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Pr. Geo's police instructor transferred

The Prince George's County police academy instructor was transferred out of his teaching job late Friday as internal affairs investigators continue to probe his role in an alleged cheating scandal, authorities said. He is accused of providing his students with...

By Matt Zapotosky  | October 9, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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1 dead after shooting in Bowie

Prince George's County police said Saturday that one person was killed and one wounded in an early-morning shooting in Bowie. The incident happened about 5:37 a.m. in the 13700 block of Old Annapolis Road, police said. No other details were...

By Lori Aratani  | October 9, 2010; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Charges filed in illegal campaign flier case

Jerry J. Mathis, an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for Prince George's County Council, was charged Friday by Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler with distributing campaign material without proper markings. Mathis, 57, of Fort Washington, is charged with three...

By Miranda S. Spivack  | October 9, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. stabbing suspect indicted in Ohio

A Flint, Mich., man suspected of several deaths in at least two other states including Virginia, was indicted by a Lucas County grand jury Friday in the stabbing of a man outside an Old West End church. Elias Abuelazam, 33,...

By Associated Press  | October 9, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mom arrested after toddler eats marijuana

A mother and her roommate have been charged with reckless endangerment of a child after her 2-year-old daughter ate marijuana she found in a motel room.

By Washington Post editors  | October 8, 2010; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Zombies & Virginia creepers: D.C.'s blogs

zombie T-shirts, Virginia creepers and make-your-own cupcakes -- D.C. blog roundup.

By Lori Aratani  | October 8, 2010; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Child struck on Georgia Avenue

Update 2:15 p.m. Montgomery County officials are now reporting that a SUV, traveling north on George Avenue near Aspen Hill Road, struck a stroller carrying a young girl – believed to be 14 months to 24 months old – about...

By Washington Post editors  | October 8, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Annapolis High student charged with rape

A 17-year-old Annapolis High School student has been charged with luring a fellow student into a wooded area near the school and raping her, The Baltimore Sun reports.

By Washington Post editors  | October 8, 2010; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Md. puts absentee ballots online

Maryland is becoming the first state in the nation to make absentee ballots available online. The University of Maryland’s Center for American Politics and Citizenship announced it is making the ballots available on Friday, in a partnership with the Maryland State Board of Elections. The ballots will be available on the Maryland Elections Center website.

By Washington Post editors  | October 8, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Susan G. Komen walk kicks off

Thousands have begun walking in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk in Washington. The walk to raise money for breast cancer research began with an opening ceremony at 7 a.m. Friday morning at Nationals Park. Participants plan to walk 60...

By Washington Post editors  | October 8, 2010; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Marker will honor Negro League player

The state has approved a new round of historical highway markers, honoring a Negro League baseball player and 13 Virginia events and places linked to the War of 1812. John Preston "Pete" Hill played nearly a century ago for the...

By Washington Post editors  | October 8, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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National parks: There's an app for that

A new mobile app gives visitors tips on 50 popular national parks -- how to get there, what it costs, what animals you might see and whether you should let the dog chew on those berries. West Virginia's New River...

By Associated Press  | October 8, 2010; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: Weekend perfection

The weekend also will be lovely. Think of it as a barbecue- kickball-get-out-of-the-house-and-enjoy stretch of weather. And file this memory away for when it's December, it's dark and we're freezing.

By Washington Post editors  | October 8, 2010; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Commerce workers excused Friday

By Ed O'Keefe Commerce Department employees who work in the Herbert C. Hoover Building in downtown Washington will be on administrative leave Friday and should telework, officials said early Friday. The department's emergency personnel are still expected to report as...

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 8, 2010; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Suspicious' death in Fairfax

A 61-year-old Fairfax Station man was found dead inside his home Thursday and Fairfax County police are investigating the matter as a suspicious death, officials said. A family member found the man inside the home in the 5700 block of...

By Erica Johnston  | October 7, 2010; 11:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Slain Landover woman is identified

Prince George's County police have identified the woman shot and killed Wednesday morning in Landover as 31-year-old Terasa Evans, of the 2500 block of Markham Lane, authorities said Thursday. Evans was found suffering from gunshot wounds near her address about...

By Erica Johnston  | October 7, 2010; 9:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Small fire inside Commerce Dept. building

D.C. Firefighters responded Thursday night to a fire inside the Commerce Department building on Constitution Avenue, officials said. The small fire has been knocked down, said deputy fire chief Kenny Crosswhite. A fire was reported on the third floor of...

By Erica Johnston  | October 7, 2010; 8:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. state offices evacuated after fire

An underground fire in downtown Richmond Thursday led to the evacuation of several state office buildings, including those that house the Attorney General's Office and the Virginia Retirement System.

By Washington Post editors  | October 7, 2010; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Drought watch lifted for Washington region

The drought watch that was issued for the Washington metro region Sept. 9 has been lifted, the Drought Coordination Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments said Thursday.

By Washington Post editors  | October 7, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A little lima bean love: D.C.-area bloggers

Good afternoon. If you haven't been outside yet -- find an excuse. It's beautiful outside and expected to be even nicer this weekend. Note to Capital Weather Gang -- please keep this weather pattern for the rest of the month....

By Washington Post editors  | October 7, 2010; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Arrest in tire-slashings targeting Hispanics

Montgomery County police say they have arrested a man they believe has been involved in a series of tire-slashings that appear to target Hispanic residents.

By Washington Post editors  | October 7, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Six people report feeling ill at Obama rally

Paramedics have transported one person to the hospital after some people attending an Obama rally at Bowie State University Thursday reported feeling dizzy and other passed out, a Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department spokesman said.

By Washington Post editors  | October 7, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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New cracks found in the Vietnam Memorial

A team of geophysicists has discovered a new series of cracks in the fabled black granite wall at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Mall. The experts from Hager-Richter Geoscience Inc., were called in by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial...

By Washington Post editors  | October 7, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Ben's Chili Bowl remembers Ben Ali

The family of Ben Ali, whose restaurant Ben's Chili Bowl has become a Washington institution, is remembering their father on the one year anniversary of his death. Patrons who stop by the U Street eatery today will receive a free...

By Washington Post editors  | October 7, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Police investigate mace incident at Ballou

A D.C. police officer and a school security officer were sprayed with mace Thursday morning at Ballou High School, a D.C. police spokeswoman said.

By Washington Post editors  | October 7, 2010; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Report: Systemic failures at Cheltenham

The slaying of a teacher at a Maryland juvenile detention center was the result of “multiple systemic security failures,” including outdated buildings and not enough security cameras and radios for staff, as well as a failure of the state agency overseeing the center to address safety issues, according to a report to be released Thursday.

By Washington Post editors  | October 7, 2010; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: Food trucks face off

Local food trucks face off at the old Convention Center; the Maryland governor's race heats up with a presidential appearance.

By Washington Post editors  | October 7, 2010; 5:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Woman dead in Dupont hit-and-run

D.C. police are searching for the driver of a car that struck a woman on Connecticut Avenue NW overnight, then left the scene of the collision. The woman has died of her injuries. Southbound Connecticut Avenue was closed for the first part of the morning rush.

By Debbi Wilgoren  | October 7, 2010; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Stewart announces rally location

We already knew that Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert planned to host dueling rallies on the Mall. Now Stewart has announced the location for his Rally to Restore Sanity. It's in an area known (to someone, at least) as East...

By Terri Rupar  | October 7, 2010; 12:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Woman is killed in Fairfax restaurant

A 37-year-old woman was attacked and killed in a Springfield-area restaurant Wednesday night by a man she knew, Fairfax County police said. Police who were called to the 5T Bar and Grill, in a strip mall in the 7000 block...

By Erica Johnston  | October 6, 2010; 9:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Sexual assault outside D.C. bar

D.C. police are investigating the sexual assault of a woman in an alley near a Foggy Bottom bar early Wednesday, officials said. The 21-year-old victim left a bar near 23rd Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue, and was attacked shortly before...

By Erica Johnston  | October 6, 2010; 9:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Arlington manager asked to step down

Former Arlington County Manager Michael B. Brown did not resign voluntarily, said Jay Fisette, chairman of the county board, in a statement Wednesday night to the Arlington Democratic Committee. A controversy has been brewing since reports that Brown -- who...

By Erica Johnston  | October 6, 2010; 8:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Trains, parks and PB&J: D.C.'s blogs

Happy Wednesday. We're more than halfway thorough the week -- and it's supposed to be sunny tomorrow. I took a couple of days off but now I'm back. It's been busy in the D.C. area blogosphere so there's lots to...

By Washington Post editors  | October 6, 2010; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. charter enrollment up 6 percent

A day after District officials hailed the reported 1 percent gain in public school enrollment this fall, D.C. public charter officials announced that enrollment has gone up nearly six percent this fall.

By Washington Post editors  | October 6, 2010; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Md. man: Facebookers have wrong man

An Anne Arundel County man has been getting threatening messages posted to his Facebook account all because he shares the same name as a D.C. police officer who shot a dog at a festival last month, The Capital reports.

By Washington Post editors  | October 6, 2010; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Woman found fatally shot in Landover

Police are on the scene of an apparent homicide in the Landover area of Prince George's County, authorities said.

By Matt Zapotosky  | October 6, 2010; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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National Archives displays Nazi papers

The laws signed by Adolf Hitler taking away the citizenship of German Jews before the execution of 6 million people during the Holocaust will go on rare public display in Washington. The Nuremberg Laws were recently turned over to the...

By Washington Post editors  | October 6, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man barricaded in MoCo with machete

SWAT officers and police crisis negotiators are converging around a Silver Spring home, where a man is reportedly inside with a machete, Montgomery County officials said Wednesday morning. A woman and two young teenagers who were inside managed to get...

By Washington Post editors  | October 6, 2010; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Police ID Md. woman's body found in O.C.

Ocean City police have identified the body recovered from the ocean over the weekend as that of a Lanham woman, The Baltimore Sun reports.

By Washington Post editors  | October 6, 2010; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: Is it boot time yet?

Boot weather? Ah, another cool and cloudy one today. It'll be in the60's today with a 40 percent chance of light showers in the afternoon. The Capital Weather Gang says Thursday should be partly sunny and warmer (in the 70's) but it will be breezy so it might still feel chilly. My female colleagues and I have been debating whether it's time to break out the fall footwear -- namely the boots -- and judging from the past two days, I say most definitely.

By Washington Post editors  | October 6, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Man struck by train in Prince George's

An unidentified man was struck by a freight train in Prince George's County before dawn Wednesday, police said, and is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

By Debbi Wilgoren  | October 6, 2010; 5:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Loudoun barricade situation ends

A man was taken into custody in Loudoun County late Tuesday after a barricade situation in which there was a report of possible gunfire, authorities said. The incident on Short Hill Road in the Round Hill section ended shortly before...

By Emily Ingram  | October 6, 2010; 2:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Woman dies 10 days after hit-and-run

A 22-year-old Silver Spring woman died Tuesday of injuries sustained about 10 days ago when she was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Silver Spring, Montgomery County police said. Danny Elizabeth Alay-Mateo, of the 9100 block of September Lane, died...

By Erica Johnston  | October 5, 2010; 7:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Moco executive proposes $12.9M in cuts

Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett (D) has proposed cutting ambulance service and laying off dozens of fire and rescue workers as part of bid to save $12.9 million in case a referendum on a county ambulance fee passes in November....

By Washington Post Editors  | October 5, 2010; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Blind Va. man barred from Dubai flight

A blind Arlington man says he was stopped from getting on a flight in Dubai on Tuesday because of his disability — a decision the government-run airline insists was a mistake it regrets. Zuhair Mahmoud told the Associated Press he...

By Washington Post editors  | October 5, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Jon Stewart: Restore the Mall

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are taking on causes beyond “restoring sanity” when they lead dueling political rallies on the National Mall later this month.

By Washington Post editors  | October 5, 2010; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Candles blamed for Lorton fire deaths

Fairfax County authorities say unattended candles are to blame for a blaze that killed a woman and her two children in a Lorton home.

By Washington Post editors  | October 5, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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D.C. Council bill gives "pests" protections

The D.C. Council gave tentative approval Tuesday to a bill that would implement tough new standards for how animal and pest control companies rid District homes and properties of unwanted wild animals.

By Washington Post editors  | October 5, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Md. man reported missing in Yellowstone

A search is under way in Yellowstone National Park for a Maryland man who has been reported missing.

By Washington Post editors  | October 5, 2010; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Va. museum missing an eyeball

Someone stole the Science Museum of Virginia's eyeball, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

By Washington Post editors  | October 5, 2010; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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D.C. school enrollment up 1 percent

The D.C. public school system's enrollment has increased by 1 percent this fall after nearly four decades of losses, city officials announced Tuesday.

By Washington Post editors  | October 5, 2010; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Man found shot at Va. Metro station

A man who had been seriously wounded was found late Monday at the Huntington Metro station in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County, authorities said.

By Eric Athas  | October 5, 2010; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: Da-da-da-DA-da-da

Good morning! Partly sunny or partly cloudy? Take your pick; either way, you're going to be wearing a jacket today and that beats September, which turned out to be the hottest on record. Watch the Capital Weather Gang's forecast today...

By Jane Elizabeth  | October 5, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DCPS reverses enrollment decline

Nearly 40 years of falling enrollment for the city's schools appears to have reversed itself. For the details, go to D.C. Schools Insider....

By Washington Post editors  | October 4, 2010; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Dinosaur jawbone found in Laurel

A 7-year-old boy from Elkridge has found a fossil at a dinosaur park in Laurel that appears to date back about 116 million years.

By Washington Post editors  | October 4, 2010; 6:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Church protests at Md. soldier's funeral

Members of Westboro Baptist Church protested outside Arlington National Cemetery Monday where Navy Seal Lt. Brendan J. Looney, 29, of Owings, was being buried. Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., is run by Pastor Fred W. Phelps Sr., who says...

By Meghan Louttit  | October 4, 2010; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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One dead in Laurel house fire

One person is dead in a house fire in Laurel, authorities said.

By Washington Post editors  | October 4, 2010; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Would-be robber shot by guard in D.C.

A would-be robber was shot and wounded by an armored car guard Monday after the suspect tried to grab a money bag out of the guard's hand, a D.C. police spokeswoman said.

By Washington Post editors  | October 4, 2010; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Cuccinelli reissues U-Va. subpoena

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has sent a new civil subpoena to the University of Virginia, renewing a demand for documents related to a work of a former university climate scientist that was stymied when a judge blocked his previous request in August.

By Rosalind Helderman  | October 4, 2010; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Panhandler cut near Foggy Bottom Metro

UPDATE: Metro escalators at Foggy Bottom have reopened after a person was cut following an altercation near the station. An "aggressive panhandler" at 2301 I St. NW, near one of the Foggy Bottom entrances, was grabbing at passersby, said D.C....

By Washington Post editors  | October 4, 2010; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Fenty wants hiring, spending freeze

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) will issue a freeze on hiring and promotions in city government Monday and restrict discretionary spending within the agencies, his staff said.

By Tim Craig  | October 4, 2010; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Reflecting pool to close for improvements

The Reflecting Pool on the Mall could be closed up to two years as work to improve the landmark begins later this month, WTOP reports.

By Washington Post editors  | October 4, 2010; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Officer shot at in N.E. D.C.

D.C. Police are searching for the gunman who fired on an officer who had was investigating the sound of gunfire early Monday morning, Crime Scene reports.

By Washington Post editors  | October 4, 2010; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jimmy Carter helps build D.C. homes

Former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter are helping Habitat for Humanity volunteers build and rehabilitate homes in Washington.

By Washington Post editors  | October 4, 2010; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Not quite Stormy Monday, but just as bad

Good Morning. I'm Monica Norton and I'm sitting in for Lori Aratani. She has taken off for Los Angeles where the weather is mild, even partly sunny. Wish I could say the same for here. The Capital Weather Gang says...

By Washington Post editors  | October 4, 2010; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Male robbed on U-Md campus

A robbery occurred early Sunday on the Unviersity of Maryland campus, authorities said. The victim was thrown to the ground, and his wallet and cell phone were taken. The incident occurred near a dormitory just west of the campus library...

By Erica Johnston  | October 3, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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1 killed, 1 wounded in D.C. shooting

One person was killed and another wounded early Sunday morning in a shooting just north of Howard University, police said. The incident occurred about 1 a.m. in the 600 block of Harvard Street NW, police said. One of the people...

By Matt Zapotosky  | October 3, 2010; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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