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Man killed near bus stop in Gaithersburg

Updated, 11:57 a.m. Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old man late Saturday near a bus stop in Gaithersburg. Shortly after 10:45 p.m., police arrived at the Lake Forest Transit Center to find the man suffering from at...

By Terri Rupar  | July 17, 2010; 11:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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3 adults, 2 children hurt in Colesville crash

Five people were injured Saturday evening in a car crash in the Colesville area of Montgomery County, authorities said. The crash occurred about 7:30 p.m. in the 1600 block off E. Randolph Road, said Scott Graham, an assistant chief of...

By Terri Rupar  | July 17, 2010; 11:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Restoration of WWI memorial scheduled

Restoration work is set to begin next month on the cracked and neglected District of Columbia War Memorial that honors World War I veterans on the National Mall. The National Park Service announced Friday that a $2.3 million contract funded...

By Terri Rupar  | July 17, 2010; 11:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Va. man back in U.S. after weeks in Egypt

Yahya Wehelie said Saturday he can't wait to eat his mom's lasagna now that he's back on U.S. soil after FBI scrutiny stranded him in the Middle East for nearly two months on a no-fly list. The 26-year-old Virginia man...

By Terri Rupar  | July 17, 2010; 9:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Car falls into sinkhole in Dupont Circle

Part of a street in the Dupont Circle area of Northwest Washington was closed Saturday evening after a hole opened in the pavement, partially trapping a car, authorities said. The hole was reported about 7 p.m. near the curb in...

By Terri Rupar  | July 17, 2010; 7:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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D.C. puts restaurant inspections online

Find the database for restaurant inspections in Virginia and other local databases at Datapost. D.C. health officials have put all current restaurant health inspection notices online for the public to view. As of Friday, residents can search by zip code,...

By Washington Post Editors  | July 17, 2010; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Va. man surrenders after 16-hour standoff

Updated, 10:23 p.m. An Arlington County man who police said brandished a rifle at a neighbor Friday and then holed up in his house for 16 hours surrendered Saturday morning. Arlington County Detective Crystal Nosal said the man got into...

By Washington Post Editors  | July 17, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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3 hurt in fiery crash on East Capitol

Three men were injured Friday night in a fiery single-car crash on East Capitol Street, authorities said. The car apparently struck a tree around 7:30 p.m. near 40th Street SE, said D.C. fire department spokesman Pete Piringer. Flames ignited...

By Terri Rupar  | July 16, 2010; 10:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Alleged Md. Safeway thief shoots self

Sometimes solving a crime takes years and years. Sometimes it just falls into your lap, reports Eye on Annapolis.

By Washington Post editors  | July 16, 2010; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. is smart, but is it honest? 5 fun blogs

And on Friday, the earth shook in Maryland -- a little. Out in California they scoffed about our "little" quake. But, hey, we don't mock them when they get all excited about a little snow (well, at least not that...

By Lori Aratani  | July 16, 2010; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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"Wreckage" from the earthquake

The nation's capital is still struggling to right itself after the "Quake of 2010," (as at least one facetious Washington Post reporter has dubbed it), and signs of the havoc caused by the tectonic shift are beginning to trickle in.

By Washington Post editors  | July 16, 2010; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Raising funds like a candidate

Former Va. Sen. George Allen (R) has raised quite a bit of money for a man who has yet announce he is running again, the Virginia Politics blog reports.

By Washington Post editors  | July 16, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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HOA sues Pr. Geo's county executive

A homeowner's association in Kettering is suing Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson and his wife for allegedly failing to pay assessments to the HOA, reporter Jonathan Mummolo reports.

By Washington Post editors  | July 16, 2010; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Vincent Gray has taken down the fence

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, under pressure from city building inspectors, has taken down the well publicized fence that had turned into a major distraction for his campaign. Well, at least a portion of the non-permitted fence came down,...

By Washington Post editors  | July 16, 2010; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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So what goes with an earthquake?

BGR: The Burger Joint is offering customers a way to mark D.C.'s minor earthquake cred. From 3-4 p.m. Friday, BGR will be selling half-priced milkshakes.

By Washington Post editors  | July 16, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Teen shot at D.C. elementary school

An 18-year-old was shot in broad daylight Thursday in the parking lot of Raymond Elementary School at Spring and Rock Creek Church roads in Northwest Washington, Fox 5 reports. The school is a site for the summer jobs program. It...

By Washington Post editors  | July 16, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Gas leak in Gaithersburg under control

Firefighters who responded to a natural gas leak at a maintenance depot in the Gaithersburg-Rockville area found it to be quickly under control, said Assistant Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Graham, a department spokesman.

By Washington Post editors  | July 16, 2010; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Scenes from the epicenter of D.C.'s quake

In Germantown, at the corner of Waring Station and Forest Brook Roads, there's a deep wooded forest area where apparently the epicenter of the D.C. quake is about 3 miles down. Two houses away, sleeping in their finished basement, Joan...

By Washington Post editors  | July 16, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Tweets about the DC quake

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By Washington Post editors  | July 16, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Lori's AM Buzz: The day the earth moved

Eathquake in maryland, washington dc, and virginia. A 3.6 magnitude eathquake centered in Montgomery county, maryland shocked the washington dc region this morning.

By Washington Post editors  | July 16, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mild earthquake felt across region

A 3.6 magnitude earthquake rattled the Washington area early Friday, with thousands of residents reporting that they felt the ground shake as they slept or were waking. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered in Montgomery County and struck at 5:04 a.m.

By Mike McPhate  | July 16, 2010; 5:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (448)
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Orange Line train halted by smoke

An Orange Line train bound for New Carrollton was halted at the Ballston station late Thursday night because of thick smoke. The train's 50 to 75 passengers, many of whom were on their way home from a Frankie Valli...

By Lynda Robinson  | July 15, 2010; 11:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hyattsville cops probed for excessive force

Prince George's top prosecutor is looking into allegations of excessive force by two Hyattsville police officers, who have been suspended, Fox 5 is reporting. One of the alleged incidents occurred March 20, and the other was on July 3....

By Lynda Robinson  | July 15, 2010; 11:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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D.C. drug bust nets $200,000 in narcotics

D.C. drug bust, Cathy Lanier, D.C. police chief

By Lynda Robinson  | July 15, 2010; 7:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Motorcyclist injured in Oxon Hill accident

A motorcyclist was injured Thursday afternoon after crashing his bike into a parked car in the Oxon Hill area, police said.

By Washington Post editors  | July 15, 2010; 6:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Suspicious package at 13th & G cleared

Several streets in the area of 13th and G streets NW have been cordoned off while D.C. Fire and EMS investigate a report of a suspicious package.

By Washington Post editors  | July 15, 2010; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Funnel cake, the sleep diet: 5 fun blogs

It's a steamy Thursday in July -- which just happens to be National Ice Cream Month. You can thank the late President Ronald Reagan for making it so (the ice cream, not the steam.) Now be a good citizen and...

By Washington Post editors  | July 15, 2010; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. man allowed to return to the U.S.

A Virginia man whose travels to Yemen landed him on the U.S. no-fly list and left him stuck in the Middle East for months will be allowed to return to the United States. Yahya Wehelie (weh-HEEL-ee), 26, of Burke has...

By Washington Post editors  | July 15, 2010; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Power out at Reagan National Airport

Officials say a power outage is expected to affect flights at Reagan National Airport.

By Mike McPhate  | July 15, 2010; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Rare Charlie Chaplin film to be screened

A rare Charlie Chaplin film will be the highlight of a celebration of silent films in Arlington this weekend. The "A Thief Catcher" was discovered at a Michigan antiques fair last year. Organizers of the Slapsticon Film Festival believe this...

By Washington Post editors  | July 15, 2010; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Motorcycle fatals increase in Va.

More motorcyclists are traveling Virginia's roads and a Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles spokeswoman says that's contributed to an increase in fatal accidents involving motorcycles.

By Washington Post editors  | July 15, 2010; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. will offer tax amnesty

The District will launch a tax amnesty program the last week in July, providing thousands of scofflaws the opportunity to pay their bills with interest but without penalty, The Washington Business Journal reports.

By Washington Post editors  | July 15, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Children's, GWU hospitals get $20M grant

Update, 3:40 p.m. Representatives at Georgetown University Medical Center informed us that they, along with Howard University, also received $38.2 million Clinical and Translational Sciences award from the National Institutes of Health. A press release from the Georgetown University Medical...

By Washington Post editors  | July 15, 2010; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Horse farm prison program suspended

Maryland prison officials have suspended a program that provided inmate labor at a farm in western Howard County that treats neglected horses.

By Washington Post editors  | July 15, 2010; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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2 Dominion Power reactors offline

Dominion Virginia Power has halted the restarting of a reactor at its Surry power plant and taken out of service a reactor at its North Anna power plant. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says North Anna's Unit 1 was shut down...

By Washington Post editors  | July 15, 2010; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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West plea deal in Md. weapons case

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Delonte West has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors on weapons and traffic charges.

By Washington Post editors  | July 15, 2010; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Court upholds D.C. same-sex marriage

The D.C. Court of Appeals has upheld the District same-sex marriage law, ruling in a 5-4 decision that opponents do not have the right to put the issue before voters, the Post's Tim Craig reports. We'll update as more information...

By Tim Craig  | July 15, 2010; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Md. medics rush to give aid -- to a dog

Peluche was no match for the pit bull. In a violent clash last week, the floppy-eared Cocker Spaniel was left with chomped front and rear paws and an uncontrollably bleeding leg.

By Mike McPhate  | July 15, 2010; 6:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Road worker killed in Forestville accident

A road worker was killed in a construction zone accident near the Beltway in Forestville early Thursday, authorities said.

By Mike McPhate  | July 15, 2010; 5:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Lori's A.M. BUZZ: Smarty pants edition

Good morning. Ahh, weather. It's another one of those D.C. summer days that brings out all the "S" words: swampy, sweltering, sweaty, stifling, sigh. Today's forecast: mid-90's and humid. The good news? Less humid today than the Capital Weather Gang...

By Washington Post editors  | July 15, 2010; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man shot in Suitland

Prince George’s County police are investigating man’s shooting early Thursday in Suitland.

By Mike McPhate  | July 15, 2010; 5:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. reports 13th heat-related death

Maryland health officials Wednesday reported the state's 13th heat-related death this year.

By Washington Post editors  | July 14, 2010; 5:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Lucky 13 for Maryland lottery sales

The Maryland Lottery is reporting its 13th straight year of record sales.

By Washington Post editors  | July 14, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro police seek sex assault suspect

Metro Transit Police are looking for Tanveer Fayyaz, 31, an employee of Regency Cab, in connection with an alleged sexual assault reported by a MetroAccess customer, Dr. Gridlock reports.

By Washington Post editors  | July 14, 2010; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Rapping about falafel: 5 fun blog posts

Don't know about you, but this seems like an especially long Wednesday. But after today, we're over the hump and one day closer to the weekend. Great batch of blog posts today (then again, aren't they always fun?). The man...

By Washington Post editors  | July 14, 2010; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Burglar hits Frederick sports center

Police in Frederick say they are investigating a burglary at an indoor sports center that resulted in thousands of dollars worth of losses and damage.

By Washington Post editors  | July 14, 2010; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hearing set for Cavs' West gun charge

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Delonte West has a plea hearing scheduled in connection with his 2009 arrest for speeding on a motorcycle and carrying weapons.

By Washington Post editors  | July 14, 2010; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Send us your Bastille Day photos

Don't lose your head! Ha. Just a little joke in honor of Bastille Day, which is celebrated each July 14. In case you've forgotten, the date commemorates the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, during the French Revolution....

By Washington Post editors  | July 14, 2010; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Pepco to meet with NE residents

Pepco officials will meet with residents of Northeast Washington on Wednesday night to discuss outages last week that left some residents in the neighborhood in the dark for several days, The Hill is Home blog reports.

By Washington Post editors  | July 14, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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House committee backs bill on statues

A House committee has approved a bill that would put statues of two District luminaries in the Capitol, but only after squabbling over voting rights and whether the city should be equated with a state or a U.S. territory, the D.C. Wire reports.

By Washington Post editors  | July 14, 2010; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Drought watch issued for Virginia

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has issued a statewide drought watch for the Commonwealth.

By Washington Post editors  | July 14, 2010; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Colonial Williamsburg revenue down

Officials at Colonial Williamsburg say ticket sales and donations fell in 2009, contributing to an overall decline in revenue for the living-history museum. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation said visitors purchased 660,000 general admissions in 2009, down 7 percent from the...

By Washington Post editors  | July 14, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Ex Md. teacher convicted of sex offense

A former kindergarten teacher has been convicted in Frederick of a third-degree sex offense with a 5-year-old boy.

By Washington Post editors  | July 14, 2010; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Burglary plot at GMU investigated

Two students at George Mason University have been arrested are being investigated for allegedly stealing the ID of a campus police officer and plotting to burglarize buildings on campus, NBC 4 reports. This post has been updated....

By Washington Post editors  | July 14, 2010; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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"Ghost Bike" appears in Germantown

Friends and family of a man who was struck by an SUV and fatally injured while riding his bicycle in Germantown last month have placed a roadside memorial at the scene of the crash to remind drivers to share the...

By Washington Post editors  | July 14, 2010; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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$250K lottery ticket unclaimed in Va.

There’s $250,000 coming to a numbers player who bought a winning lottery ticket in Leesburg two weeks ago, according to an NBC4 report.

By Mike McPhate  | July 14, 2010; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Weapon stolen from Hyattsville police car

A semi-automatic rifle was stolen Sunday from the trunk of a Hyattsville police cruiser along with several loaded magazines, ABC 7 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | July 14, 2010; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Tab for soccer ball mishap: $150,000

An Arlington County school is on the hook for $150,000 in repairs after two kids kicking a soccer ball set off a fire sprinkler that ruined the floor of a gymnasium, according to a Washington Examiner report.

By Mike McPhate  | July 14, 2010; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Man shot dead in Northeast D.C.

District police are investigating the shooting death of a man in Northeast D.C. early Monday.

By Mike McPhate  | July 14, 2010; 7:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Virginia slips to No. 2 in business ranking

Virginia has been toppled from its pedestal as the best state for business, according an annual survey by the financial network CNBC.

By Mike McPhate  | July 14, 2010; 6:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Man found dead outside Wheaton home

Montgomery County police are investigating the death of a man found with a gunshot wound to the upper body early Wednesday outside a home across from Wheaton High School.

By Mike McPhate  | July 14, 2010; 6:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: The storm has passed

Good morning. We're halfway through the week and hopefully more than halfway past the storms -- thunder! lightning! -- that rocked the area last night felling trees and causing power outages. As of this morning, there are still thousands of people without power - the bulk of whom are in Montgomery County. We'll keep you updated on the situation throughout the day.

By Washington Post editors  | July 14, 2010; 5:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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1,000s without power Wednesday morning

Thousands of Washington area homes are without power this morning after a cluster of storms ripped through the region Tuesday night.

By Mike McPhate  | July 14, 2010; 5:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fire breaks out at St. E's

Updated, 12:21 a.m. A two-alarm fire, possibly caused by Tuesday night’s storm, caused substantial damage to a historic building on the campus of St. Elizabeths Hospital in Southeast Washington, a D.C. fire department spokesman said. The fire broke out on...

By Terri Rupar  | July 13, 2010; 10:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Traffic, injuries after N.Y. Ave NE crash

A crash on New York Avenue NE near Route 50 Tuesday night caused one or more injuries and long traffic backups, authorities said. An automobile apparently hit a dividing wall, D.C. police reported. The incident was reported on the eastern...

By Eric Athas  | July 13, 2010; 10:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Crash on New York Ave. causes backups

A crash on New York Avenue NE near Route 50 on Tuesday night caused one or more injuries and long traffic backups, authorities said. An automobile apparently hit a dividing wall, D.C. police reported. The incident was reported on...

By Terri Rupar  | July 13, 2010; 9:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Arlington cemetery's No. 2 man retires

Thurman Higginbotham, the cemetery’s longtime second-in-command, resigned last week, according to his attorney and Army officials. He had been placed on administrative leave last month pending disciplinary review after Army investigators found more than 100 unmarked graves, scores of grave sites with headstones not recorded on cemetery maps, and at least four burial urns that had been unearthed and dumped in an area with excess grave dirt.

By Aaron C. Davis  | July 13, 2010; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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National Park Service unveils Mall plans

The National Park Service has officially unveiled its final long-range plan for the Mall, the Department of the Interior announced Tuesday.

By Washington Post editors  | July 13, 2010; 5:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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MoCo to charge for dog parks

It will now cost you $40 if you want to let your pooch roam in Montgomery County's dog parks, Fox 5 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | July 13, 2010; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Connection between "bus driver", Metro?

William Jackson, the 19-year-old who allegedly deceived Metro security and drove off in a bus on Friday, apparently shares an address with a man who has the name of an actual Metro bus operator, according to public documents.

By Washington Post editors  | July 13, 2010; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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How charter schools compare to DCPS

Scores are just in Tuesday afternoon for D.C. public charter schools. The headline is that secondary schools (middle and high) in the charter sector are well ahead of those in the D.C. Public Schools system. But there is virtually no...

By Washington Post editors  | July 13, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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3 Pr.William teens accused of rape

Prince William County police have arrested three teenage boys who are accused of raping a 15-year-old female acquaintance, ABC 7 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | July 13, 2010; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Rally for fired caseworkers in Jacks case

Union leaders are calling on D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty to immediately reinstate three caseworkers who were fired after the bodies of four girls were found in their mother's rowhouse.

By Washington Post editors  | July 13, 2010; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Dupont Circle Safeway to close

Didn't know there was a Safeway in Dupont Circle? Well, that may have been part of the problem. Dave Stroup reports on the We Love DC blog that the store at 1800 20th St. NW is closing for good on...

By Washington Post editors  | July 13, 2010; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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O'Malley proposes waiving AP fees

Gov. Martin O'Malley wants to waive the $86 fee per subject for Advanced Placement tests in Maryland. The proposal is part of an initiative O'Malley made public Tuesday called "AP Access and Success." O'Malley is proposing that the state direct...

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D.C.'s priciest house? 5 fun blog posts

Happy Tuesday! Today we've got: posh houses and rich presidents. Did you know that starting tonight you'll be able to see four planets in the skies over D.C.? You do now. Read on for details. Got a few million to...

By Washington Post editors  | July 13, 2010; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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U Street screening postponed

U Street Girl reports on her blog that Tuesday night’s screening of the "Buena Vista Social Club" -- part of the U Street Movie Series -- has been postponed because of bad weather. The film will screen July 20....

By Washington Post editors  | July 13, 2010; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. elementary test scores show decline

Test scores for D.C. public schools show a decline in reading and math proficiency rates in the city's elementary schools, according to a report released Tuesday.

By Washington Post editors  | July 13, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
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Md. boy hurt in fall from window

A child fell out of a second-story window of a house on Wilmett Road in Bethesda on Monday. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said a 7-year-old boy fell out of the unsecured window onto a shed about six feet below...

By Washington Post editors  | July 13, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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National Zoo to aid with oil spill effort

The first of four veterinarians from the National Zoo has left for Louisiana to help clean, rehabilitate and release animals affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, NBC4 reports. The veterinarians will rotate in and out of...

By Washington Post editors  | July 13, 2010; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pot growing operation at Va. day care

Suffolk police have uncovered a marijuana-growing operation at a home day care.

By Washington Post editors  | July 13, 2010; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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New York Ave. reopens in Northwest

New York Avenue NW was closed for about an hour this morning as D.C. emergency personnel worked to rescue an injured construction worker on the roof of a building, officials said. Rescuers were called to the 11-story building in the...

By Mike McPhate  | July 13, 2010; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Man shot in Frederick home invasion

Three men have been taken into custody following a home invasion in Frederick that left one man with a gunshot wound to the leg, ABC 7 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | July 13, 2010; 9:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Va. firefighter alleges harassment

A Spotsylvania County volunteer firefighter has been arrested following allegations that he and another firefighter taunted and inappropriately touched a female co-worker, NBC 4 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | July 13, 2010; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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D.C. man guilty in 2006 shooting death

A District man was found guilty last week in the 2006 shooting death of another man sparked by a grudge over a missing pistol, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. has announced.

By Mike McPhate  | July 13, 2010; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Priest held on sex charge in Fairfax

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has suspended a priest following his arrest in northern Virginia on a charge of aggravated sexual battery of a minor under 13.

By Mike McPhate  | July 13, 2010; 6:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Sheehan cleared of D.C. protest charge

Activist Cindy Sheehan has been cleared of a charge stemming from a protest in front the White House.

By Mike McPhate  | July 13, 2010; 6:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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McDonnell reverses bottled-water ban

Gov. Bob McDonnell has reversed his predecessor's ban on state agencies' and institutions' purchase of individual-sized plastic water bottles.

By Mike McPhate  | July 13, 2010; 6:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz

Good morning. We had actual rain last night -- at least in some places. And it felt marginally cooler.

By Washington Post editors  | July 13, 2010; 5:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Possible human remains found in Lorton

Fairfax County police are investigating the discovery of apparent human skeletal remains found off of a two-lane road that cuts through a wooded area of Lorton.

By Mike McPhate  | July 13, 2010; 5:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Iranian scientist surfaces in D.C.

Iran’s state radio is reporting that a missing Iranian nuclear scientist has taken refuge in the Pakistan embassy in Washington, according to several news agencies.

By Mike McPhate  | July 13, 2010; 4:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Oficers use Taser to end standoff

A man surrounded by Prince George’s County police in a bus parking lot was taken into custody Monday evening after a long standoff by officers using a Taser, police said. The standoff, which ended about 6:45 p.m., lasted for...

By Erica Johnston  | July 12, 2010; 11:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Boy struck by car in Georgetown dies

An 11-year-old boy who was visiting Washington with his family was fatally injured when he was struck by a car in Georgetown, officials said. The boy was struck in the 1600 block of Wisconsin Avenue NW, just south of...

By Erica Johnston  | July 12, 2010; 10:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Police impersonators charged with assault

Two men who showed badges and were described as police impersonators committed a robbery Sunday in Prince George’s County, police said. County police said the holdup occurred about 3:30 a.m. in Langley Park. The victims told officers that they were...

By Erica Johnston  | July 12, 2010; 6:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Pr. Geo's ban on single cigar sales OK

A Prince George's County Circuit Court judge ruled last month that legislation that banned the sale of single cigars, requiring stores to sell them in packages of at least five, was constitutional.

By Washington Post editors  | July 12, 2010; 6:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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2 injured in crash with Pr. Geo.'s fire truck

Two women were injured in a crash with a fire truck in the District Heights area Monday, authorities said.

By Washington Post editors  | July 12, 2010; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Police, gunman in PG standoff

Police in Prince George's County have surrounded a robbery suspect who has holed himself up inside an empty school bus in the Fort Washington area and is possibly armed, authorities said. Officers remain on the scene in a barricade situation...

By Washington Post editors  | July 12, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Ellicott City teen hurt in Ugandan blast

A 16-year-old girl from Maryland is among the wounded in a pair of terrorist bombings in Uganda. A family friend said Monday that Emily Kerstetter of Ellicott City, Md., was at a restaurant in the capital city of Kampala with...

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Alexandria main break affecting service

Officials in Alexandria report that a water main break on Mill road, near Eisenhower Avenue and Telegraph Road, has knocked out water service to nearby homes and businesses and may clog traffic in the area.

By Washington Post editors  | July 12, 2010; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Shark alert! 5 fun blog posts

It's Monday, and what do we have for you today? Rabbit's feet, shark alerts and photos from the post-Spain-wins-the-World-Cup celebration in Dupont Circle. Read on! When it rains it pours. We hope some good luck will start pouring down on...

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Heat-related deaths in Md. now total 12

Two more Maryland residents have died of heat-related illnesses, the state's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced Friday.

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Fatal motorcycle accident in Howard Co.

A 68-year-old Ellicott City woman was killed after the motorcycle on which she was riding was rear-ended by a car, Howard County police said Monday. Cecilia Ann Amato was a passenger on a 2005 Honda Gold Wing motorcycle traveling eastbound...

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Family of five freed from Metro elevator

A family of five has been freed from a stuck Metro elevator, D.C. Fire and EMS reports.

By Washington Post editors  | July 12, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Va. cities turn to iPad for gov't work

Williamsburg city officials have decided that the town known for its 18th century roots needs to embrace 21st century technology. Last week, the City Council voted to purchase the Apple iPad so council agendas and other business matters could be handled electronically rather than by paper.

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Md. town #2 'best place to live'

Money Magazine has ranked Columbia/Ellicott City #2 on its “America’s Best Places to Live 2010 list -- the only spot in the mid-Atlantic region ranked in the top 20. Eden Prairie, Minn., won the top spot in the annual survey....

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Intruder arrested after touching Va. woman

A 24-year-old man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly entered the home of a Lansdowne woman and touched her, ABC 7 reports.

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Md. inmate dies after hanging attempt

An inmate of the Frederick County Adult Detention Center died Friday of cardiac arrest following a hanging attempt in the medical unit, according to police, The Gazette reports. William J. Hanlin, 21, of Myersville, was found hanging from a bunk...

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Charges possible in dog's car death

The owner of a yellow Labrador retriever that died in a parked car in 104-degree heat last week could face criminal charges, a Frederick County Animal Control official said.

By Mike McPhate  | July 12, 2010; 8:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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3,000 Va. nonprofits fail to file with IRS

A national organization that monitors charitable organizations says more then 3,000 nonprofit groups in Virginia risk losing their tax-exempt status because they haven't filed a tax notification in three years.

By Washington Post editors  | July 12, 2010; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Trial over White House protest to start

The trial for activist Cindy Sheehan over her arrest earlier this year is scheduled to begin in D.C. Superior Court.

By Mike McPhate  | July 12, 2010; 7:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
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Korean War soldier to be buried in Va.

A remains of a missing Korean War soldier will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery, 60 years after he drowned off the coast of Korea.

By Mike McPhate  | July 12, 2010; 5:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: Fake driver, real humid

Good morning. Yes, it's Monday -- already. Sigh. But we've got all kinds of intriguing headlines for you today: Fake Metrobus drivers, college presidents bonding with their students and possible trouble for D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty in Ward 4 --...

By Washington Post editors  | July 12, 2010; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. records show dip in gun permits

State police records show fewer Virginians are seeking concealed handgun permits this year than in 2009.

By Mike McPhate  | July 12, 2010; 5:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Police: 2 men posed as cops in robbery

Prince George’s County police have arrested two men accused of impersonating law enforcement officers during a robbery near the International Mall in Langley Park early Sunday.

By Mike McPhate  | July 12, 2010; 5:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Boy struck by car in 'grave' condition

This post was updated at 6:50 a.m. A young boy was struggling for his life Monday morning after he was struck by a car and critically injured in Georgetown Sunday evening, authorities said. The boy, described as around 10 or...

By Erica Johnston  | July 11, 2010; 9:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Man shot in Columbia Heights dies

Updated, 6:14 p.m. Sunday: The man shot Saturday night in Columbia Heights has died, D.C. police said Sunday. He was identified by police Sunday as Jonathan Sanchez Estep, 24, of Taussig Place, NE. Police said he was found in the...

By Terri Rupar  | July 11, 2010; 9:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Frederick man charged in extortion case

A Frederick man has been charged with extortion for threatening to report damaging information about an unidentified victim. Frederick police say 24-year-old Charles Kahiga Jr. was arrested Friday night after a brief chase. He's also charged with fleeing from officers....

By Washington Post Editors  | July 11, 2010; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Man charged in fatal Silver Spring stabbing

Montgomery County police have made an arrest after a fatal stabbing in Silver Spring. Twenty-five-year-old Alexander Chambers of Silver Spring is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 24-year-old Merlin Recinos. The victim was found dead on the lawn...

By Washington Post Editors  | July 11, 2010; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Rockville lifts water restrictions

The City of Rockville has lifted mandatory water restrictions that have been in place since a water main break Wednesday, according to a press release from the city. The restrictions were expected to end Saturday, but were extended after crews...

By Washington Post Editors  | July 11, 2010; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Power restored in NW D.C.

Updated, 12:34 p.m.: Power has been restored to nearly all customers in NW D.C. Pepco's power outage map is showing only a handful of outages in the city. Original post: Hundreds of homes and businesses in and near the Logan...

By Terri Rupar  | July 11, 2010; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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