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One woman dies in house fire in SE

Updated, 10:46 p.m. One woman died Saturday night and a second was in serious condition after firefighters pulled them out of a burning house in Anacostia, authorities said. Fire department spokesman Pete Piringer said the fire was reported about 7:30...

By Terri Rupar  | July 10, 2010; 8:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Rockville water restrictions extended

Updated, 4:47 p.m.: Rockville extended water use restrictions into Sunday after repair crews found another leak in a water main that burst July 7, a spokeswoman for the city said Saturday. The restrictions, in the wake of a July 7...

By Washington Post Editors  | July 10, 2010; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Water main ruptures in Alexandria

Updated 12:11 p.m: A Saturday morning water main break in Alexandria closed Seminary Road in both directions between N. Jordan St. and Howard St., and caused low water pressure in the neighborhood, according the city’s web site and a spokesman...

By Washington Post Editors  | July 10, 2010; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Man steals Metrobus, drives it into tree

A man who wore a bus driver’s uniform but apparently did not work for Metro took one of the transit agency’s buses from a garage Friday and drove it into a tree several miles away, Metro said. Afterward, D.C....

By Terri Rupar  | July 10, 2010; 12:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Police take shooting suspect into custody

A man exchanged fire this week with a D.C. police officer in Northeast Washington, and police said Friday that they have picked up a suspect in the incident. Police said an officer responding to a report of a man...

By Terri Rupar  | July 9, 2010; 11:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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5-year-old sexually assaulted in Md.

Update, July 10 at 9:49 p.m.: Prince George’s County police arrested a Langley Park man Saturday who was accused of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl living in his apartment complex, police said. Martin Grijalva-Tabor, 36, was arrested about 2:30 a.m....

By Terri Rupar  | July 9, 2010; 11:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Girl shot, hurt in Northeast

A girl was shot and wounded Friday night in Northeast Washington, D.C. police said. The shooting occurred about 9 p.m. at 49th and Meade Streets, according to police. Police said they were looking for two people, dressed all in...

By Terri Rupar  | July 9, 2010; 11:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Fire damages Jefferson Junior High in SW

Fire damaged a junior high school in Southwest Washington on Friday afternoon, authorities said. The fire broke out about 1 p.m. at Jefferson Junior High, in the 800 block of 7th Street SW, the fire department said. The fire may...

By Terri Rupar  | July 9, 2010; 11:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Ex-Sidwell Friends teacher pleads guilty

A former teacher at Sidwell Friends School has pleaded guilty to one count of child sex abuse, one of his attorneys said. Robert A. “Pete” Peterson, a former social studies teacher at the school, entered the plea Thursday in Montgomery...

By Terri Rupar  | July 9, 2010; 10:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Search for U-Md. president on track

University System of Maryland Chancellor William "Brit" Kirwan said Friday the search for a new University of Maryland president is still on track. A search panel is expected to name a successor to President C.D. "Dan" Mote by his Aug....

By Washington Post editors  | July 9, 2010; 4:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tenth heat-related death in Md.

Hot weather has contributed to the deaths of two more Maryland residents this season, the state's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced Friday.

By Washington Post editors  | July 9, 2010; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Police look into machete attack

A 23-year-old man told Anne Arundel County police that he was assaulted by four men, one of whom cut him with a machete, WBAL-TV reports. The man told authorities that he had been cut early Thursday at the My Place...

By Washington Post editors  | July 9, 2010; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Burst Potomac water main fixed

The City of Rockville has fixed a 24-inch water main that burst in Potomac this week. The line was being flushed Friday and officials were testing the water for safety. Officials say mandatory water restrictions imposed after the pipe burst will remain in effect until at least noon Saturday.

By Washington Post editors  | July 9, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wishing trees, free Slurpees: 5 fun blogs

It's finally Friday. After three days of triple-digit heat, I'm wondering whether we'll still remember this week when December rolls around or whether we're in for another hot spell that will make this week in July seem like child's play....

By Washington Post editors  | July 9, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Wonder Woman' dog case dismissed

The actress who played Wonder Woman on television has deflected a charge that she allowed her dog's barking to disturb neighbors in an upscale Maryland community outside Washington.

By Washington Post editors  | July 9, 2010; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Police have Yeardley Love's T-shirt

A city of Charlottesville spokesman says police have the T-shirt that initially was missing from a slain University of Virginia student's apartment.

By Washington Post editors  | July 9, 2010; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Baysox to host Md.'s largest pillow fight

What is billed as Maryland's largest pillow fight is scheduled tonight in the outfield at Prince George's stadium after the Bowie Baysox game against the Trenton Thunder, the blog Bowie Living reports. Note: Pillows will not be provided, so you'll...

By Washington Post editors  | July 9, 2010; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jet ski accident victim rescued

Maryland Natural Resources Police say they rescued a 16-year-old involved in a jet ski accident in the Sinepuzent Bay. NRP officers said they responded to the report of a boating accident Wednesday evening and discovered one person unconscious after being...

By Washington Post editors  | July 9, 2010; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Sex offender arrested in Anne Arundel

A registered sex offender used a social networking Web site to lure four young girls to an Annapolis home this week, and then raped one of them, Anne Arundel County police said.

By Washington Post editors  | July 9, 2010; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Md. inmates help rescued horses

Even as she toiled at a Woodbine farm Thursday in the relentless heat and humidity, Paula Jordan said she and three other female inmates were grateful to the owners for allowing them "a little taste of freedom." Jordan, a 41-year-old...

By Washington Post editors  | July 9, 2010; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. college turning algae into fuel

Scientists and students at the College of William and Mary are turning fish-killing algae into biodiesel fuel that can power cars, airplanes and other gasoline-burning vehicles.

By Washington Post editors  | July 9, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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D.C. buys troubled SE hospital

The city now owns United Medical Center, the only hospital serving residents east of the Anacostia River, after bidding $20 million for the beleaguered facility after no other offers were made during an auction Friday.

By Lena H. Sun  | July 9, 2010; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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FedEx driver saves 3 in minivan

Three people overcome from gas fumes were saved by a veteran FedEx driver who saw their van stopped on a grassy embankment in near Laytonsville on Wednesday, Fox 5 reports. Earl Spence thought the driver of the minivan was making...

By Washington Post editors  | July 9, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Police: Dog dies in hot car in Md.

Authorities say a Labrador retriever has died after being left in a car during the heat wave.

By Mike McPhate  | July 9, 2010; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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3 U-Md. students cleared in melee

Three University of Maryland students were cleared of wrongdoing Thursday in the violent celebration that followed the school’s victory over Duke in March, according to an NBC4 report.

By Mike McPhate  | July 9, 2010; 7:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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19-year-old struck, killed by train in Md.

A 19-year-old man who was walking on railroad tracks in Laurel was struck and killed early Friday, police said.

By Mike McPhate  | July 9, 2010; 6:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: TGIF and I didn't melt

Good morning. It's Friday and if you're reading this you have something to be thankful for: You made it through the week without melting, no easy feat given this week's triple digit temperatures, power failures and water main breaks. Let's hope the locusts have taken the summer off.

By Washington Post editors  | July 9, 2010; 5:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Whale washes ashore at Ocean City

Ocean City Beach Patrol officials say a 25-foot-long whale carcass has washed ashore at the resort town.

By Mike McPhate  | July 9, 2010; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Two men shot in Southeast D.C.

D.C. police are investigating a double shooting early Friday in the Shipley Terrace neighborhood of Southeast Washington.

By Mike McPhate  | July 9, 2010; 5:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Marry outside Va. and it may not count

Marriages that take place outside of Virginia are not valid in the Commonwealth, even if the couple has obtained a legal Virginia marriage license and the ceremony is performed by a person authorized to do so in Virginia, reporter Rosalind Helderman tells us over at the Virginia Politics blog.

By Washington Post editors  | July 8, 2010; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Report: D.C. juvenile program improved

The monitor overseeing a court-ordered reform of the District's juvenile justice agency said the city had staged a "remarkable" turnaround in how it educates juveniles in long-term detention.

By Washington Post editors  | July 8, 2010; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Staying cool w/o AC. 5 fun blog posts

Feeling better today? It's cooler -- or so the weather folks say. Even so, we couldn't resist highlighting another heat-related post. We've also got tech tools for non-techies (yes, there is such a thing.) Read on! We couldn’t resist...

By Washington Post editors  | July 8, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Zoo's red panda cub dies

The National Zoo announced Thursday that its newborn red panda cub has died. The cub was found apparently lifeless Wednesday evening and was rushed to the zoo's veterinary hospital, where its death was confirmed.

By Michael E. Ruane  | July 8, 2010; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Catania: Truancy sanctions needed

D.C. Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large), saying that truancy is at crisis levels, wants the parents of children who are skipping school to face tougher financial penalties, including the potential loss of welfare benefits.

By Henri Cauvin  | July 8, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Teen escapee found in Gaithersburg

A 17-year-old escapee from the Green Ridge Youth Center was arrested Wednesday by members of the Maryland State Police Special Apprehension Team at his girlfriend’s residence in Gaithersburg, the Cumberland Times reports. The youth was taken into custody without incident...

By Washington Post editors  | July 8, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Man drinks, shoots foot, police say

Baltimore County police say the 25-year-old man was drinking. That may explain how he ended up accidentally shooting himself in the foot, police say.

By Washington Post editors  | July 8, 2010; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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2nd Baltimore nursing home evacuated

Residents have been evacuated from another nursing home in Baltimore because of faulty air conditioning. Nancy Grimm, director of Maryland's Office of Health Care Quality, says the state was notified Wednesday about cooling problems at the Liberty Heights Health and Rehabilitation Center in northwest Baltimore.

By Washington Post editors  | July 8, 2010; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Non-native turtle turns up in Howard Co.

The false map turtle, a reptile with Mississippi roots, has been discovered in a lake in Howard County raising concerns about non-native wildlife crowding out native species, the Baltimore Sun reports. Sue Muller, a naturalist who works for Howard County's...

By Washington Post editors  | July 8, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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D.C. area faces critical shortage of blood

The Washington area is suffering a critical shortage of a crucial blood type as the D.C. Council plays catch-up with Maryland and Virginia to allow 16-year-olds to donate blood with a parent's consent, the Washington Examiner reports. The American Red...

By Washington Post editors  | July 8, 2010; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hospital rates increase in Md.

Maryland patients will pay hundreds of dollars more for hospital stays under price hikes made final Wednesday by the state agency that sets rates for the medical institutions, the Baltimore Sun reports. The price for health care that hospitals pass...

By Washington Post editors  | July 8, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Rockville water restrictions extended

Rockville crews pulled a broken 24-inch water main from the ground overnight, but the city expects mandatory water restrictions will last through noon Saturday.

By Washington Post editors  | July 8, 2010; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Two-car accident injures four in La Plata

Four people, including a Charles County Sheriff's officer, were injured Wednesday night in a two-vehicle accident in La Plata, WUSA 9 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | July 8, 2010; 8:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Judge orders split custody of dog

Judge orders split custody of dog.

By Mike McPhate  | July 8, 2010; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Ruling: Love killed by head trauma

University of Virginia women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love was killed by blunt force trauma to the head, the state medical examiner's office has ruled, according to a Richmond Times-Dispatch report.

By Mike McPhate  | July 8, 2010; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Inmate deaths in D.C. outpace nation

The rate of inmate deaths at the D.C. Jail was more than double the national average between 2000 and 2007, according to data reported by the Washington Examiner.

By Mike McPhate  | July 8, 2010; 7:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: Emmys, Fringe and tests

They say it'll be "cooler." Well, sort of. The Capital Weather Gang says it'll be in the low 90's today, which wouldn't normally seem cool but given the last three days, we know that beggars can't be choosy. Just think how happy we'll be when it's only 86.

By Washington Post editors  | July 8, 2010; 6:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Video: Metrobus veers onto Md. lawn

A Metrobus ended up on a Silver Spring home's lawn after colliding with a truck Wednesday, according to an NBC4 report.

By Mike McPhate  | July 8, 2010; 5:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Day 3 of outages: More than 1,500 affected

Residents in Northeast D.C. are facing a third day of power outages as Pepco struggles to repair a faulty cable near Linden Place NE and 12th Street NE.

By Mike McPhate  | July 8, 2010; 5:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Suspect exchanges gunfire with D.C. police

Authorities are investigating a report of shots fired at police officers near the D.C.-Maryland border in Prince George’s County.

By Mike McPhate  | July 8, 2010; 4:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Va. man charged with assault, abduction

A Stafford County man was charged Wednesday with abduction, attempted rape, and other crimes of a woman he had taken to his home, ABC 7 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | July 7, 2010; 5:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Two more heat-related deaths in Md.

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) announced Wednesday that two more people have died of heat-related illnesses. The two deaths reported Wednesday bring the total number of hyperthermia-related deaths in Maryland to eight. In 2009, six people...

By Washington Post editors  | July 7, 2010; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Records set at Reagan National, BWI

The National Weather Service says temperature records were broken Wednesday today at Reagan National Airport and at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.

By Washington Post editors  | July 7, 2010; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ever seen a Tigon? 5 fun blog posts

Here's hoping you're sitting in a place where the air conditioner is blasting. In honor of the third day of triple-digit heat, (the Capital Weather Gang promises that it'll cool down tomorrow) we offer more heat-related blog posts and a...

By Washington Post editors  | July 7, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Power outage closes Alexandria City Hall

Alexandria's City Hall closed around 1 p.m. Wednesday because of a power outage. Dominion Power is on the scene, ABC 7 reports. Power is expected to be restored by Thursday.

By Washington Post editors  | July 7, 2010; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Thieves target Va. landscaping equipment

Fairfax County police say thieves have swiped about $500,000 worth of landscaping equipment over the last several months.

By Washington Post editors  | July 7, 2010; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Md. officials investigate nursing home

Baltimore and state officials are investigating why little was done for residents of a nursing home that lacked air conditioning for days. After a resident of the Ravenwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center called 911 on Tuesday to report stifling temperatures,...

By Washington Post editors  | July 7, 2010; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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MoCo retains Aaa bond rating

Montgomery County officials have pulled the county back from the prospect of a major fiscal embarrassment. County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) says Moody's bond rating agency told county officials Wednesday that it has been taken off a watch list for possible downgrade after Leggett and the county council made a series of budget cuts and strengthened policies on county reserves.

By Washington Post editors  | July 7, 2010; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Police investigate Beltsville crash

Prince George's County police accident reconstructionists are on their way to the scene of a very serious crash near a 7-Eleven convenience store in the Beltsville area, authorities said. Just before noon, a vehicle apparently flipped in front of the...

By Washington Post editors  | July 7, 2010; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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4 midshipmen treated for heat exhaustion

The U.S. Naval Academy says four midshipmen who had just completed an obstacle course are receiving medical attention after exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion.

By Washington Post editors  | July 7, 2010; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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More tuition abuses in Montgomery?

Almost 40 percent of police officers who took job training courses under Montgomery County's tuition assistance program did so while on the clock, according to an internal police investigation, violating county rules and showcasing more widespread abuse of the classes,...

By Washington Post editors  | July 7, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Child falls from window in Northeast

D.C. Fire and EMS officials say that a child, about 2-years-old, has fallen from from the 1st floor window in the 1100 block 21st Street, Northeast. The child is said to be in serious condition.

By Washington Post editors  | July 7, 2010; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cottage City commissioner's home burns

The home of longtime Cottage City Town Commissioner William Hall Sr. was the scene of a massive fire Tuesday, and authorities are looking at whether window air conditioners may have sparked the blaze.

By Washington Post editors  | July 7, 2010; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Funeral for slain Fairfax woman

Funeral services will be held Wednesday for a 19-year-old Fairfax County woman who was fatally stabbed last week.

By Washington Post editors  | July 7, 2010; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Fenty friend fails exams, gets license

The co-founder of a company with ties to D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) was issued an engineering license by District officials even though he failed to pass the professional exam seven times, The Washington Examiner reports.

By Washington Post editors  | July 7, 2010; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Argonaut bar broken into, site says

A popular H Street hangout that was ravaged by fire last month has been broken into, according to a posting on the tavern’s Web site.

By Mike McPhate  | July 7, 2010; 6:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: Spend, spy and slip

Today's agenda: We've got Germany versus Spain today in World Cup semi-final action.

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No jail time for climate activist in D.C.

An environmental activist who unfurled two banners in a U.S. Senate office building won't be going to jail.

By Mike McPhate  | July 7, 2010; 5:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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About 1,000 without power in D.C.

More than 3,000 customers are without power across Washington Wednesday morning as the region wakes to another day of scorching temperatures.

By Mike McPhate  | July 7, 2010; 4:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Boy, 6, dies after Va. pool incident

A 6-year-old boy from Prince William County died in what county police described as an accidental drowning in a private pool. Police said the boy died Tuesday at a hospital after being found Saturday in a pool in the 13700...

By Erica Johnston  | July 6, 2010; 9:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Mary J. Blige, Howard U student?

Could the Queen of Hip Hop be trading in a mic for some textbooks? Mary J. Blige, performing on Good Morning America on Friday, announced that she has been accepted at Howard University, class of 2014, NBC 4 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | July 6, 2010; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. rapper says Kanye stole 'Stronger'

Vincent Peters, a rap artist who lists Leesburg as his mailing address in court papers, is suing rapper Kanye West, according to the Loudoun Independent.

By Washington Post editors  | July 6, 2010; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. trash pickup one hour earlier

The District's Department of Public Works is moving up its trash and recycling collections one hour earlier this week to deal with the soaring temperatures and unhealthy air quality. Pickup will start at 6 a.m. Wednesday through Friday.

By Washington Post editors  | July 6, 2010; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Chesapeake Bay Trust launches app

If you've ever wondered if that was an endangered Delmarva fox squirrel that scampered across the lawn, or an Acadian Flycatcher perched overhead, the Chesapeake Bay Trust has a new app. The app is a field guide to the...

By Washington Post editors  | July 6, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Royce Hanson makes run at MoCo council

Royce Hanson, who three weeks ago retired as chairman of Montgomery County's Planning Board, Tuesday launched a bid for the Montgomery County Council seat being vacated by Michael Knapp (D-UpCounty).

By Washington Post editors  | July 6, 2010; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Post-traumatic stress complaint denied

A former Pepco employee who said he suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after he was fired for being drunk on the job has been denied workers' compensation.

By Washington Post editors  | July 6, 2010; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Va. jail deaths spur ACLU complaint

The ACLU of Virginia is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate conditions at the Richmond city jail following the deaths of two inmates.

By Washington Post editors  | July 6, 2010; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hot weather, fab crabs: 5 fun blog posts

Hot enough for ya? After a brief hiatus, we're back with more from the D.C. area blogosphere. The Fourth of July may have been a holiday for many of us, but as folks in the blogging world know: there are...

By Washington Post editors  | July 6, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. pools, libraries extend hours

The District's Department of Parks and Recreation is opening outdoor pools two hours earlier and closing one hour later as part of D.C.'s effort to "Beat the Heat." Temperatures had reach 101 degrees by noon Wednesday, and heat and humidity are in the forecast for Thursday, as well. So D.C. officials are offering extended hours at some facilities and opening cooling centers to provide relief.

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Va. corn crop thrives in the heat

The rest of us may be wilting, but Virginia's corn crop is thriving thanks to high temperatures. The Associated Press reports that most sweet corn grown in Virginia is irrigated to help it weather hot, dry spells such as the...

By Washington Post editors  | July 6, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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MoCo cops shoot suspect

A Montgomery County Police officer shot and wounded a bank robbery suspect in Damascus Tuesday morning after the suspect led police on a car chase, then engaged in "some sort of confrontation" with them, authorities said. The incident started around...

By Washington Post editors  | July 6, 2010; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Elvis is missing from Md. diner

A 7-foot-tall statue of Elvis Presley appears to have been stolen from atop the Happy Day Diner in Rosedale, where he'd stood for nearly a decade, The Baltimore Sun reports. Customers alerted owners Maria and Dimitrios Pigiaditis to the missing...

By Washington Post editors  | July 6, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lori's AM BUZZ

Good morning. Hope you had a great 4th of July weekend. Yes, it's really Lori doing Lori's AM BUZZ today. I spent last night trying to catch up on a week's worth of news and then remembered this handy little...

By Washington Post editors  | July 6, 2010; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Body found after Frederick barn fire

Police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found at the scene of a barn fire. The Frederick County Sheriff's Office says a preliminary investigation reveals 63-year-old Thomas Baker Sr. set fire to his house and barn on Black Ankle Road before taking his life Monday afternoon.

By Washington Post editors  | July 6, 2010; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Water restrictions lifted in Md. counties

Water restriction have been lifted in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, a Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission spokesman said.

By Mike McPhate  | July 6, 2010; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Man charged in rape of 12-year-old girl

A Woodbridge man has been arrested and charged with raping a 12-year-old girl last week, Prince William County police said.

By Mike McPhate  | July 6, 2010; 5:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Power restored for District customers

* Capital Weather Gang: Blistering heat takes hold * Update, 9:15 a.m.: Power has been restored for all but fewer than 300 D.C. customers. Update, 4:45 a.m.: More than 1,400 customers remained without power in Northeast and Southeast Washington early...

By Jenna Johnson  | July 6, 2010; 12:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Water restrictions to continue into Tuesday

Officials with the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commisson said repairs to a damaged water main in Potomac were completed Monday, but restrictions on water use will continue Tuesday.

By Mike McPhate  | July 5, 2010; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Md. moped driver killed in collision

Howard County police are investigating a fatal collision between a mo-ped and a pickup truck.

By Mike McPhate  | July 5, 2010; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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389 free rides for July 4 revelers

A group that provides free cab rides to get drunken drivers off the roads provided nearly 400 rides on Independence Day.

By Mike McPhate  | July 5, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Roof fire displaces 18 in NW D.C.

Eighteen people are homeless after a two-alarm fire damaged three row houses in northwest Washington before dawn.

By Mike McPhate  | July 5, 2010; 7:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eastern Shore crash injures 3

Three Washington-area residents were among six people injured Sunday when a motorist who was fleeing from police crashed into another car on the Eastern Shore, Maryland state police said. The area residents, all in the car that was struck,...

By Erica Johnston  | July 4, 2010; 10:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Fredericksburg soldier dies in Iraq

A Virginia soldier has died from noncombat injuries suffered in Iraq. The Department of Defense says 19-year-old Spc. Morganne McBeth of Fredericksburg died July 2 in Al Asad. The agency says she was injured a day earlier. McBeth was assigned...

By Washington Post Editors  | July 4, 2010; 4:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Md. heat deaths tie last year's number

The number of people to die of heat-related causes this year in Maryland has reached six. That's the same number of heat deaths as recorded for all of 2009. Virginia and the District of Columbia have already surpassed last year...

By Washington Post Editors  | July 4, 2010; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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$500 water restriction fine issued

Police have issued one $500 citation and 180 warnings for failing to adhere to mandatory water restrictions in Prince George's and Montgomery counties. The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission is aiming to cut water use by a third while it repairs...

By Washington Post Editors  | July 4, 2010; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Recreating famous buildings out of Legos

Architectural artist Adam Reed Tucker is recreating famous buildings like the Empire State Building and World Trade Center with Legos in a new exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington. Tucker's creations went on view Saturday and tower up...

By Washington Post Editors  | July 4, 2010; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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D.C. fireworks: 17 minutes of lights, blasts

Seventeen minutes of fireworks will top off Washington's annual Fourth of July celebration. The concert and fireworks display will be broadcast at 8 p.m. on PBS member stations. It will include performances by David Archuleta, Gladys Knight and the National...

By Washington Post Editors  | July 4, 2010; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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World Bank official sentenced for lying

A World Bank economist living in Falls Church will spend one day in jail and two years on supervised release after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI during a human trafficking investigation. The FBI investigated Anne Bakilana's treatment of...

By Washington Post Editors  | July 4, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Metro takes 100 cars out of service

Metro has removed 100 cars from service in a sudden move that officials said was made as a precaution to guarantee passenger safety. The unexpected announcement was made shortly before midnight Saturday. “This is a precautionary and proactive action...

By Terri Rupar  | July 4, 2010; 12:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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