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1 killed, 8 hurt at Balt. high school reunion

Police say a 23-year-old was killed and eight others injured during a high school reunion in Maryland. Baltimore City Police say the Walbrook High School reunion for classes 1995 through 2005 was being held at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore...

By Washington Post Editors  | August 28, 2010; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Man arrested in Craigslist scheme

A man has been arrested in connection with a scheme in which electronic equipment was advertised at deep discounts on Craigslist, and would-be buyers were robbed when they showed up, Prince George’s County police said. They said the man...

By Terri Rupar  | August 27, 2010; 9:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Teen falls through skylight of fire station

A teenager who was using a leaf blower to remove debris from the roof of a Prince George's fire station was injured Friday afternoon after he fell through a skylight and dropped about 15 feet to the floor below, authorities said.

By Washington Post editors  | August 27, 2010; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A foodie challenge? 5 great area blogs

Good afternoon. If you haven't been outside, you need to go outside right now. Well, maybe not NOW -- but definitely after you finish reading this blog post. Weather like this was meant to be enjoyed -- just like a...

By Washington Post editors  | August 27, 2010; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pepco ordered to hand over documents

In an order dated Thursday, the Maryland Public Service Commission instructed Pepco officials to hand over internal documents including its storm reports from July 25, Aug. 5 and Aug. 12, WTOP reports. The PSC also ordered Pepco to hand over...

By Washington Post editors  | August 27, 2010; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Fairfax woman killed in car accident

A Fairfax County woman was killed Thursday night in car crash, authorities said. A 17-year-old boy was driving a Ford Mustang west on Lee Highway about 10:09 p.m. when a Volkswagen Passat headed east turned left onto Waples Mill Road, according to a Fairfax County Police news release. The two vehicles then collided.

By Washington Post editors  | August 27, 2010; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Computer problems continue at Va. DMV

Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles offices still are unable to issue new or replacement driver's licenses, a day after a computer outage caused the state's largest digital malfunction since 2007.

By Washington Post editors  | August 27, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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DOD, Va. officials to meet on defense cuts

The U.S. Department of Defense has scheduled a Sept. 8 meeting with Virginia's congressional delegation and Gov. Bob McDonnell's office to talk about Defense Secretary Robert Gates's decision to shutter the Joint Forces Command, a military installation employing more than...

By Washington Post editors  | August 27, 2010; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Children's National Med. Center to expand

Children’s National Medical Center received the go-ahead from D.C. health regulators this week to begin work on its first major expansion since the current hospital was built in 1976, The Washington Business Journal reports. According to a letter dated Aug....

By Washington Post editors  | August 27, 2010; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Police investigating homicide in Riverdale

Prince George's police are investigating a homicide in Riverdale, WUSA 9 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | August 27, 2010; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. boy recovers from giant splinter

Christian Griffith was three-quarters of the way down the 40-foot slide in Mount Tabor Park when a splinter of wood pierced his belly, his father, Nolan Griffith, told the Frederick News-Post in a story recounting the incident that happened earlier...

By Washington Post editors  | August 27, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Montgomery may raise building fees

Montgomery County officials may consider removing the cap on commercial building fees, a move that could bring in more revenue but alienate businesses that would have to spend millions of dollars more to launch construction projects, The Washington Examiner reports....

By Washington Post editors  | August 27, 2010; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Pro-slots group new push for casino

Proponents of a slots casino at Arundel Mills mall have launched a new effort to move construction of the facility forward, according to reporter John Wagner.

By Washington Post editors  | August 27, 2010; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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VCU to use Zipcars to cut congestion

Virginia Commonwealth University is now using Zipcars, a car-sharing service.

By Washington Post editors  | August 27, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Three killed in Stafford County crash

Three people died in a Friday morning crash on I-95, according to the Virginia State Police. Police called to mile marker 142, in Stafford County, at 6:17 a.m. Friday found that two vehicles had crashed in the southbound lanes, authorities said.

By Washington Post editors  | August 27, 2010; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. to ban feeding of deer through January

Starting Sept. 1, feeding deer will be illegal in Virginia. The annual prohibition runs through the first Saturday in January.

By Washington Post editors  | August 27, 2010; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: Fingers crossed

Good morning. Mother Nature rocks. Apparently, we've been living right. The Capital Weather Gang gives today's forecast a 9 on their scale of 1-to-10: sunny, warm, low humidity and very little chance of rain. Should be nice Saturday as well....

By Washington Post editors  | August 27, 2010; 5:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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USA Today plans overhaul, layoffs

USA Today, the nation's second largest newspaper, is making the most dramatic overhaul of its newsroom staff in its almost 30-year history in an effort deliver stories more quickly to mobile devices and produce more coverage likely to sell...

By Terri Rupar  | August 26, 2010; 11:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Md. atty. general fines Pr. Geo.'s developer

A Prince George’s County developer has been ordered to pay more than $500,000 in fines and restitution for failing to place deposits made by home buyers into an escrow account and for not having a sufficient surety bond to cover the deposits.

By Washington Post editors  | August 26, 2010; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Remaking Union Station? 5 area blogs

Good afternoon. We've got a dose of the serious and a bit of the silly circulating around the D.C. blogosphere. Read about the folks who gathered at a local Borders to protest a book signing featuring a vocal opponent of...

By Lori Aratani  | August 26, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sex misconduct high in Va. women's jail

A national survey shows that a Virginia women's prison and regional jail have high rates of sexual misconduct.

By Washington Post editors  | August 26, 2010; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Glitch stalls work at 24 Va. agencies

A computer snag is causing problems today at 24 Virginia agencies, including the departments of motor vehicles, transportation, taxation, social services, emergency management and alcoholic beverage control, as well as at the Virginia Employment Commission.

By Anita Kumar  | August 26, 2010; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fugitive Va. coach arrested in Poland

A former Fairfax County youth baseball coach who fled the country after his arrest for sexually molesting a 12-year-old boy was captured Wednesday in Poland, Fairfax police said. John E. Hamilton, 39, of Centreville was scheduled to plead guilty in...

By Washington Post editors  | August 26, 2010; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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MoCo rec centers get fingerprint scanners

Montgomery County residents will soon be required to scan their fingers to enter recreation centers. Officials say switching from plastic passes to finger scanners will save the recreation department $50,000 annually. The scanners will be put into use in the...

By Washington Post editors  | August 26, 2010; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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UOB breaks ground for new law center

The University of Baltimore is slated to break ground Thursday on the new John and Frances Angelos Law Center, a $107 million project on Mount Royal Avenue and North Charles Street, the Baltimore Sun reports. Construction of the 190,000-square-foot law...

By Washington Post editors  | August 26, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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MoCo recognizes portable toilet donors

Officials with the Montgomery County Department of Parks said they will begin installing banners and signs recognizing folks who stepped forward with donations to keep portable toilets in county parks. Among the first to be recognized: WTOP and the Long...

By Washington Post editors  | August 26, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Roger Clemens to be arraigned in D.C.

A federal judge in Washington has set baseball pitcher Roger Clemens' arraignment for 2 p.m. Monday, when he will face the court for the first time on charges for perjury and obstruction of Congress in connection with his testimony that he never used steroids or performance-enhancing drugs.

By Spencer S. Hsu  | August 26, 2010; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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MoCo firefighters injured in roof collapse

Four firefighters were injured Wednesday night when a roof collapsed on their heads while they were cleaning up after a fire in Rockville, WUSA 9 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | August 26, 2010; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Library of Congress reopens

The Library of Congress is undergoing a partial evacuation after a fire alarm went off in a computer room, D.C. Fire and EMS report.

By Washington Post editors  | August 26, 2010; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Suspect in Va. stabbings headed to Mich.

Former Northern Virginia resident Elias Abuelazam will be extradited to Michigan, where he is a suspect in a series of random stabbings, five fatal, on Thursday, according to authorities, Crime Scene reports. Abuelazam, 33, an Israeli citizen, also is suspected...

By Washington Post editors  | August 26, 2010; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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9:30 Club launches record label

The 9:30 Club is expanding its reach. Club officials announced Wednesday night that it will launch a record label, 9:30 Records, TBD.com reports.

By Washington Post editors  | August 26, 2010; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: Maybe baby?

Officials at the National Zoo are on baby watch. Shera, one of the female lions, could give birth anytime within the next 10 days. On Thursday, zoo officials said she had a good appetite.

By Washington Post editors  | August 26, 2010; 5:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Norad training exercise might be noisy

People in the Washington region may be jarred from their sleep by planes buzzing overhead and rattling walls overnight because of a military training exercise. The North American Aerospace Defense Comend, or NORAD, will be conducting a training mission over...

By Erica Johnston  | August 25, 2010; 8:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Feds: Radiation exposure at Walter Reed

Two packages of radioactive material sat under a counter in the main lobby of Walter Reed Army Medical Center for 44 hours, possibly exposing patients and staff to elevated radiation, according to an investigation by federal regulators. The packages...

By Marc Fisher  | August 25, 2010; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The tornado that saved D.C.: 5 great blogs

Good afternoon. What surprises does the D.C.-area blogosphere hold for us today? Well, we've got baby animals in search of a name and television producers in search of the next big gardening star. That's right -- your tomatoes could be...

By Washington Post editors  | August 25, 2010; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Burtonsville man arrested in Takoma Park

A 28-year-old Burtonsville man has been arrested and faces several charges including felony possession of a firearm, Takoma Park Police announced Wednesday. Chief Ronald A. Ricucci said on Aug. 22, at approximately 11:48 a.m., officers stopped a vehicle on the...

By Washington Post editors  | August 25, 2010; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Search for police impersonator in Md.

Charles County authorities say they're searching for a man who impersonated a police officer and pulled over a motorist.

By Washington Post editors  | August 25, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. boy roasting marshmallow starts fire

A 7-year-old boy's craving for a roasted marshmallow snack turned into a fast-moving fire that nearly destroyed the house.

By Washington Post editors  | August 25, 2010; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Girl, 14, charged in Baltimore slaying

Baltimore police say a 14-year-old girl shot two men, one of them fatally, after she tried to rob them and they laughed at her because she was so young.

By Washington Post editors  | August 25, 2010; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Md. receives $3.8M in energy grants

Maryland is set to receive an additional $3.8 million in federal funds to make homes more energy efficient, the Washington Business Journal reports. The state will use the money, under the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, to expands...

By Washington Post editors  | August 25, 2010; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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No felony charges for Va. fire breathers

Fairfax County prosecutors have filed a motion to drop felony arson charges against two fire-breathing bartenders who were facing more than 35 years in prison apiece for performing flaming bar tricks, The Washington Examiner reports. Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Morrogh confirmed...

By Washington Post editors  | August 25, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fenty petition on no party voters denied

The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics has denied a request by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty Wednesday, who petitioned the panel to allow nonaffiliated voters to register as Democrats during new election laws that allow for same-day registration. On Aug....

By Washington Post editors  | August 25, 2010; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Relatives say Va. shooter warned of attack

Relatives of a Virginia man who fatally shot two people and wounded four others say he had warned of going on a rampage.

By Washington Post editors  | August 25, 2010; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md., Va. join Craigslist fight

They don't always find a lot of common ground, but Maryland's and Virginia's attorneys general Tuesday joined 15 of their state counterparts in calling on Craigslist to remove its adult services section, The Washington Examiner reports. In a letter, the...

By Washington Post editors  | August 25, 2010; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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D.C. to rule on same day registration

Togo West, chairman of the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics, announced during a special meeting Wednesday morning that a decision will be made today on Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's petition to allow unaffiliated voters same day registration as Democrats under new elections laws.

By Washington Post editors  | August 25, 2010; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Navy, EPA to discuss Chesapeake Bay

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson are heading to Annapolis to discuss how the Navy can help clean up the Chesapeake Bay. Mabus and Jackson will be joined Wednesday by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and commanders of...

By Washington Post editors  | August 25, 2010; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fairfax teen killed by electrical current

A Northern Virginia teenager has died following an electrical accident that occurred while he was trimming a tree, authorities said. The 17-year-old was apparently injured by current carried by a branch that came into contact with a 19,000 volt electrical...

By Erica Johnston  | August 25, 2010; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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2 injured after MoCo bus, vehicle collision

Montgomery County police say a Ride On bus has collided with another vehicle on Route 355, seriously injuring two people.

By Washington Post editors  | August 25, 2010; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: Politics and weddings

Good morning. We've got lots of news today: political news, school news and just plain interesting news. The race for D.C. Mayor just gets hotter and Michelle Rhee is back in the headlines -- but not for the reasons you...

By Washington Post editors  | August 25, 2010; 5:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Knife drawn during argument on Metro

A youth drew a knife during an argument with a man on a Metrorail train Tuesday evening, but an off-duty police officer intervened and no injuries were reported, a Metro spokeswoman said. The argument occurred about 6:30 p.m. betwen...

By Erica Johnston  | August 24, 2010; 11:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Va. AG: Local govt. holiday displays OK

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) writes in a new opinion that local governments do not have to ban holiday displays that include religious symbols, including those honoring Jesus Christ. It is my opinion that a local governmental entity is...

By Washington Post editors  | August 24, 2010; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Hipster robot bike army: 5 great blog posts

If you could choose just one thing -- one thing to be included in the National Museum of American History, what would it be? I Spy Things D.C. has a few ideas (eight to be exact) in honor of Wednesday's scheduled donation of the orginal Kermit the Frog. What else is news in the D.C.-area blogosphere? Food trucks. Read on!

By Lori Aratani  | August 24, 2010; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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5-year-old girl struck by vehicle in SE D.C.

A 5-year-old girl was struck by a vehicle Tuesday in the 3900 block of S. Capitol Street SE, D.C. Fire and EMS report. She is being taken to the hospital. Her injuries are said to be serious.

By Washington Post editors  | August 24, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Release of Gray's D.C. crime plan delayed

D.C. Council Chairman and mayoral hopeful Vincent C. Gray has canceled previously announced plans to release his public safety plan Tuesday afternoon. Gray, who is challenging Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary, was scheduled to hold...

By Washington Post editors  | August 24, 2010; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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AA County Exec. sued for sex harassment

A former employee filed a sexual harassment lawsuit Tuesday against Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold, accusing him of grabbing her by the arms, twisting her toward him and yelling at her to keep her hair out of her face.

By Washington Post editors  | August 24, 2010; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Pepco out of emergency response funds

Pepco has depleted its emergency response fund for the year and is now relying on a rate increase to pay for service improvements, WAMU reports. Damage from all those storms has cost the utility upwards of $20 million. And that...

By Washington Post editors  | August 24, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Va. nuns injured in crash recovering

Two nuns seriously injured in a fatal drunken driving crash are said to be improving.

By Washington Post editors  | August 24, 2010; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Bankruptcy filings rise in Maryland

A federal courts report shows that bankruptcy filings jumped almost 36 percent in Maryland in the past year, continuing a recession-era trend of double-digit growth in cases, The Baltimore Sun reports. The increase in Maryland, including business and individual bankruptcy...

By Washington Post editors  | August 24, 2010; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Md. nonprofits' tax-exempt status at risk

More than 4,000 Maryland nonprofits face losing their tax-exempt status because they failed to file their financial information during the last three consecutive years, the Gazette reports. The Internal Revenue Service used to guarantee lifelong tax exemptions to most nonprofits,...

By Washington Post editors  | August 24, 2010; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Shooting victim was Catholic U student

A 31-year-old man who was shot and killed in D.C.'s Petworth neighborhood early Sunday was a student at Catholic University, Fox 5 reports. Police said at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, they responded to a call about gunshorts in Sherman Circle...

By Washington Post editors  | August 24, 2010; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C., Md. win 'Race for the Top' grants

Update, 11:40 a.m. Maryland and the District of Columbia joined eight states as winners of $3.4 billion in coveted education grants, federal officials said Tuesday morning. The other winners in the second round of President Obama’s Race to the Top...

By Washington Post editors  | August 24, 2010; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DEA to collect old prescription drugs in Md.

If you've got old prescription drugs that you don't need anymore, the feds will be happy to get rid of them for you. The Baltimore office of the Drug Enforcement Administration will be hosting a prescription drug “take back” event next month. DEA officials and local police will be collecting expired, unused and unwanted medications at a variety of locations in the Baltimore area. Once collected, the drugs will be destroyed.

By Washington Post editors  | August 24, 2010; 10:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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MoCo school chief Jerry Weast to retire

Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Jerry D. Weast has announced that he is retiring at the end of the 2011 school year.

By Washington Post editors  | August 24, 2010; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: Free cupcakes!

Good morning. Cheap gas and cooler temperatures? It looks like we're finally catching a break.

By Washington Post editors  | August 24, 2010; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Motorcycle crashes, bursts into flames

A motorcyclist was burned in Prince George’s County on Monday night when his motorcycle crashed and burst into flames, county police said. A county police spokesman said parts of the man’s body or clothing appeared to be on fire before...

By Erica Johnston  | August 23, 2010; 11:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Man charged with DWI in fatal accident

A 61-year-old Manassas man was struck by an automobile and killed late Friday night in the Manassas area, Prince William County police said. Police said they believed alcohol was a factor in the incident for both the driver and...

By Erica Johnston  | August 23, 2010; 8:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Va. ACLU asks for review of liquor ad ban

The ACLU of Virginia asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to review a federal appeals court ruling upholding a ban on alcohol advertising in Virginia's college newspapers. In a 2-1 ruling in April, a panel of the 4th U.S....

By Washington Post editors  | August 23, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Restaurant Week extended? 5 area blogs

Happy Monday. Hard to believe that summer is almost over. What's the chatter in the D.C. blogosphere? It's about fine dining -- at a discount and safe shopping online. Struck D.C. has an important post for policymakers and regular folks...

By Washington Post editors  | August 23, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Smithsonian to get the original Kermit

The original Kermit the Frog, which the late Jim Henson fashioned out of his mother's old coat and a pair of ping pong balls, will be donated to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in a special ceremony Wednesday.

By Washington Post editors  | August 23, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Major I-66 delays this weekend

Two of the three lanes of eastbound I-66 will be closed next weekend as construction crews prepare to shift traffic onto new bridges that carry the highway over the Capital Beltway. The Virginia Department of Transportation said major delays...

By Ashley Halsey  | August 23, 2010; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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10 hospitalized after I-70 accidents

Two car crashes on I-70 have sent 10 people to hospitals, some with life-threatening injuries. The Maryland State Police says the first crash occurred early Sunday on eastbound I-70 when a Volkswagen Jetta collided with a Nissan Altima. Six people...

By Washington Post editors  | August 23, 2010; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Va. to release water quality report

Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality is set to release the latest assessment of the state's water quality. The department has scheduled a news conference for Monday in Richmond to release a draft of what it calls a water quality assessment...

By Washington Post editors  | August 23, 2010; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pr. Geo's cab company may file appeal

The head of the largest cab company in Prince George's County said he will appeal a recently adopted measure expanding taxi service in the county, The Washington Examiner reports. Silver Cab Co. owner Badi Nabely has long been an opponent...

By Washington Post editors  | August 23, 2010; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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City of Frederick says bye-bye black birds

The city of Frederick is taking aim at some bothersome black birds. The Public Works Department says it's launching a three-day campaign Monday to scare thousands of noisy, messy starlings away from an East Side neighborhood where they roost.

By Washington Post editors  | August 23, 2010; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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3 killed, 4 wounded in Louisa County, Va.

A man involved in a dispute with other family members over property and belongings opened fire in a rural central Virginia neighborhood, killing two people and wounding four others before police fatally shot him, authorities said.

By Erica Johnston  | August 23, 2010; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: Wake up! Time for school

Good morning. How did the summer fly by so fast? Seems like we were just programming our GPS units with destination "Ocean Beach." And now? Yes, kids (and parents), it is indeed the first day of school for thousands of you across the D.C. region.

By Washington Post editors  | August 23, 2010; 5:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. man fatally shot in D.C's Petworth

A 31-year old Northwest Washington man was found fatally shot early Sunday in the Petworth area of the District, police said. They said Neil Godleski was found near Sherman Circle about 12:30 a.m. The site is about one half mile...

By Erica Johnston  | August 22, 2010; 7:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Boy, 3, drowns in Potomac tributary

Authorities say a 3-year-old boy drowned after he fell into a tributary of the Potomac River on Sunday.

By Washington Post Editors  | August 22, 2010; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Police: Md. man tried to set wife on fire

A Queen Anne's County man is facing attempted murder charges after police say he pumped gasoline into the passenger compartment of a car while his estranged wife was inside, then set it on fire. The woman told police that she...

By Washington Post Editors  | August 22, 2010; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Marshals target D.C. sex offenders

The U.S. Marshals Service says it's cracking down on some of the most dangerous sex offenders in the nation's capital. Deputy U.S. Marshal David Neumann, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals for D.C. Superior Court, says the agency is targeting...

By Washington Post Editors  | August 22, 2010; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Gunfire kills Va. Marine in Afghanistan

Cody S. Childers, a 19-year-old lance corporal from Chesapeake was hit by enemy gunfire. The Marine died Friday in Helmand province, the Pentagon said. Childers, a 2009 graduate of Grassfields High School in Chesapeake, wanted to be a Marine from...

By Washington Post Editors  | August 22, 2010; 3:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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