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Taser used on suspect in Frederick

A Taser was used Saturday morning to incapacitate a fleeing suspect in Frederick, the police there said. The device was used around 2:15 a.m. after officers attempted to intervene in a fight in the unit block of S. Market...

By Terri Rupar  | July 31, 2010; 10:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Vandals trash Dale City water park

Officials at a northern Virginia water park are cleaning up after vandals tossed food and furniture into the park's main pool. Prince William County Park Authority spokeswoman Dianne Cabot says the vandalism at Waterworks Waterpark occurred sometime between 10 p.m....

By Washington Post Editors  | July 31, 2010; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Boy hospitalized after D.C. house fire

An 11-year-old boy was injured and at least eight other people were displaced in a fire early Saturday in Northeast Washington, authorities said. Pete Piringer, a spokesman for the D.C. fire and emergency medical services department said the fire...

By Washington Post Editors  | July 31, 2010; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Police: Stolen car driven into police car

A Montgomery County police officer was injured Friday night when a stolen car was driven into a police car, a county police spokesman said. Capt. Paul Starks, a spokesman for the county police, said two people were taken into...

By Terri Rupar  | July 30, 2010; 11:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Md. man charged with sex assault

A Gaithersburg man has been charged with spraying semen on a woman as she left a Giant grocery store.

By Washington Post editors  | July 30, 2010; 5:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Pepco says outages down to 2,400

Power outages are down to 2,400 for Pepco's customers in the Washington region, the company says.

By Washington Post editors  | July 30, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Ice cream and fashion: D.C.'s blogs

Libraries, fashion and ice cream sundaes -- what could be better than these three things? The D.C. blogosphere is buzzing about all three and more. An ice cream sundae with unlimited toppings for less than $5? Read on! Capital Hill...

By Washington Post editors  | July 30, 2010; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Recording police likely not illegal in Md.

The Maryland Attorney General's Office says it's likely not a violation of Maryland's wiretap law to make an audio recording of a police officer during an arrest.

By Washington Post editors  | July 30, 2010; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Man sentenced for drugs in juice boxes

A Rhode Island man has been sentenced to 70 months in prison after he attempted to smuggle $500,000 worth of heroin in juice boxes through Dulles International Airport.

By Washington Post editors  | July 30, 2010; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Volunteers help spruce up D.C.

About 100 people in town for the National Urban League's annual conference took to the playground of Plummer Elementary on Friday with paint brushes in hand as part an effort to get groups visiting the District to help spruce it up. paint1.jpg

By Washington Post editors  | July 30, 2010; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Part of Colonial estate to be developed

The Howard County Council has unanimously approved plans to cluster development in a corner of a Colonial estate that belonged to a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

By Washington Post editors  | July 30, 2010; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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GU Hospital names permanent president

The interim president of Georgetown University Hospital has been named president or the medical facility, hospital officials announced Thursday the Washington Business Journal reports. Richard Goldberg took over as interim president in 2009 to replace M. Joy Drass, who became...

By Washington Post editors  | July 30, 2010; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. slay suspect extradited from Canada

A Maryland man wanted for murder has been arrested in Canada and returned to the United States.

By Washington Post editors  | July 30, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Survey: D.C. good for working moms

D.C. ranks No. 2 on Forbes Magazine’s 2010 list of the Best Cities for Working Mothers, topped only by Minneapolis-St. Paul, the Washington Business Journal reports. D.C. also ranked No. 1 in the nation for women’s salaries, and Forbes notes...

By Washington Post editors  | July 30, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Trapped in Metro station?

A 25-year-old woman says she was trapped in a Virginia Metro station in the early hours of Wednesday morning, Fox 5 reports. Chrissy Shugars said she had forgotten to transfer to a Blue Line train at the Rosslyn station and...

By Washington Post editors  | July 30, 2010; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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2 killed, 2 injured driving to D.C. graduation

The Virginia State Police say two members of a North Carolina family have died from injuries suffered in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 95 in Hanover County.

By Washington Post editors  | July 30, 2010; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. helicopter crash ruled accidental

The National Transportation Safety Board has ruled that a helicopter crash that killed four people along Interstate 70 near Boonsboro last summer was accidental.

By Washington Post editors  | July 30, 2010; 8:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man trapped at construction site rescued

A man was rescued Friday morning after being trapped in a hole at a construction site in Northeast, D.C. Fire and EMS report.

By Washington Post editors  | July 30, 2010; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Const. Ave. reopens near White House

updated 6:15 a.m. U.S. Park Police have reopened several blocks of Constitution Avenue and 17th Street NW around the White House after bomb squad technicians examined a van parked in the area and determined that it posed no threat. Park...

By Debbi Wilgoren  | July 30, 2010; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: Cheesecake Day!

Today is National Cheesecake Day and to celebrate, the Cheesecake Factory is offering 50 percent off of slices, our Frugal Friends in Northern Virginia tell us. Hmmm, half the price, double the slices? You do the math.

By Washington Post editors  | July 30, 2010; 5:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama speaks at Urban League

Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, applauded President Obama on Thursday for coming to the civil rights group's centennial conference in Washington and speaking frankly about education, race relations and the Shirley Sherrod incident. Speaking to several...

By Washington Post Editors  | July 29, 2010; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Friendship Heights Metro station closed

Metro is reporting that the Friendship Heights station has been closed due to a power problem. Shuttle service has been requested.

By Washington Post editors  | July 29, 2010; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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More outages, downed trees possible

Pepco officials are warning customers of the potential for additional power outages and falling trees as severe thunderstorms move through the area Thursday.

By Washington Post editors  | July 29, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pr. Geo's house fire after return of power

Prince George's Fire and EMS are warning residents who may still be without power following Sunday's thunderstorms to unplug all electrical power following a house fire in Oxon Hill Wednesday. Official said they were called to a house in the...

By Washington Post editors  | July 29, 2010; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Silence can yield $$: 5 great blogs

Good afternoon. Hope you remembered that umbrella because a severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until this evening. After a brief hiatus, looks like our D.C. area bloggers are back online. They've got all kind of fun posts today, including...

By Washington Post editors  | July 29, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Indictment in fatal shooting of Md. trooper

A Prince George's County grand jury Thursday indicted a Seat Pleasant man on charges that he participated in fatal shooting of an off-duty Maryland state trooper in June outside a Forestville restaurant, Crime Scene reports.

By Washington Post editors  | July 29, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ex-Arlington Cemetery deputy takes the 5th

Former Arlington National Cemetery Deputy Superintendent Thurman Higginbotham, 68, has invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to make self-incriminating testimony and been dismissed by a Senate subcommittee investigating contract irregularities related to Army findings that hundreds of graves are unmarked or mismarked at the cemetery.

By Washington Post editors  | July 29, 2010; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Hatrick takes over national school group

Loudoun County schools superintendent Edgar B. Hatrick III Thursday became the president of the American Association of School Administrators.

By Washington Post editors  | July 29, 2010; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Chicken fans line up for free food, friends

They traveled for hours from as many as 10 states, they pitched tents at the edge of a strip mall parking lot, and they waited in sweltering heat for more than 24 hours -- for chicken.

By Mike McPhate  | July 29, 2010; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Protesters at Obama address to League

Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the D.C. Convention Center Thursday with a message for President Obama: Bail out homeowners, not banks.

By Washington Post editors  | July 29, 2010; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A.M. peak of the peak surcharge delayed

Metro rail commuters will get a few weeks' reprieve on paying the new peak of the peak morning surcharge, Dr. Gridlock reports.

By Washington Post editors  | July 29, 2010; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man remains barricaded in Va. hotel

An armed man who barricaded himself in a Manassas hotel room Wednesday evening remains surrounded by authorities, Manassas City police said.

By Washington Post editors  | July 29, 2010; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Fenty wants longer summer jobs program

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is pushing to extend this year's six-week Summer Youth Employment Program by seven business days, but he needs Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray's help to approve the change, the D.C. Wire reports. Initially designed by...

By Washington Post editors  | July 29, 2010; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sniper says 2 others backed out of attacks

A man convicted in the deadly sniper attacks that terrorized the Washington, D.C., area in 2002 says two others planned to participate in the attacks but backed out. The revelation comes in a prison interview with Lee Boyd Malvo for...

By Washington Post editors  | July 29, 2010; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Urban League kicks off convention in D.C.

The National Urban League, which is turning 100 this year, kicked off its annual conference Wednesday evening at First Baptist Church of Glenarden with an address on the state of the Urban League from its president and chief executive Marc...

By Washington Post editors  | July 29, 2010; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: You be the editor

Good morning. Looks like we'll be getting more rain today, but the Capital Weather Gang assures us this storm will be nothing like Sunday's downpour. Life is slowly getting back to normal. Click on the "outages by county" portion of...

By Washington Post editors  | July 29, 2010; 5:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Robbery suspects crash stolen car

Two men who allegedly had robbed an Arlington motel evaded police in a stolen vehicle, crashing it near city hall in Alexandria on Wednesday night, police said. One suspect then made his way into the city government center, where he...

By Terri Rupar  | July 29, 2010; 12:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Man barricaded in Manassas hotel room

An armed man has barricaded himself in a Manassas hotel room after a domestic dispute, Manassas City police said. The man, who police described as being about 50, locked himself into a room at the Home Style Inn after...

By Erica Johnston  | July 28, 2010; 9:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Man found shot in vehicle in Temple Hills

A man was found shot inside a vehicle in the Temple Hills area Wednesday afternoon, and police are investigating the case as a homicide, authorities said.

By Washington Post editors  | July 28, 2010; 7:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Reward offered in opossum, cat stoning

The Washington Humane Society is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest conviction of those involved in the stoning of an opossum and her 10 babies in April, and a cat in May.

By Washington Post editors  | July 28, 2010; 4:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Power back for woman on oxygen system

The lights are back on for Iylene Becker, the 50-year-old Silver Spring woman who breathes at night through an oxygen concentrator system and ran into problems when Sunday’s thunderstorm cut her power.

By Washington Post editors  | July 28, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Near drowning at D.C. pool

A 16-year-old male nearly drowned Wednesday afternoon in a pool at the Anacostia Recreation Center in Southeast, D.C. Fire and EMS said.

By Washington Post editors  | July 28, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Street tables, orphan blocks: DC's blogs

Good afternoon. Today's selections from the D.C. area blogosphere will help you at home (a roomier closet!) and when you're trying to figure out where you want to eat. U Street Girl looked a restaurant inspection reports (always a good...

By Washington Post editors  | July 28, 2010; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. man pleads guilty to mail fraud

Federal prosecutors say a Virginia man has pleaded guilty to mail fraud in a plot to defraud the Defense Department.

By Washington Post editors  | July 28, 2010; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Plumbing, sewer work closes D.C. pool

The District government has temporarily closed the East Potomac pool so that officials from the National Park Service can make repairs on the plumbing and sewage system serving the East Potomac area.

By Washington Post editors  | July 28, 2010; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Torah restorer must have info verified

A Rockville-based non-profit accused of fabricating the history of Torahs to make them sound more dramatic has reached a deal with Maryland officials that it can only advertise such stories if they can be independently verified.

By Washington Post editors  | July 28, 2010; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Pepco acknowledges response problems

Pepco region president Thomas H. Graham said Wednesday morning that the number of customers without power had dipped below 31,000 and damaged substations were operating again.

By Washington Post editors  | July 28, 2010; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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National Archives unveils FDR's letters

The National Archives Wednesday unveiled a sample of a 5,000-document trove of letters, notes, and drafts related to the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt that experts said had never been seen by the general public or historians.

By Washington Post editors  | July 28, 2010; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Girl, 2, hospitalized with chemical burns

A 2-year-old girl was injured after accidentally ingesting an acid-based chemical, D.C. Fire and EMS reports.

By Washington Post editors  | July 28, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Va. launches energy savings program

Virginia is launching a program to help people statewide reduce the amount of electricity they use. The program, “Virginia Energy Sense,” is being kicked off Wednesday by the State Corporation Commission. Officials say the program uses tools, resources and outreach...

By Washington Post editors  | July 28, 2010; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. Dems, Reps split over ice cream

Chocolate and strawberry ice cream, three day weekends and more frequent pay raises were the winners in a mock election held in Washington.

By Washington Post editors  | July 28, 2010; 10:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Teen charged with murder, rape of teacher

Prince George's County prosecutors Wednesday charged a teenage boy with first-degree murder and first degree rape in the beating death of his teacher at a state juvenile detention facility.

By Washington Post editors  | July 28, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Six injured in 17th & Constitution accident

D.C. Fire and EMS say six people have been injured, one serious, in an accident Wednesday morning at 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.

By Washington Post editors  | July 28, 2010; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. man killed when tractor overturns

Authorities in Frederick County say a Thurmont man was killed when the tractor he was operating overturned.

By Mike McPhate  | July 28, 2010; 8:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pony swim set on Va.'s Eastern Shore

Virginia's Eastern Shore is set to celebrate the 85th edition of the Chincoteague pony swim.

By Mike McPhate  | July 28, 2010; 6:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. man arrested for child porn

A Calvert County man was arrested Tuesday on charges that he provided videos of child pornography for download online, authorities said.

By Mike McPhate  | July 28, 2010; 6:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: Storm fallout continues

Good morning. While things are slowly returning to normal following Sunday's violent storm, sadly another storm-related death has been reported. Carl Henn, a Rockville civic activist, apparently was struck by lightning during the storm while at a celebration for a...

By Washington Post editors  | July 28, 2010; 5:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Wed. post-storm roundup: Outages down

The number of power outages declined sharply overnight across the Washington region. Pepco's tally dropped from about 75,000 Tuesday night to about 47,000 early Wednesday, with roughly 36,000 in Montgomery County, 6,800 in Prince George’s County and 3,500 in the District. Dominion Power and BG&E are now both back to normal.

By Mike McPhate  | July 28, 2010; 4:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Sunday's storm claims fourth victim

Sunday's violent thunderstorm has claimed its fourth fatality. Carl Henn, 48, a Rockville civic activist, died Tuesday afternoon at Washington Hospital Center after apparently being struck by lightning during the storm, Rockville mayor Phyllis Marcuccio said late Tuesday night. Marcuccio...

By Erica Johnston  | July 27, 2010; 11:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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3 charged with trying to steal copper

All that glitters is not gold, but even copper has its attractions, as was demonstrated again Tuesday when police in northern Virginia thwarted what they said was an attempt to steal the metal from a utility storage yard. According...

By Erica Johnston  | July 27, 2010; 9:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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D.C. police chase leads to seizure of a gun

D.C. police ran through the busy downtown section just west of the White House Tuesday evening in a chase that led to the seizure of a gun, police said. The incident occurred about 6 p.m. as hundreds of office...

By Erica Johnston  | July 27, 2010; 6:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Teen charged in fatal D.C. shooting

A suspect was arrested Tuesday in a fatal shooting that occurred last month in the Adams Morgan area of the District, D.C. police said. They said Torain Devon Adams, 18, of Northwest Washington, was charged with first degree murder while...

By Erica Johnston  | July 27, 2010; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Large water main break at U St & Fla. Ave.

A 20-inch water main near the intersection of U Street and Florida Avenue NW has caused significant flooding and has resulted in the closure of some roads, D.C. Fire and EMS reports.

By Washington Post editors  | July 27, 2010; 5:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bleach found in Denny's workers' drinks

A Fredericksburg man has been charged with putting bleach into the drinks of his co-workers at Denny's.

By Washington Post editors  | July 27, 2010; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md., D.C. are Race to the Top finalists

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced Tuesday at the National Press Club that Maryland and the District are among 19 finalists to share in $3.4 billion remaining in the Race to the Top for school reform. Winners will be announced in September. But Duncan was asked whether D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's decision last week to fire more than 200 teachers would enhance the city's chances.

By Nick Anderson  | July 27, 2010; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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NTSB adopts Red Line crash findings

The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that the probable cause of the June 22, 2009, Red Line crash that killed nine people was malfunctioning track circuits, as well as Metro's failure to use a test -- developed years earlier...

By Washington Post editors  | July 27, 2010; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Storm clouds & burger joints: 5 blogs

The area is still suffering from a post-storm hangover. Pepco said Tuesday that most people will have power by Thursday (Thursday!) and now complaints about cable, Internet and phone service are beginning to pop up. A few bloggers were knocked...

By Washington Post editors  | July 27, 2010; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. to host 2nd distracted driving summit

A second national summit on distracted driving will be held Sept. 21 to highlight the problem and find ways to combat it, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Tuesday.

By Washington Post editors  | July 27, 2010; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Montgomery adds Purple Line to plans

A state proposal to build a 16-mile Purple Line is now officially part of Montgomery County's master plan. The council voted unanimously Tuesday to add a double-track rail line between downtown Bethesda and Langley Park -- Montgomery's section of a...

By Washington Post editors  | July 27, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Md. schools finalist in Race to the Top

Maryland has joined the District and 17 other states as finalists in the Obama administration's Race to the Top school reform competition, federal officials say.

By Washington Post editors  | July 27, 2010; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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James Madison's papers go digital

President James Madison’s papers are being added to the University of Virginia's digital collection of the Founding Fathers' documents. The university says digital versions of 17 print volumes of Madison's papers are available online at the University of Virginia Press'...

By Washington Post editors  | July 27, 2010; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. hospital gets new president

Washington Hospital Center has named its fourth chief executive in 15 months, the Washington Business Journal reports. John Sullivan, formerly CEO of the Missouri-based Sisters of Mercy Health System, started his new job as president of Washington Hospital Center on...

By Washington Post editors  | July 27, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Arlington Cemetery officials subpoenaed

Officials who ran Arlington National Cemetery for nearly two decades before hundreds of unmarked and mismarked graves were discovered last month have been served with subpoenas to testify Thursday before a Senate subcommittee investigating contracting irregularities, according to the...

By Aaron C. Davis  | July 27, 2010; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Pepco: Power back to most by Thursday

Pepco officials said Tuesday morning that they expect power to be restored to most residents in their coverage area by Thursday.

By Washington Post editors  | July 27, 2010; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Police seize 115 pounds of pot in Va.

Two men were arrested after police found 115 pounds of marijuana in their 18-wheeler during a traffic stop on the Beltway last week.

By Mike McPhate  | July 27, 2010; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Baltimore won't go after Wale for cursing

The city of Baltimore will not pursue legal action against D.C. hip-hop artist Wale for reportedly using profanity and racial slurs during a performance at a free, city-sponsored arts festival, The Baltimore Sun reports.

By Washington Post editors  | July 27, 2010; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Manhunt for Md. man in woman's death

Law enforcement officials are searching for a Lexington Park man accused of killing a woman whose body was found under a New Jersey bridge over the weekend.

By Mike McPhate  | July 27, 2010; 7:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: Flashback to February

Good morning. Scanning today's headlines is almost like flashing back to February: downed trees, collapsed roofs, power outages, emergency shelters. Utility officials say they've called in 350 crews from outside the area to help restore power, but it still could...

By Washington Post editors  | July 27, 2010; 5:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tues. storm roundup: Outages, closures

Outages remain widespread across the Washington region Tuesday morning as crews continue to work to repair toppled utility poles and lines.

By Mike McPhate  | July 27, 2010; 5:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Fuel slick spotted on Potomac River

A sheen of diesel fuel stretching for about 500 feet was spotted Monday night at a marina on the Potomac River in Prince George’s County, authorities said. Mark E. Brady, spokesman for the county fire and emergency medical services department...

By Erica Johnston  | July 26, 2010; 11:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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CO incident sends couple to hospital

Corrected, 6:04 p.m.: The headline was updated to reflect that it was CO, not CO2. Two people in Montgomery County experienced possible medical problems Monday afternoon as an indirect effect of the storm. The elderly couple had apparently been exposed...

By Erica Johnston  | July 26, 2010; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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No power, no problem

Sunday’s violent thunderstorm left hundreds of thousands of people in the dark, but some Washington area residents and businesses were doing their best to lighten the situation.

By Washington Post editors  | July 26, 2010; 7:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fire in 3-story Georgetown house

Fire broke out late Monday afternoon in a three-story house in Georgetown, the D.C. fire department said. Flames leaped from the roof of the house in the 1400 block of 30th Street NW, according to fire department spokesman Pete...

By Erica Johnston  | July 26, 2010; 6:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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WSSC lifts water restrictions

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission lifted mandatory water use restrictions Monday afternoon.

By Washington Post editors  | July 26, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. records ninth heat-related death

Virginia officials said Monday that an adult resident from the central part of the state is the ninth person to have died from a heat-related illness.

By Washington Post editors  | July 26, 2010; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Does Mother Nature hate us? 5 fun blogs

Just when you think Mother Nature can't possibly throw us another curveball -- she does. Yesterday's was a doozy. Thousands are still without power and photographs of toppled trees, crushed cars and other damage from Sunday's storms are still flooding...

By Washington Post editors  | July 26, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Third storm-related death reported in Md.

Maryland Natural Resources Police are investigating the death of a 63-year-old Annapolis man who was knocked from his jet ski during Sunday's fierce thunderstorm.

By Washington Post editors  | July 26, 2010; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Beltsville gas leak forces evacuation

Prince George's County Fire/EMS spokesman Mark Brady said Monday that several residents are being evacuated near the site of a gas leak in Beltsville after contractors ruptured a three-inch natural gas line. The leak is near 43rd Avenue and Usange...

By Washington Post editors  | July 26, 2010; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. to train students in cyber security

Maryland is partnering with higher education, companies and the federal government to train 1,000 students in cyber security. Gov. Martin O'Malley made the announcement Monday with Maryland Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Benjamin Cardinand Rep. John Sarbanes. The Pathways to Cyber...

By Washington Post editors  | July 26, 2010; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pepco problems force website down

Pepco has taken down its website because of a series of problems with it Monday, spokesman David Morehead said.

By Washington Post editors  | July 26, 2010; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Mineta portrait to hang in Smithsonian

A portrait of the first Asian Pacific American to hold a presidential Cabinet post is being installed in the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. The portrait of former transportation and commerce secretary Norman Mineta will be installed Monday, becoming part of...

By Washington Post editors  | July 26, 2010; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Md. records 17th heat-related death

Maryland officials say that an adult mowing his lawn in Carroll County has become the 17th person to die from a heat-related illness this year. That brings the total number of hypothermia deaths to 17 this year. An official said the adult also had an underlying heart disease.

By Washington Post editors  | July 26, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Greenbelt Police emergency lines down

Greenbelt Police say its emergency lines are down. Anyone with an emergency should call 911.

By Washington Post editors  | July 26, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. reports two more heat-related deaths

Virginia is reporting that two more people have died from heat-related illnesses, bringing this year's hypothermia deaths to eight.

By Washington Post editors  | July 26, 2010; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Shelters, cooling centers, emergency #s

As the storm cleanup continues, here is a guide to what's opened and what's closed today in Montgomery and Prince George's County as well as a list of emergency shelters, cooling centers and contacts for reporting fallen trees and power...

By Washington Post editors  | July 26, 2010; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Person dead in New York Ave. crash

A person died in a crash on New York Avenue and North Capitol Street about early Monday, authorities said.

By Mike McPhate  | July 26, 2010; 8:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man found dead on tracks in Kensington

A man was found dead on train tracks near the Kensington MARC station on Howard Avenue Sunday, Montgomery County police said.

By Mike McPhate  | July 26, 2010; 7:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: Mother Nature vs. D.C.

That was some weekend: record breaking temperatures on Saturday and a violent storm Sunday afternoon that we're still trying to clean up from this morning.

By Washington Post editors  | July 26, 2010; 5:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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See the latest outage numbers

Did you capture photos or video of the devastation from Sunday's thunderstorm?

By Mike McPhate  | July 26, 2010; 5:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Man, 29, killed in Silver Spring

A 29-year-old man was shot to death early Monday in the White Oak section of Silver Spring, and Montgomery County police said they are investigating the death as a homicide.

By Debbi Wilgoren  | July 26, 2010; 5:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Thunderstorm causes 2 deaths

The destructive thunderstorm that tore through the region Sunday afternoon resulted in the deaths of two people -- a 6-year-old boy and a woman in her 40s.

By Eric Athas  | July 25, 2010; 11:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. water restrictions after storm

Power was cut off to a WSSC plant that supplies 70 percent of the water for Montgomery and Prince George's counties. Authorities asked residents to keep usage to a minimum.

By Eric Athas  | July 25, 2010; 10:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Severe thunderstorms caught on video

Severe thunderstorms lashed the Washington area Sunday afternoon, killing one woman and leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power. One YouTube user caught the storm on tape from his balcony in Rosslyn....

By Naomi Nix  | July 25, 2010; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Body of Lorton man found in Lake Anna

Authorities say divers have found the body of a Lorton man reported missing after he fell into Lake Anna. Lt. James Bibens of the Spotsylvania County Sheriff's office says the body of 20-year-old Kerolos Nadik Makhloof was found Saturday morning...

By Washington Post Editors  | July 25, 2010; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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