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Police locate 'person of interest'

A man who had been described as a person of interest in the killing of a Maryland state police trooper was located Saturday by the Prince George’s county police but police said they had not arrested him. “We want...

By Terri Rupar  | June 12, 2010; 10:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Fire breaks out in SW apartment building

Fire broke out late Saturday afternoon on an upper-story balcony of an apartment house adjacent to the Southwest/Southeast Freeway, authorities said. The fire was reported on a seventh-floor balcony of a building in the 100 block of G Street...

By Terri Rupar  | June 12, 2010; 6:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Thousands in D.C. without power

Update, 11:41 p.m. Power was cut off to about 2,300 homes and businesses in the Shaw area of Northwest Washington on Saturday afternoon after a fire in an electrical manhole, a Pepco spokesman said. A fault in a cable caused...

By Terri Rupar  | June 12, 2010; 5:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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World Cup fever hits Dupont Circle

Dupont Circle looked like a rock concert Saturday as hundreds of soccer fans filled every available patch of grass, waving flags of many countries. Shouts of "USA" rang out through the trees. The crowd was largely young and reflected the...

By Washington Post Editors  | June 12, 2010; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Funeral set for slain Md. trooper

Maryland State Police say the funeral for a slain trooper will be held next week. Trooper 1st Class Wesley W. Brown, 24, was shot and killed early Friday at an Applebee's restaurant in Prince George's County. State police said Saturday...

By Washington Post Editors  | June 12, 2010; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Photo: Md. to unveil new license plates

State officials are unveiling a new license plate that will become standard on all Maryland vehicles. The Motor Vehicle Administration planned to introduce the new plates on Saturday during the agency's centennial celebration at its Glen Burnie headquarters. The plates...

By Washington Post Editors  | June 12, 2010; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Photos: 'Person of interest' sought in death

Prince George's Police released the following images of a "person of interest" that was with Md. trooper Wesley Brown shortly before he was shot at a Forestville Applebee's. (Courtesy of Prince George's Police) (Courtesy of Prince George's Police)...

By Washington Post Editors  | June 12, 2010; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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2 arrested in death of Silver Spring man

Two suspects have been arrested in the death of a man whose body was found June 4 beneath bamboo trees in the Sandy Spring area of Montgomery County, the county police said. Manuel Zelaya-Garcia, 31, and Mariela Vasquez-Melgar, 34,...

By Terri Rupar  | June 11, 2010; 7:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Officer found not guilty of perjury

A jury returned a verdict of not guilty late Friday in the perjury trial of Montgomery County police officer Dina Hoffman. Hoffman was accused of perjury after evidence, including surveillance video footage, contradicted her testimony against a man in a...

By Washington Post Editors  | June 11, 2010; 6:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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Software glitch leads to bad tax bills

The D.C. tax office is fielding phone calls Friday from residents who say they received annual property tax bills higher than usual -- much higher in some cases.

By Washington Post editors  | June 11, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  d.c., d.c. tax office, property tax, tax  
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5 kids in car with suspected drunk driver

Prince William County police have arrested a woman who they say was driving drunk with five children under the age of 14 in her vehicle, ABC 7 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | June 11, 2010; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  | Tags:  drunk driving, dwi, prince william  
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Post to hold town hall meeting on crime

The Washington Post will hold a town hall meeting on June 15 to discuss crime coverage in the D.C. region.

By Naomi Nix  | June 11, 2010; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety  | Tags:  Washington Post, crime, town hall meeting  
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2 men rob armored truck near Metro stop

Investigators are looking for two men dressed as construction workers who Friday robbed an armored truck near the Columbia Heights Metro station, ABC 7 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | June 11, 2010; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  | Tags:  armored truck robbery, columbia heights, construction workers, metro, robbery  
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Student had bomb book, school plans

A student at Northwood High School in Silver Spring was caught with a bomb-making book and plans of the school, officials said Friday, but they are not treating it as a serious threat.

By Michael Birnbaum  | June 11, 2010; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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We've got a feelin'.......

Man dancing on the Metro

By Washington Post editors  | June 11, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  | Tags:  dancer, metro  
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Human trafficking arrest in Laurel

For the second time this week, police have arrested a man at a motel in Laurel who's accused of kidnapping a young woman and forcing her into prostitution.

By Washington Post editors  | June 11, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  human trafficking, kidnapping, prostitution  
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Gray out raises Fenty in last 3 mos.

D.C. mayoral candidate Vincent C. Gray out raised Mayor Adrian M. Fenty during the past three months, but Fenty mayor begins the summer campaign season with nearly ten times as much cash in the bank as the council chairman, according to campaign finance reports released Friday.

By Washington Post editors  | June 11, 2010; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  Adrian Fenty, Vincent C. Gray, election, mayor, mayor adrian fenty, race  
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Lori's A. M. Buzz

Good morning! I'm here today for Lori, who's wrapping up her vacation in sunny California. Here in the D.C. area, we'll also enjoy a sunny and not-too-humid day, with temperatures in the 80s by this afternoon. The weekend is likely...

By Jane Elizabeth  | June 11, 2010; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Loris AM Buzz  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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Maryland state trooper shot, killed

A Maryland state police officer was shot and killed early Friday in the parking lot of a Forestville-area restaurant, Maryland state police said.

By Mike McPhate  | June 11, 2010; 2:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (153)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  Forestville Md., Maryland state police, Prince George's County, officer shot  
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Arlington graves unmarked, misidentified

The Department of the Army has announced that it will release details Thursday afternoon of a six-month investigation into management and operations at Arlington National Cemetery.

By Washington Post editors  | June 10, 2010; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  arlington cemetery, pentagon  
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Herndon's Observer newspapers close

The Herndon-based Observer Newspapers have ended their 30-year run. Publisher Christopher Moore said the newspaper is no longer in business. "We are not planning an issue for this week," Moore said. "The paper has lived its life span."

By Washington Post editors  | June 10, 2010; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Virginia  
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Fight "separates" USPS boss from job

The Federal Eye is reporting that the top U.S. Postal Service official for the Washington region is out of a job after he got into an argument last week with a female postal worker at the Dulles Processing and Distribution Center in Sterling.

By Washington Post editors  | June 10, 2010; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  | Tags:  post office dulles, postal worker, usps  
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Iguana crossing? Not in Md's O.C.

Reptilian pets in Ocean City will have to stay inside after the town council amended local law to keep such creatures off public streets, the beach, Boardwalk, alleys and sidewalks.

By Washington Post editors  | June 10, 2010; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  boardwalk, iguana, ocean city  
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Holocaust Museum honors slain guard

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is marking the first anniversary since one of its security guards was gunned down by a white supremacist.

By Washington Post editors  | June 10, 2010; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Maryland  | Tags:  holocaust museum, holocaust shooting, james von brunn  
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Va. red-light cameras delayed 1 week

Arlington has delayed by one week the planned use of new red-light cameras at four intersections.

By Washington Post editors  | June 10, 2010; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  | Tags:  Arlington County Virginia, red-light camera  
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Out of at-large race, in for Ward 6

Kelvin Robinson, a Democrat who waged a short-lived campaign for an at-large D.C. council seat, has announced that he's dropping out of that race to challenged council member Tommy Wells for the Ward 6 seat, Mike DeBonis reports.

By Washington Post editors  | June 10, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  DC Council, election, kelvin robinson, tommy wells, ward 6  
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Bowie man indicted in sex assault of teen

A grand jury has indicted a 51-year-old Bowie man who was charged with having sex with a 17-year-old female student in a school supply closet, the Baltimore Sun reports.

By Washington Post editors  | June 10, 2010; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  Howard County Maryland, Sexual Abuse and Assault, bowie, howard county schools, jrotc, rotc  
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Book cheers Md. lobbyist

Not many statehouse lobbyists get credit in a book, let alone get a book all about them. But Michael Pertschuk pays homage to Maryland's indefatigable public interest campaigner Vinny DeMarco in a new book, “The DeMarco Factor: Transforming Public Will Into Political Power.”

By Washington Post Editors  | June 10, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland  
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Court rules for Episcopal Church

The Supreme Court of Virginia has reversed the ruling of a Fairfax judge who decided in favor of conservative Anglicans fighting the Episcopal Church for tens of millions of dollars of church land.

By Washington Post editors  | June 10, 2010; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  episcopal church, virginia supreme court  
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D.C. grocer bans water bottles

MOM's Organic Market is getting in on D.C.’s anti-plastic push with a decision to eliminate the sale of water bottles from its six regional markets.

By Mike McPhate  | June 10, 2010; 9:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  business, washington  
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2 area school systems top grad rate list

The Montgomery County schools have the highest graduation rate among the country's 50 largest school systems, an education news outlet reported Thursday. Fairfax County isn't far behind--in second place.

By Washington Post editors  | June 10, 2010; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  graduation rate, montgomery county, montgomery county schools  
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Second teen arrested in D.C. killing

A second teenage boy has been arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death of a Capitol Heights man, D.C. police said. The victim, 29-year-old Manuel D. Sanchez, was working with a cleaning crew behind a property in the...

By Mike McPhate  | June 10, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  | Tags:  Homicide, Juvenile Justice, dc  
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Lori's A. M. Buzz

Good morning! I'm subbing for Lori again on this perfect summer day. It's going to be sunny and dry, with temperatures in the 80s this afternoon afternoon easing into the 70s this evening.

By Jane Elizabeth  | June 10, 2010; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Loris AM Buzz  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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Va. man accused of secretly taping teens

A Centreville man has been charged with secretly recording teenagers in a changing room during a party at his home, FOX 5 is reporting.

By Mike McPhate  | June 10, 2010; 7:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  centreville, crime  
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Montgomery County guns case dismissed

A judge has dismissed a case brought by Montgomery County against a company it accused of misusing taxpayer funds in a firearms-selling scheme, the Washington Examiner reports.

By Mike McPhate  | June 10, 2010; 6:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  guns, montgomery county  
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D.C. official indicted on bribery charges

A Washington D.C. tax official has been indicted in federal court on bribery charges, according to a Washington Examiner report.

By Mike McPhate  | June 10, 2010; 6:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  | Tags:  crime, tax, washington dc  
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Three men shot in Oxon Hill

Prince George’s police are investigating a triple shooting outside a residence in Oxon Hill early Thursday morning.

By Mike McPhate  | June 10, 2010; 4:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  crime, oxon hill, shooting  
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Bicyclist struck in Dupont Circle

A 60-year-old bicyclist suffered minor injuries Wednesday night when he was struck by a vehicle in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, authorities said. The accident happened on 18th Street near the intersection with Florida Avenue about 8 p.m., said Officer...

By Erica Johnston  | June 9, 2010; 10:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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3 men shot near Howard U.

Update, 9:32 p.m.: Three young men were shot and seriously wounded Wednesday night in the Shaw neighborhood of Northwest D.C., D.C. police said. Several off-duty officers near the 9:30 Club, a popular music venue, heard gunshots about 7:40 p.m,...

By Erica Johnston  | June 9, 2010; 7:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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Stolen car crashes in U Street area

The driver of a stolen car crashed into a park car Wednesday afternoon in the heart of a busy U Street corridor in Northwest Washington, authorities said. No injuries were reported, but one person was arrested after the stolen...

By Erica Johnston  | June 9, 2010; 7:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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Bowie man accused of abusing child

A 19-year-old Bowie man who allegedly inappropriately touched a 5-year-old family member has been arrested, ABC 7 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | June 9, 2010; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  Sexual Abuse and Assault  
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Md. waiter gets 18 mos. for robbery

A former waiter in Frederick is spending 18 months in jail for robbing his workplace by pretending to take an alleged accomplice hostage.

By Washington Post editors  | June 9, 2010; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  Frederick Maryland, frederick, hostage, robbery, waiter  
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Politics and Prose up for sale

Politics and Prose, the iconic independent bookstore on Connecticut Avenue NW that has held on against withering competition from Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com and now even Costco, will soon announce what customers and employees have long feared: The place is for sale.

By Washington Post editors  | June 9, 2010; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  barbara meade, bookstore, carla cohen, politics and prose  
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Slots buy for state's first casino approved

A Maryland board has approved buying 1,062 slot machines for the state's first casino for $49 million.

By Washington Post editors  | June 9, 2010; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  maryland slots, slot machines  
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Police say girl robbed walking to school

Montgomery County police are investigating a report that an 11-year-old girl was robbed and assaulted on her way to school Wednesday, ABC 7 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | June 9, 2010; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  Sexual Abuse and Assault, montgomery county police, montgomery county schools, robbery, school  
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Gay marriage could be issue in straw poll

Same-sex marriage opponents are gearing up to try to influence Saturday’s D.C. Democratic Committee straw poll, Tim Craig reports at D.C. Wire.

By Washington Post editors  | June 9, 2010; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  DC Council, Same-sex marriage, fenty, gay marriage, gray  
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Abramoff released from Md. prison

The Federal Bureau of Prisons says disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff is at a halfway house somewhere in the mid-Atlantic region after his release from a federal prison in western Maryland.

By Washington Post editors  | June 9, 2010; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  jack abramoff, lobbyist, prison  
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Maryland official faces DUI charge

Anne Arundel County police say the director of the attorney general's civil rights office is facing drunken driving charges.

By Mike McPhate  | June 9, 2010; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  anne arundel, crime  
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Fired bus drivers returning to Metro

Two Metro bus drivers fired for misconduct are back on the job after an arbitration decision in their favor, according to a Washington Examiner report.

By Mike McPhate  | June 9, 2010; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  DC, Traffic and Transportation  | Tags:  metro  
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Report: ESPN Zone eateries closing

Walt Disney Co. is closing down most of its ESPN Zone restaurants, a source tells the Baltimore Sun.

By Mike McPhate  | June 9, 2010; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  business, espn, washington  
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Lori's A. M. Buzz

I’m filling in for Lori on this rainy morning;forecasters expect temperatures rising to the mid-seventies today and sunshine to return tomorrow.

By Jane Elizabeth  | June 9, 2010; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McPherson Station reopens after smoke

Metro riders are experiencing Orange Line delays after reports of smoke at McPherson Station. A tweet from D.C. Fire and EMS said the cause could be an overheated light fixture.

By Mike McPhate  | June 9, 2010; 7:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  DC, Traffic and Transportation  | Tags:  orange line  
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Center for gay Latinos opens in D.C.

Image from a flier for Mpodérate's opening. A health center for gay, bisexual and transgendered Latino youths launched Tuesday in Mount Pleasant, WAMU reports. The clinic, called Mpoderate, was created by the D.C.-based nonprofit La Clinica Del Pueblo to provide...

By Mike McPhate  | June 9, 2010; 7:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  d.c., health, hiv/aids, mount pleasant  
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Pedestrian struck, killed in Md.

A woman was struck and killed by a vehicle in Charlotte Hall Tuesday night, Maryland State Police said.

By Mike McPhate  | June 9, 2010; 6:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland, Traffic and Transportation  | Tags:  maryland, pedestrian  
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Cops: Md. man kills self in front of wife

A Crownsville man killed himself with a single shotgun round in front of his estranged wife Tuesday afternoon, Anne Arundel County police said.

By Mike McPhate  | June 9, 2010; 5:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  crime, maryland  
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Md. prison escapee caught with gun

Maryland State Police say an escapee from the maximum-security Western Correctional Institution near Cumberland was carrying a loaded, .22-caliber handgun when he was caught.

By Mike McPhate  | June 9, 2010; 5:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. gets $6.38M for storm repair

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says Virginia is getting nearly $6.4 million to fix damage from a nasty storm last December.

By Mike McPhate  | June 9, 2010; 4:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro running well after crowding reports

Update, 10:23 p.m.: The Metro seems to be running smoothly after the Nationals' victory tonight, after initial reports of crowding. Earlier: Two surges of baseball fans from the Nationals Park tonight appeared to challenge the capacity of the Metro...

By Erica Johnston  | June 8, 2010; 9:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Possible spill reported in the Potomac

Update, 7:43 p.m.: D.C. fire department hazmat crews cleared the scene on the Potomac River at Chain Bridge, after authorities learned the substance found in the water was an organic cleaner, and not harmful to the water quality, said...

By Erica Johnston  | June 8, 2010; 7:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Colombian diplomat's home burgled

The ambassador of Colombia was awakened early Monday by a burglary at her official residence in a Dupont Circle mansion.

By Washington Post Editors  | June 8, 2010; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Unclaimed bag causes closure in SW

Update, 8:15 p.m.: C Street SW has been reopened after D.C. police determined that nothing dangerous was inside of a black bag found there earlier Tuesday afternoon. Earlier: D.C. police are investigating a suspicious package in Southwest Washington, after...

By Erica Johnston  | June 8, 2010; 6:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Police: Girl left in car while mom got high

A Virginia woman is accused of leaving her 3-year-old daughter in a car outside a motel in Frederick while she used heroin inside.

By Washington Post editors  | June 8, 2010; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Branding Montgomery County schools

Montgomery County Public Schools could soon become a brand sold around the country, under a contract with an education publisher approved by the Board of Education Tuesday afternoon.

By Washington Post editors  | June 8, 2010; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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D.C. AIDS director resigns

Shannon Hader, director of the city's HIV/AIDS Administration, is expected to resign Tuesday, three years after taking over a beleaguered agency she is credited with turning around.

By Washington Post editors  | June 8, 2010; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Federal Center SW Metro evacuated

Federal Center Metro station has been evacuated, D.C. Fire and EMS reports. There is smoke in the station from a light fixture near the platform area, officials say. There are no injuries, but trains may be affected passing through.

By Washington Post editors  | June 8, 2010; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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NTSB to investigate plane crash

Vintage airplane crashes at national airport

By Washington Post editors  | June 8, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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MoCo school budget approved with cuts

Montgomery County public schools will see larger class sizes, less support for teachers and some layoffs under a budget that was approved Tuesday afternoon by the county's Board of Education.

By Washington Post editors  | June 8, 2010; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Sligo Creek golf course to stay open

Sligo Creek Golf Course, the nine-hole Silver Spring course beloved by many for its relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, will remain open indefinitely.

By Washington Post editors  | June 8, 2010; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Natalee Holloway center opens in D.C.

The mother of an Alabama teen who disappeared in Aruba in 2005 is launching a resource center named for her daughter to help the families of missing persons.

By Washington Post editors  | June 8, 2010; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Schieffer named Whitman grad speaker

Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda has arranged for a new speaker to replace Helen Thomas for its graduation exercises next Monday: Bob Schieffer, the veteran CBS television journalist.

By Washington Post editors  | June 8, 2010; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Va. studies raising road speed limit

Safety studies are under way to determine whether the speed limit on some highways in Virginia could be raised from 65 to 70 miles per hour.

By Washington Post editors  | June 8, 2010; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz

Good morning! It’s going to be a sunny day here -- believe it or not, nicer than today's weather in San Francisco, where Lori's vacationing.

By Jane Elizabeth  | June 8, 2010; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Media in court over U-Va. slaying docs

A group of media outlets hopes to find out why search warrants were sealed in the investigation into the death of a University of Virginia women's lacrosse player. A hearing on the issue is scheduled Tuesday in Charlottesville. A judge...

By Mike McPhate  | June 8, 2010; 7:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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2 Va. teachers honored by Obama

Two Virginia teachers are being honored by President Barack Obama.

By Mike McPhate  | June 8, 2010; 7:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Arlington among least fiscally stressed

A list of the 20 least economically stressed counties with populations of at least 25,000 and their April 2010 Stress scores, according to The Associated Press Economic Stress Index.

By Mike McPhate  | June 8, 2010; 7:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. court to hear death row appeal

Lawyers for a death row inmate are asking the Virginia Supreme Court to overturn his sentence because a juror's co-workers urged her to give him death.

By Mike McPhate  | June 8, 2010; 7:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Fox-like animal attacks in Manassas

Two people have been bitten by a fox-like creature in Signal Hill Park, Manassas, and have been treated for rabies, according to a report by The News & Messenger.

By Mike McPhate  | June 8, 2010; 7:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Twitter seeking liaison in D.C.

Social networking site Twitter has posted its first D.C.-based job opening, a liaison with government officials and political groups.

By Mike McPhate  | June 8, 2010; 6:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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D.C. man gets 21 years in beating death

A Washington man has been sentenced to 21 years in prison after admitting that he beat a man to death in a Southeast D.C. parking lot.

By Mike McPhate  | June 8, 2010; 6:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Ex-cop guilty for role in '08 shooting

A former detective with the D.C. police department has been found guilty for his role in the 2008 shooting of a man in Southeast D.C.

By Mike McPhate  | June 8, 2010; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Teen held in slaying of 2-year-old girl

Timothy Height. (Courtesy of Annapolis police) A 2-year-old girl who apparently had been beaten was found dead in a house in Annapolis on Saturday and a teenager has been arrested and charged in the incident, Annapolis police said. Timothy Darnell...

By Erica Johnston  | June 7, 2010; 11:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Armored car courier held up at gun point

An armored car courier--the one who carries the moneybags--was held up at gun point Monday as he carried a deposit from a Safeway supermarket in Hyattsville, the Hyattsville police said. The courier was leaving the store on Hamilton Street...

By Erica Johnston  | June 7, 2010; 10:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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4 mos. for throwing Chihuahua off bridge

A man who threw a stranger's 4-pound Chihuahua off a bridge to her death in a fit of anger told the owners Monday that he “was wrong, plain and simple,” before a judge sentenced him to four months in jail.

By Washington Post editors  | June 7, 2010; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
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10 car train, 5 Metro employees removed

Five Metrorail employees were removed from service on Monday after a 10-car train was mistakenly put into service on the Green Line on Monday morning.

By Washington Post editors  | June 7, 2010; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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MoCo planning board acting chair named

Marye Wells-Harley will serve as acting chairman of Montgomery County's planning board for two weeks to allow newly appointed chairman Francoise Carrier to wrap up work as the county's chief hearing examiner.

By Washington Post editors  | June 7, 2010; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Red Line running at reduced speeds

Trains are running at reduced speeds on the Red Line between Woodley Park and Dupont Circle stations due to loose clamps, and it is not clear when the speeds will return to normal, said Metro spokesperson Reggie Woodruff.

By Washington Post editors  | June 7, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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2 bodies found in Ft. Washington house

Two bodies were found inside a house in Fort Washington Monday morning, authorities said.

By Washington Post editors  | June 7, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. wants to tell how you're driving

Virginia is expanding a voluntary program that notifies employers of traffic offenses that could disqualify their drivers from holding a commercial license.

By Washington Post editors  | June 7, 2010; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. to add outposts in China, UK, India

State economic-development officials are planning to set up outposts in China, England and India to lure international business to Virginia.

By Mike McPhate  | June 7, 2010; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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National Zoo gets chirpier

After a 16-year dry spell, the zoo’s red-billed hornbills have added a new chick -- and maybe two.

By Mike McPhate  | June 7, 2010; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lori's A.M. BUZZ

Good morning! I’m filling in for Lori Aratani while she’s in San Francisco this week, and starting with some good news: A break from the late-spring heat wave, with drier air, temperatures in the high seventies, and lots of sunshine predicted for today.

By Mike McPhate  | June 7, 2010; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Helen Thomas dropped by agency

White House journalist Helen Thomas has been dropped by her speaking agency after a video surfaced of her saying Israel should "get the hell" out of Palestine and go to places including Poland, Germany and the United States.

By Mike McPhate  | June 7, 2010; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Hearing in attack on pregnant woman

A suspect in a brutal attack on a pregnant woman in Montgomery County is set to appear in Rockville District Court Monday for a bond review hearing.

By Mike McPhate  | June 7, 2010; 5:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  Devaux, attack, montgomery, pregnant woman  
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Police probe death in Silver Spring

Montgomery County police are investigating a suspicious death in Silver Spring.

By Mike McPhate  | June 7, 2010; 5:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Man faces sentence in Chihuahua tossing

A Brunswick man who threw a stranger's teacup Chihuahua off a bridge, apparently to its death, faces sentencing in Frederick.

By Mike McPhate  | June 7, 2010; 4:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  Chihuahua, David Beers, frederick  
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Helen Thomas disinvited from graduation

Journalist Helen Thomas was scheduled to be the graduation speaker at Walt Whitman High School later this month -- until Sunday, when she was disinvited after comments that she made about Israel and Palestine made many in the community uncomfortable, Montgomery Board of Education President Patricia O'Neill said Sunday.

By Eric Athas  | June 6, 2010; 9:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
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Va. man injured in Chesapeake Bay

A 55-year-old Northern Virginia man was injured in the Chesapeake Bay Saturday in what authorities described as a hit and run incident. The Maryland Natural Resources Police said Mark Gentile, a resident of the Alexandria area, was run over by...

By Erica Johnston  | June 6, 2010; 7:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Wild weather pounds region

Much of the Washington region is under a tornado watch through Sunday evening, as a broken line of strong thunderstorms has been moving across the area. The National Weather Service said the area could experience damaging wind gusts, with large...

By Washington Post Editors  | June 6, 2010; 4:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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11-year-old goes missing in D.C.

Anthony Thomas. (Courtesy of D.C. Police) An 11-year-old boy who went missing in Southwest Washington on Saturday afternoon is now considered a critical missing person, and District police are asking for assistance in locating him. Police said Anthony Thomas was...

By Washington Post Editors  | June 6, 2010; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Remains could be related to Va. killings

Crews may have found remains in York County Saturday and the FBI is investigating the possibility that they may be related to the unsolved Colonial Parkway killings, WAVY in Hampton Roads is reporting. According to the station's report: Crews spent...

By Washington Post Editors  | June 6, 2010; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Report: Bear spotted in NW D.C.

A surveillance camera at an apartment building in the 4800 block of Connecticut Ave. in Northwest captured footage of a bear, NBC 4 is reporting. The footage, which shows the bear and two deer eating in the courtyard of the...

By Washington Post Editors  | June 6, 2010; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Nearly 600 couples to renew vows in D.C.

Nearly 600 couples will renew their marriage vows at a Mass celebrated by Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The 584 couples expected to attend Sunday afternoon's Mass have been married as long as...

By Washington Post Editors  | June 6, 2010; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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2nd missing MoCo girl returns home

Montgomery County Police have located a Bethesda 14-year-old, who had been missing for over a week. Anastasia Strong returned home safe and unharmed Saturday afternoon, police say. She and another girl, Cheyenne Summer Marcolina, 12, of Kensington, left North Bethesda...

By Washington Post Editors  | June 6, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Dulles Rail Project work on schedule

The Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project work on the Orange Line that has closed rail service between the West Falls Church-VT/UVA and East Falls Church Metrorail stations this weekend is progressing on schedule, Metro officials said Sunday. Regular service on the...

By Washington Post Editors  | June 6, 2010; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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