Father Guido Sarducci, a fake cleric played by comedian Don Novello, gave a benediction at today's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on the Mall. That led a lot of people to their computers to find out who he is....
A 69-year-old woman who has dementia was missing Saturday night after coming here from New York for the rally on the Mall, the U.S. Park Police said. They said Gladys Germain was last seen on the Mall near 7th Street...
Updated: 9:09 a.m. A D.C. police officer responding to an incident early Saturday morning died after the car he was driving crashed into a wooden Pepco pole, police said Saturday. Officer Paul Dittamo, 32, has been a member of the...
A bicyclist was struck was by a car in Northwest Washington, authorities said. Police found a man who was injured at 6th and H streets about 11 p.m., officials said. His condition could not be learned immediately. Authorities are investigating...
Update, 11:37 p.m. This has been cleared. Update, 10:50 p.m. The north entrance of the Columbia Heights Metro station is temporarily closed due to a suspicious package, WMATA says. Update, 10:44 p.m. The situation has been cleared. D.C. police are...
D.C. police officials Friday are investigating a report of three people shot, including two juveniles, in the 500 block of Missouri Avenue NW.
A 19-year-old Marine from Waldorf died Wednesday from wounds he received in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Friday. Lance Cpl. Terry E. Honeycutt Jr. was injured on Oct. 21 while conducting combat operations in the Helmand province, defense officials said.
Opponents of a Montgomery County ambulance fee filed a lawsuit Friday to stop what they claim has been an improper use of government resources by county officials who support the fee. The Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association claims that county officials sent fire-rescue vehicles to early polling sites so staff could hand out materials in favor of the ambulance fee.
Prince William County police on Friday arrested two Stonewall Jackson High School teachers, one accused of sending lewd messages to a 16-year-old female student and the other for drug possession, The Washington Examiner reports.
Organizers of Sunday's Marine Corps Marathon said additional security measures were being installed along the route following news that the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Prince William County was fired upon for a second time this month.
Virginia Tech has filed a civil suit against a Blacksburg real estate agent and Tech alumnus for using the word “Hokie” in his business name.
Baltimore Gas & Electric says its 1.2 million central Maryland customers will pay significantly less for electricity starting next summer.
No suspicious packages have been reported so far on cargo planes at the Washington region's three airports, authorities said Friday, but it was still unclear if security had been heightened in the wake of reports that suspicious packages had been...
Investigators are looking into the possibility that more shots were fired overnight at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Prince William County, but have not confirmed any gunfire, police said Friday morning.
A memorial service for Sue Ann Marcum, an American University accounting professor killed this week in her Bethesda home, will take place Nov. 9, the Washington Examiner reports. The service is scheduled for 8 p.m. in Bender Arena, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, according to the university.
D.C. Fire and EMS is investigating the actions of an ambulance crew that reportedly failed to respond to one of the deadliest outbreaks of violence in the District in years, Fox 5 reports.
Good morning. Friday at last. Just think: this weekend you can restore your sanity or keep your fear. Run a marathon or just watch people run a marathon. Don a costume and collect candy or just sit on the couch...
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| October 29, 2010; 5:44 AM ET |
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Two men were shot Thursday night in Southeast Washington, D.C. police said. Officers were sent to the 1600 block of 17th Place for the reporting of a shooting and found two victims about 9:40, said Officer Hugh Carew, a spokesman....
An Upper Marlboro woman pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing $1.9 million from the federal government by using her position as a sub-contractor to double-bill for projects related to the expansion of the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda.
Authorities have linked a shooting this week at a vacant Marine Corps recruiting office in Fairfax County to two other recent attacks on U.S. military buildings in Northern Virginia. FBI officials said Thursday that ballistics tests linked bullets found at...
In honor of Halloween, we went looking for some Washington ghosts and came up with a game that asks you how well you can identify them. Tell us what you think in the comments section. Did we get it right?...
Good afternoon. Seems like Halloween starts earlier and earlier these days. On my way into the office this morning, I passed a group of pint-sized trick-or-treaters. (Adorable!) Maybe it's all just a warm-up for the big day -- Sunday. In...
UPDATE U.S. Capitol police are investigating a suspicious package at the entrance to the Federal Center SW Metro station. The package is described as an attache case with wires coming out of it and a cell phone next to it,...
Prince George's County Police are investigating after a man was found fatally shot Thursday morning in Capitol Heights, Crime Scene reports.
Federal prosecutors say a superseding indictment has been returned against three alleged members of the Latin Kings gang, charging them with murder, arson and other offenses.
Kevin Ricks, the former Osbourn High School teacher who admitted sexually molesting a 16-year-old boy, was sentenced Thursday to five years in the Prince William County jail.
The Arlington County Office of Emergency Management will test its outdoor warning system speakers between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
Authorities say the person killed in a car crash Wednesday night on I-95 in the Springfield area was a 20-year-old woman. The Virginia State Police identified the woman as Breauna Woolen of Woodbridge. Officials earlier gave an incorrect age for...
The Capital Weather Gang says it will be a "classic D.C. day" -- and they're not being sarcastic. After a foggy start, temperatures will climb into the mid to upper 70's.
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| October 28, 2010; 5:43 AM ET |
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A tornado reportedly touched down in Caroline County late Wednesday afternoon, but no damage was reported there, as storms raked through central Virginia. A woman in Mechanicsville was struck on the head when a tree fell on her car as...
George Parker's five-year run as Washington Teachers' Union president is at risk, based on the preliminary count in a WTU presidential race with a stunningly low turnout. Nathan Saunders, the union's general vice president, edged Parker 334 to 313, forcing...
A bicyclist was struck by a vehicle Wednesday night on Pennsylvania Avenue in Northwest, D.C. police said. Police were investigating the incident in the 600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, where initial reports say a man on a bicycle was hit...
Good afternoon. Pretty ominous-looking out there. For a time there was a tornado watch for part of the area and a flash flood warning. Those advisories have since been scaled back -- but it's still a pretty ugly day all...
The Arlington County Board approved a tax Tuesday night to pay for some $207 million in proposed infrastructure in the developing Route 1 corridor, including a streetcar line.
Metro officials say that neither riders nor employees were in danger while federal officials investigated a plot by a Virginia man to carry out a series of terrorist bombings at stations.
The Montgomery County Council backed a 9.9 percent increase in rates charged by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, The Gazette reports. The council voted 9-0 Tuesday to approve the rate increase, which also places spending limits on the commission. The...
You might want to stay in for lunch Wednesday. The Capital Weather Gang says a tornado watch has been issued for much of the metro region. Heavy rain has already begun to move through the area, with strong thunderstorms reportedly moving through western Fairfax County.
Burger fans rejoice! The Dupont Circle burger joint forced to close its doors after a D.C. law firm complained that fumes from the restaurant's grill were making employees ill, has found a new home. The Prince of Petworth (via Moneyblog)...
A Frederick County Adult Detention Center inmate hanged herself in the medical unit 10 days ago, the Frederick County Bureau of Investigation reported Tuesday, according to the Frederick News-Post. Valerie Ann Miller, 40, of Walkersville, was pronounced dead at Frederick...
Sister Virginia Muller had never heard of shortstop Honus Wagner. But she quickly learned the baseball great is a revered figure among collectors, pictured on the most sought-after baseball card in history. And thanks to an unexpected donation, one of...
A Metro work crew experienced a close call on Sept. 20 on the Yellow and Blue Lines near Braddock Road, according to Metro spokesman Reggie Woodruff.
Montgomery County detectives searched the home of an 18-year-old District man Tuesday night, and found "items of evidentiary value" related to the murder investigation of American University accounting professor Sue Ann Marcum, Crime Scene reports.
The number of admissions to juvenile correctional centers in Virginia declined 27 percent over the last three years, The Washington Examiner reports.
Metropolitan Police Department officers have arrested a Georgetown University student on drug charges, NBC 4 reports.
A jury has convicted two Maryland men accused in a scheme that bilked 21 black churches in Detroit and other Michigan cities of about $660,000.
The Montgomery County Council has voted to limit, but not restrict, paving front yards to create parking space, WTOP reports.
Even though it's raining, the Capital Weather Gang says temperatures will be in the upper 70's and may even cross the 80 mark today. And it will be windy -- so hold on to that umbrella or hood.
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| October 27, 2010; 5:47 AM ET |
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The FBI has announced that shots fired at the National Museum of the Marine Corps and the Pentagon earlier this month were fired from the same weapon.
Good afternoon. Apologies for not tweeting yesterday's roundup. Technical glitch, which has since been resolved. Phew. In the meantime, I hope your day is going well. D.C.'s bloggers have been busy, and with the Online News Association's annual conference in...
President Obama will campaign for Virginia Rep. Tom Perriello on Friday, holding an event in Charlottesville in the final stretch before the midterm elections, administration officials said Tuesday. Perriello, a freshman Democrat with a reputation as a progressive, is a...
The District’s Interagency Council on Homelessness approved its annual winter plan for the homeless Tuesday, less than a week before the start of the winter season.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says state employees needn’t expect pay raises now or in next year’s budget.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a notice of violation, but not a fine, to Walter Reed Army Medical Center after investigators found that two packages of radioactive material sat under a counter in the main lobby of the hospital for 44 hours last spring.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) said Tuesday that he's ordered a full review of the state's textbook adoption process, in the wake of the discovery that a three-teacher state panel approved a history book for 4th grade use that included...
If you think air quality in the Washington-Baltimore area is bad, you're not alone. A new report says the region is among 15 nationwide with the largest number of bad-air days. The 'Filthy 15' list was compiled by the National...
The publisher of a Virginia textbook is printing revised editions to correct a passage that wrongly claims thousands of black troops fought for the Confederacy. Five Ponds Press says it will begin printing the new edition for fourth-graders early next...
The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating an overnight shooting in Northwest, WUSA 9 reports.
Dozens of Maryland drivers who had racked up enough penalty points to lose their licenses apparently got some extra time behind the wheel thanks to a software glitch at the Motor Vehicle Administration, according to state auditors, The Baltimore Sun...
Maryland natural resources officials say 27 bears were killed on the first day of this year’s black bear hunting season.
A veteran D.C. police officer has been charged with taking cash while on the job in exchange for offering protection to a liquor store.
It's a news-filled Tuesday. Jon Stewart is in town taping several shows and -- break out your Jimmy Choos -- tonight is the annual High Heel Race in Dupont Circle.
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| October 26, 2010; 5:41 AM ET |
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Good afternoon. Not the brightest or sunniest of days, but we've definitely been through worse -- so no complaints here. (I'll save those for the days of endless rain sure to come.) Halloween is less than a week away, so...
Alexandria's Citizens for Common Cents has begun distributing 200 yard signs to 16 locations to protest a proposed special tax district to help pay for the Potomac Yard Metro station.
A woman has been found dead in her home on the 6200 block of Massachusetts Avenue in Bethesda, WUSA 9 reports.
An Oxon Hill man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to running over his pregnant girlfriend and leaving her to die, The Prince George's Gazette reported.
One of the victims in a hit-and-run in Rockville last week has died of his injuries, WTOP reports.
Washington Gas says customers could see bills as much as 10 percent lower than last winter's.
A Hyattsville official wants to extend municipal voting rights to non-citizen residents, a move he hopes will help integrate the city's Hispanic population, The Gazette reports. "Immigrants ... are making great contributions to this country," said City Council member Carlos...
D.C.'s own Wale is at the center of controversy again. The rapper performed at an outdoor concert Saturday during University of Mary Washington's homecoming festivities. Nearby neighbors were not fans.
Have you been one of the folks who received a call saying you can still vote for Adrian Fenty on Nov. 2? If so, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Voting in Maryland? You won't want to miss our latest polling on the Maryland governor's race below. Read on.
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| October 25, 2010; 5:49 AM ET |
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Howard County police have arrested a man who is believed to have set a woman on fire in Laurel Saturday. The incident occurred in a wooded area near Gorman Road around 2:45 p.m. Saturday, according to a press release from...