...

By Erica Johnston  | June 3, 2010; 8:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Roads reopening in Dupont area

Police are reopening Q Street NW and the Dumbarton bridge tonight after shutting them down because they feared that a man might jump from the bridge onto the Rock Creek Parkway below. Assistant D.C. police chief Diane Groomes says...

By Erica Johnston  | June 3, 2010; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Weast recommends against two charters

Montgomery County schools Superintendent Jerry D. Weast on Thursday recommended that two charter school applications be turned down, after a review panel also recommended against their approval, the Washington Post's Michael Birnbaum reports. The Montgomery County Board of Education, which...

By Anne Bartlett  | June 3, 2010; 6:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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School bus accident reported in S.E. D.C.

D.C. Fire and EMS are reporting an accident involving a school bus at 51st Street and Southern Avenue Southeast.

By Washington Post editors  | June 3, 2010; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Free rides for Ft. Meade workers

The state of Maryland says it is committing $200,000 a year to give free rides home to Fort Meade workers who must leave early or stay late. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown announced the program Wednesday as part of a plan...

By Washington Post editors  | June 3, 2010; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro chairman to appear on WAMU

Metro Board of Directors Chairman Peter Benjamin will be on the Kojo Nnamdi show at 12:30 p.m. Friday on WAMU radio at 88.5 FM. Benjamin said he will discuss a broad range of Metro topics. -- Ann Scott Tyson...

By Washington Post editors  | June 3, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Officials: Road worker ignored protocols

U.S. Route 50 eastbound is closed in Annapolis up after a person was struck and killed by a vehicle.

By Mike McPhate  | June 3, 2010; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland, Traffic and Transportation  | Tags:  annapolis, maryland, route 50, traffic  
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Howard offers BRAC help

Howard County officials announced Thursday they have launched a new effort to help individuals and families who relocate to the county as part of the BRAC process. The effort is funded by the U.S. Department of Defense's Office of Economic...

By Washington Post editors  | June 3, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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World Cup getting closer to Dupont

Soccer in the Circle is getting a step closer to becoming a reality. Fans Michael Lipin and Aaron DeNu have received approval from FIFA to host a World Cup fan fest in Dupont Circle park. This approval would allow them to show at least the opening match of the World Cup, U.S. vs. England, on giant screens on June 12.

By Washington Post editors  | June 3, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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MoCo schools to lay off 2 dozen

About two dozen staff, almost all of them teachers, will be laid off from Montgomery County public schools, school officials said Thursday.

By Washington Post Editors  | June 3, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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O'Malley loses family pet

Lady, the golden retriever who graced Maryland state highway maps and gubernatorial Christmas cards, died last month, The Baltimore Sun reports. She was 13 and lived in the governor's mansion. One of many pets in the O'Malley menagerie, Lady came...

By Washington Post editors  | June 3, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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5 great blog posts

Monday through Friday, we comb through more than 350 local blogs to pick out our five favorite posts for Post Now's Web Buzz feature. There's so much wonderful work being done by our D.C. area bloggers that choosing just five...

By Washington Post editors  | June 3, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. college gets Warhol photos

More than 150 photographs taken by pop artist Andy Warhol have been donated to Roanoke College. The college said Wednesday that the photos are among more than 28,000 works being donated by the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program to 183...

By Washington Post editors  | June 3, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MoCo gets state funds for foreclosures

Montgomery County has received an additional $1.7 million in state funds to help buy and rehab foreclosed properties, says Rick Nelson, the county's housing chief.

By Washington Post editors  | June 3, 2010; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Water main break closes Va. school

A water main break has forced ninth-graders at the Minnie Howard campus of T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria to be transferred to the school's nearby King Street campus.

By Mike McPhate  | June 3, 2010; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  | Tags:  alexandria, t.c. williams, water main  
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Spelling bee kicks off with 'serendipity'

The spellers have taken the stage for the 83rd Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington. Fourteen-year-old Allison Black of Ider, Ala., started things off Thursday morning by approaching the microphone and correctly spelling "serendipity." The 273 spellers from around the...

By Washington Post editors  | June 3, 2010; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Police: Man throws, kills girlfriend's kitten

A Staunton man picked up his girlfriend’s black-haired kitten and hurled it against a wall, killing it, after the creature disconnected a video game he was playing, police said.

By Mike McPhate  | June 3, 2010; 8:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  | Tags:  animal cruelty, kitten, staunton  
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Principal: 'Sorry' that kids stuck in heat

The principal of Robert Frost Middle School in Rockville apologized to parents Wednesday after an evacuation at the school led to 24 kids suffering heat-related illnesses.

By Mike McPhate  | June 3, 2010; 7:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  evacuation, joey jones, robert frost middle school, rockville  
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Lori's A. M. Buzz

Good morning. Ahh, June in D.C. Partly sunny and humid with temperatures near 90 and a 50% chance of showers in the evening, the Capital Weather Gang says. The stickiness will go away -- just in time for us to...

By Washington Post editors  | June 3, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Large fire on Minnesota Avenue NE

Firefighters responded Thursday morning to a heavy fire at a commercial building in the 4100 block of Minnesota Avenue NE, D.C. officials said.

By Mike McPhate  | June 3, 2010; 6:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  | Tags:  d.c., fire, minnesota avenue  
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Outbound New York Ave. remains closed

Outbound New York Avenue NE remains closed at Montana Avenue NE Thursday morning as crews work to repair a water main that broke early Wednesday.

By Mike McPhate  | June 3, 2010; 5:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Workers remove body from Potomac

Rescue workers found a body in the Potomac River on Wednesday afternoon, about five miles downstream from where a 13-year-old girl and her mother went missing on Memorial Day, a Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said.

By Washington Post Editors  | June 2, 2010; 5:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man shot in D.C.

Update, 7:51 p.m.: D.C. police now say that the man who was wounded when he walked into a Northwest Washington gas station on Rhode Island Avenue late this afternoon was apparently stabbed, not shot, as was first reported to...

By Erica Johnston  | June 2, 2010; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Teen shot in head dies

The 16-year-old girl shot in the head Monday outside an apartment complex in Greenbelt has died, authorities said Wednesday.

By Washington Post editors  | June 2, 2010; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Parents, school to meet over evacuation

Officials at a Rockville middle school have scheduled a meeting with parents after two dozen students suffered heat-related illnesses when forced to evacuate during a bomb threat.

By Washington Post editors  | June 2, 2010; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Group offers new goals for Chesapeake

Chesapeake Bay advocates rolled out 25 proposed new goals to restore the bay on Wednesday, one day before the region's governors gather to discuss plans for restoring the nation's largest estuary. The advocates want to pressure the District and six...

By Washington Post editors  | June 2, 2010; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DMV building in SW reopens entrance

Update: 2:30 p.m. The district's department of motor vehicles Southwest Service Center building at 95 M st. SW closed one of its public entrances early Wednesday afternoon when pieces of concrete began falling off the facade, a city spokeswoman said....

By Washington Post editors  | June 2, 2010; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eastbound New York Ave. remains closed

Update, 1:45 p.m. Bad news for New York Avenue commuters. DC WASA reports the eastbound 1600 block of New York Ave. N.E. will continue to be closed for the evening rush hour due to repairs being made to the water...

By Mike McPhate  | June 2, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gas leak forces evacuation in Oxon Hill

Several stores and a day care center have been evacuated as firefighters and utility officials work to control a gas leak at an Oxon Hill shopping center, authorities said. The leak is in the 3400 block of Brinkley Road, fire...

By Washington Post editors  | June 2, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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WAGE could return to N.Va. airwaves

WAGE (1200 AM) could return to the Northern Virginia airwaves by October, following county approval Wednesday of plans to build broadcasting towers. The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, in a 7 to 2 vote, approved a plan for three 195-foot-tall...

By Washington Post editors  | June 2, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New federal funds for Va. schools

Virginia is getting another $324.6 million in stimulus funds for public education.

By Washington Post Editors  | June 2, 2010; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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D.C. teachers approve new contract

The Washington Teachers' Union is expected to announce Wednesday afternoon the results of a ratification vote on a new contract that would give D.C. teachers substantial raises and establish a performance pay system linked to test scores.

By Washington Post editors  | June 2, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Md. man charged with rape of 7-year-old

A 22-year-old Baltimore man has been charged with second-degree rape after the 7-year-old daughter of his live-in girlfriend contracted gonorrhea, the Baltimore Sun reports.

By Washington Post editors  | June 2, 2010; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Caregiver sentenced in Md. neglect case

A judge in Frederick has sentenced a former caregiver to three years’ probation and 900 hours of community service for leaving three severely disabled men locked in a car outside a diner while he ate lunch. Brian Fleming, 47, of...

By Washington Post editors  | June 2, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Preview for Post Hunters

Coming Sunday, the third annual Post Hunt offers a wild, wacky afternoon of brain-teasing puzzles in downtown D.C. The founders of the Hunt – Dave Barry, Tom Shroder and Gene Weingarten – will be online at noon Wednesday to preview the event and take your questions. Interested? Go here to chat.

By Washington Post editors  | June 2, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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U-Md. looking into theft of gift cards

The University System of Maryland is investigating how $40,700 in gift cards intended for needy families were distributed by University of Maryland-Baltimore's School of Social Work staff and students.

By Washington Post editors  | June 2, 2010; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Guilty plea in drunk driving case

The wife of U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) has pleaded guilty to drunken driving, and a northern Virginia judge has placed severe restrictions on her driver's license for the next year.

By Washington Post editors  | June 2, 2010; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  | Tags:  Sen. Richard Lugar, drunk driving, dwi  
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Fatal crash in Prince George's

Prince George's County Fire and EMS is reporting that there has been a crash on Crain Highway and Frank Tippet Road in Cheltenham involving two vehicles.

By Washington Post editors  | June 2, 2010; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Zipcar plans an IPO

Zipcar Inc., whose backers include Steve Case’s Revolution LLC, plans to go public, the Washington Business Journal reports. The Cambridge, Mass.-based company has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public stock offering, though the company has...

By Washington Post editors  | June 2, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Pocahontas' charged in D.C. protest

The 20-year-old woman who chained herself to the fence in front of the White House on Tuesday is actress Q'orianka Kilcher, NBC 4 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | June 2, 2010; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Major explosives haul uncovered in D.C.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says agents have made their biggest explosives bust in recent history in the District. Officials say agents had been buying explosives, commercial fireworks and handguns from 61-year-old Laquinn Williams over the last...

By Mike McPhate  | June 2, 2010; 7:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: An introduction

Good morning! Welcome to Lori's A.M. Buzz and to The Washington Post's new local page. Let us know what you think. I hope you'll also check out my colleague Mike DeBonis' new local politics blog, called DeBonis. He explains the...

By Washington Post editors  | June 2, 2010; 6:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Car crashes into Pr. George's home

A car crashed into a Seat Pleasant home around 10 p.m. Tuesday, causing a gas leak, ABC7 is reporting. The leak in the 200 block of 69th Street forced nearby homes to be evacuated for about an hour, but no...

By Mike McPhate  | June 2, 2010; 6:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sentencing set for neglectful Md. caretaker

It's sentencing day for a former caretaker who left three severely disabled men locked in a car outside a Frederick diner while he ate lunch. Forty-seven-year-old Brian Fleming could get up to 18 months behind bars Wednesday. He pleaded guilty...

By Mike McPhate  | June 2, 2010; 6:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Suspect flees after police chase in Md.

Police were searching for a suspect Tuesday night after a car chase began in Montgomery County and ended when the vehicle crashed in the Riverdale Heights area, U.S. Park Police said. Two suspects were in the vehicle during the pursuit...

By Mike McPhate  | June 2, 2010; 6:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jonas Brothers play free show in D.C.

A line of young girls stretched around the block at the Warner Theatre in downtown D.C. this morning in anticipation of a free concert by the Jonas Brothers. Girls in line told a News Channel 8 reporter that they were...

By Mike McPhate  | June 2, 2010; 5:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Air quality poor Wednesday

A Code Orange air quality alert has been issued for the D.C. area Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. The warning, issued by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, means air pollution could be harmful for children, the elderly...

By Mike McPhate  | June 2, 2010; 4:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man found shot in NE D.C.

A man who had been shot and wounded was found yesterday afternoon in Northeast Washington about a block from the MARC commuter rail tracks. The man was found about 4 p.m. in the 2900 block of South Dakota Avenue, a...

By Erica Johnston  | June 1, 2010; 7:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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2 Women create stir outside White House

Two women created a stir outside the White House on Tuesday when one poured a black liquid on the other in a demonstration linked to the visit of the president of Peru. A 20-year-old woman chained herself to the...

By Erica Johnston  | June 1, 2010; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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D.C. seeks to lift ban on overhead wires

D.C. Council members introduced a bill Tuesday that would lift a long federal ban on overhead electrical wires along H Street NE.

By Washington Post editors  | June 1, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Pot could bring in $400K for D.C.

A tax on medical marijuana could generate some $400,000 for Washington over the next five years.

By Washington Post editors  | June 1, 2010; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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K Street reopened after accident

UPDATE, 4:40 p.m. As of 4:36 p.m., authorities report that all lanes of K Street NW have been reopened. UPDATE, 3:15 p.m. Five people were taken to area hospitals Tuesday after several cars, including two cabs, and a bus crashed...

By Washington Post editors  | June 1, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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D.C. cabbies say meters hurting income

D.C. cab drivers distributed fliers throughout the District Monday to talk about the impact the switch to meters has had on their bottom line.

By Washington Post editors  | June 1, 2010; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Potomac River search for woman, teen

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue are searching for two people who may have fallen into the Potomac River Monday.

By Washington Post editors  | June 1, 2010; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Jonas Bros. give free concert in D.C.

In case you haven't heard -- and if you're over a certain age you may not have -- the Jonas Brothers are throwing a mini concert at the Warner Theatre on Wednesday. And it's free! That explains the long line...

By Washington Post editors  | June 1, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Rescued horse must be euthanized

A Garrett County Humane Society official says one of 26 starving horses seized from a Western Maryland farm last month must be euthanized to end its suffering. Volunteer investigator Deb Clatterbuck said Tuesday that the other horses and about two...

By Washington Post editors  | June 1, 2010; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Monument to offer late-night views

The National Park Service is extending hours at the Washington Monument during the busy summer season.

By Washington Post editors  | June 1, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Extended bar hours for World Cup fans?

District soccer fans would be allowed to hit the bars and hoist a pint to their favorite team as early as 7 a.m. throughout the month-long World Cup if the D.C. Council backs emergency legislation proposed by Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), reports the Washington Business Journal.

By Washington Post editors  | June 1, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md.'s Notre Dame to become a university

The College of Notre Dame of Maryland will be changing its designation to "university," which school officials say will bring the name in line with the institution's broadening scope, The Baltimore Sun reports. "In terms of our brand identity, we...

By Washington Post editors  | June 1, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Pr. Geo. signs onto Race to the Top

The Prince George's County teachers union has signed onto Maryland's Race to the Top application, according to the Maryland State Department of Education. This is considered significant because the Montgomery County union did not endorse the state bid. Both county unions are affiliates of the National Education Association.

By Washington Post editors  | June 1, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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IG: security lax at District-owned buildings

A new report by the District's inspector general is ripping the police force tasked with securing city government buildings, including the John A. Wilson Building that houses the offices of the mayor and D.C. Council, the Washington Examiner reports. The...

By Washington Post editors  | June 1, 2010; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Body found in SUV in Gaithersburg

Montgomery County police are investigating what may have happened to a 39-year-old man whose body was found in a white Ford Explorer Monday night in a parking lot in the 800 block of Clopper Road in Gaithersburg, WJLA reports. A...

By Washington Post editors  | June 1, 2010; 7:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Teen girl shot in the head in Greenbelt

A 16-year-old Greenbelt girl was shot last night outside at an apartment complex in the 5900 block of Cherrywood Lane, a spokeswoman for the Greenbelt Police Department said. The girl -- who was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | May 31, 2010; 11:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Protesters decry Israeli action

Demonstrators angry about Israel's naval operation to seize control of an aid flotilla headed for the Gaza Strip wound their through the District streets before ending in front of the White House on Monday. There the 50 or so protesters...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | May 31, 2010; 11:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Firefighters battle tire fire in NE

D.C. Fire and EMS are working on a fire at a tire shop at 1300 New York Avenue NE.

By Washington Post editors  | May 31, 2010; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Arrest in D.C. fatal stabbing

D.C. police have arrested a man in connection with the fatal stabbing of a man who was found on a street in Northwest on Friday.

By Washington Post editors  | May 31, 2010; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Protests at D.C.'s Israeli Embassy

Several groups are planning a demonstration at the Israeli Embassy in Washington to protest a deadly commando raid on ships taking humanitarian aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip.

By Washington Post editors  | May 31, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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1 dead, 1 wounded in robbery attempt

One man is dead and another man is hospitalized after being shot during an apparent robbery in Northwest Washington early Monday, police said.

By Washington Post editors  | May 31, 2010; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro work on schedule

The Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project work on the Orange Line that has resulted in the disruption of rail service between the West Falls Church-VT/UVA and East Falls Church Metrorail stations during the three-day Memorial Day holiday weekend is progressing on...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 31, 2010; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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MoCo council candidates to debate

The budget fight may be over in Montgomery County, but the political battles are just beginning. Ilaya Hopkins, a community activist in Bethesda, is challenging incumbent County Council member Roger Berliner (D-Potomac, Bethesda) in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary. They will debate 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Jane E. Lawton Community Center, 4301 Willow Lane, in Chevy Chase.

By Washington Post editors  | May 31, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Police say man made up attack story

Montgomery County police say the man who told police he had been thrown from a Wheaton parking garage made up the story, Fox 5 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | May 31, 2010; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Preview Kluge estate before auction

Collectors and curiosity seekers hoping to get a piece of philanthropist Patricia Kluge's estate can now preview the 300-acre property in Albemarle County before it goes up for auction.

By Washington Post editors  | May 31, 2010; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pedestrian injured near White House

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle and seriously injured Sunday night near the White House an National Mall, authorities said. The incident occurred about 10:30 p.m. at 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, according to the D.C. fire...

By Erica Johnston  | May 31, 2010; 12:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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3 shot in D.C. late Sunday

Three people were shot in the District in separate incidents late Sunday, authorities said. One shooting apparently occurred near the Verizon Center in downtown. The shootings, each of them far from the others, occurred between 10 and 11 p.m.,...

By Erica Johnston  | May 30, 2010; 11:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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2 killed in Prince George's County

Two people were killed in apparently unrelated shootings in Prince George’s County Saturday evening, authorities said. Few details were immediately available on either killing. The first occurred about 7:30 p.m. in the 5700 block of Auth Road in the...

By Erica Johnston  | May 30, 2010; 6:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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After accident, man dies on Beltway

A Laurel man who had been involved in a minor crash was killed early Sunday after he tried to cross the Capital Beltway to exchange information with the other driver and was hit by a van, authorities said. The...

By Erica Johnston  | May 30, 2010; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Foul odor forces Union Station evacuation

Union Station was evacuated for more than an hour on Sunday afternoon while officials searched for the source of gas smells in the station. The odor was first reported about 1:40 p.m. on Sunday, according to the station’s security office....

By Washington Post Editors  | May 30, 2010; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Va. man dies cutting tree in yard

A Virginia man has died after being injured cutting a tree in his yard. Officials say 44-year-old David Miller was cutting the top off a tree at his Fredericksburg home when he was pinned between the section he'd cut and...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 30, 2010; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Passenger in car shot on Glen Burnie road

Anne Arundel County police say they are looking for information about a shooting in which a man says he was struck while a passenger in a car on Route 100 near Glen Burnie. Police say the man told officers he...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 30, 2010; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Man stabbed to death at D.C. Metro stop

A 21-year-old man was stabbed to death Sunday morning at the Congress Heights Metro Station, according to the transit agency. The attack occurred about 3 a.m. as the station was about to close. Two other people suffered non-life threatening injuries...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 30, 2010; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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3 dead from apparent CO poisoning

Three people were found dead inside a home in Hyattsville Sunday morning, and investigators believe initially they might have been killed by carbon monoxide produced by a gasoline-powered generator that was running inside their home. At about 9:15 a.m. Sunday,...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 30, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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2 killed in shootings in Pr. Georege's

Two people were killed in apparently unrelated shootings in Prince George’s County Saturday evening, authorities said. Few details were immediately available on either killing. The first occurred about 7:30 p.m. in the 5700 block of Auth Road in the...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 30, 2010; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Video: Teen safe after Amber Alert issued

Updated, 8:43 a.m. The teen reportedly abducted in Stafford County Saturday has been located safe in Florida, according to the Stafford County Sheriff's Office. Family members forced the 17-year-old girl into a van at a Target parking lot in Virginia...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 30, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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