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Charges reduced in U Street death

Five men were charged with aggravated assault today in the death of Ali Ahmed Mohammed, who was allegedly beaten by the men on a street in front of a club at Ninth and U streets early Friday.

By Michael Birnbaum  | October 16, 2010; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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2-alarm fire burns Md. house to the ground

Anne Arundel County fire officials say a two-alarm fire burned a house to the ground. There were no injuries.

By Washington Post editors  | October 16, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Water main near Mall breaks

A break in a major water main prompted authorities to curb traffic near the Mall on Friday night while crews made emergency repairs. Work was under way on the 24-inch-diameter main early Saturday on Constitution Avenue NW between 9th and...

By Terri Rupar  | October 16, 2010; 12:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Arlington warns about sewage in streams

Arlington County called Friday night for avoidance of two streams after sewage spilled near them. The spill occurred near Long Branch nature center, officials said. As an "extra precaution" to be taken until further notice, they urged avoidance of the...

By Terri Rupar  | October 15, 2010; 11:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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50 EB in Arlington shut after accident

The eastbound lanes of Route 50 in Arlington were shut down last night after a vehicle accident around 9 p.m. the Arlington police said. No serious injuries were reported, but the highway was shut down at Glebe Road, authorities said....

By Terri Rupar  | October 15, 2010; 10:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Six sickened by CO in Pr. Geo.'s

A family of six was sickened by carbon monoxide in their Temple Hills home early Friday morning, Prince George's County fire officials say.

By Washington Post editors  | October 15, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Pumpkins, dog parks, fall fun: D.C.'s blogs

Good afternoon. My stomach is grumbling, which may be the reason for all the food-related posts in today's blogger roundup. Must be the cooler temperatures. With the help of today's posts, you can channel your inner Julia Child or help...

By Washington Post editors  | October 15, 2010; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Baby critical after Va. car crash

An infant is in critical condition after the baby's mother gave birth prematurely following a serious traffic accident near Tysons Corner Center on last Thursday, the Washington Examiner reports. The crash occurred when an ambulance struck a 2008 four-door Mazda...

By Washington Post editors  | October 15, 2010; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Weast seeks new middle school for MoCo

Some students in Bethesda and Chevy Chase could switch schools under a plan proposed Friday by Montgomery County Superintendent Jerry D. Weast to deal with overcrowding.

By Washington Post editors  | October 15, 2010; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Alexandria seeks more 'polite' cab drivers

Alexandria officials are considering requiring the city's taxi drivers to be polite -- not just to their passengers but at all times to city officials and people on the street, the Washington Examiner reports. The proposed rule change is so...

By Washington Post editors  | October 15, 2010; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Baker 'listening' session set

The presumptive next Prince George's County executive, Rushern Baker, will focus on education Tuesday evening when he conducts his second "listening session" designed to hear county residents' concerns.

By Washington Post Editors  | October 15, 2010; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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5 suspects arrested in U St. beating death

A man was beaten to death by a group of others early Friday after he allegedly hurled a brick through the window of a nightclub in the bustling U Street neighborhood in Northwest Washington, D.C. police said.

By Debbi Wilgoren  | October 15, 2010; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
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Manassas man struck, killed by truck in Va.

A 38-year-old man was killed Friday morning when he was hit by a pickup truck as he headed to a commuter lot in Prince William County.

By Washington Post editors  | October 15, 2010; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: D.C. drivers courteous?

Good morning. It's Friday at last and it appears that we have finally fallen into a fall weather pattern. Time for boots, scarves, pumpkins and hot chocolate. It's also election season and we've got analysis and headlines from Thursday's Maryland...

By Washington Post editors  | October 15, 2010; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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UDC late on federal aid checks to students

Thousands of students at the University of the District of Columbia haven't received their federal aid checks, because the D.C. public university says it can't print them fast enough.

By Washington Post editors  | October 14, 2010; 6:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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White powder sent to D.C., Texas schools

The FBI is investigating letters with white powder sent to two District schools in the past two days, which follows a similar pattern at Houston schools and elsewhere since last week.

By Washington Post editors  | October 14, 2010; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cures for rainy day blues: D.C.'s blogs

Good afternoon. No way around it, a very dreary day. No worries. The D.C. area blogosphere has some stylish ideas for chasing the grays away. All Life is Local has a primer on pedestrian safety -- especially important given the recent spate of fatal accidents.

By Lori Aratani  | October 14, 2010; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. reports 1st flu case of the season

Maryland is reporting its first flu case of the season and health officials are urging nearly everyone over six months old to get vaccinated.

By Washington Post editors  | October 14, 2010; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Va. school temporarily evacuated

Island Creek Elementary school in Fairfax was temporarily evacuated Thursday morning after students and faculty members reported an odor coming from an unknown source.

By Washington Post editors  | October 14, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dedication for slain Va. Tech student

A 20-year-old Roanoke woman who was last seen alive about a year ago at a concert at the University of Virginia will be remembered this weekend at the school.

By Washington Post editors  | October 14, 2010; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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National is tops in on-time departures

Reagan National Airport ranks as the best of Washington’s three airports for on-time departures and ranks in the top 10 nationally, the Washington Business Journal reports. Year-to-date figures from the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics show 81.34 percent...

By Washington Post editors  | October 14, 2010; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Frederick Co. faces $17M shortfall

A new Frederick Board of County Commissioners will take office on Dec. 1, but the financial woes that have plagued the current board for much of its term will continue, the Gazette reports. With county budget officials forecasting a $17...

By Washington Post editors  | October 14, 2010; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rhee looking for job closer to fiance

Michelle Rhee says she's looking for a job where she can have an impact but also be closer to her fiance.

By Kyle Balluck  | October 14, 2010; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: A gloomy forecast

Good morning. Brrrrrr. An umbrella, scarf and rain boot kind of day. It'll be wet and chilly. The Capital Weather Gang says temperatures will be in the upper 50s. Some spots could get as much as an inch of rain....

By Washington Post editors  | October 14, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Child in back of carjacked vehicle

A 4-year-old child was in the back of a vehicle that was briefly car-jacked Wednesday night, Prince George's County police said. The car was taken at a Shell gas station at Branch Avenue and Naylor road in the Oxon Hill...

By Erica Johnston  | October 13, 2010; 11:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Bay Bridge named one of world's scariest

If you’re afraid of driving over Maryland’s Bay Bridge, you’re apparently not alone. A travel magazine has named the 4.3-mile span across the Chesapeake Bay as one of the scariest in the world.

By Washington Post editors  | October 13, 2010; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Ride On bus, vehicle collide in MoCo

Montgomery County police are investigating a collision Wednesday in Silver Spring involving a county "Ride On" transit bus and a vehicle. The wreck occurred in the 1300 block of Forest Glen Road, near Holy Cross Hospital, police said. No word yet on injuries.

By Washington Post editors  | October 13, 2010; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Bike helmet share? D.C. area blogs

Good afternoon. What a news day, eh? Chilean miners, Michelle Rhee's departure and Adrian Fenty possibly headed back to college. I can't get enough of that miner story (folks even gathered at the Chilean Embassy on Mass Avenue last night),...

By Washington Post editors  | October 13, 2010; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man struck by CSX train in Rockville

A man was struck by a CSX freight train in Rockville Wednesday afternoon, Montgomery County police said.

By Washington Post editors  | October 13, 2010; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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United Way to honor Bill Gates' mother

Microsoft founder Bill Gates will be in northern Virginia on Wednesday to dedicate a new $17 million learning center at United Way Worldwide headquarters that will bear his mother's name. Most of the funding for the learning center at the...

By Washington Post editors  | October 13, 2010; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. DPW suspends trash, recycling

The DC Department of Public Works has suspended trash and recycling collection for Wednesday as police investigate a shooting that left one employee dead and another wounded at a DPW lot at 1241 W. Street NE

By Washington Post editors  | October 13, 2010; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Michelle Rhee & the Twitterverse

By Washington Post editors  | October 13, 2010; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Slain DPW employee identified

wo D.C. Department of Public Works employees were shot Wednesday morning in northeast Washington, NBC 4 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | October 13, 2010; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Fenty may take teaching job at Oberlin

Update, 12:30 p.m. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty confirmed that he is in talks with alma mater Oberlin College to teach political science there in the future. Asked why he would want to do so, Fenty laughed and asked, "Besides that...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 13, 2010; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Police make arrest in UMd. bar fight

One person has been arrested in connection with an altercation early Tuesday morning that left four young men, including three University of Maryland students, cut and wounded, Prince George's police say.

By Washington Post editors  | October 13, 2010; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Md. man sleeping in wrong bed arrested

A Frederick man who police say was "extremely intoxicated" was arrested Wednesday morning after police found him sleeping in a home that was not his own, WUSA 9 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | October 13, 2010; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: Rhee is outta here

Good morning. It's Wednesday and there's a lot of big news happening on the local, national and international front. Michelle Rhee has announced her resignation and is expected to make the formal announcement at a press conference today. The first...

By Washington Post editors  | October 13, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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What are people saying about #Rhee?

Tweet Give us Your Take: What's next for Michelle Rhee? Who do you think should replace her as interim chancellor? How do you feel about Rhee's departure? Use #Rhee to discuss on Twitter and we'll post the best responses on...

By Terri Rupar  | October 12, 2010; 9:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Michelle Rhee to announce resignation

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee will announce Wednesday that she is resigning at the end of October, bringing an abrupt end to a tenure that drew national acclaim but also became a central issue in the recent mayoral primary...

By Terri Rupar  | October 12, 2010; 8:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Shooting in Hyattsville area

Update, 7:15 p.m.: A 14-year-old boy was wounded in the stomach and back in a shooting late Thursday afternoon in the Hyattsville area, Prince George's County police said. The wounds are not believed to be life threatening, said Cpl....

By Erica Johnston  | October 12, 2010; 7:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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D.C. eatery told to stop grilling burgers

A D.C. Superior Court judge ruled the popular Dupont Circle eatery Rogue States a nuisance on Tuesday and ordered it to stop grilling hamburgers, after an eight-month dispute with a neighboring law firm over its “intense and noxious odor.”...

By Erica Johnston  | October 12, 2010; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Naked firefighter suspended without pay

A D.C. firefighter photographed cooking eggs naked in a firehouse has been suspended without pay and is the subject of a new investigation, WTOP reports.

By Washington Post editors  | October 12, 2010; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Stolen bikes & coupons: D.C.'s blogs

Good afternoon. Another summer-like day -- plus I'm told George Clooney has a meeting at the White House this afternoon, so I may have to leave the office a bit early today. But I would never leave before telling you...

By Washington Post editors  | October 12, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Historian to testify in Va. Civil War trial

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson has agreed to testify on behalf of northern Virginia residents attempting to block the construction of a Walmart Supercenter near an endangered Civil War battlefield. McPherson will testify in January that the Walmart site in...

By Washington Post editors  | October 12, 2010; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Ex-VCU worker gets 3 years for embezzling

A former Virginia Commonwealth University employee convicted of embezzling from a school community-outreach program has been sentenced to three years in prison.

By Washington Post editors  | October 12, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Va. energy conference kicks off

Gov. Bob McDonnell's energy conference opened its three-day run in Richmond with hundreds of exhibitors lined up. The conference began Tuesday with a full day devoted to "green" building, plus a workshop on community energy strategies. The conference will hear...

By Washington Post editors  | October 12, 2010; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ehrlich mistakenly labeled 'Democrat'

A voters guide published by the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County has misidentified Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.as a Democrat, the Gazette reports. The 28-page guide, published this month, includes information on the qualifications and positions...

By Washington Post editors  | October 12, 2010; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Body found in Fairfax home after fire

Firefighters discovered a body in a Fairfax home while battling a blaze, WUSA 9 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | October 12, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: 'Five-O' pays off at U-Md.

Good morning. It's a busy week in the Maryland governor's race. One debate down and another slated for later this week. We've got the details below. In other headlines: It's been a dangerous week for pedestrians in the area. There...

By Washington Post editors  | October 12, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pedestrian struck, killed on I-270

A woman who was walking on Interstate 270 near Gaithersburg late Monday night was fatally injured when she was struck by a car and then an out-of-service Metrobus, Maryland state police said.

By Debbi Wilgoren  | October 12, 2010; 6:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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U-Md. students stabbed after bar fight

Four young adults, three of them students at the University of Maryland, were stabbed early Tuesday during an altercation that began in an off-campus bar in College Park.

By Debbi Wilgoren  | October 12, 2010; 5:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
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2nd child in stroller hit by vehicle in MoCo

For the second time in three days, a child in a stroller was struck by a vehicle in Montgomery County, Crime Scene reports.

By Washington Post editors  | October 11, 2010; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Ghosts & blackouts? D.C. area blogs

Good afternoon. Seems that when it comes to extreme weather, the D.C. area is overachieving. The Capital Weather Gang says we've already set a heat record at Dulles Airport. Will Reagan National be next? It's a holiday for some --...

By Washington Post editors  | October 11, 2010; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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More community gardens in MoCo?

The Montgomery County Department of Parks is teaming up with Montgomery County Public Schools to open three new community gardens on school system property, officials said Monday. The Department of Parks has been operating a community garden program since May...

By Washington Post editors  | October 11, 2010; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Rockville man dies following crash

A Rockville man has died and an Annandale man is in critical condition following a head-on collision on Route 29 in Howard County, police said. Kyle Joseph Lancon, 19, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center following the accident early...

By Washington Post staff  | October 11, 2010; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Va. AIDS program faces $12.6M shortfall

A Virginia health program that provides medications to people with HIV and AIDS is facing a $12.6 million shortfall, as the poor economy and expanded disease treatment has boosted enrollment, the Washington Examiner reports. The AIDS Drug Assistance Program provides...

By Washington Post editors  | October 11, 2010; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Maryland names 'Teacher of the Year'

Michelle Shearer, a chemistry teacher at Urbana High School in Frederick County has been named Maryland's Teacher of the Year, the Frederick News-Post reports. Shearer, 37, has a bachelor's degree from Princeton and a master's degree in deaf education from...

By Washington Post editors  | October 11, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Women hospitalized after Pr. Geo. crash

A woman was killed early Monday in the Prince George's County town of Riverdale, when the car in which she was riding crashed as it tried to elude police, WRC-TV (Channel 4) reported. The crash closed Route 410 (East-West Highway) near the intersection with Kenilworth Avenue during the first part of the morning rush.

By Debbi Wilgoren  | October 11, 2010; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Politics and Prose co-owner dies

Carla Cohen, co-owner of the iconic Washington independent bookstore Politics and Prose, has died.

By Washington Post editors  | October 11, 2010; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Transformers' land in D.C.

Good morning. Those of you who get Columbus Day off will have another day to bask in mostly sunny skies and warm temperatures. And I do mean warm. The Capital Weather Gang says it will be in the mid-to-high 80s...

By Washington Post editors  | October 11, 2010; 6:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man struck by car in Prince George's

A man was struck by a car and seriously injured Sunday night on a street where gunfire had erupted, Prince George's County police said. The incident occurred about 9:35 p.m in the 7900 block of Central Avenue, which is about...

By Erica Johnston  | October 10, 2010; 10:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Northbound I-95 in Laurel reopens

All northbound lanes of Interstate 95 were shut down for a period Sunday evening in the Laurel area, Maryland state police said. The lanes were closed south of Route 198 about 6 p.m. after a serious accident, the police said....

By Erica Johnston  | October 10, 2010; 6:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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2 pedestrians struck, killed in Rockville

Two men in their mid-20s were struck and killed in Bethesda early Sunday as they tried to cross Wisconsin Avenue.

By Joe Stephens  | October 10, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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