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2 struck by car, seriously hurt on Mall

A man and a woman were struck by a car and seriously injured late Saturday while on the Mall, authorities said. The incident occured shortly before 10 p.m at 14th Street and Jefferson Drive SW, according to witnesses and...

By Terri Rupar  | June 26, 2010; 11:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Heat sends festival-goers to hospital

More than 30 people were taken to hospitals Saturday from the scene of the daylong Caribbean Festival that was held in Northwest Washington. A spokesman for the D.C. fire and emergency services department said most of the 31 people...

By Terri Rupar  | June 26, 2010; 11:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Mayoral rivals at D.C. Caribbean parade

The D.C. Caribbean Carnival kicked off Saturday with an hours-long parade, and politicians were right up front. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) warmed up the crowd with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) following behind her. Fenty had a major...

By Nikita Stewart  | June 26, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Md. Del. D. Page Elmore dies

SALISBURY, Md. -- The family of Republican Del. D. Page Elmore says he has died. He was 71. Family members say Elmore died Saturday after battling a recurring cancer. He was being treated at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. The family...

By Chris Stanford  | June 26, 2010; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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22 compete for Miss Maryland title

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Twenty-two young women are vying in Hagerstown for the title of Miss Maryland and a shot at becoming Miss America. The winner of the pageant Saturday night at the downtown Maryland Theatre succeeds Miss Maryland 2009 Brooke...

By Chris Stanford  | June 26, 2010; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McDonnell, family vacationing in Ireland

RICHMOND — Gov. Bob McDonnell and more than 20 family members are visiting the land of his ancestors in Ireland. McDonnell and family planned to leave Saturday for a 10-day vacation, where they will travel to Dublin and Galway...

By Chris Stanford  | June 26, 2010; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Seat Pleasant fire injures teen, firefighter

Prince George's County authorities say a teenage boy and a firefighter have been injured in house fire. Officials say crews responded to a home on fire in the 6200 block of Foote Street in Seat Pleasant just after 3:30 a.m....

By Chris Stanford  | June 26, 2010; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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SUV hits, kills bicyclist in Germantown

This post has been updated since it was originally published. Montgomery County police say a bicyclist has been killed in a crash with an SUV. Police say the driver of the Chevrolet Tahoe was traveling north on Ridge Road on...

By Chris Stanford  | June 26, 2010; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Night meter rules lifted in some areas

Just in time for the summer campaign season, the District has lifted new parking meter rules that required motorists to feed meters while trying to enjoying a night on the town.

By Nikita Stewart  | June 25, 2010; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Pentagon officers honored

Nearly four months after preventing an armed man from shooting his way into the Pentagon, the officers who dodged bullets and thwarted the assailant were honored Friday.

By Washington Post editors  | June 25, 2010; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sarah Palin headed to Va. this weekend

>Sarah Palin will be one of the headliners at Freedom Fest in Norfolk Sunday, reporter Rosalind Helderman tells us.

By Washington Post editors  | June 25, 2010; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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3 injured when car hits restaurant

Prince George's County police say the driver of a vehicle drove through the window of a Taco Bell restaurant in Beltsville Friday afternoon.

By Washington Post editors  | June 25, 2010; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Private life on tap for Pr. Geo's county exec

Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) said Friday that it is "safe to say" he will enter the private sector after leaving office later this year, reporter Jonathan Mummolo tells us at the Maryland Politics blog.

By Washington Post editors  | June 25, 2010; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jury may hear of old attacks in Levy case

A judge says he'll likely allow jurors to hear evidence of two attacks by the man charged with the rape and murder of Chandra Levy, WTOP is reporting.

By Washington Post editors  | June 25, 2010; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  | Tags:  chandra levy, rock creek park  
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John Wall's Washington

The Washington frenzy over John Wall has already begun. The Wizards selected the freshman phenom point guard from the University of Kentucky -- the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft -- on Thursday. He quickly moved into Twitter's top 10 trending topics in D.C. And now, before playing his first game in a Wizards uniform, Wall is being given his own day.

By Washington Post editors  | June 25, 2010; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  john wall, mayor adrian fenty, wizards  
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MoCo seeks relief for Porta Potty plan

Montgomery County officials are fuming over parks chief Mary Bradford’s plan to eliminate portable toilets from the county’s parks, saying she could have found other budget cuts to ensure that park users would have some place other than the woods to relieve themselves.

By Washington Post editors  | June 25, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Stimulus funds go to car charging stations

Maryland is using more than $500,000 in federal stimulus money to build at least 64 charging stations for electric vehicles.

By Washington Post editors  | June 25, 2010; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: Hot. Summer. Interns.

Looks like we’re going to get a break from the heat. The Capital Weather Gang says temperatures will drop nearly 10 degrees. A helpful north wind may help make things feel a bit more bearable. But still: It’s summer in D.C.

By Washington Post editors  | June 25, 2010; 6:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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2 arrested in slaying at Northeast store

D.C. police arrested two men charged with killing an employee during the robbery of a Northeast Washington check-cashing store last week, officials said. On Wednesday, the Capitol Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Gregory Trotter, 48, of Southeast Washington, and...

By Terri Rupar  | June 24, 2010; 10:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Man found shot in Fort Washington

Prince George's County Police are investigating the shooting of a man Thursday in the Fort Washington area, Crime Scene reports.

By Washington Post editors  | June 24, 2010; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man settles 'Buddy Poppy' case

The National Park Service has agreed to allow a Virginia man to distribute artificial poppies without a permit on the National Mall in the nation's capital. The agreement settles a 2008 lawsuit filed by John Miskas against the agency in...

By Washington Post editors  | June 24, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Second man dies following D.C. robbery

A second man has died following a shooting Wednesday afternoon at a Northeast D.C. store, Crime Scene reports.

By Washington Post editors  | June 24, 2010; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Sour cherries & bee stings: 5 fab blogs

Good afternoon. We begin today's post with a haiku from Post Local Facebook fan Hayden Hurst . Hurst submitted this piece for our Summer Haiku contest. (Details on Post Local's Facebook fan page. Contest ends Friday.) Boiling heat outside It's...

By Washington Post editors  | June 24, 2010; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. police investigating death of child

The 6-year-old girl who died Wednesday after being pulled from a pool at the Turkey Thicket Recreation Center in Northeast Washington has been identified as Yiana-Michelle Ballard, police said.

By Washington Post editors  | June 24, 2010; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New (red) panda cub at the National Zoo

The National Zoo has a new red panda cub -- the first born at the zoo in more than a decade.

By Washington Post editors  | June 24, 2010; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Metro says Va. threat jeopardizes rail cars

Metro Interim General Manager Richard Sarles on Thursday warned Virginia that if it does not act within 24 hours to renew its pledge to provide $500 million to match federal funding for Metro over the next 10 years, that it will jeopardize the contract to purchase new Metro rail cars.

By Washington Post editors  | June 24, 2010; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Maryland moves its death row

Maryland's death row has moved. Corrections officials say the state's five death row inmates were taken this week from Baltimore to western Maryland. They'll now be housed at the North Branch Correctional Institution, a maximum-security prison in Cresaptown.

By Washington Post editors  | June 24, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  death row, maryland, prison  
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MoCo renters' rights group formed

A group of renters and community activists have established a Montgomery County Renters Alliance, saying it will be the first countywide organization to advocate for renters’ rights.

By Washington Post editors  | June 24, 2010; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gray scraps with mayoral hopefuls

At the Alpha Kappa Alpha candidates' forum Wednesday night at Howard University, there were some fireworks between the candidates running for mayor in the Democratic primary. But most of the bickering wasn't between Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and his chief...

By Washington Post Editors  | June 24, 2010; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A sweet year for Virginia peaches

Cobbler lovers, you're in luck. The Associated Press reports that this summer's Virginia's peach crop is shaping up to be a sweet one. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services bases that forecast on a survey of major peach...

By Washington Post editors  | June 24, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama, Medvedev head to Ray's

President Obama is giving Russian President Dmitri Medvedev very Washington welcome.

By Washington Post editors  | June 24, 2010; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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BWI celebrates 60 years

Sixty years ago today, President Harry S. Truman crossed the Potomac and boarded a propeller-driven military DC-6, the 1950 version of Air Force One, and took a short flight to dedicate a new airport carved out of Anne Arundel County...

By Washington Post editors  | June 24, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Suburban Hospital plan up for review

Montgomery County’s Board of Appeals begins its review June 30 recommendations for revisions of Suburban Hospital’s $200 million expansion plan, taking up a proposal last week from a hearing examiner to redo substantial sections of the plan.

By Miranda S. Spivack  | June 24, 2010; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Funeral for Manute Bol on Tuesday

The funeral for former NBA player and humanitarian Manute Bol will be held Tuesday. Tom Prichard, executive director of Sudan Sunrise, said Wednesday that the service will be at the Washington National Cathedral and will be open to the public....

By Washington Post editors  | June 24, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Arrest in robbery of food delivery man

A suspect has been arrested and charged in the armed robbery of a food delivery man Tuesday night in Glen Burnie, Anne Arundel County police said.

By Washington Post editors  | June 24, 2010; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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iPhone frenzy comes to D.C. area

The 24-year-old Temple Hills man arrived at the Georgetown Apple store no less than 24 hours ago, at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday to stake his claim to the number one spot in a line for the latest iteration of the iPhone. The line has since stretch to more than 170.

By Mike McPhate  | June 24, 2010; 7:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz

Good morning. U.S. victory in World Cup. Epic match at Wimbledon! iPhone 4 hits stores today! And tomorrow is . . . Friday!

By Washington Post editors  | June 24, 2010; 5:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Two brothers killed in Silver Spring crash

Two brothers were killed when a car one of them was driving veered from the road and collided with a utility pole in Silver Spring Wednesday night, Montgomery County police said.

By Mike McPhate  | June 24, 2010; 5:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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2 shot in Prince George's

Two young men were shot Wednesday night near an apartment complex in the District Heights area, Prince George's County police said. A group of young people, believed to be teenagers, were hanging outside in the 1200 block of Boones Hill...

By Erica Johnston  | June 23, 2010; 11:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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1 dead, 1 injured in possible robbery

Update, 8:34 p.m.: D.C. police said that one of the two men shot during an apparent robbery in the wholesale district of Northeast has died. A second man remains hospitalized with life-threatening wounds. Earlier: Two men were shot and...

By Erica Johnston  | June 23, 2010; 8:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Escaped prisoner is captured

Update, 8 p.m.: The prisoner who escaped from Metro transit police near theSuitland Road station has been caught. Metro spokesman Reggie Woodruff says the prisoner was taken back into custody at 7:39 p.m. Police did not immediately release any details...

By Erica Johnston  | June 23, 2010; 8:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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6-year-old drowns in NE D.C. public pool

A 6-year-old girl has been taken to the hospital after a near-drowning at the Turkey Thicket Recreation Center in Northeast D.C., fire officials said.

By Washington Post editors  | June 23, 2010; 7:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Feel the earth move under your feet?

Yes, it's possible the earth did move a bit in the Washington metro area on Wednesday.

By Washington Post editors  | June 23, 2010; 6:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  alexandria, canada. virginia, earthquake  
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O'Malley plans MARC train ride

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) will ride a MARC train from the Baltimore area to New Carrollton on Thursday morning to talk with passengers about improving the commuter rail line after a breakdown Monday evening that stranded 900 people in...

By Washington Post Editors  | June 23, 2010; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Pr. George's police return to station

The Prince George's County police District I station was evacuated Wednesday afternoon while authorities cleaned up a freon leak from a heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit, fire officials said.

By Washington Post editors  | June 23, 2010; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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I-270 open for evening commute

Interstate 270 is fully open for the Wednesday afternoon rush as utility crews repair a broken water main that closed the highway and snarled traffic through upper Montgomery County for much of Wednesday morning. Three Gaithersburg apartment complexes remain hooked...

By Washington Post editors  | June 23, 2010; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Reward for info in boating accident

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information about the individual or individuals responsible for a hit-and-run boating accident that has left a Virginia man seriously injured. On the afternoon of June 5, Mark Gentile of Mt. Jackson, Va., was...

By Washington Post editors  | June 23, 2010; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cool posts for a hot day -- five fab blogs

Phew. It's tough to think of anything except how hot it is outside. In honor of our five day heatwave, we offer some blog posts that will help you cool off (or help others stay cool). The perfect antidote for...

By Washington Post editors  | June 23, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Court backs Pr. George's furlough plan

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Wednesday that Prince George's County's furlough plan is constitutional, reversing an earlier federal court decision.

By Washington Post editors  | June 23, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. man struck by lightning

A 40-year-old Cecil County man is in critical condition at a local hospital after being struck by lightning Tuesday evening, the Cecil Whig reports. A neighbor told police the man was walking from a garage to a home when lightning...

By Washington Post editors  | June 23, 2010; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man has to toss back $1.2M in winnings

An Alexandria man is facing the fury of his fishing crew mates after the team’s $1.2 million award in a contest was withdrawn because he didn’t have a fishing license, according to a Virginia Pilot report.

By Mike McPhate  | June 23, 2010; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Arrest in Takoma Park break-in

A 43-year-old Silver Spring man has been arrested in connection with a theft at an abandoned Takoma Park apartment building, authorities said. Tony James Malloy is charged with 1st degree burglary, theft over $1,000 and malicious destruction of property. Police...

By Washington Post editors  | June 23, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. charter school committee to meet

A state Board of Education committee that reviews applications for new public charter schools will meet for the first time since the passage of legislation that encourages the formation of such schools. The charter school committee is scheduled to meet...

By Washington Post editors  | June 23, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Thieves target Vincent Gray's home

First they went after D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s bikes. Now it appears burglars have tried to break into the home of his chief rival in the mayoral race, reporter Tim Craig tells us over at the D.C. Wire.

By Washington Post editors  | June 23, 2010; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Horse dead in Colesville barn collapse

Montgomery County rescuers are working to save two horses that became trapped when a barn collapsed on them, officials said.

By Mike McPhate  | June 23, 2010; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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D.C. files tax lien against SW facility

D.C. officials have filed tax liens of more than $500,000 against Specialty Hospital of Washington-Hadley, a long-term care facility in Southwest Washington, The Washington Times reports.

By Washington Post editors  | June 23, 2010; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  greater southeast community hospital, united medical center  
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Tractor-trailer brought down power lines

The shutdown of I-270 during Wednesday morning’s rush hour was caused when a water main break led power lines to sag into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer, transportation authorities said.

By Mike McPhate  | June 23, 2010; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Annapolis offers same-sex benefits

Annapolis will offer benefits to same-sex partners of city employees beginning July 1, Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen said in a statement Tuesday.

By Mike McPhate  | June 23, 2010; 7:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Metro dancer: 'I do it almost all the time'

The earbud-wearing man who earned minor YouTube fame when he got lost in his own boogie oblivion on a Metro train has been identified by the blog We Love D.C.

By Mike McPhate  | June 23, 2010; 6:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Beat the heat, watch the World Cup, and have an A.M. cocktail

Good morning. Hot enough for ya? Yes, the heat index could hit triple digits today. For those keeping track, the Capital Weather Gang notes we're now in day 5 of our June heatwave. I know some folks love the heat...

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Southbound I-270 reopens in MoCo

Southbound I-270 is closed after a tractor-trailer brought down power lines.

By Mike McPhate  | June 23, 2010; 4:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tree falls on cars in Dupont

A tree fell on several cars on Connecticut Avenue near Q Street NW in Dupont Circle about 8 p.m. as thunderstorms swept through downtown Washington, authorities said. No injuries were reported, but the northbound service lane of Connecticut Avenue was...

By Erica Johnston  | June 22, 2010; 9:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Manhole fire in downtown D.C. is out

Update, 7:57 p.m.: D.C. fire officials say the fire in the manhole at 18th and I streets NW in downtown Washington is out. Pepco arrived on the scene near the Farragut West Metro station about 7 p.m. and shut off...

By Erica Johnston  | June 22, 2010; 6:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New job for ex-Pr. Geo. schools' chief

Former Prince George's County schools superintendent John Deasy was hired Tuesday as deputy superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Los Angeles Times is reporting.

By Washington Post editors  | June 22, 2010; 5:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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More problems, delays for MARC trains

The Maryland Transit Administration has issued an alert that Amtrak reports that all catenary power -- overhead wires to supply power -- has been lost in Union Station. Expect delays to all MARC trains.

By Washington Post editors  | June 22, 2010; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. adopts 'common core' standards

The Maryland Board of Education Tuesday adopted academic standards for reading and math that are part of a state-led movement to unify instruction in those subjects across the country.

By Washington Post editors  | June 22, 2010; 5:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Gooseberries & other fun blog posts

In today's selection of D.C. area blogs -- learn how you can get a free shuttle ride to the Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum, be kind to trees and learn about the lesser-known members of the berry family. Gooseberry anyone? Trees...

By Washington Post editors  | June 22, 2010; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Guilty plea for firefighter who set fire

A volunteer firefighter in Riverdale has pleaded guilty to setting a a building on fire in 2008.

By Washington Post editors  | June 22, 2010; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tips for coping with Code Orange

As the D.C. area sweats through its second Code Orange day, officials in Montgomery County offer these tips on reducing the harmful emissions that contribute to Code Orange conditions. Carpool, telecommute, or take mass transit to work; Limit driving and...

By Washington Post editors  | June 22, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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See how you'll look in 20 -- if you dare

Well, this seems cruel to us, but apparently there are a lot of people on the Interwebs who are secure enough to check out how they'll look in 20 or 30 years. At in20years.com, you can scan in a photo,...

By Washington Post editors  | June 22, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lawyer says horrorcore rapper remorseful

An aspiring rapper who sang about the thrill of killing before being charged in the bludgeoning deaths of his girlfriend and three others is feeling remorse about the deaths, his attorney said after a hearing Tuesday.

By Washington Post editors  | June 22, 2010; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cruelty charges filed over starving horses

Authorities have filed charges against the owner of a farm in western Maryland where 26 starving horses were found.

By Washington Post editors  | June 22, 2010; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Probe launched into stalled train

Officials from MARC, Amtrak and the Federal Railroad Administration have launched an investigation into why an electric locomotive stalled on a MARC train eight minutes after it left Union Station on Monday evening, trapping about 900 passengers in rail cars without air conditioning for more than two hours on a sweltering summer evening, a MARC spokesman said Tuesday.

By Katherine Shaver and Aaron Davis  | June 22, 2010; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Hyattsville man charged with drunk driving

A Hyattsville man has been charged with negligent driving after police say he crashed his car while driving drunk on I-83 in Baltimore Monday and killed his passenger, the Baltimore Sun reports.

By Washington Post editors  | June 22, 2010; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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An 'Idol' to perform at July 4 concert

David Archuleta and Gladys Knight will perform at the annual July 4 concert in Washington. “A Capitol Fourth” will be broadcast live from the west lawn of the Capitol at 8 p.m. on PBS stations.

By Washington Post editors  | June 22, 2010; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Warner, Webb back family over protests

Virginia senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb have both signed a friend of the court brief expressing support for the family of a fallen marine who sued a Kansas City church for protesting at the marine's military funeral, reporter Rosalind Helderman tells us at the Virginia Politics blog.

By Washington Post editors  | June 22, 2010; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Teen killed after party thrown by officer

A 16-year-old District teen gunned down Friday was slain as he walked home from a graduation party held at a Catholic church and thrown by a D.C. police officer, ABC 7 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | June 22, 2010; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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NORAD flights over D.C. Tuesday

The North American Aerospace Defense Command is conducting exercise flights over Washington, Baltimore, Richmond, Va., and northern West Virginia to test its response to air threats.

By Mike McPhate  | June 22, 2010; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Final defendant guilty in Money Store fraud

The final of 11 defendants in a mortgage scam that swindled people in danger of losing their homes out of millions of dollars has pleaded guilty, U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement Monday.

By Mike McPhate  | June 22, 2010; 7:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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$39 flights out of Dulles, BWI

Southwest Airlines is marking its 39th anniversary with a sale of one-way fares as low as $39 before taxes, the company said on its Web site.

By Mike McPhate  | June 22, 2010; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz

Good morning. Hot spring, hot summer. The Capital Weather Gang says it'll be another hot one today (tomorrow will be even hotter. Ugh.) CWG also offers us this tidbit: Spring 2010 was the hottest one on record.

By Washington Post editors  | June 22, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man who shot self in rape try is sentenced

A Southeast Washington man who accidentally shot himself during a rape attempt has been sentenced to 12 years in prison, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. said Monday in a statement.

By Mike McPhate  | June 22, 2010; 5:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Man sentenced in assault of 9-year-old

A Southeast Washington man has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison after he sexually assaulted a 9-year-old girl, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. said Monday in a statement.

By Mike McPhate  | June 22, 2010; 5:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Researchers ID lice genome

In their quest to understand how life works, researchers reported Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that they have sequenced the genome of the human body louse. That's right, those annoying little suckers that live on human...

By Washington Post editors  | June 21, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Immigration status check in Va. arrests

A new system that lets local law enforcement check fingerprints of people who are arrested against immigration records maintained by the Department of Homeland Security is now in use in every county in Virginia, according to a joint release by the Attorney General's office and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

By Washington Post editors  | June 21, 2010; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Va. House clerk headed to Afghanistan

The deputy clerk of the Virginia House of Delegates, an Army reservist, has been called to active duty and will soon be deployed for a year-long tour in Afghanistan, reporter Rosalind Helderman tells us over at the Virginia Politics blog.

By Washington Post editors  | June 21, 2010; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Vuvuzelas, the Argonaut -- five fun blogs

Happy first day of summer. Today's blog bits: a fire at the Argonaut Bar in NE D.C., a free app featuring the like-it-or-love-it vuvuzela and a proposal to put DVD kiosks in Metro stations. Neighbors and fans are rallying around...

By Washington Post editors  | June 21, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Youth center overcrowded before attack

New Beginnings, the District’s juvenile detention center in Laurel, had been overcrowded for days when a detainee attacked a staff member Sunday night and set off a disturbance that lasted about an hour.

By Washington Post editors  | June 21, 2010; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Inova Mount Vernon plans expansion

Inova Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria announced Friday that it plans to spend $43.6 million to renovate and expand its campus, with construction scheduled to begin in 2012 pending regulatory approval, the Washington Business Journal reports. The 65,000-square-foot project will...

By Washington Post editors  | June 21, 2010; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fresh paint for the Capitol Dome

Workers were set to start slathering a fresh coat of white paint on the Capitol Dome's cast-iron exterior Monday, the Architect of the Capitol said in a statement. Summer visitors to the landmark will see scaffolding, hanging platforms and other equipment take up position around the structure as the 5-month project gets underway.

By Washington Post editors  | June 21, 2010; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Heat brings earlier trash pickups

Trash and recycling crews in the District will begin their pickups an hour earlier on Tuesday and Wednesday because of forecasts that have temperatures soaring into the 90's both days.

By Washington Post editors  | June 21, 2010; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Va., Md. senators push Metro reforms

Maryland's two senators and Virginia Sen. Jim Webb are marking the one-year anniversary of a deadly Metrorail crash by calling for passage of a bill establishing national safety standards for transit systems. Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin are joining...

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Md. man burned after propane explosion

A Maryland man is lucky to be alive after a propane tank he was reaching for exploded Sunday morning, state fire officials said.

By Washington Post editors  | June 21, 2010; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man found shot in NE D.C.

A male was found injured by gunfire in Northeast Washington early Monday, D.C. police said.

By Washington Post editors  | June 21, 2010; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Busy night for D.C. firefighters

District firefighters responded to three blazes in a span of six hours beginning late Sunday, the same day a morning blaze tore through a popular hangout on H Street NE.

By Mike McPhate  | June 21, 2010; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Disturbance at D.C. youth center

District Police Chief Cathy Lanier and other police officials responded to a disturbance Sunday evening at the city’s juvenile detention center in Laurel, according to a report by WUSA 9.

By Mike McPhate  | June 21, 2010; 6:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Lori's A.M. BUZZ

Good morning. Today is the first official day of summer. And the Capital Weather Gang says, judging from our current weather patterns, it's going to be a loooooong one. Sigh. Today -- and likely every day this week -- temperatures...

By Washington Post editors  | June 21, 2010; 6:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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BP backlash misfired at Md. firm

A small environmental consulting firm in St. Michaels has nothing to do with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

By Mike McPhate  | June 21, 2010; 5:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. man faults police in wife's death

A man whose wife was shot to death by a state trooper inside their western Maryland home said Sunday that police acted rashly and used excessive force.

By Mike McPhate  | June 21, 2010; 5:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Red-light cameras kick off in Va.

Say cheese! Four new red-light cameras were scheduled to begin snapping images at intersections in Arlington early Monday morning.

By Mike McPhate  | June 21, 2010; 5:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Large wake blamed for sheriff's death

Updated, 2:37 p.m. Spotsylvania County Sheriff Howard Smith is blaming a large boat wake for an accident that killed one of his deputies. Smith says Deputy Dean Ridings was thrown from a 19-foot boat when it hit a large wake...

By Terri Rupar  | June 20, 2010; 7:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Deck collapse injures 10 in Fairfax

Fairfax County police say ten people were taken to a hospital after a deck collapsed at a townhouse in Kingstowne. None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening. The cause of Saturday's collapse remains unknown. --WTOP...

By Washington Post Editors  | June 20, 2010; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Three men found shot in Bowie

Prince George's County police found three men shot in Bowie shortly after 11:00 p.m. Saturday night, and they are investigating what happened, said Cpl. Clinton Copeland, a police spokesman. All three were transported to the hospital after police discovered them...

By Washington Post Editors  | June 20, 2010; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Metro bus driver charged with assault

A Metro bus driver has been charged with assault after allegedly getting into a fight with a customer over the bus fare. Metro Transit Police charged Vento Mickens with simple assault on Friday. Mickens was driving a 71 bus...

By Washington Post Editors  | June 20, 2010; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Woman is Md.'s 'Geese Police'

Have a problem with pesky geese on your property? Want to get rid of them humanely? Call Cindy Ranneberger. Eight years ago, Ranneberger worked at a bank but wasn't happy with her job. By chance, she saw an ad looking...

By Washington Post Editors  | June 20, 2010; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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