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What you're tweeting on snow

The weather outside could get frightful, but the smartphone is so delightful, apparently. If you want to see what people in the Washington area are tweeting about today's snow, check out our map here. And for a broader view of...

By Terri Rupar  | December 25, 2010; 10:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Looking for groceries?

It looks like traditional grocery stores are not the answer, unless you get up early tomorrow. It looks like the area Safeways that opened today closed at 5 p.m., though many reopen at 6 a.m. Sunday. Giant says most stores...

By Terri Rupar  | December 25, 2010; 6:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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3 dead after crash in Pr. William

Three people were killed early on Christmas morning when the car they were in crashed into a building in Northern Virginia, authorities said. The crash occurred just before 2 a.m. in the 17700 block of Main Street in Dumfries, Prince...

By Martin Weil  | December 25, 2010; 5:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Fire damages cars in Catholic U lot

Several cars in a parking lot at Catholic University in Washington were damaged after a fire apparently started in one vehicle and spread to others. D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Pete Piringer says the fire started Saturday around 1:30...

By Associated Press  | December 25, 2010; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Va.'s McDonnell declares emergency

Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell has declared a state of emergency ahead of the snowstorm expected to start Sunday morning. "This storm could potentially bring severe weather to parts of Virginia," the governor said in a statement. "Please stay alert to...

By Washington Post editors  | December 25, 2010; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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D.C. man out of hospital after accident

A District man is hospitalized in critical condition and a Florida man is missing and presumed dead after a newly purchased boat sank early Thursday off the southern New Jersey coast, The Press of Atlantic City reports.

By Washington Post editors  | December 24, 2010; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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2 displaced after Pr. Geo.'s apartment fire

A fire in an apartment building in Marlow Heights Friday morning has displaced two people, WUSA 9 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | December 24, 2010; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Woman struck by vehicle in NE D.C.

A 70-year-old woman was struck by a vehicle Friday in Northeast D.C., WTOP reports

By Washington Post editors  | December 24, 2010; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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JMU band in London New Year's parade

James Madison University's marching band will start 2011 in London for the city's New Year's Day Parade.

By Associated Press  | December 24, 2010; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Water-skiing Santa to hit the waves

A water-skiing Santa, complete with knee-boarding reindeer, will take to the Potomac River near Washington for his 25th anniversary appearance.

By The Associated Press  | December 24, 2010; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New listings to Va. landmarks register

Virginia has approved 15 additions to its Landmarks Register, including a Lynchburg center of the Civil Rights movement and 10,000 acres in Prince William County where the first Civilian Conservation Corps company was put to work. The new listings were...

By Associated Press  | December 24, 2010; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Buzz: Foreclosures, free parking and cheer

Foreclosures, free parking, and X-mas cheer

By Elizabeth Flock  | December 24, 2010; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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A.M. headlines around the D.C. region

Stolen Christmas decorations, free parking in DC today; healthy school lunches and more -- here's our morning collection of some of the top headlines from other news sources in D.C., Virginia and Maryland. Come back to PostLocal.com for updates on all the top headlines of the day.

By Elizabeth Flock  | December 24, 2010; 5:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Anteater, pup out of Zoo's hospital

A male giant anteater pup, born Dec. 7 at the National Zoo, has been released with his mother from the zoo’s veterinary hospital, where both had been under observation for the last two weeks, the zoo said Thursday.

By Michael E. Ruane  | December 23, 2010; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Service held for slain D.C. shopkeeper

Four hundred mourners Thursday memorialized a Brookland shopkeeper who was shot to death during a robbery last weekend.

By Paul A. Schwartzman  | December 23, 2010; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Va. buyer gets purse used on Fla. gunman

The purse a Florida school board member used to smack a man who was holding other board members at gunpoint has been sold to an Alexandria resident for more than $13,000 in an auction.

By Associated Press  | December 23, 2010; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Power restored after NW DC outage

Pepco says a power outage is affecting about 1,600 customers in northwest Washington.

By Associated Press  | December 23, 2010; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Whole Food recalls cheese sold in D.C.

Whole Foods is recalling cheese sold in its D.C. stores, along with California, Nevada, and Washington, because it may be contaminated with E coli bacteria.

By Elizabeth Flock  | December 23, 2010; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Mid-day crime roundup

Police in Ellicott City say the crash revealed that Marriott had an indoor marijuana farm that they describe as an extensive growing operation, with nearly 20 large marijuana plants. Marriott was arrested and was being held Wednesday on $15,000 bond.

By Washington Post staff and Associated Press  | December 23, 2010; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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D.C. United to Baltimore = revenue

Relocating the D.C. United soccer team to the Baltimore area would create between 780 and 940 jobs and up to $6.4 million in annual state and local tax revenues, according to a study issued Dec. 22 by the Maryland Stadium Authority and a Florida consulting firm.

By Jonathan O'Connell  | December 23, 2010; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Air Jordan XI 'Cool Grey' sneakers attract crowd

Sneaker geeks across the country lined up Wednesday to get the new Nike Air Retro Jordan 11s Cool Grey sneakers. The Jordan 11s Cool Grey hasn't been available since 2001, and a limited number are on sale for only 24 hours, starting at midnight Wednesday.

By Elizabeth Flock  | December 23, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Arlington launches live snow map

Arlington took a page out of our very own Daily Gripe Tuesday by launching a live snow complaint map.

By Elizabeth Flock  | December 23, 2010; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ocean City rejects smoking ban

The Ocean City Council has rejected a smoking ban throughout the resort, instead creating voluntary smoking areas on the beach and Boardwalk.

By Associated Press  | December 23, 2010; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Va. Rep. Jim Moran and wife separate

Rep. James P. Moran (D-Va.) and businesswoman LuAnn Bennett are separating after six years of marriage, the lawmaker's office announced Thursday.

By Ben Pershing  | December 23, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Md. wind project sued over bats

Maryland's first industrial wind project faced yet another stumbling block Wednesday, reported the Baltimore Sun, as conservationists filed suit to block the start of the project, saying it would threaten federally protected rare bats.

By Elizabeth Flock  | December 23, 2010; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Buzz: Pandas, snow and politics

If you haven't caught John Kelly's looks back at 2010 in Washington, with Rhee and Redskins, Pepco and bedbugs, do so now.

By Elizabeth Flock  | December 23, 2010; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A.M. headlines around the D.C. region

Pandas to remain at national zoo; Va. to preserve Richmond slave burial ground; Gray Names Education Team Members and more.

By Washington Post staff  | December 23, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Report: D.C. firefighter shot off-duty

A District firefighter was in critical condition Thursday morning at Washington Hospital Center with several gunshot wounds, WRC-TV (Channel 4) reported.

By Washington Post editors  | December 23, 2010; 6:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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What happened to us in 2010

John Kelly looks back at 2010 in Washington, with Rhee and Redskins, Pepco and bedbugs, and more. Explore the stories: A Very D.C. Christmas on Dipity....

By Terri Rupar  | December 22, 2010; 10:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Fire to delay return to Takoma Ed Center

District Public School officials have determined that Wednesday morning's fire at Takoma Educational Center was so extensive that students will not be able to return there after the holidays.

By Washington Post editors  | December 22, 2010; 8:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Fire at high-rise forces evacuation

A storage room fire Wednesday in an Alexandria forced authorities to evacuate a high-rise apartment building, Alexandria Fire department officials said. No injuries were reported in relation to the fire, at a 16-story building in the 5300 block of...

By Clarence Williams  | December 22, 2010; 7:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Car thieves find a baby onboard

Two men stole a car from a social worker in Capitol Heights Wednesday afternoon -- only to realize blocks later they had a baby in tow, police said. The incident started about 2:30 p.m. in the 5000 block of...

By Matt Zapotosky  | December 22, 2010; 6:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Route 1 in Beltsville closed

A water main break in the 10600 block of MD Route 1 has forced officials to close the road to traffic in both directions, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission reports. The road is closed between Ewing and Montgomery roads. There...

By Washington Post editors  | December 22, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Woman accused of setting fire to home

Frederick County authorities are accusing an Emmitsburg woman of arson for allegedly setting fire to her home in an apparent suicide attempt.

By Associated Press  | December 22, 2010; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Gas station gourmet: D.C. area blogs

Good afternoon. Alas, there will probably be no White Christmas here in D.C. after all -- but there is a chance that we could get some snow Sunday. Maybe a little, maybe a lot. The Capital Weather Gang says it's...

By Lori Aratani  | December 22, 2010; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gray picks new DES chief

Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray nominated Rochelle L. Webb, administrator of the Arizona Department of Economic Security, to run the Department of Employment Services -- a top priority for the Gray administration after education.

By Washington Post Editors  | December 22, 2010; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gray taps non-locals for schools spots

Breaking a streak of tapping local talent to join his Cabinet, Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray named an aide to Newark Mayor Cory Booker to be the city's deputy mayor of education, and an education guru who has worked in Wisconsin, Atlanta and Chicago to be the new state superintendent of education.

By Washington Post Editors  | December 22, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Austerity measures for Pr. George's

Prince George's County is facing a $77 million spending gap next year, but County Executive Rushern L. Baker III says his new administration can plug it by tapping the county's reserves left by his predecessor Jack B. Johnson (D).

By Miranda S. Spivack  | December 22, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Deal may keep Preakness in Md.

An aide to Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and horse racing representatives say a tentative agreement has been reached to allow a full calendar of 146 racing days in the state and keep the Preakness Stakes in Maryland. Joseph Bryce,...

By Associated Press  | December 22, 2010; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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3.5 ton relic found in Gaithersburg

When Gaithersburg resident Tova Fliegel asked city employees to replace an old retaining wall in hopes it would give relief to her property's flooding problem, a century-old mill flywheel was discovered.

By Washington Post editors  | December 22, 2010; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Paraplegic driver accused of violation

A paraplegic driver sent to prison for negligent manslaughter in the deaths of a Hagerstown couple has been arrested after allegedly driving again.

By Associated Press  | December 22, 2010; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fired D.C. nurse to be reinstated

Nearly a year later, an independent arbitrator has ruled Lee was subordinate, but her conduct did not warrant immediate discharge, and that she should be reinstated.

By Washington Post editors  | December 22, 2010; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Settlement reached in wrongful arrest

The city of Baltimore has paid a $200,000 settlement to a violinist and music teacher who was wrongfully arrested in a child sex abuse case.

By Associated Press  | December 22, 2010; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ex-cheerleader said boyfriend beat her

Despite reports of past domestic violence between a missing former Washington Redskins cheerleader and her boyfriend, police say the boyfriend is not a suspect in her disappearance.

By Washington Post editors  | December 22, 2010; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Firefighters battle fire in Libertytown

The blaze was reported in the 9500 block of Woodsboro Road just after 7 Wednesday morning. The fire leveled a building that belongs to Vintage Lumber, a company that recycles old structures. One employee of Vintage Lumber was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Firefighters now have the blaze control and contained.

By Washington Post editors  | December 22, 2010; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Review of Love's medical records denied

A Charlottesville General District Court judge ruled Wednesday that defense attorneys cannot review years of medical records for the University of Virginia lacrosse player slain in May, saying there was nothing unusual or relevant to the case in the documents....

By Matt Zapotosky  | December 22, 2010; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: Flurry alert

More and more folks are leaving town for the holidays so with any luck, your commute in should be quick and maybe you'll even be able to snag a seat on the bus or Metro. Think of it as the upside of still working during the holiday season.

By Lori Aratani  | December 22, 2010; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A.M. headlines around the D.C. region

Here are some of the top headlines from media sources in the D.C. region. Come back to PostLocal today for more stories and more details.

By Washington Post Staff  | December 22, 2010; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man, 19, fatally shot in Wheaton

A 19-year-old man who was shot in the Glenmont area of Wheaton on Tuesday afternoon has died, Montgomery County police said. Police are looking for two suspects. Medics and police were called about 1:30 p.m. to a residence in...

By Dan Morse  | December 21, 2010; 8:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Va. officials lend a hand to group home

A Northern Virginia group home received an early Christmas gift Tuesday -- in fact, lots of gifts.

By Christy Goodman  | December 21, 2010; 6:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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D.C. Council enacts a few last bills

In its last meeting of the session, the D.C. Council approved several pieces of legislation Tuesday covering a range of issues — from setting up guidelines at homeless shelters to extending rules for rent control. The measures require the signature...

By Ann E. Marimow  | December 21, 2010; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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No bond for Va. man in online bomb threat

A federal magistrate has denied bond for an Arlington man charged with threatening on Facebook to detonate bombs on Metrorail trains and under manhole covers in Georgetown.

By Associated Press  | December 21, 2010; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fruitcake vs. cupcake: D.C.'s blogs

Good afternoon. Judging from my commute this morning, folks are beginning to leave town for the holidays. By Thursday, I'll be able to cruise into the office with time to grab coffee. The upside of a late holiday departure. The...

By Washington Post editors  | December 21, 2010; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DC9 death ruled a homicide

The family of Ali Mohmammed, who died two months ago outside the popular DC9 nightclub, says his death has been ruled a homicide, the Washington City Paper reports.

By Washington Post editors  | December 21, 2010; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Man shot in MoCo, 2 suspects sought

A man was shot in the Wheaton-Glenmont area of Montgomery County on Tuesday and taken to a local emergency room with serious, life-threatening injuries, Crime Scene reports.

By Washington Post editors  | December 21, 2010; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. man sentenced in Ponzi scheme

A Vienna resident has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for bilking online investors out of more than $17 million. Thirty-four-year-old Byron Brown was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. In addition to the prison term, he was ordered to pay $9.8 million in restitution.

By Associated Press  | December 21, 2010; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Vigil planned for slain D.C. shopkeeper

A candlelight vigil has been scheduled for Tuesday night to remember Raj Patel, the owner of the Newton Food Mart, who was shot and killed Saturday night during a robbery at the Brookland area shop, We Love DC reports. At...

By Washington Post editors  | December 21, 2010; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Md. woman injured in fire she allegedly set

Investigators say a house fire in Emmitsburg was deliberately set by the woman who lived there.

By Associated Press  | December 21, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Exam for Va. man charged in mom's death

An 18-year-old Spotsylvania County man charged with killing his mother will undergo a competency exam.

By Washington Post editors  | December 21, 2010; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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About 4,000 without power in NE D.C.

About 4,000 customers in Northeast D.C. are without power after two feeders went out, Pepco reports.

By Washington Post editors  | December 21, 2010; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ticket fixing scandal in Md. town

A police clerk in the Maryland town of Morningside has been fired after allegations that she fixed traffic tickets for herself, her husband and others, ABC7 reports. According to multiple sources, a months-long Maryland State Police investigation concluded that the...

By Washington Post editors  | December 21, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Census says D.C. population over 600K

The District's population has surpassed the milestone marker of 600,000 residents, reversing a half century of decline and marking the first increase since Harry S. Truman was president.

By Carol Morello  | December 21, 2010; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Recall on cheese sold at Whole Foods

Cheese sold by Whole Foods Market in California, Nevada, Washington and Washington, D.C., that came from its supplier, Sally Jackson Cheese of Oroville, Wash., has been recalled. The product may be contaminated with E. coli. The cheese was cut and...

By Associated Press  | December 21, 2010; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tough rent for D.C. residents: Are you struggling with high rates? (#dcrent)

Rental prices have surged 22 percent in 2009 from a decade earlier.

By Elizabeth Flock  | December 21, 2010; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Md. officials defend deer fine

Officials at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources are defending their decision to levy a fine against two men who rescued a deer from the Patapsco River, the Baltimore Sun reports. The men were each fined $90 for not having...

By Washington Post editors  | December 21, 2010; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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2 students sent to hospitals after overdose

Two students on a field trip were taken to the hospital after a recreational drug overdose, Crime Scene reports.

By Washington Post editors  | December 21, 2010; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Va. school won't allow kid's service dog

Officials at a Northern Virginia elementary school say a child cannot bring his service dog to school because the animal does not meet the Fairfax County Public School system's requirements for service animals, Fox 5 reports. Andrew Stevens has a...

By Washington Post editors  | December 21, 2010; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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D.C. education oversight stays 'whole'

D.C. Council Chairman-elect Kwame Brown (D) said Tuesday morning that he will keep education oversight within the council's Committee of the Whole, where all 13 members will have a voice and a vote, D.C. Insider reports.

By Washington Post editors  | December 21, 2010; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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See a search? Tell us or tweet it

Some Metro riders are undergoing random bag inspections today at a few stations. Last week, Metro officials said riders can expect random inspections of bags and packages to try to protect the rail and bus system from attack. See something...

By Terri Rupar  | December 21, 2010; 8:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: Gray gives up the gavel

Gray to put down the gavel. Today is Vincent Gray's last meeting as D.C. Council Chairman before being sworn in as the District's new mayor next month. D.C. Council member Kwame Brown will take over chairmanship duties. The Council may be in transition, but there's still business to be done. Members are expected to take up a bill to force online travel sites to pay the District's hotel tax on the full price customers pay for hotel or motel rooms in the city. We'll report on the outcome of that measure as well as any parting words Gray may offer. Be sure to check back.

By Lori Aratani  | December 21, 2010; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A.M. headlines around the D.C. region

Here are some of the top headlines from media sources in the D.C. region. Come back to PostLocal.com today for more stories and more details.

By Washington Post staff, Metro, DC9, metro bag search  | December 21, 2010; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Video: Missing ex-Redskins cheerleader

A 31-year-old dancer in a Las Vegas show is missing, but the sister of Debbie Flores-Narvaez believes she is still alive. Police found her car but it was stripped of its license plates. Video by the Associated Press....

By Eric Athas  | December 20, 2010; 10:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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PostLocal's 2010 Year in Review quiz

Politics and pandas, snow and slot machines -- did you keep up with Washington area news in 2010? Take our 12-question quiz and see how you do. Want a refresher first? Check out our photo gallery of this year's major...

By Eric Athas  | December 20, 2010; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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New buyer for nuns' Honus Wagner card

A new buyer has emerged for the rare Honus Wagner baseball card that was bequeathed to an order of Roman Catholic nuns in Baltimore. The card was sold at auction last month for $220,000 — but the winning bidder never...

By Associated Press  | December 20, 2010; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Dryer sheets and mosquitos? D.C.'s blogs

Good afternoon. It's Monday -- but it's also the Monday before Christmas. Depending on where you are on your holiday to-do list, you either can't wait for Christmas to come or you've shifted into panic mode. Why don't you take...

By Lori Aratani  | December 20, 2010; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Brentwood mayor under scrutiny

Officials in Brentwood say the mayor of the Maryland town has charged thousands of taxpayer dollars to an unauthorized debit card and did not disclose the charges to her fellow council members for the past 11 months, the Washington Examiner...

By Washington Post editors  | December 20, 2010; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Police say Frederick woman struck 18 cars

Police are charging a 34-year-old woman with hit-and-run and driving under the influence after she apparently struck 18 cars overnight in Frederick.

By Associated Press  | December 20, 2010; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Cleanup to begin at Fort Detrick

Sen. Ben Cardin says a legally binding agreement has been signed between the Defense Department and the Environmental Protection Agency to govern cleanup of a contaminated site at Fort Detrick in Maryland. The agreement announced Friday will allow work to...

By Associated Press  | December 20, 2010; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. Water boss hits the dance floor

He praised employees for their hard work this season, and then George S. Hawkins, the general manager of DC Water, showed off his dance stylings at the water agency's holiday party. Sometimes words just get in the way, so...

By Washington Post editors  | December 20, 2010; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Bedbugs have O.C. changing trash policy

Ocean City is changing its policy on picking up discarded furniture after a bedbug scare and will require furniture left on curbsides to be wrapped in plastic before the city will haul it away.

By Associated Press  | December 20, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Woman killed in Israel had ties to Va.

An American killed in an attack in Israel is said to have ties to Northern Virginia, WUSA 9 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | December 20, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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D.C. Council member Cheh breaks arm

D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) suffered a serious fall while running this weekend and sustained a severe break and dislocation of her arm and wrist, columnist Mike DeBonis reports. She will undergo a second surgery Tuesday and will miss tomorrow's additional legislative meeting, according to a statement from her office.

By Washington Post editors  | December 20, 2010; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Officer files lawsuit against Gallaudet

A public safety sergeant at Gallaudet University has filed a $1.3 million lawsuit claiming that her supervisors at the university failed to discipline a fellow officer who sexually harassed and threatened to kill her if the two could not be...

By Washington Post editors  | December 20, 2010; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ex-Redskins cheerleader missing

A former Redskins cheerleader turned Vegas show girl has gone missing, the Las Vegas Herald Sun is reporting. Police are searching for Debora "Debbie" Flores Narvaez, 31, a cast member of the "Fantasy" show at the Luxor hotel. Police reportedly...

By Staff and wire reports  | December 20, 2010; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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A.M. headlines around the D.C. region

Here's our morning collection of some of the top headlines from other news sources in D.C., Virginia and Maryland. Come back to PostLocal.com for updates on all the top headlines of the day.

By Washington Post staff  | December 20, 2010; 7:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: Five more days

Good morning. It's the Monday before Christmas and all through the mall, there seems to be the feeling of . . . panic. Christmas is Saturday and for those who plan to do their shopping online, today is the ordering cutoff if you hope to get your items by Christmas. It's also the Post Office's cutoff if you plan to send items via first class and have them arrive by Dec. 25. Of course for the real procrastinators, there's always overnight mail.

By Lori Aratani  | December 20, 2010; 5:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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School delays: Stafford, Spotsylvania

Public schools in Stafford and Spotsylvania counties in Virginia will open two hours late on Monday because of early morning icy patches that officials said posed a danger for students and staff.

By Washington Post Editor  | December 20, 2010; 5:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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1 man killed, 1 injured in NE shooting

A 29-year-old man was fatally shot early Sunday in Northeast Washington, D.C. police said. They said Aaron Woodfork was found fatally wounded in the 2100 block of Bladensburg Road about 3:30 a.m. A second man was apparently wounded in...

By Martin Weil  | December 19, 2010; 11:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Gas explosion destroys Chantilly house

An apparent gas explosion destroyed a house in western Fairfax County Sunday night, the fire department said. The blast occurred about 9 p.m. at a house on Lees Corner Road in the Chantilly area, said Battalion Chief Chris Schaff...

By Martin Weil  | December 19, 2010; 10:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Worker stabbed at NE drug store

An employee of a drug store in the H Street NE corridor was stabbed in the store Sunday evening, authorities said. The employee's condition was not immediately known, but he was said to be on his feet and speaking...

By Martin Weil  | December 19, 2010; 6:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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1 dead after carbon monoxide leak

A D.C. fire official says a man is dead and two women were sickened by high levels of carbon monoxide in their home.

By The Associated Press  | December 19, 2010; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A few of your favorite Tweeps

Who has the best Twitter account in Washington?

By Washington Post editors  | December 19, 2010; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Police probe 2 fatal stabbing cases

Anne Arundel County police say two men were fatally stabbed in separate incidents.

By The Associated Press  | December 19, 2010; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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1 dead, 3 hurt in Md. fire

One man is dead and three others were taken to hospitals after a house fire in Brunswick.

By The Associated Press  | December 19, 2010; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Store manager shot, killed in Brookland

The manager of a market in the Brookland section of Northeast Washington was shot and killed Saturday night during a robbery, D.C. police said.

By Clarence Williams and Martin Weil  | December 19, 2010; 12:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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