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52 vehicles crash on Interstate 95

This story has been corrected; it originally said 56 vehicles were involved in the crash. Ten people were injured on Interstate 95 Saturday morning in a 52-vehicle chain-reaction crash on Interstate 95 Saturday morning that was blamed on slick, snow...

By Martin Weil  | January 8, 2011; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Baker seeks new ethics measures

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III (D) is asking the Maryland General Assembly to approve two ethics measures to limit the ability of local lawmakers to seek campaign contributions from developers as the county seeks to shed its...

By Miranda S. Spivack  | January 8, 2011; 7:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Ex-cheerleader's boyfriend arrested

The former boyfriend of a missing Las Vegas Strip burlesque dancer and former Redskins cheerleader has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Jason Griffith, 32, was booked Saturday in the case involving the disappearance of Deborah Flores-Narvaez, Las Vegas police...

By Associated Press  | January 8, 2011; 6:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Man fatally slashed in Pr. George's

A man was fatally slashed Saturday morning in Prince George's County in what appeared to be the eighth homicide in the county in as many days. Police said the man was found about 8 a.m. in an apartment complex parking...

By Martin Weil  | January 8, 2011; 5:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Gabrielle Giffords shot: Twitter reaction

Reaction pours in after Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot and critically wounded.

By Washington Post editors  | January 8, 2011; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Md. hunter shot in the face

Natural Resources Police say an Elkton man was shot in the face when his muzzleloader rifle malfunctioned and shot him in the face while he was hunting in Kent County.

By The Associated Press  | January 8, 2011; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Students ready to build robots

More than a dozen teams of Washington high school students are getting ready for a nationwide robot-building competition.

By The Associated Press  | January 8, 2011; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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5th dog park opening in D.C.

Officials are opening a new dog park in the northwest part of D.C.

By The Associated Press  | January 8, 2011; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Package ignites at D.C. post office

Editor's Note: Explicit language below. FBI is on the scene| Location handles mail for federal agencies| Text of note from the Maryland devices A package "ignited" Friday afternoon in a U.S. postal facility in the District near the Maryland border,...

By Washington Post editors  | January 7, 2011; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
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Howard teacher sentenced for sex abuse

A former Howard County teacher's aide who wrote dozens of love letters to an 8-year-old third grade girl at his school was sentenced to seven years in state prison Friday for sexual abuse, The Baltimore Sun reports.

By Washington Post editors  | January 7, 2011; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Pants optional? D.C.-area blogs

Good afternoon. Friday at last! If today's dusting of snow wasn't enough for you, take heart: The Capital Weather Gang is predicting we'll get as much as an inch of snow Saturday morning. You’ll be delighted (or horrified) to hear...

By Lori Aratani  | January 7, 2011; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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O'Malley asks Md. employees for vigilance

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is asking all state employees for continued vigilance a day after two small incendiary devices were sent to state buildings, Maryland Politics reports. "I wanted take a moment to assure you -- our valuable state...

By Washington Post editors  | January 7, 2011; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Fire department sues Montgomery Co.

The Kensington Volunteer Fire Department filed a lawsuit against Montgomery County leaders Tuesday, alleging that staffing cuts approved in December were in retaliation for opposing the county's proposed ambulance fee, the Gazette reports. According to the suit, filed in Montgomery...

By Washington Post editors  | January 7, 2011; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ex-Md. schools chief to head L.A. schools?

The Los Angeles Board of Education is expected to vote Tuesday to appoint John Deasy, the former superintendent of the Prince George's County school system, as the next superintendent of the nation's second-largest school district, the Los Angeles Times reports....

By Washington Post editors  | January 7, 2011; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Fire damages historic pipe organ factory

A fire that broke out Thursday has damaged part of the historic M.P. Moller Pipe Organ factory in Hagerstown, according to the Herald-Mail. Investigators are continuing to investigate the cause of the blaze that burned for three hours before firefighters...

By Washington Post editors  | January 7, 2011; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Howard Co. bar fined for infractions

Owners of Looney's Pub in Maple Lawn were fined $5,000 by Howard County's liquor board for a series of infractions during the first few months after the establishment opened in spring 2009, The Baltimore Sun reports. The fine was imposed...

By Washington Post editors  | January 7, 2011; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mistake in Virginia Lottery drawing

The Virginia Lottery says it will pay prizes on two sets of numbers in the Win For Life game because of a reporting error in Wednesday night's drawing.

By Associated Press  | January 7, 2011; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Howard, Frederick schools to open late

In Maryland, public schools in Howard and Frederick counties will open two hours late Friday because of morning snowfall. For other delay information for schools, businesses and organizations, check the PostLocal list. Don't see your listing here? If you...

By Washington Post editors  | January 7, 2011; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Buzz: Maryland packages, posses, snow

Good morning. It's a day for cold-weather lovers. We've got a dusting of snow in some areas, a bit more in others. There are delayed school openings in Maryland's Frederick and Howard counties. Snow crews were out early (3 a.m.!) treating roads in preparation for the Friday commute. Drive carefully and be sure to check back with Post Local for updates on conditions.

By Lori Aratani  | January 7, 2011; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A.M. headlines around the D.C. region

D.C.'s homeless shelters, rowdy bar patrons in Howard County, full scholarships for D.C. students: 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  | January 7, 2011; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama okays closure of Va. installation

President Barack Obama approved the closure of the Joint Forces Command Thursday night despite repeated requests by Virginia Gov. Robert F. Mc­Don­nell and the state's congressional delegation to salvage the military installation employing more than 6,000 in Hampton Roads. In...

By Anita Kumar  | January 7, 2011; 12:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Dogs shot at after police pursuit in Md.

Update, 10:35 p.m.: Montgomery Police officials said one of their officers and a Baltimore County police officer shot and wounded two dogs in Germantown as they pursued a suspect Thursday night. Montgomery County police joined Baltimore County officers who had...

By Clarence Williams  | January 6, 2011; 10:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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What 'Maryland staged terror' means

The term "Maryland staged terror" has been the No. 1 hot search on Google Trends for a while today. Why? The goal appears to be to point to an article on Alex Jones's PrisonPlanet.com, in which Paul Joseph Watson writes...

By Terri Rupar  | January 6, 2011; 7:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Woman struck by vehicle in NW D.C.

A woman was hit by a vehicle Thursday night on Wisconsin Avenue in Northwest Washington, authorities said. D.C. police were investigating the accident at Wisconsin Avenue and Jenifer Street, said Officer Paul Metcalf, a police spokesman. The woman was...

By Clarence Williams  | January 6, 2011; 6:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Smoking packages close Maryland offices

The FBI is assisting in the investigation into incendiary devices that went off Thursday afternoon in two Maryland state office building, according to reporter Spencer Hsu.

By Washington Post editors  | January 6, 2011; 6:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Suspicious item at Dulles Airport

Authorities are investigating a suspicious item at Dulles International Airport, Dr. Gridlock reports. According to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, a canine unit reacted to an unattended item on the east of the baggage claim level. Four baggage claim carousels...

By Kafia Hosh  | January 6, 2011; 5:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Roving emu shot and killed in Calvert Co.

Calvert County police A Calvert County farmer shot and killed a roving emu on Thursday after roughly nine weeks of hunting the 6-foot-tall wild bird. No one had come forward to claim the animal, the Washington Examiner reports. Read more...

By Washington Post editors  | January 6, 2011; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Food and style: D.C. area blogs

Good afternoon. Took a day off to take care of some other stuff, but back today with more great posts from the D.C. area blogosphere. Today's mix includes some useful tips (fashion and recycling), a how-to on getting free e-books...

By Washington Post editors  | January 6, 2011; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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GWU starts museum program for Iraqis

The museum studies program at George Washington University is creating a residency program for museum workers in Iraq. The program announced Thursday will bring museum professionals to Washington for a five-month residency. The residents will also visit museums in Virginia,...

By Associated Press  | January 6, 2011; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Seventh killing in six days in Pr. George's

Prince George's County police were on the scene Thursday of a homicide investigation in Seat Pleasant. Officers were called to the 900 block of Central Hills Lane at 11:43 a.m. for a reported shooting. There they found an adult male,...

By Washington Post editors  | January 6, 2011; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Suspect identified in Va. beating

A man accused of making racist comments about employees at Dulles Town Center store and then assaulting a fellow customer has turned himself into authorities, NBC 4 reports.

By Washington Post editors  | January 6, 2011; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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HoCo. schools chief on medical leave

Sydney Cousin, superintendent of Howard County public schools, has taken indefinite medical leave from the school system, spokeswoman Patti Caplan said Wednesday night, according to the Columbia Flyer. Chief Academic Officer Linda Wise, Chief Financial Officer Raymond Brown and Chief...

By Washington Post editors  | January 6, 2011; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bag tax to be proposed in Md.

Maryland could be joining the District in charging a fee for plastic shopping bags if tweaks to previous legislation are enough to ward off key opposition, the Gazette reports. Maryland State Del. Alfred C. Carr (D-District 18) said he plans...

By Washington Post editors  | January 6, 2011; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Arrest in Suburban Hospital slaying

Montgomery County police have arrested a 49-year-old man and charged him with the New Year's Day slaying of a fellow Suburban Hospital worker, Crime Scene reports. Police did not name the suspect. A law enforcement source identified the suspect as...

By Washington Post editors  | January 6, 2011; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Retired priest facing Md. sex abuse charge

Episcopal Church and Montana officials say a retired priest is facing child sexual abuse charges and is awaiting extradition to Maryland. The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland issued a statement Wednesday saying the Rev. Donald Belcher, who now lives in Yaak,...

By Associated Press  | January 6, 2011; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Buzz: Snow, lost emu and Mega Millions

Good morning. It's Thursday and the first full week of a new year is almost over. For those who like it cold, we might be in for some snow flurries tonight. Lots of news this week, so let's get right to it.

By Lori Aratani  | January 6, 2011; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A.M. headlines around the D.C. region

Bag tax, Four Loko, Reagan documents -- 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  | January 6, 2011; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Prince George's County homicides in 2011

Five people have been slain in Prince George's County since New Year's Day, four of them Tuesday, as 2011 opened with an unusual spate of violence.

By Elizabeth Flock  | January 5, 2011; 10:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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2 stabbed in Temple Hills apartment

A man and woman were stabbed Wednesday night during a fight inside an apartment in the Temple Hills area. Prince George's County police used a taser on the man in an effort to break up the fight between the...

By Clarence Williams  | January 5, 2011; 10:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Man found shot to death in Pr. George's

Prince George's County police are investigating their sixth homicide of the new year after a man was found apparently fatally shot in an Oxon Hill area apartment building on Wednesday night, officials said. A resident called 911 after seeing a...

By Erica Johnston  | January 5, 2011; 10:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Officer's car hits pedestrian in Pr. George's

A Prince George's County police officer and a pedestrian were hospitalized Wednesday night after the officer's unmarked cruiser struck the man as he tried to walk across a road in the Capitol Heights area, police officials said. According to preliminary...

By Clarence Williams  | January 5, 2011; 8:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Male shot in Northeast D.C.

Update, 8:50 p.m.: The man who was shot in Northeast Washington Wednesday night was pronounced dead shortly after the 7:22 p.m. shooting, D.C. police spokesman Officer Paul Metcalf said. Earlier: A male was shot and critically wounded Wednesday night in...

By Clarence Williams  | January 5, 2011; 7:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Yeardley Love scholarship, field funded

A Maryland prep school, in collaboration with the One Love Foundation, has raised $1 million to endow a scholarship and build a turf field at the school in honor of Yeardley Love, the former University of Virginia lacrosse player who was slain by her ex-boyfriend last year, The Baltimore Sun reports.

By Washington Post editors  | January 5, 2011; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Suburban's expansion plans appealed

A Bethesda homeowners group is appealing an October zoning decision that would allow Suburban Hospital to demolish hospital-owned houses to build a 300,000-square-foot addition and a four-story parking garage.

By Katherine Shaver  | January 5, 2011; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Two workers injured at Wilson High

D.C. Fire and EMS report that two construction workers were injured Wednesday while working on renovations at Wilson High School in Northwest.

By Washington Post editors  | January 5, 2011; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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MoCo to hold hearing on Pepco reliability

Montgomery County will hold a public hearing Wednesday to seek customer comments on their experiences with Pepco outages and their overall level of satisfaction with the utility's service.

By Washington Post editors  | January 5, 2011; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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D.C. bag tax nets $2 million

Washington shoppers have spent approximately $2 million on paper and plastic bags in the past year, one nickel at a time. The city's 5-cent tax on bags began last January, but consumers spent much less pocket change than predicted to...

By Associated Press  | January 5, 2011; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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New bar may open in Thirsty Turtle space

The now-defunct Thirsty Turtle bar in College Park could soon be replaced, and city officials hope its proposed replacement won't prove as problematic as its predecessors, the Gazette reports. John McManus, owner of the Barking Dog in Bethesda, has expressed...

By Washington Post editors  | January 5, 2011; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Orioles owner makes bid for Rosecroft

Baltimore Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos has put in a bid to buy Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington and is pushing to bring slot machines there, The Baltimore Sun reports.

By Washington Post editors  | January 5, 2011; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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New record for Md. water main breaks

Officials from the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission said they responded to 647 broken and leaking water main breaks in December -- a record for a single month. That number surpasses the mark set in January 2009, when crews responded to...

By Washington Post editors  | January 5, 2011; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Exchange student brings pistol to school

An exchange student at Walt Whitman High School in Montgomery County has been charged with taking what looked like a semi-automatic handgun to school, WTOP reports.

By Washington Post editors  | January 5, 2011; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Va. DMV: 'EATTHE' plate offensive

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles decided that the letters "EATTHE" on one of the state's "Kids First" license plates could be offensive and revoked it, WTOP reports.

By Washington Post editors  | January 5, 2011; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Buzz: Mega millions, Pepco & Congress

Good morning. So did you wake up a mega-millionaire today? Me either, but there were at least two winners. Winning tickets were purchased in Idaho and Washington state. So if you've got friends or family in the West, perhaps it's time to give them a call. Just to, ahem, check in. Meanwhile, it's Wednesday and here's what's going on:

By Lori Aratani  | January 5, 2011; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A.M. headlines around the D.C. region

Thirsty Turtle, Maryland's alcohol tax, flu in Virginia -- 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 editors  | January 5, 2011; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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1 shot dead, 3 wounded late Tuesday

One person was killed and three were wounded late Tuesday night in a shooting in the Hillcrest Heights/Marlow Heights area of Prince George's County, police said. Tuesday night's violence followed three killings in Prince George's earlier in the day....

By Martin Weil and Clarence Williams  | January 5, 2011; 12:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mega Millions winning numbers drawn

Yeah, you probably have to go to work today. The winning numbers for the $355 million jackpot are 4, 8, 15, 25, 47, and the Mega Ball number is 42.

By Washington Post editors  | January 4, 2011; 11:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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Adventist mistakenly recycles patient info

Adventist Behavioral Health has notified 148 patients who visited its Rockville facility that documents containing their personal information were mistakenly placed in a paper recycling bin last week instead of being shredded, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

By Lena H. Sun  | January 4, 2011; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Small-business loan project for Pr. Geo.'s

Prince George's County is expected to become the site of a pilot project for a new, federally guaranteed small business loan program to help entrepreneurs obtain capital for a wide range of business expenses, a Small Business Administration official said Tuesday.

By Miranda S. Spivack  | January 4, 2011; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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A Brussels sprout burger? D.C.'s blogs

Good afternoon. I know The Capital Weather Gang says it's slightly warmer today, but it still feels cold to me. (And yes, Mom, I'm wearing my hat.) But why focus on the weather, when we can focus on all the...

By Lori Aratani  | January 4, 2011; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Giant fish kill in Chesapeake Bay

Hundreds of thousands of small fish have died in the Chesapeake Bay, the Maryland Department of the Environment said Tuesday.

By Elizabeth Flock  | January 4, 2011; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Va. man beaten after argument at store

A 40-year-old Herndon man was injured after being beaten by a fellow shopper at a Sears department store, WTOP reports.

By Washington Post editors  | January 4, 2011; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Ford's Theatre audience donates to SOME

Ford’s Theatre says it has raised more than $77,000 from theatergoers during the holiday season for the charity So Others Might Eat.

By Associated Press  | January 4, 2011; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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O'Malley taps new health secretary

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley on Tuesday confirmed reports that U.S. Food and Drug Administration Principal Deputy Commissioner Joshua Sharfstein will resign to become the state's secretary of health and mental hygiene.

By John Wagner  | January 4, 2011; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fort Detrick cancer cases to be studied

Maryland public health officials say certain cancers appear to occur at younger ages among people living near Fort Detrick in Frederick than in people statewide. Clifford Mitchell of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said Monday that investigators will...

By Associated Press  | January 4, 2011; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Not guilty plea in fashion designer's death

An Academy Award-winning songwriter's son has pleaded not guilty to murdering his swimsuit designer girlfriend in a trendy New York City hotel. About a dozen members of designer Sylvie Cachay's (kash-AYZ') family converged on a Manhattan court for Nicholas Brooks'...

By Associated Press  | January 4, 2011; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Teen arrested in Ocean City cab robberies

Ocean City police have arrested a 17-year-old in connection with two robberies of cabdrivers. The Ocean Pines youth was arrested Saturday and is charged with armed robbery and other offenses. He is being held on $250,000 bond. Police say a...

By Associated Press  | January 4, 2011; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Arundel man charged in landlord's death

An Anne Arundel County man is facing first-degree murder charges after he called 911 and reported he shot his landlord, WTOP reports.

By Washington Post editors  | January 4, 2011; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. man says he found meteor fragments

From Stonehenge to Frederick, meteors shower. (Kieran Doherty/Reuters) A Frederick man who witnessed a falling meteor last week said he has found parts of it. Al LaBrush was walking out of Danielle's restaurant in Frederick on Tuesday night when he...

By Washington Post editors  | January 4, 2011; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Bald eagle dies at the National Zoo

Sam came to the zoo in 2003. (Joe Elbert/Post) Sam, an elderly female bald eagle who had lived at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo since 2003, was euthanized by officials on Dec. 31, authorities said. Sam was found lying in...

By Washington Post editors  | January 4, 2011; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Plan to strip vote protested

Washington Mayor Vincent Gray and advocates for the city are protesting a Republican plan to take away power from the District's sole representative in Congress.

By The Associated Press  | January 4, 2011; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Tax charges for Fairfax City restaurateur

The owner of a Fairfax City restaurant has been charged with embezzlement for allegedly failing to pay meals tax collections totaling nearly $26,000, police said.

By Elizabeth Flock  | January 4, 2011; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Three slain Tuesday morning in Pr. Geo.'s

A man was found dead in Prince George's Tuesday, the third apparent homicide in the county this morning, Crime Scene reports.

By Washington Post editors  | January 4, 2011; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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See a Metro search? Tweet it.

Metro officials say riders can expect random inspections of bags and packages to try to protect the rail and bus system from attack. See something -- or nothing? Tell us what you're seeing on your commute with #wmatasearch or use...

By Washington Post editors  | January 4, 2011; 9:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Lori's A.M. Buzz: Write this headline for us

Ever wish you could write (or rewrite) the headlines you see in the news every day? Here's your chance. Send us your best suggestion for this story about Metro employees' peculiar choice of bathroom facilities. We'll post the best ones (avoid raunchiness and you'll have a better chance of getting picked) and ask our Washington Post headline experts to pick the top winner. Send your entry to tellus@washpost.com.

By Lori Aratani  | January 4, 2011; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A.M. headlines around the D.C. region

A new Maryland casino, cancer clusters at Fort Detrick, redistricting in D.C.'s Ward 8. 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  | January 4, 2011; 7:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Two men killed in Prince George's

Two men were killed overnight in separate incidents in Prince George's County, police said Tuesday, boosting the number of slayings in the county to three in the first days of 2011.

By Debbi Wilgoren  | January 4, 2011; 6:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Write your own headline

UPDATE: We have a winner! Our writers picked this headline, a play on the classic 1975 album by Bob Dylan: .bbpBox22448799754493950 {background:url(http://a3.twimg.com/a/1292975674/images/themes/theme1/bg.png) #C0DEED;padding:20px;} p.bbpTweet{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:#000;font-size:18px !important;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata{display:block;width:100%;clear:both;margin-top:8px;padding-top:12px;height:40px;border-top:1px solid #fff;border-top:1px solid #e6e6e6} p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author{line-height:19px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata...

By Washington Post editors  | January 4, 2011; 1:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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No water overnight in SE neighborhood

DC Water reported a water outage at Alabama Avenue between Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and 7th St SE at 11:30 Monday night. 25 homes, two commercial properties and 3 hydrants affected. Restoration was anticipated in about eight hours.

By Luke Rosiak  | January 3, 2011; 11:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Md. man sentenced for Nigeria gun traffic

A federal judge has sentenced a Laurel man to more than three years in prison for shipping guns and ammunition to Nigeria.

By Associated Press  | January 3, 2011; 11:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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10 years in Baltimore child porn case

BALTIMORE — Prosecutors say man who posed online as a lesbian stricken with cancer to entice teenage girls into relationships has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison. Thirty-nine-year-old Douglas Lee Patrick of Baltimore was sentenced on Monday....

By Associated Press  | January 3, 2011; 11:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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DC could offer parking ticket amnesty

The District could grant partial amnesty to those who owe parking or speeding tickets in an effort to recover some of an estimated $300 million in money owed, the Washington Examiner reports.

By Luke Rosiak  | January 3, 2011; 10:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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MoCo students hurt after car hits tree

Four Montgomery County high school students were injured Monday after the car they were in crashed into a tree, WTOP reports.

By Washington Post editors  | January 3, 2011; 5:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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2010 lists & 2011 resolutions: D.C.'s blogs

Good afternoon! Happy 2011. It's good to be back and to be able to highlight the work of all the fabulous bloggers in the D.C. area. It's the beginning of a new year, so we have a mix of "Best...

By Lori Aratani  | January 3, 2011; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C.'s Wilson Aquatic Center reopens

The Wilson Aquatic Center reopened Monday afternoon after repairs to the pool's water heating system was completed ahead of schedule.

By Washington Post editors  | January 3, 2011; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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More Va. inmates destined for local jails

Facing a budget reduction of $10.9 million for FY 2012, the Virginia Department of Corrections has found one way to cut costs: by keeping inmates destined for state prison in local jails.

By Elizabeth Flock  | January 3, 2011; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Derwood strip mall evacuated

Montgomery County fire officials say several stores at a Derwood strip mall have been evacuated following reports of a gas-like odor.

By Associated Press  | January 3, 2011; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro seeks feedback on bag searches

A passenger at the Braddock Road Station waits for Metro Transit Police and TSA screeners to check his bag for any traces of an explosive. (By Gerald Martineau For The Washington Post) A reminder from Dr. Gridlock that members...

By Washington Post editors  | January 3, 2011; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va.'s trout population on the rebound

Trout Stocking at Lake Accotink Park in Springfield, Va. (James A. Parcell-The Washington Post) A long-term study shows that Virginia’s trout streams are rebounding from acidification, though not as quickly or as thoroughly as waters in some other parts...

By Washington Post editors  | January 3, 2011; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New Va. prison has no prisoners

A brand-new prison in Grayson County, Va., has zero prisoners, MyFoxDC.com reported Monday. Although the 1,024-bed complex was completed four months ago for a hefty $105 million, according to the Roanoke Times, declining numbers of inmates statewide and a state budget crunch has kept its cells empty.

By Elizabeth Flock  | January 3, 2011; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Man removed from Boston to D.C. flight

The passenger was on a USAirways flight. (US Airways Photos) An airport spokesman says a passenger on a USAirways flight departing from Boston was arrested after refusing to take his seat and other passengers reported that he had placed...

By Associated Press  | January 3, 2011; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Body discovered along Pr. George's road

A body was discovered Monday morning on the side of the road on Route 210 in Fort Washington, Crime Scene reports.

By Washington Post editors  | January 3, 2011; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cancer cluster probed at Fort Detrick

Public health officials are preparing to offer new details on research into a possible cancer cluster near Fort Detrick in Frederick.

By Associated Press  | January 3, 2011; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. planetarium gets $100K donation

An Arlington planetarium has received a last-minute donation of $100,000 that will enable it to stay open.

By Associated Press  | January 3, 2011; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  | January 3, 2011; 7:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Buzz: Dulles tolls, textbooks, more snow

Good morning. Welcome to the first Monday of 2011. Isn't it nice to have had an extra day to recover from New Year's Eve festivities? Wherever you were and whatever you did, I hope you had a wonderful holiday. Are you ready for 2011? Well, here we go.

By Lori Aratani  | January 3, 2011; 5:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man charged after gunfire, police chase

A Haymarket man is charged with five counts of attempted capital murder after he allegedly led Prince William County police on a high-speed car chase and twice opened fire on officers.

By Theresa Vargas  | January 2, 2011; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Hospital homicide victim identified

Montgomery County Police now say a Lusby man was the victim of a homicide Saturday morning that resulted in a lockdown at Suburban Hospital.

By Washington Post editors  | January 2, 2011; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Pedestrian killed in Fairfax County

Fairfax County Police are investigating a fatal pedestrian crash in the Mount Vernon area.

By Washington Post editors  | January 2, 2011; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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