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D.C. hotels evacuated during fire

Fire broke out Saturday night in underground electrical equipment near the Willard Hotel in downtown Washington, the D.C. fire department said.

By Eric Athas  | August 14, 2010; 8:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Police: Sex offender arrested at Wal-Mart

A registered sex offender was arrested after he allegedly exposed and touched himself in the toy section of a Wal-Mart at the Fair Lakes Shopping Center in Fairfax, according to Fairfax County police. The man was identified as Jerome A....

By Justin Jouvenal  | August 14, 2010; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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Stabbing suspect won't be extradited soon

An Israeli suspected in a series of stabbings in three states is not expected to be extradited to Michigan any time soon. Michigan State Police Lt. Stephen Sipes tells The Associated Press Saturday that Elias Abuelazam is “not going to...

By Washington Post Editors  | August 14, 2010; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Trial date set for Wal-Mart near battlefield

A trial date has been set on a bid to block a Wal-Mart Supercenter near an endangered Civil War battlefield in Northern Virginia. At a hearing Friday, Orange County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Bouton scheduled the trial for Jan. 25....

By Free Lance-Star  | August 14, 2010; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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D.C. gets first bicycle traffic signal

The D.C. Department of Transportation says it's installing the city's first traffic signals for bicyclists. The department says the signals will be at the intersection of 16th and U streets and New Hampshire Avenue in northwest D.C. DDOT director Gabe...

By Washington Post Editors  | August 14, 2010; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Pedestrian hit by tour bus in NW

A pedestrian was seriously injured Friday night when she was hit by a tour bus in Northwest Washington, authorities said. Pete Piringer, a spokesman for the D.C. fire and emergency services department, said the woman was struck on Georgia...

By Martin Weil  | August 13, 2010; 10:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Officer injured in chase near Nats Park

A police officer was injured and a suspect was arrested in the neighborhood of Nationals Park Friday night in an incident that involved a foot chase and a scuffle, D.C. police said. According to a preliminary account, an officer...

By Martin Weil  | August 13, 2010; 8:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Engines of train derail in Fairfax County

Two engines of a freight train pulling 50 cars full of gravel derailed Friday afternoon in the Springfield area of Fairfax County, authorities said. No injuries were reported and none of the gravel spilled in the partial derailment of the...

By olsonl  | August 13, 2010; 8:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Monday deadline to change party in D.C.

Monday is the last day District residents planning to vote in the Sept. 14 primary election can change party affiliation, the D.C. Wire reports.

By Washington Post editors  | August 13, 2010; 4:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Police believe man fell down trash chute

Baltimore police say all signs are pointing to an accidental fall as the cause of death of a man whose body was found in a trash bin in a downtown high-rise.

By Washington Post editors  | August 13, 2010; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. starts new myDMV service

Virginia officials are urging drivers to sign up for an online service to get reminders about renewing their vehicle registration.

By Washington Post editors  | August 13, 2010; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Swim ban lifted for Venice on the Bay

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health has lifted the no-swimming advisory issued for Venice on the Bay in Pasadena.

By Washington Post editors  | August 13, 2010; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Grab bag: posts from D.C.- area blogs

It's Friday the 13th, but so far things seem to be going okay (cross fingers, knock wood.) Today we're back with our daily collection of links from the D.C. area blogosphere. We're also happy to mention two blogs that Buzz...

By Washington Post editors  | August 13, 2010; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Free admission to U.S. National Parks

The weekend could be among the coolest we've had this summer, so maybe it's a chance to get out and enjoy nature. Thought about touring a nearby national park? Well, hey, you're in luck. (HT to Frugal Friends in Northern...

By Washington Post editors  | August 13, 2010; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Suspect in Va. stabbings headed to Mich.

The man suspected of stabbing mostly black men in three states has agreed to return to Michigan where his spree allegedly began, the Associated Press reports.

By Washington Post editors  | August 13, 2010; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Funds to help with traffic from BRAC

Maryland's senators say nearly $10 million in federal money will help fund intersection improvements near three military facilities.

By Washington Post editors  | August 13, 2010; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hearing to be held on Pepco's reliability

Maryland's Public Service Commission has called a hearing into the reliability of Pepco, a utility that has been criticized in recent weeks over electrical power outages that have lasted for days after storms.

By Washington Post editors  | August 13, 2010; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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26 MoCo schools without power

Montgomery County school officials say there are 26 schools and buildings within the system this Friday that are without power. Any activities scheduled for the following locations have been canceled:

By Washington Post editors  | August 13, 2010; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: A tweet new name

If you follow us on Twitter, you may notice that we've had a name change. We're now @postlocal to match the name of our local news-focused homepage. Still the same great tweets -- just a new handle. And if you're not following us on Twitter, start today!

By Washington Post editors  | August 13, 2010; 5:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Woman arrested after dog attacks officer

The Charles County sheriff's office says a woman was arrested after ordering her pit bull to attack an officer.

By Washington Post editors  | August 12, 2010; 6:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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NAACP will not move to D.C.

The NAACP will not move its headquarters to Washington, D.C., from its current home in Baltimore.

By Washington Post editors  | August 12, 2010; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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D.C. DPW makes sandbags available

The District's Department of Public Works is making sandbags available to residents between 3 p.m. and midnight Thursday, to help prevent any flooding from additional storms predicted for later today.

By Washington Post editors  | August 12, 2010; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Perseid meteor showers = shooting stars

The latest batch of severe thunderstorms expected to hit the Washington region Thursday evening will be out of here by 9 p.m., so with any luck residents may see some shooting stars through the parting clouds.

By Washington Post editors  | August 12, 2010; 5:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. bldg evacuated after electrical fire

D.C. fire officials have evacuated a Dupont Circle office building after an electrical transformer fire was ignited underground.

By Washington Post editors  | August 12, 2010; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. man's body went through compactor

Baltimore police say a man found dead in a trash bin at a downtown high-rise came down the trash chute and went through the trash compactor.

By Washington Post editors  | August 12, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Missing 'Snowmageddon': D.C.-area blogs

Cupcakes and weather. Weather and cupcakes. Welcome to D.C. Summer of 2010 edition. Yes, that was a whopper of a storm this morning. As I write this, the area is poised for a second set of storms to arrive. @DCLikeALocal...

By Washington Post editors  | August 12, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Cleveland Park Metro station reopens

Metro says that the Cleveland Park station has reopened. Normal service has resumed

By Washington Post editors  | August 12, 2010; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pr. Geo's church evacuated after storm

Prince George's County Fire and EMS officials had to evacuate 16 people from a Camp Springs church and school Thursday morning, and church members have no idea when they will be able to return.

By Washington Post editors  | August 12, 2010; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Sudden thunderstorms caught on video

violent lightning and thunder storms in dc caught on video. flooding caught on video

By Justin Bank  | August 12, 2010; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Va. Gov: Let troopers act as ICE agents

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) this week sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano asking her to allow state troopers to act as immigration and customs agents.

By Washington Post editors  | August 12, 2010; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Metro station may open for p.m. commute

The Post's Ann Scott Tyson reports that Metro hopes to open Cleveland Park Station for the afternoon commute. Workers are still removing mud and debris from an area in the station that was flooded on Thursday morning, according to a...

By Michael Bolden  | August 12, 2010; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Busboys & Poets headed to Harlem?

It appears that the D.C. legend, Busboys & Poets, has its sights set on the Big Apple reports ReadySetDC via the New York-based blog Harlem Condo Life via UrbanTurf DC. Busboys & Poets has chosen Harlem as the site for...

By Washington Post editors  | August 12, 2010; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Md.: A spike in seafood-related illness

Maryland health officials say people may be getting sick from eating raw oysters and other shellfish from the Chesapeake Bay. The culprit is vibrio, a naturally occurring bacteria that's more prevalent in the bay during hot weather. The state health...

By Washington Post editors  | August 12, 2010; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Montgomery County storm update

Montgomery County officials say about 75,000 customers in the county are currently without power due to Thursday morning's storm and about 150 traffic lights are currently not working. About 10 roadways are closed. They include the following: Seven Locks Road...

By Washington Post editors  | August 12, 2010; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Storms nearly derail Senate session

Vicious thunderstorms that ripped across the region Thursday morning nearly derailed a special session of the Senate designed to approve a $600 billion bill to improve border security.

By Washington Post editors  | August 12, 2010; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Food safety tips for power outages

Between "Snowmageddon" and "Stormageddon" residents in the D.C.-region are becoming experts in dealing with power outages. Still, some outage-related information bears repeating. And so we offer these tips on keeping food safe during outages from Montgomery County's Health Officer Dr....

By Washington Post editors  | August 12, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tree falls on baby in Chevy Chase

It started as a parent’s worst nightmare: Howling winds outside and a crashing sound. Robert Anderson and his wife Betsy ran upstairs to find Jaymes, their two-month old son, in his crib covered with parts of a tree that had crashed through the ceiling of their Chevy Chase, Md. home along with pieces of slate roofing, brick and insulation. “I just ran over and started throwing stuff off of him,” said Robert Anderson.

By Washington Post editors  | August 12, 2010; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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6 out of 10 Va. schools hit NCLB targets

Six out of 10 Virginia schools met or exceeded federal benchmarks under No Child Left Behind during 2009-10, according to results released Thursday by the state Department of Education. That's down from 71 percent last year. State officials said the...

By Washington Post Editors  | August 12, 2010; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Storm knocks out power, downs trees

UPDATE: Metro says its no longer single tracking at the Silver Spring station. Pepco expects power restoration to take multiple days for some customers, according to a tweet from Andre Frances (@PepcoConnect), the social media spokesman. There was no indication...

By Washington Post editors  | August 12, 2010; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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'Person of interest' captured in stabbings

A "person of interest" in a series of killings in Michigan and non-fatal attacks in Leesburg and Ohio was taken into custody in Atlanta late Wednesday as he attempted to flee the country, authorities said. Police believe the attacks are racially motivated.

By Debbi Wilgoren and Maria Glod  | August 12, 2010; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: Another kind of shower

Thunder, lightning and all manner of mayhem outside my window right now. Our Twitter followers report heavy storms and winds in Silver Spring, Bethesda and NW D.C. The Capital Weather Gang says to delay your commute, because as of about 7:15 a.m. the Beltway is being walloped.

By Washington Post editors  | August 12, 2010; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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3 shot after Pr. Geo.'s cruiser is rammed

A Prince George’s County police officer shot three male suspects after a vehicle pursuit that ended in front of the county’s district courthouse late Wednesday night, police said. As of 2 a.m. Thursday, one man was in critical condition, said...

By Erica Johnston  | August 12, 2010; 4:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Male shot in Adams Morgan area

A male was shot Wednesday night in the Adams Morgan area of Northwest Washington, D.C. police said. Police found the victim at the intersection of 16th Street and Mozart Place NW after receiving a call about 9:15 p.m., said Hugh...

By Erica Johnston  | August 11, 2010; 10:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Package causes road closures in D.C.

Update, 7:15 p.m.: The "suspicious package" that led to some street closures in downtown D.C. Wednesday evening has been cleared. Traffic returned to normal around 7 p.m. when no hazardous material was found inside the package under investigation, said Hugh...

By Erica Johnston  | August 11, 2010; 7:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Md., Texas men killed in plane crash

Two men from Maryland and Texas have been identified as those killed when a small plane crashed after leaving an airport in western Massachusetts.

By Washington Post editors  | August 11, 2010; 5:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Cat dies in D.C. houseboat fire

Fire officials say a cat has died in a fire at a houseboat in southwest Washington. D.C. fire and EMS department spokesman Pete Piringer says authorities were called to the 600 block of Water Street, where they found a 50-foot houseboat on fire. Piringer says firefighters found significant fire and smoke in the master suite of the boat.

By Washington Post editors  | August 11, 2010; 5:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Dog park politics: 5 D.C.-area blogs

Happy Wednesday. If you want to grab a cheap drink, but don't want to have to curse someone out before jumping on an escape slide a la Steven Slater, the world's most famous flight attendant, the folks at Express have...

By Washington Post editors  | August 11, 2010; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pr. Geo.'s cocaine dealer gets life in prison

A federal judge has sentenced a cocaine dealer to life in prison after he was convicted last year of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, money laundering and other charges.

By Washington Post editors  | August 11, 2010; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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U.Va. giving parking offenders the boot

The University of Virginia is cracking down on parking offenders who don't pay their fines. Beginning Aug. 16, U.Va.'s Department of Parking and Transportation will use “traffic boots” to immobilize the vehicles of motorists who owe multiple parking fines. Removing the devices will cost $50, in addition to the fines.

By Washington Post editors  | August 11, 2010; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Greeting cards with drugs sent to Md. jail

St. Mary's County authorities say they have arrested a woman for sending two greeting cards with crushed prescription pills to an inmate.

By Washington Post editors  | August 11, 2010; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Detecting details of Md. slave village

The National Park Service says it will use radar to detect details of a slave village that was part of a plantation near Frederick more than 200 years ago. The land was later the site of a Civil War battle and is now preserved as the Monocacy National Battlefield.

By Washington Post editors  | August 11, 2010; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Ocean City shops sued by Coach Inc.

Ocean City's boardwalk is known for small shops hawking salt water taffy and souvenirs to vacation-goers. But a major luxury brand has accused more than a dozen shops of doing brisk trade in an illegal market: counterfeit handbags and accessories,...

By Washington Post editors  | August 11, 2010; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Donations reopen Baltimore pools

More than $400,000 in donations will keep all Baltimore park pools open through Labor Day.

By Washington Post editors  | August 11, 2010; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Report: D.C. police missing evidence

A federal report says D.C. police are missing evidence in hundreds of cases. The Justice Department's inspector general said Monday that as of March, more than 2,700 cases were backlogged at the FBI lab's Nuclear DNA Unit, which examines biological fluid. That includes requests from D.C. police for testing.

By Washington Post editors  | August 11, 2010; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Georgetown: 2nd most expensive dorms

Forbes Magazine ranks room and board at Georgetown University as the second most expensive in the nation. Sarah Lawrence College was the most expensive campus. Forbes says freshman room and board costs have risen 11 percent in the last three...

By Washington Post editors  | August 11, 2010; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Power restored to Northern Va. customers

Power has been restored to the 31,200 Northern Virginia customers who lost power Wednesday morning after a Fairfax Fire and Rescue truck struck a transmission line.

By Washington Post editors  | August 11, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Montgomery "watchdog" to step down

Saying county government officials have not "fully embraced" his watchdog role, Montgomery County Inspector General Thomas Dagley says he will leave his post at year's end, The Gazette reports. Dagley, the county's inspector general for the past five years, has...

By Washington Post editors  | August 11, 2010; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Rate hike for Pepco's Md. customers

Coming on the heels of last month's major power outages, customers are unlikely to feel good about this bit of news. Pepco's Maryland residential customers will be paying about $1 more per month on average for their electric service after...

By Washington Post editors  | August 11, 2010; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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3 dead, 3 injured after car hits Va. house

Norfolk police say three people were killed and three others were injured when a car they were riding in ran off the road and hit a house.

By Washington Post editors  | August 11, 2010; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Teen dies after being hit by vehicle

A 16-year-old teenager has died after being struck by a vehicle in District Heights Tuesday night, WTOP reports.

By Washington Post editors  | August 11, 2010; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: More on Metro brawl

Good morning. We have more details on the plane crash in Alaska that killed former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens. At least three area residents were on board the plane. Two survived the crash but one person, a former Stevens staffer...

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Pr. George's police shoot 3 after cruiser is rammed

Update, 3:05 a.m.: A Prince George’s County police officer shot three men after a vehicle pursuit that ended outside the county courthouse in Upper Marlboro late Wednesday night, police said. As of 2 a.m. Thursday, one of the suspects was...

By Erica Johnston  | August 11, 2010; 3:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. extends pool hours to combat heat

The D.C. Department of Recreation has extended hours at many of the District's pools because of the record heat in the region. National Airport hit 98 degrees Tuesday, tying the previous record high for the date. Temperatures are expected to...

By Washington Post editors  | August 10, 2010; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Computer glitch hits Va's DMVs

A computer glitch caused problems at all 74 Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles offices across the state Monday, according to the Virginia Politics blog.

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Kids hurt in daycare van crash

Six children were taken to area hospitals with minor injuries and another nine were transported for checkups, after their day care van was involved in a crash with an SUV in the Glenn Dale area of Prince George’s County...

By Washington Post editors  | August 10, 2010; 5:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. college students get Amtrak discount

Amtrak is offering discounts to college students traveling by train in Virginia. The 15 percent discount off the regular adult fare on Northeast Regional trains is good to or from Lynchburg, Ashland, Culpeper, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Newport News, Richmond and Williamsburg.

By Washington Post editors  | August 10, 2010; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metrobus involved in possible hit-and-run?

Police and Metro are investigating an apparent hit and run accident that happened in Ballston this afternoon, reports ARLnow.com. The three occupants of the car that was hit and another witness told police that a Metrobus rear-ended a car at...

By Washington Post editors  | August 10, 2010; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Milkshakes & birthdays: 5 D.C. area blogs

How are you on this sizzling hot afternoon? Hard to believe it's just Tuesday. Does heat make time slow down? All kinds of useful tidbits from D.C's blogosphere today. We've got milkshakes, birthdays, a few goodbyes (sniff!) and a big...

By Washington Post editors  | August 10, 2010; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Report says Cheltenham is overcrowded

Maryland's juvenile justice watchdog says the Cheltenham Youth Facility was the most overcrowded of Maryland's largest secure detention centers between April and July.

By Washington Post editors  | August 10, 2010; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Expanded taxi service in Pr. Geo.'s

The Prince George’s County Council Tuesday voted 7-0 to overturn a veto by County Executive Jack B. Johnson of a measure expanding the number of taxis in the county. Council members Will Campos and Tony Knotts were absent. Both had...

By Washington Post editors  | August 10, 2010; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Residents sue over closure of Clifton ES

A group of Clifton area residents is suing the Fairfax County School Board for its decision to close Clifton Elementary school, one of the smallest and highest performing schools in the county. The suit, filed Friday in Fairfax Circuit Court,...

By Washington Post editors  | August 10, 2010; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Obama, daughter tour Md. State House

Reporters with offices in the Maryland State House Tuesday were escorted from the building and tourists turned away so that First Lady Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha can tour the historic Annapolis building in private.

By Washington Post editors  | August 10, 2010; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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D.C. police group files suit against Fenty

The D.C Fraternal Order of Police filed suit Tuesday against Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s administration, alleging it failed to respond to a request for information about how the District's police department works with Peaceoholics.

By Washington Post editors  | August 10, 2010; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Metro warned about "unspecified" threat

The Homeland Security Administration warned Metro about a potential threat to the system, NBC 4 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | August 10, 2010; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Six arrested in Rehoboth Beach attacks

Rehoboth Beach police say they have arrested six teenagers in connection with a string of attacks and robberies at the south end of the boardwalk. Officials say the sudden crime spree occurred between July 16 and Aug. 2 and included...

By Washington Post editors  | August 10, 2010; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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HoCo deaths ruled murder-suicide

Howard County police have ruled that a Columbia woman used a gas generator in June to take her life and that of her 18-year-old disabled son, the Columbia Flier reports.

By Washington Post editors  | August 10, 2010; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Elvis returns to Rosedale diner

The seven- foot statue of Elvis Presley stolen from its perch atop the Happy Day Diner in Rosedale last month has been restored and returned, and the restaurant's co-owner says her establishment's star attraction is looking better than ever, The...

By Washington Post editors  | August 10, 2010; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New absentee ballot system for Md.

Maryland voters have a new way of receiving absentee ballots online. Voters who put in a request with their local elections boards could get an email as soon as Monday that tells them how to access their ballots on the Internet. Previously, the ballots were individually typed up and sent to voters.

By Washington Post editors  | August 10, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Prep schools to discuss lacrosse murder

Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School will host deans from other Washington-area private schools to discuss the murder of 22-year-old Yeardley Love. Love, a University of Virginia lacrosse player, was found beaten to death in her Charlottesville apartment in May. Police have...

By Washington Post editors  | August 10, 2010; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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UVa. dumps dorm land-line phones

The University of Virginia has removed about 3,850 land-line telephones from residence halls in a move that will save $500,000 annually.

By Washington Post editors  | August 10, 2010; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: Who likes it hot?

Some like it hot. But who are those people? Temperatures will be mid- to upper-90's with moderate to high humidity and maybe a slight breeze. As the Capital Weather Gang puts it: the doggiest of dog days.

By Washington Post editors  | August 10, 2010; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Six dogs left in hot car in Md., one dies

Salisbury police say a man and a woman left six dogs locked in a hot car for more than three hours. One dog died.

By Washington Post editors  | August 9, 2010; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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Maryland man drowns in St. Mary's County

The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) is investigating the death of a 52-year-old Maryland man who died while on a weekend fishing trip with a friend. Tyrone Pettiford of Chaptico, Md., died in the early morning hours of Monday, authorities...

By Washington Post editors  | August 9, 2010; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Women shot at liquor store in Glenarden

A woman was shot and seriously injured in what appears to be a domestic-related incident inside a Prince George's County liquor store Monday afternoon, authorities said.

By Washington Post editors  | August 9, 2010; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Free PGA Champions Tour tickets

The PGA Tour announced that admission will be free at this year's Senior Players Championship in Potomac.

By Washington Post editors  | August 9, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Stewart: ICE will turn over immigration data

Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart said Monday that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have agreed to turn over information about every illegal immigrant apprehended and convicted of a crime in Prince William County, the Virginia Politics blog reports.

By Washington Post editors  | August 9, 2010; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Cupcakes and bouncers? D.C.'s blogs

Good afternoon. For those who think the cupcake craze has gotten a little out of hand. Eating Around D.C. has a post you cannot miss. Frugal Friends in Northern Virginia is always there to help us with a money saving...

By Washington Post editors  | August 9, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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2 held without bond in Pr. Geo's slayings

A Maryland judge has ordered Texas man and woman accused of slaying two women and two children to be held without bond.

By Washington Post editors  | August 9, 2010; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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O'Malley: Review handling of outages

Gov. Martin O'Malley is calling on Maryland regulators to investigate Pepco's handling of power outages that affected 300,000 customers last month.

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Md. man dies at Laurel construction site

Howard County police and state work-safety officials are investigating an accident at a construction site in which a man working for a construction company was struck by an excavator and killed. Morgan Tyler Gainer, 34, of Ellicott City, was working...

By Washington Post editors  | August 9, 2010; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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JMU grad among 10 killed in Afghanistan

One of the 10 people slain last week in the rugged mountains of northern Afghanistan has been identified as a videographer from Harrisonburg, Va.

By Washington Post editors  | August 9, 2010; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man critically injured in Pr. Geo's crash

A man was critically injured Monday morning in a three-vehicle crash in the Largo-Upper Marlboro area of Prince George’s County, fire officials said.

By Washington Post editors  | August 9, 2010; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Car crashes into building in Beltsville

Two women were transported to a hospital after their vehicle crashed into a mortgage company’s building Monday morning in the Beltsville area of Prince George’s County, authorities said.

By Washington Post editors  | August 9, 2010; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Grill started Frederick town house fire

A town house fire in Urbana has displaced at least four families and killed several pets.

By Washington Post editors  | August 9, 2010; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Microwave sparks fire, kills dog

A malfunctioning microwave sparked a fire at a Centreville townhouse that killed a dog, WTOP reports.

By Washington Post editors  | August 9, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Ex-Md. congressman fined by FEC

Former U.S. Rep. Albert Wynn (D-Dist. 4) has been ordered to pay $8,000 for taking money intended for his general election race and using it on his failed primary election run against Donna Edwards in 2008, The Gazette reports. Under...

By Washington Post editors  | August 9, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Suicide suspected in Md. inmate's death

Howard County police said an inmate found dead last week in the Howard County Central Booking Facility (CBF) in Jessup appears to have committed suicide. Thomas Edward Brookhyser, 43, of Bowie, was charged Thursday evening with sex abuse of a...

By Washington Post editors  | August 9, 2010; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Va. man dies after being pulled from river

A Sterling man has died after he was pulled out of the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg.

By Washington Post editors  | August 9, 2010; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Top Chef's restaurant in foreclosure

Top Chef contender Timothy Dean has been dealt another setback. The buildings that house Dean's Baltimore steakhouse will be sold through a bank foreclosure auction Sept. 16.

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Four-year-old injured in 3-story fall

A 4-year-old Montgomery County boy fell from a third-story window shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday and was airlifted to a hospital with serious injuries.

By Mike McPhate  | August 9, 2010; 8:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: New kid in town

Good morning. Looks like the folks at TBD.com have aunched their new website. Welcome to the wonderful world of D.C. media. Now can you guys do something about the weather?

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2 seriously injured in St. Mary's crash

Two people were seriously injured in St. Mary’s County late Sunday when their car crashed into a tree and caught fire, the sheriff’s office said. The crash occurred about 10 p.m. on Yowaiski Mill Road in the Mechanicsville area. Neighbors...

By Erica Johnston  | August 8, 2010; 11:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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1 killed, 3 hurt after car hits cyclists

Anne Arundel County fire officials say a woman is dead and three people are severely injured after a car crashed, then rolled into a family taking a break from a bicycle ride. Battalion Chief Steve Thompson says the car hit...

By Washington Post Editors  | August 8, 2010; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Coast Guard intercepts small plane

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter has intercepted a small plane in the Washington region. The North American Aerospace Defense Command says the helicopter from Reagan National Airport intercepted a Cessna 172 general aviation aircraft that not in radio communication on...

By Washington Post Editors  | August 8, 2010; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Man shot at intersection in Anne Arundel

A Maryland man is dead after being shot while sitting in a car at a traffic signal at an intersection of Route 100 and Telegraph Road near Hanover, Md. Police say 40-year-old Calvin Chi Man Yeung's car crashed into a...

By Washington Post Editors  | August 8, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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