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Apparent bomb threat at Howard

Dozens of Howard University students were sent out into Saturday’s heat after what appeared to be a bomb threat was made, a D.C. fire department spokesman said. It appeared that the possible threat involved a campus dormitory. Students were...

By Terri Rupar  | July 24, 2010; 5:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Possible body in dumpster investigated

Updated, 6:58 p.m. Prince George’s County homicide detectives are investigating whether a foul odor from a trash receptacle in the Landover area might have come from human remains. Just before 2 p.m., firefighters were called to the apartment complex in...

By Washington Post Editors  | July 24, 2010; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Heat suspected in Md. biker's death

A 20-year-old biking in Maryland has died after going into cardiac arrest and authorities suspect heat could be a factor. Prince George's County Fire and Rescue officials say the man seemed to have gone unconscious while biking around 11:15...

By Washington Post Editors  | July 24, 2010; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Excessive heat warning issued

It's going to be one of the summer's hottest days yet in the Washington and Baltimore area. The National Weather Service has for the first time this year issued an excessive heat warning for the area along the I-95 corridor....

By Washington Post Editors  | July 24, 2010; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Man charged with fatal stabbing in NE

A 36-year-old Northeast Washington man was arrested Friday and charged in a fatal stabbing that occurred this week on the eastern edge of Capitol Hill, D.C. police said. They said Nathaniel Phillips was charged with second -degree murder in the...

By Terri Rupar  | July 23, 2010; 10:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Fire in manhole on Pennsylvania Ave. NW

An apparent electrical fire broke out in a manhole in the heart of downtown Washington on Friday evening, authorities said. The fire was reported about 7:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue NW, making it visible to...

By Terri Rupar  | July 23, 2010; 8:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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3 suspicious packages reported today

At least three suspicious packages were reported Friday morning at separate locations in the District, authorities said. Items arousing suspicions were found about 11 a.m. in the Shaw area in the 900 block of Westminster Street NW, about 10 a.m....

By Terri Rupar  | July 23, 2010; 7:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Report: Driver who killed biker picked up

A man allegedly involved in a fatal collision with a bicyclist near Dupont Circle has been picked up this week on an immigration charge, WUSA reported. The television station said the man, whom they identified as Marco Fuentes Flores, was...

By Terri Rupar  | July 23, 2010; 7:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Armed robbery charges for 3 Va. teens

Three Prince William County teenagers have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery early Friday morning, ABC 7 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | July 23, 2010; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Amtrak buying new rail cars

Amtrak says it is buying 130 new single-level rail cars, a contract that will create 575 jobs at a New York plant. The $298 million contract was awarded to CAF USA, which will perform manufacturing and final assembly work at...

By Washington Post editors  | July 23, 2010; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Swim advisory lifted for Spa Creek

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health has lifted the advisory against swimming in Spa Creek in Annapolis.

By Washington Post editors  | July 23, 2010; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. heat-related deaths now at six

Virginia state officials on Friday confirmed the state's sixth heat-related death.

By Washington Post editors  | July 23, 2010; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Beltway ramp to 50 blocked in P.G.

Prince George's County Firefighters are on the scene of a dump truck that is on fire and leaking fuel from southbound Interstate 495 to eastbound Route 50 in the Lanham area, a fire department spokesman confirmed. Mark Brady, a spokesman...

By Michael Bolden  | July 23, 2010; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Md. worker fired after security breach

A Maryland Department of Human Resources employee has been fired for posting the personal information, including Social Security numbers, of almost 3,000 department clients on a Web site. The state's social service agency announced Friday that the employee, who was...

By Washington Post editors  | July 23, 2010; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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From YouTube to the big screen

For anyone who dreams of fame (not necessarily the fortune), tomorrow might be your next big break. Or at least a chance to play a tiny role in a worldwide project. Filmmakers Kevin MacDonald and Ridley Scott are asking...

By Naomi Nix  | July 23, 2010; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Stay cool & use spell check: 5 fun blogs

Friday. Friday. Friday. Friday. Did I mention it's Friday. After a record breaking winter -- looks like we may be on our way to a record breaking summer. (They've hung photos from February's "Snowmageddon" in the elevator of my apartment...

By Washington Post editors  | July 23, 2010; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. team last standing in car competition

A Charlottesville-based team is the last one standing in an international competition to design a car that can travel 100 miles on a single gallon of fuel.

By Washington Post editors  | July 23, 2010; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Rhee fires 241 D.C. teachers

* Read the full story here. * Rhee's move is sure to draw fire. (AP)D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee fired 241 teachers Friday for poor classroom performance. The dismissals are the first under a rigorous new evaluation system launched...

By Washington Post editors  | July 23, 2010; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (125)
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Md. heat-related deaths now at 16

Three people in Maryland have died from heat-related causes, bringing the total of such deaths this year to 16.

By Washington Post editors  | July 23, 2010; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. looks at new teacher evaluations

The Virginia State Department of Education is examining how teachers and administrators are evaluated, and is considering issuing guidelines that would link teacher pay to student performance. The education department plans to come up with new teacher-evaluation guidelines that public...

By Washington Post editors  | July 23, 2010; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Prosecutor: Ex-coach had sex with girls

A former assistant football coach at Flowers High School in Prince George's County was indicted Thursday on charges that he had sex with two 15-year-old girls, State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey said.

By Mike McPhate  | July 23, 2010; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Families of fallen soldiers gather in D.C.

About 2,000 families of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are expected to join a Weekend of Remembrance activities in Washington.

By Mike McPhate  | July 23, 2010; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Arrest made in Rockville bank robbery

Montgomery County police have arrested a suspect in the Tuesday robbery of a Rockville bank.

By Mike McPhate  | July 23, 2010; 7:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Person killed in Upper Marlboro crash

A person was killed after being ejected from a vehicle in a crash in Upper Marlboro Thursday night, Prince George’s police said.

By Mike McPhate  | July 23, 2010; 7:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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3 kids hurt on Ocean City roller coaster

Ocean City police say three children were hurt in a roller coaster accident.

By Mike McPhate  | July 23, 2010; 7:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Scores line up for loan help in D.C.

More than 160 homeowners were lined up in downtown D.C. early Friday in hopes of obtaining better terms on their home loans with help from the housing advocacy group Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America.

By Mike McPhate  | July 23, 2010; 6:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: See the Facebook trailer

Good morning. Friday at last. And yes, folks, it's going to be a hot one. Sometimes it's better not to know. Today's forecast? Think about it: Do you really need to know how hot and humid it's going to be?...

By Washington Post editors  | July 23, 2010; 5:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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200 in D.C. without water

About 200 District residents were without water Thursday night, as emergency workers repaired a broken water main, according to the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority. The pipe had been installed a day earlier on P St. NW. between 17th and...

By Erica Johnston  | July 23, 2010; 12:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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6 injured in car accident in NE D.C.

Six people were injured, at least one seriously, in a car accident near the intersection of South Dakota Ave and Gallatin St NE Thursday night, D.C. police said. The accident, which involved a van and a car, was reported at...

By Erica Johnston  | July 22, 2010; 11:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fatal car accident in Calvert County

One person has died in a car accident in the Owings area of Calvert County, police say. The accident happened about 6 p.m. on West Mt. Harmony Road near Grantham Drive. Authorities are investigating. -- Michael Alison Chandler...

By Erica Johnston  | July 22, 2010; 7:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Network aims to help low-income youth

A new network to help low-income young people in the Washington area will be funded by some $13 million from nonprofits, private philanthropists and the federal government, and will reach an estimated 20,000 people over the next five years,...

By Erica Johnston  | July 22, 2010; 7:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Boy, his uncle drown in neighbor's pool

UPDATE: A 12-year-old boy and his uncle died Thursday of drowning in the Marlton area of Prince George's County, authorities said. Najee Clark and his uncle, David Massey, 59, were taken to the hospital in "extremely critical condition" Thursday after....

By Washington Post editors  | July 22, 2010; 6:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Fenty nominates Togo West to election bd

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty nominated Thursday former Army secretary Togo D. West Jr. to be the new chairman of the election board, a move that could defuse a long-running battle over appointments.

By Washington Post editors  | July 22, 2010; 5:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Body found in car trunk at impound lot

D.C. police say a body was discovered in the trunk of a red vintage convertible that had been towed twice by District officials. The body was discovered Thursday after a worker at the police impound lot smelled a foul odor...

By Washington Post editors  | July 22, 2010; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. ranks low on the 'misery index'

A bit of news that might take the edge off the heat and humidity that only promises to get worse: The Washington Business Journal reports that Washington residents can claim one of the least miserable economies in the nation, based...

By Washington Post editors  | July 22, 2010; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Green can be gorgeous & other fun blogs

Happy Thursday. So what does the D.C.-area blogosphere hold for us today? We've got kiddie drinks for adults and a house in Bethesda that takes "green" to a whole new level. Another blogger asks: Could D.C. soon have a little...

By Washington Post editors  | July 22, 2010; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Child injures hand at L'Enfant Plaza Metro

UPDATE: A 4-year-old girl severely injured her left hand after falling on an escalator at L'Enfant Plaza Metro station Thursday, according to transit officials. According to spokesman Steven Taubenkibel, the accident happened at the Seventh Street/Maryland Avenue SW exit. Taubenkibel...

By Washington Post editors  | July 22, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. nursing home fined for A/C breakdown

Maryland regulators are fining the Ravenwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Baltimore $52,500 after the building's air conditioning broke, sending temperatures inside above 90 degrees over the Fourth of July weekend. The Office of Health Care Quality found four significant...

By Washington Post editors  | July 22, 2010; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wale curses, Baltimore fumes

Baltimore officials are reviewing their contract with D.C. rapper Wale after he used profanity and racial slurs during a performance at a free, city-sponsored arts festival, WBAL.com reports.

By Washington Post editors  | July 22, 2010; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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West Nile virus found in Anne Arundel

Maryland officials said mosquitoes collected from a pool in Anne Arundel County have tested positive for the West Nile Virus -- the first sign of the virus in Maryland this year. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene confirmed...

By Washington Post editors  | July 22, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Guinea pigs found in Southeast trash can

Six guinea pigs were found in wretched condition in a trash can behind a building in Southeast Washington last week, an animal advocacy group said.

By Mike McPhate  | July 22, 2010; 9:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Anne Arundel OKs homeowner windmills

The Anne Arundel County Council has unanimously approved a zoning change that will allow homeowners to build energy-generating windmills.

By Washington Post editors  | July 22, 2010; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Peanut butter slathered over Va. park

The Loudoun County's Sheriff's Department is investigating a bizarre incident at an Ashburn park, where peanut butter was found smeared onto swings, monkey bars, benches and other playground equipment Tuesday.

By Mike McPhate  | July 22, 2010; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Two kids hit by car, seriously hurt in NE

A teenager and an 8-year-old were seriously injured after being hit by a car in Northeast Washington Wednesday night, authorities said.

By Mike McPhate  | July 22, 2010; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Suspect photos released in Calif. killing

The Oakland police department is seeking the public’s help in identifying two suspects seen in surveillance footage after the Sunday killing of a Fairfax man who was in the San Francisco Bay area for a job interview.

By Mike McPhate  | July 22, 2010; 7:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Fairfax police seek doctor on the run

Fairfax County police are searching for a Fairfax doctor accused of touching a female patient “inappropriately” during an examination, authorities said.

By Mike McPhate  | July 22, 2010; 6:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: D.C.'s smart AND healthy

Strange batch of headlines out there today. Could it be the heat is finally getting to folks?

By Washington Post editors  | July 22, 2010; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cops: Man pulls nail gun in road rage

A Dale City man displayed a nail gun and rammed another man’s car three times in a road rage incident in Woodbridge early Wednesday, Prince William County police said.

By Mike McPhate  | July 22, 2010; 5:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Va. upgrades state government Web site

Virginia has upgraded its state government website.

By Mike McPhate  | July 22, 2010; 5:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Md. pension portfolio grows 14 percent

Maryland's state pension system, responsible for retirement funds of more than 116,000 retirees and beneficiaries, grew beyond expectations the last fiscal year.

By Mike McPhate  | July 22, 2010; 5:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. reports decline in infant mortality

Maryland health officials say the state's infant mortality rate has reached its lowest annual rate in 10 years.

By Mike McPhate  | July 22, 2010; 5:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Waldorf man dies in Beltway crash

A Waldorf man was killed on the Capital Beltway Wednesday when he tried to exit at the last moment and hit a guardrail, according to the Maryland State Police. Ulric Wair, 68, was headed south on Interstate 495 near...

By Erica Johnston  | July 21, 2010; 10:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Camp for D.C. kids with special needs

The deadline is fast approaching for D.C. residents who have children with specialized needs to enroll in a week-long camp -- free of charge.

By Washington Post editors  | July 21, 2010; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. will launch e-health info program

Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and leaders in the medical industry said Tuesday that Maryland will launch its Electronic Health Information Exchange in September, starting with hospitals in Montgomery County, the Washington Business Journal reports. The Chesapeake Regional Information System for...

By Washington Post editors  | July 21, 2010; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Biking off Restaurant Week: 5 fun blogs

Happy Wednesday. Just think you can borrow a bike to work off all that good Restaurant Week food, which about sums up today's trip around the D.C. area blogosphere. And we're happy to welcome a new entry to the D.C....

By Washington Post editors  | July 21, 2010; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Arlington worker falls 7 stories to his death

A construction worker fell five stories through a glass atrium of an Arlington hotel Wednesday to his death, ABC 7 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | July 21, 2010; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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2 arrested after child found wandering

Prince William County police said two women from Woodbridge have been arrested after a 2-year-old girl in their care wandered away from their licensed home day care during a rainstorm Monday, the News & Messenger reports. Edy Ruth Chamul, 49,...

By Washington Post editors  | July 21, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Perdue Farms recalls chicken nuggets

Georgia-based Perdue Farms has voluntarily recalled almost 92,000 pounds of frozen chicken nuggets out of concern that they might contain plastic, the News Messenger reports. The chicken product, Great Value Fully Cooked Chicken Nuggets, is sold at Wal-mart stores nationwide....

By Washington Post editors  | July 21, 2010; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Gas leak reported in NE D.C.

D.C. Fire and EMS say there is a large natural gas leak at 6th Street and Riggs Road NE.

By Washington Post editors  | July 21, 2010; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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UVa., INOVA get grant to study older drivers

A partnership between the University of Virginia and INOVA Fairfax Hospital has received a $2.5 million federal grant to set up a center that will study older drivers and passengers.

By Washington Post editors  | July 21, 2010; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Oil spill's refugee dogs snapped up in Md.

The female Labrador retriever mix is the last dog standing after 10 dogs abandoned by distressed owners along the Gulf Coast were brought to Anne Arundel County late last month.

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Fenty, Gray face off Wednesday night

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and his chief Democratic challenger Vincent C. Gray will face off in two events Wednesday night in Wards 2 and 4.

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Va. police warn about 'Craigslist' robbers

Stafford County police are warning residents about three men who have attempted to rob people responding to ads on Craigslist, Fox 5 reports. Stafford County Sheriff's Office spokesman Bill Kennedy said the crimes happened within minutes of each other Sunday...

By Washington Post editors  | July 21, 2010; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Va. corrections department sued

Two civil rights groups have sued the Virginia Department of Corrections for banning a handbook from state prisons that explains the court system, methods for legal research and constitutional rights, according to reporter Anita Kumar.

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NTSB investigating diverted Dulles plane

The National Transportation Safety Board has opened an investigation into what caused a United Airlines jetliner that departed from Dulles International Airport to experience severe turbulence, according to a federal spokesman.

By Washington Post editors  | July 21, 2010; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Shot fired in robbery at Bowie 7-Eleven

Prince George's County police were responding Wednesday morning to a report of a shot fired during a robbery at a 7-11 in Bowie.

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Suspect sought in Rockville bank robbery

Montgomery County detectives are seeking help in identifying a suspect in a bank robbery Tuesday evening in Rockville.

By Mike McPhate  | July 21, 2010; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Boy dies after watercraft crash in bay

Maryland authorities say an 11-year-old Pennsylvania boy injured in a personal watercraft accident has died from his injuries.

By Mike McPhate  | July 21, 2010; 7:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Woman seriously hurt in Southeast fire

A woman was seriously injured in an apartment building fire in Southeast Washington early Wednesday, authorities said.

By Mike McPhate  | July 21, 2010; 7:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. man gets 10 years in online deception

A Montgomery County man who assumed the online identity of a 16-year-old girl and lured another girl into sharing explicit photos of herself was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday.

By Mike McPhate  | July 21, 2010; 7:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: The return of Elvis

A 6-foot fiberglass statue of Elvis that went missing from the roof of the Happy Days Diner in Maryland was found Tuesday in the Gardens of Faith Cemetery

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Police probe fatal shooting in Georgetown

Washington D.C. police are investigating a shooting early Wednesday near 31st and M streets in the Georgetown neighborhood.

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Flight from Dulles diverted; about 20 hurt

Updated, 12:27 a.m. About 20 people were hurt, according to The Post's latest. Updated, 10:48 p.m. A United Airlines flight from Washington to Los Angeles was diverted to Denver last night after the plane encountered turbulence, and passengers were injured,...

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Suspicious package at 7th & Penn. SE

Update, 9:23 p.m. The D.C. Homeland Security Department said streets have been reopened to traffic. Original post: Police are investigating a suspicious package at 7th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue SE, according to the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department....

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Sentence in carjacking of sen.'s daughter

A man who pleaded guilty to the violent carjacking of a senator’s daughter in downtown Washington was sentenced Tuesday to nine years in prison, prosecutors said. The U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia said Steven Alston, 25, of...

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Stafford County barricade ends peacefully

A woman who rented a room at a Stafford County Howard Johnson motel has refused to leave and is holding sheriff's deputies at bay, WUSA 9 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | July 20, 2010; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Popsicles & escalefters: 5 fun blog posts

Nothing like a nice cold treat on a hot, steamy day -- which segues nicely into our five favorite blog posts du jour. From the files of “Did you ever wonder … ” a brief history of the Popsicle courtesy...

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D.C. election board chair resigns

Errol R. Arthur, the chairman of the D.C. Board of Elections, announced Monday that he is resigning effective Aug. 2 to take another job, according to council sources.

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Fairfax traffic program nearly broke

Fairfax County's traffic calming program, designed to ease congestion in residential subdivisions in Washington's still-growing suburbs, soon will be broke and dozens of projects likely will be suspended, reporter Derek Kravitz tells us.

By Washington Post editors  | July 20, 2010; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. court rules for referendum on slots

Maryland's highest court has issued an order allowing a referendum on the state's largest planned slots casino to move forward in Anne Arundel County.

By Washington Post editors  | July 20, 2010; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Dog rescued from Potomac dies

A dog rescued from the Potomac River by a U.S. Park Police detective Sunday afternoon has died, NBC 4 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | July 20, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Worker rescued from 14th St. Bridge

An injured worker on the 14th Street Bridge had to be rescued by D.C. Fire and EMS, officials reported Tuesday morning.

By Washington Post editors  | July 20, 2010; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Two injured in Pr. George's crash

Two people were critically injured in a crash in the Landover area of Prince George’s County Tuesday morning, authorities said.

By Washington Post editors  | July 20, 2010; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. traffic stop leads to drug bust

Frederick County police said a traffic stop for an equipment violation led to the seizure of powdered cocaine valued at $15,000 and marijuana valued between $20,000 and $30,000, reports the Frederick News-Post. Two brothers, Torey Lee Howell, 23, and Gary...

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About 2,900 SSN numbers exposed in Md.

A Maryland employee posted about 2,900 social security numbers and other personal information online where it was available to anyone with an internet connection for more than two months, officials said Monday.

By Mike McPhate  | July 20, 2010; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Md. trooper charged in child porn case

A state trooper who spent eight years protecting Maryland governors has been charged with possession and distribution of child pornography, Baltimore County police said Monday.

By Mike McPhate  | July 20, 2010; 7:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Red-light camera tickets to start in Va.

The grace period is over. Motorists caught cheating by Arlington’s new red-light cameras will start getting traffic tickets beginning Wednesday at 12 a.m., officials say.

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Man, woman found dead in Md. apartment

A man and a woman have been found dead in a Salisbury apartment, and a prosecutors says there appears to have been a double homicide.

By Mike McPhate  | July 20, 2010; 6:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. crackdown nets 6,000 tickets, arrests

A weekend enforcement effort by the Virginia State Police on Interstates 81 and 95 resulted in more than 6,000 summonses and arrests.

By Mike McPhate  | July 20, 2010; 5:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Va. pastor charged with child abuse

Prince William County police have arrested a former youth pastor on charges that he carried on a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl.

By Mike McPhate  | July 20, 2010; 5:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: Say cheese! Now pay up.

Good morning. It's Tuesday. The Montgomery County Council will be taking a look at possible station locations for the Purple Line. Opponents of a plan to build a casino at Arundel Mills are scheduled to appear before Maryland's highest court...

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Driver stabbed in D.C. carjacking

A motorist was stabbed Monday afternoon in downtown Washington during a carjacking, D.C. police said. They said the man remained conscious after being wounded in the incident in which his car was taken about 5 p.m. near 10th and N...

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Homicide victim found in NW D.C.

A homicide victim was found Monday morning in the Brightwood Park area of Northwest Washington, D.C. police said. They said the victim was found about 7:30 a.m. in the 300 block of Farragut Street NW. Police described the victim...

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Man dies weeks after being shot in D.C.

A man who was shot in the Adams Morgan area of the District last month died Monday and police are investigating the matter as a homicide, authorities said. The victim was identified as Victor Chigoziri Mba-Jonas Jr., 20, of 4th...

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Fairfax seeks to return stolen jewelry to owners

Among the items in the inventory of the Fairfax County police department is a gold ring, with a date inscribed on it: July 19, 1866. The police do not know whose ring it is, but they would like to....

By Erica Johnston  | July 19, 2010; 10:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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2 rescued from bay after clinging to cooler

Two people from Hyattsville whose boat capsized in the Chesapeake Bay over the weekend were rescued after clinging to a cooler for more than two hours, authorities said. Anna Garcia, 36, and Carlos Eskabar, 35, were in shock and suffering...

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National Zoo euthanizes Speke gazelle

The National Zoo euthanized an aged Speke’s gazelle Monday because of its declining health.

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Va. records 2 more heat-related deaths

Virginia health officials said Monday that the chief medical examiner's office has confirmed two more heat-related deaths, bringing the state's total so far this summer to five. Officials declined to offer specific details about the individuals except to say the...

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30 alleged gang members arrested in Va.

Federal and local authorities have arrested 30 suspected gang members and associates over the weekend in northern Virginia as part of a three-day enforcement sweep.

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New interim director for DYRS

The head of the District’s juvenile justice agency has been forced out after a series of high-profile crimes involving youths thrust the agency into the upcoming mayoral race and threatened to overshadow continuing improvements .

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Suspect id'd in mother-daughter slayings

Prince George’s County homicide detectives have identified a suspect in the high-profile slayings of two sets of mothers and daughters last year, according to sources familiar with the cases.

By Washington Post editors  | July 19, 2010; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Bay's microorganisms to be studied

Algae, bacteria and other microorganisms at the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay's food chain are the focus of a new federally funded study.

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Md. county exec recovers from surgery

Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold is recovering after having his second back surgery in five months, a spokesman told The Baltimore Sun on Monday. Leopold underwent revision lumbar spinal fusion surgery Friday afternoon at Anne Arundel Medical Center...

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Md. woman drowns in Shenandoah River

Authorities said that a Maryland woman drowned Saturday in the Shenandoah River in Clarke County while camping with family, Northern Virginia Daily reports.

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Shelter offers aid to basketball league

Central Union Mission, a men's homeless shelter, is coming to the aide of a basketball league for teenagers whose founder left town with money donated by players.

By Washington Post editors  | July 19, 2010; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Woman charged in dog's hot-car death

A woman has been charged with four counts of animal cruelty after her yellow Labrador retriever died in an overheated car while she shopped at a Costco in Frederick, authorities said.

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Va. Vietnam vet to get delayed medals

A Woodbridge man who risked his life to rescue a group of Vietnamese Marines during the Vietnam War is receiving a Silver Star and a Distinguished Flying Cross — 39 years after his heroic deeds.

By Washington Post editors  | July 19, 2010; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. may ease crabbing restrictions

After two years of heavy restrictions on crabbing throughout the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland officials are considering eliminating one restriction watermen say is particularly harmful to their livelihoods, News 21 reports. The state may lift the ban on harvesting female crabs...

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Man feared dead in bay boat accident

Authorities are searching for a 46-year-old man who is presumed dead after a boating accident in the Chesapeake Bay.

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Pay-by-phone parking tested in D.C.

District transportation officials say they will be testing new ways to pay for parking beginning Monday in select areas.

By Mike McPhate  | July 19, 2010; 6:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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D.C. officers win $900,000 in race suit

A jury has awarded five Washington D.C. police officers $900,000 after determining they were punished for complaining over racial discrimination, according to a Washington Examiner report.

By Mike McPhate  | July 19, 2010; 6:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: About that quake

Good morning. In the aftermath of Friday's earthquake centered in Maryland, authorities announced they received more than 20,000 calls and zero reports of substantial damage.

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More than 6,900 without power in Md.

More than 4,500 customers were without power early Monday in Montgomery County after thunderstorms battered utility equipment overnight.

By Mike McPhate  | July 19, 2010; 5:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Md. man dies after crash into building

Frederick police say a Monrovia man was killed when the vehicle he was driving struck a building. Police say two passengers in the vehicle also were injured in the crash early Sunday morning. The driver was identified as 25-year-old Bradley...

By Washington Post Editors  | July 18, 2010; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Homicides down 23 percent in area

Homicides in the Washington area dropped 23 percent last year, according to a report released Wednesday by a regional governing body. The decline helped drive an overall slide of 8 percent in reported serious crimes -- including homicides, rapes, robberies,...

By Washington Post Editors  | July 18, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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D.C. residents sue over 'McMansion'

Battles over “McMansions” aren't just for the 'burbs. Residents of Washington's Woodley Park neighborhood are fighting a developer's plans to tear down one house and replace it with two properties after dividing the lot in half. Neighbors are suing city...

By Washington Post Editors  | July 18, 2010; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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