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Fatal crash in Springfield area

Fairfax County police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred Saturday morning on the Franconia-Springfield Parkway.

By Washington Post editors  | January 29, 2011; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Polar bear plunge scheduled in Md.

Participants in an annual polar bear plunge are taking a dip in the Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis.

By The Associated Press  | January 29, 2011; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Protest planned at Egyptian embassy

A protest is planned at the Egyptian embassy in Washington after violent clashes between the Egyptian government and people.

By The Associated Press  | January 29, 2011; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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16th homicide in Pr. George's

A man was shot and killed early Saturday morning in Suitland, WUSA9 reports, becoming the 16th homicide victim of 2011 in Prince George's County.

By Washington Post editors  | January 29, 2011; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Teen shot, seriously hurt in SE

A teenager was shot and seriously wounded Friday night in the 3500 block of Stanton Road SE, D.C. police said. Police said they believed him to about about 15 years old. He was taken to a hospital by ambulance after...

By Clarence Williams  | January 28, 2011; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Fairfax City to collect tree debris

The city of Fairfax will send out crews beginning Saturday morning to collect tree debris left by this week's snowstorm. Residents are asked to stack tree debris on curbs, eight feet in length or shorter if possible. Keep debris piles...

By Washington Post editors  | January 28, 2011; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Rosecroft Raceway bought for $10.2 mil

A Pennsylvania-based gaming company has beat out the owner of the Orioles and a Bethesda-based developer to take over the bankrupt harness racing track in southern Prince George's County. Penn National beat out Orioles owner Peter Angelos and developer and...

By Miranda S. Spivack  | January 28, 2011; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fabulous art, cheap beer: D.C. blogs

Good afternoon. Friday at last. We hope your power is back (or will be quite soon) and the snow has either melted or been cleared from your home by magic elves. So what does the D.C.-area blogosphere hold for us...

By Lori Aratani  | January 28, 2011; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. man gets 50 years in toddler death

A D.C. man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison in the death of a 21-month-old. Jonathan Austin was sentenced Friday in Superior Court. A jury convicted him of felony murder with aggravating circumstances and first-degree child cruelty in...

By Associated Press  | January 28, 2011; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Police face backlog in issuing warrants

More than 30,000 wanted felons are allowed to walk the streets due to regional police departments' backlog in serving warrants, which in some cases are so old they can no longer be prosecuted, WTOP reports. There are more than...

By Washington Post editors  | January 28, 2011; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Hearing set for Md. same-sex marriage bill

A Feb. 8 hearing has been set on one of the most high-profile issues before the Maryland General Assembly this year: legalizing marriage between same-sex couples, reports John Wagner on the Maryland Politics blog. The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee will...

By John Wagner  | January 28, 2011; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Takoma Park bank robbery suspect killed

A man was fatally shot by police Friday morning after he attempted to rob a bank in Takoma Park, authorities said. Three people were also injured. The incident began at 9:25 a.m. when police officers were called to the Capital...

By Washington Post editors  | January 28, 2011; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Kelly Cherry named Va. poet laureate

Gov. Bob McDonnell has named Kelly Cherry as Virginia's new poet laureate. Cherry succeeds University of Mary Washington professor Claudia Emerson, who had served in the honorary two-year state post since 2008. Cherry is a graduate of the University of...

By Associated Press  | January 28, 2011; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mont. Co. cops must pay speeding tickets

A Montgomery County judge incorrectly threw out speed-camera tickets given to four police officers, Maryland's highest court has rules in a decision that requires the on-duty cops to pay the same $40 fine that other drivers do, the Washington Examiner...

By Washington Post editors  | January 28, 2011; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Buzz: Flurries, Pepco, Ice Cream Guy

Good morning. Despite Thursday's clear skies, the area is still cleaning up from Tuesday's storm. With several area school systems delayed (Alexandria City) or closed (Montgomery, Fairfax), kids are probably cheering their early winter break. Parents -- especially if they've got no electricity or heat at home -- probably not so much. About 127,000 folks are still without power in the region -- down from 422,000 that were in the dark on Thursday. Dominion Power and Pepco officials have said they expect the bulk of their customers to be back online Friday night.

By Lori Aratani  | January 28, 2011; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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A.M. headlines around the D.C. region

Same-sex marriage in Maryland, fees for bad drivers, missing Olney teen located. 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 28, 2011; 7:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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School closings, delays for Friday

Here are some closings, delays and cancellations for Friday around the D.C. region due to snowy weather. Virginia: Closed are Arlington County, Fairfax County, Prince William County, Loudoun County and Fauquier County schools. Alexandria City schools will open two hours...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 28, 2011; 5:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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A view of the storm's impact on the region

As the snow piled up, emergency rescue crews around the region struggled to reach people, including women in labor, travelers trapped in a car under a live fallen power line on South Capitol Street, and one North Bethesda man who...

By Washington Post reporters  | January 27, 2011; 10:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The powerless plug in at Starbucks

Neuroscientist Aaron White was behind on revisions to his latest book about the brain. Transportation consultant Nick Owens had to figure out how to move large shipments of manufactured houses safely across several states. And Stephanie Warner, a public...

By Dan Morse  | January 27, 2011; 10:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In Montgomery, nature has final say

More than 12 hours before the sleet and freezing rain began to fall Wednesday afternoon, Montgomery officials were on a 3 a.m. regional conference call. The Council of Governments call is meant to help coordinate with federal officials so...

By Michael Laris  | January 27, 2011; 7:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pr. George's leader faces first snow storm

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker was nervous. Driving back from a lobbying trip to Annapolis Wednesday afternoon, where he pressed Gov. Martin O'Malley for some cold, hard cash for Prince George's, Baker was confronting his first big snow...

By Miranda Spivack  | January 27, 2011; 7:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Two smoking manholes in D.C.

Two manholes are smoking underground in separate incidents in Northwest and Northeast Washington, which could cause traffic disruptions at the end of Thursday's rush hour, D.C. Fire officials said. Firefighters were first called to the 2nd Street and Constitution...

By Clarence Williams  | January 27, 2011; 6:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Keeping food safe when the power's out

Is your power out? Here are some tips on keeping your food fresh inside your silent refrigerator. -- Keep the refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible. Opening the door lets cold air out and hot air in. (Try...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 27, 2011; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Ground broken on Arundel slots location

Flanked by state and Anne Arundel County leaders, developers of a planned slots casino broke ground Thursday in a parking lot of an outlet mall that is expected to become Maryland's most lucrative gambling destination, John Wagner writes on the Maryland Politics blog.

By Washington Post Editors  | January 27, 2011; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro's new GM Sarles sworn in

Interim GM Richard Sarles was sworn in Thursday as Metro's general manager and chief executive, as the board underwent its biggest ever membership change. Four new members were sworn in. They then went on to vote to confirm Sarles. Outgoing...

By Washington Post editors  | January 27, 2011; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Slow-maggedon now: D.C. area blogs

Good afternoon. Now THAT was a storm -- not to mention a hellish commute. And it's only January. Gulp. Perhaps we can cross our fingers and hope officials will take lessons from Wednesday night's mayhem to help prepare for February's...

By Lori Aratani  | January 27, 2011; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dominion: Power back for most by Friday

Dominion Virginia Power says power should be restored to 90 percent of the 192,000 customers affected by outages by late Friday night. The utility has brought in additional crews to help deal with the outages, according to a news release....

By Washington Post editors  | January 27, 2011; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Share your #disastercommute story

Below: Stories from our readers Loading... Stories from our readers Sorry to hear so many people got stuck. Curious that after a full day's notice of coming bad weather, no one took it seriously. What part of "snowstorm during the...

By James Buck  | January 27, 2011; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Snowball leads to cut throat, police say

A man shoveling snow in Lake Ridge early Thursday was arrested after lashing out at a young man who threw a snowball at him, Prince William County police said.

By Washington Post Editors  | January 27, 2011; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Four Pr. Geo.'s homes catch fire overnight

Fires tore through four Prince George's County homes Wednesday night and early Thursday morning injuring four people, and investigators believe at least two of the blazes were sparked by residents trying to find alternative ways to heat their homes. The...

By Matt Zapotosky  | January 27, 2011; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Pepco: Most will have power late Friday

Most Pepco customers should have power restored by 11 p.m. Friday, said spokesman Bob Hainey. About 163,000 Pepco customers are still without power....

By Washington Post editors  | January 27, 2011; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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MoCo exec office, libraries lose power

Even Montgomery’s rough equivalent of City Hall – its Executive Office Building in Rockville – was without power Thursday, leaving senior officials working from home or other county buildings. The Montgomery County Detention Center also lost power. Backup generators have...

By Michael Laris  | January 27, 2011; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Manassas City to lift snow emergency at 6

Manassas City officials plan to lift their snow emergency declaration at 6 p.m. Thursday, city officials said. Until then, vehicles cannot park on streets designated as snow emergency routes. Manassas Public Works Director Mike Moon said all main roads in...

By Jennifer Buske  | January 27, 2011; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The day after: tracking responses

Tracking the response to Wednesday's big snowstorm.

By Katie Rogers  | January 27, 2011; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Loudoun's main roads said to be clear

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office reported that major roads in the county were relatively clear by late Thursday morning, though crews were still in the process of towing stuck and abandoned vehicles from roadways. About 250 vehicles have been towed...

By Caitlin Gibson  | January 27, 2011; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Power outages could last days

Roughly 359,000 electrical customers around the region remained without power about 11 a.m. as utilities worked to restore service. Some local officials and at least one utility said, however, that some customers could be without power until this weekend. Spokesmen...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | January 27, 2011; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Traffic sparks new Arundel slots fight

As officials prepare to break ground Thursday for the temporary slots facility at Arundel Mills mall, neighbors have filed a new complaint with the Anne Arundel County Board of Appeals, the Baltimore Sun reports. The Villages Dorchester Homeowners Association and...

By Washington Post editors  | January 27, 2011; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Snow led to emergency only response

Police in Prince George's County went to an "emergency response only" status from the end of the evening shift -- 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. -- through much of the midnight shift -- 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. That means...

By Matt Zapotosky and Jennifer Buske  | January 27, 2011; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pr. Geo.'s main roads said to be passable

Prince George's expects to make about two-thirds of its secondary roads passable by about noon Thursday, said public works spokeswoman Susan Hubbard. Primary roads were passable by about 5 a.m., she said. "Our problems have been people abandoning cars, and...

By Miranda S. Spivack  | January 27, 2011; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Mont. Co. to reconsider charter schools?

The Maryland Board of Education has directed the Montgomery County school system to reconsider its decision to reject two charter school applications. The state board found Tuesday that the Montgomery Board of Education failed to adequately explain why it turned...

By Associated Press  | January 27, 2011; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Some may not get power until Sunday

Power is not expected to be completely restored in Montgomery until early Sunday, county officials said. In addition to the 127,000 Pepco customers without power in Montgomery as of Thursday morning, 200 traffic lights were still out, county officials said....

By Washington Post editors  | January 27, 2011; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pr. Geo.'s spent $43K on inauguration

Prince George's County spent more than $43,000 in government funds on the Dec. 6 inauguration of County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) and the County Council, county officials said, according to the Gazette. The public cost of the ceremony...

By Washington Post editors  | January 27, 2011; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Wastewater overflow closes Arundel creek

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health Thursday ordered an emergency closing at Mill Creek in Arnold due to a wastewater overflow of about 263,000 gallons. The spill occurred Wednesday evening and was caused by a power outage, officials said...

By Washington Post editors  | January 27, 2011; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Prince George's water advisory lifted

The boil-water advisory in effect since Monday for a large part of Prince George’s County has been lifted as of 8:45 a.m. Thursday following a second test showing the water is safe to drink, said officials from the Washington Suburban...

By Katherine Shaver  | January 27, 2011; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Buzz: Horror commutes, New Metro boss

Good morning. The snow has stopped falling in most areas -- and now we get to deal with the aftermath. A quick roundup: Most schools around the area have canceled classes today. There's also a two-hour delayed arrival and unscheduled leave for federal workers. Metrorail operations should be normal, but there will be limited bus service.

By Lori Aratani  | January 27, 2011; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A.M. headlines around the D.C. region

Virginia's rest stops, baby born on Beltway, Montgomery County charter schools. 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 27, 2011; 7:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. Superior Court closed Thurs.

D.C. Superior Court is closed Thursday except for arraignments, juvenile intake and prevention detention hearings....

By Keith L. Alexander  | January 27, 2011; 7:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Rush-hour restrictions in effect in D.C.

Drivers who may have abandoned their cars on major District arteries Wednesday will face $100 fines Thursday morning. The Department of Public Works is enforcing the morning restrictions that prohibit parking on streets designated as rush-hour routes between 7 a.m....

By Nikita Stewart  | January 27, 2011; 6:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Arlington probes water problem

Arlington officials say businesses and residences in the area of Lee Highway from Military Road west to Washington Boulevard may experience low water pressure. Crews are investigating the issue, which may be due to a power outage at a pumping...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 27, 2011; 6:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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School closings, delays around D.C.

Here are some closings, delays and cancellations for Thursday around the D.C. region due to snowy weather.

By Washington Post staff  | January 27, 2011; 5:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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MoCo declares snow emergency

Montgomery County has declared a snow emergency and is asking people to stay off the roads "unless absolutely necessary." Vehicles parked in snow emergency routes will be towed, and any on the road must have all-weather or snow tires or...

By Terri Rupar  | January 27, 2011; 12:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Your #disastercommute stories

Sometimes you can get a little jealous when you're working long after everyone else is headed home. Not tonight. We got tons of reports of disastrously long commutes and shared some of them here. We also asked for some stories...

By Terri Rupar  | January 27, 2011; 12:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Person dies in storm-related incident

One person died after a tree fell on a truck in Northwest Washington during Wednesday's snowstorm, authorities said. The person was found unconscious on Military Road, near Oregon Avenue, about 7:30 p.m. The victim was taken to a hospital...

By Clarence Williams  | January 27, 2011; 12:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Gray satisfied with storm response

D.C. mayor Vincent C. Gray said Wednesday night he is satisfied so far with the city's response to the winter storm. "We've put a lot of preparation into this, and I think we were well prepared," he said at...

By Steve Hendrix and Mike DeBonis  | January 26, 2011; 10:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Snow causing numerous accidents

Authorities throughout the Washington region are reporting dozens of accidents because of the snowy and icy streets. In the District, a person was found unconscious on Military Road near 16th Street in Northwest Washington about 7:30 p.m., after a...

By Clarence Williams  | January 26, 2011; 10:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Scenes from a long, snowy commute

Stuck. On the George Washington Parkway. On 16th Street NW. Massachusetts Avenue, too. Buses, cars, people -- just stuck as snow, sleet and ice covered roadways and knocked down trees throughout the region, turning the evening commute into an endless...

By Washington Post reporters  | January 26, 2011; 9:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Snow delays, cancels college games

Local college basketball teams were also caught up in the traffic mess. The Towson University men’s team never made it to Fairfax to play George Mason. The game was postponed until 4 p.m. Thursday and admission will be free. The...

By Washington Post editors  | January 26, 2011; 8:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Person pinned in vehicle by tree in D.C.

D.C. police and firefighters Wednesday evening responded to an accident in Southeast Washington, where one person was trapped in a vehicle with a tree on top and electrical wires down, officials said. Officer Paul Metcalf, a police spokesman, said a...

By Clarence Williams  | January 26, 2011; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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No promises from Gray on snow efforts

At the D.C Department of Public Works salt dome in Northeast Washington, Mayor Vincent C. Gray was pelted with sleet the size of small rocks Wednesday afternoon as he briefed reporters on the city's efforts to prepare for the storm.

By Washington Post Editors  | January 26, 2011; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Is the Red Line cursed? D.C.'s blogs

Good afternoon. Will we get four inches? Will we get 10? Will there be enough of the white stuff for tonight's scheduled snowball fight in Dupont Circle? We'll see. In the D.C.-area blogosphere, they're talking cold weather and curses (but...

By Lori Aratani  | January 26, 2011; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Winter weather: 6 degrees of stir crazy

As the D.C. area prepares for another snowstorm, it's time to ask ourselves exactly, scientifically, how sick we are of this weather. Read the options then choose the one you most agree with in the poll below.

By Paul Williams  | January 26, 2011; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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SPLAT! You just got hit by a #DCSnowBall

You might be able to avoid the flying snow in Dupont Circle but you can't escape the virtual snowball battle brewing @washingtonpost.

By Amanda Zamora  | January 26, 2011; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Snowball fight tonight

The Capital Weather Gang is predicting a “snow thump” later tonight, with 4-8”+ of snowfall in D.C. and north and west suburbs. With those kind of predictions come sledding plans, pleas for days off from school, and… a giant snowball fight!! The Washington DC Snowball Fight Association, the group that was responsible for the 2000-strong flash mob snowball fight in Dupont Circle last February, has announced a massive snowball fight for 8 p.m. tonight in Dupont Circle.

By Elizabeth Flock  | January 26, 2011; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Leisure World residents balk at $1 fee

Sixty percent of residents surveyed at Leisure World in Silver Spring want to change the “active adult” community’s name rather than pay a licensing fee to continue using it and the landmark steel globe, a community leader said Wednesday.

By Katherine Shaver  | January 26, 2011; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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WSSC delays release of first water tests

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission received results Wednesday on the first tests done to determine whether tap water is safe to drink in a large part of Prince George’s County, but utility officials said they won’t release them until final testing is done Thursday.

By Katherine Shaver  | January 26, 2011; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Vouchers for low-income D.C. students?

In the clearest sign yet that the ground has shifted on Capitol Hill for District issues, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) joined together Wednesday to announce an effort to "save and renew" a controversial school voucher...

By Ben Pershing  | January 26, 2011; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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DCPS will move Hardy MS principal

D.C. public school officials have decided to move Hardy Principal Dana Nerenberg out of her post, culminating more than a year of turmoil at the Georgetown school, D.C. Schools Insider reports. A senior school system source said Wednesday morning that...

By Bill Turque  | January 26, 2011; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Area closings, cancellations, delays

A winter storm warning and winter weather advisory have been issued in the metro region, prompting several area schools to close.

By Washington Post staff  | January 26, 2011; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Snow : What you're seeing out there

Dr. Gridlock: Snow guide for roads and transit | Share: Your snow photos | Capital Weather: Latest forecast | School closings and cancellations What are you seeing out there? Tweet us (#snow) with the latest on snowfall totals, road conditions...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 26, 2011; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Help for Annapolis to D.C. commuters

Starting Monday, Annapolis-area commuters are expected to have a less congested parking experience prior to traveling to Washington, D.C., The Capital reports. The Maryland Transit Administration is adding a stop at the Davidsonville commuter parking lot to two bus routes...

By Washington Post editors  | January 26, 2011; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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WSSC proposes 8.9 percent rate increase

Montgomery and Prince George’s county residents would face an 8.9 percent increase in their water and sewer bills starting in July under a proposed budget released Thursday by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. The increase would add $5.30 per month...

By Katherine Shaver  | January 26, 2011; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Library of Congress hawk captured

The Cooper's hawk that took shelter in the Library of Congress Wednesday night has so far avoided capture by traps, bait or nets. She's eluded the Raptor Conservancy of Northern Virginia, the Humane Society, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She's a plane, she's a bird, she's Jefferson the hawk!

By Elizabeth Flock  | January 26, 2011; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wal-Mart will not build at Va. battlefield

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is dropping plans to build a store near the Wilderness Battlefield in northern Virginia. Lawyers representing the Arkansas-based retailer made the announcement Wednesday in Orange County Circuit Court. The nation’s largest retailer won local approval to build...

By Associated Press  | January 26, 2011; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Buzz: Snow, the library hawk, and slots

Good morning. A winter storm watch has been issued for much of the D.C.-area beginning at 7 a.m. and extending through early Thursday morning. We're already getting reports from Twitter followers around the D.C. area. @tennisjunkie2 said that as of 5 a.m. there were about 2 inches of snow on the ground in Columbia -- but not a snow plow in sight. Keep those reports coming. Also, here's a list of school closures and delays.

By Lori Aratani  | January 26, 2011; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A.M. headlines around the D.C. region

Safe D.C. roads, midshipmen expelled from the Naval Academy, and Virginia's zigzag highways. 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 26, 2011; 7:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Arlington urns to be returned to cemetery

The owner of a pair of towering, decorative urns that were originally part of Arlington National Cemetery’s Memorial Amphitheater on Tuesday told Army officials that he would return them, saying that they belong at the nation’s most revered burial...

By Marc Fisher  | January 25, 2011; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hyattsville fire claims 2nd sister

The Hyattsville house fire that claimed the life of a 9-year-old girl has now claimed the life of her sister. Prince George's County Fire and EMS say Kelli Hernandez, 13, died Tuesday. Her sister, Kimberly Hernandez, died several hours after...

By Washington Post editors  | January 25, 2011; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Doggie bag history: D.C.-area blogs

Good afternoon. Isn't it nice to be able to stroll around town without feeling like a popsicle? Sadly, it's not going to last. The Capital Weather Gang is saying some areas around D.C. could get up to five inches of...

By Lori Aratani  | January 25, 2011; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McDonnell to speak at U-Va. graduation

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) will deliver the commencement address at the University of Virginia on May 22. U-Va.'s new president, Teresa Sullivan, made the selection from nominations forwarded by students and faculty. "We are honored and delighted to have Governor...

By Anita Kumar  | January 25, 2011; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Red Line stations reopen

Metro is reporting a fire aboard a train at the Forest Glen station. The station has been closed and shuttle bus service has been started between the Silver Spring and Wheaton stations.

By Washington Post editors  | January 25, 2011; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Pr. George's water caution thru Thurs.

Residents and businesses in part of Prince George’s County should boil their drinking water until at least Thursday as a precaution following Monday’s major water main break near the Capital Beltway.

By Katherine Shaver  | January 25, 2011; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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3rd baby in a week born on Md. highway

Denise Deal was one week past her due date, scheduled to have labor induced at the Anne Arundel Medical Center today. But the baby had different ideas, the Annapolis Capital reports. On Monday, about 5 a.m., Denise began having contractions....

By Washington Post editors  | January 25, 2011; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Hawk still stalks Library of Congress

The Cooper's hawk that took shelter in the Library of Congress on Wednesday night has rebuffed all experts' efforts to get it down, a representative of the Library of Congress said.

By Elizabeth Flock  | January 25, 2011; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Md. university fined for air pollution

The Maryland Department of the Environment fined Mount St. Mary's University $40,000 for alleged violations of air pollution requirements, the Frederick News-Post reports. The university, located in Emmitsburg, was fined for failing to comply with visible emissions requirements from a...

By Washington Post editors  | January 25, 2011; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Fire at P St. NW office building

Traffic problems are being reported near the 2200 block of P Street NW where D.C. Fire and EMS officials were battling an apartment a building fire Tuesday morning. No injuries were reported. Officials say the bulk of the fire has...

By Washington Post editors  | January 25, 2011; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Buzz: Snow, SOTU and Oscars

Good morning. A little less mayhem this morning than on Monday. But the after-effects of yesterday's massive water main break that shut a section of the Beltway near Prince George's County down for hours remains. Nearly 400,000 residents in Prince...

By Lori Aratani  | January 25, 2011; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A.M. headlines around the D.C. region

Montel Williams and medical marijuana, Tenleytown's public library, a virus in soft crabs. 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 25, 2011; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man struck by car in D.C., seriously injured

A man was hit by a car and seriously injured Monday night in the Foggy Bottom area of Northwest Washington, authorities said. The incident occurred near Virginia Avenue and 25th Street NW. The victim was taken to a hospital...

By Martin Weil  | January 24, 2011; 11:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Boil water order in Prince George's

Dr. Gridlock: Tips for avoiding the jam | Photos: Morning commute snarled | Traffic map | Census, NOAA offices closed 3:15 p.m. Update: Only one lane is closed on the inner loop of the Beltway as a result of the...

By Debbi Wilgoren and Ovetta Wiggins  | January 24, 2011; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Books for Ballou: D.C. area blogs

Cold enough for ya? Lots of our D.C. area bloggers are feeling the chill.

By Lori Aratani  | January 24, 2011; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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March for Life supporters flood D.C.

What are you seeing during the March for Life in Washington? Tell us or show us.

By Katie Rogers  | January 24, 2011; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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George Allen announces Senate bid

Former senator George Allen (R) officially announced Monday morning in an e-mail to supporters that he is running to reclaim his old job next year.

By Anita Kumar  | January 24, 2011; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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One dead, one injured in Oxon Hill fire

Prince George's Fire and EMS say one person was found dead following a Monday morning fire in Oxon Hill. During an initial sweep of the house, fire officials did not find any occupants. But during a second search, they discovered...

By Washington Post editors  | January 24, 2011; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pedestrian struck on Leesburg Pike

Updated, 11:40 a.m.: Fairfax County police said a man was struck by a car in a hit-and-run just after midnight Monday, according to The Post's Crime Scene blog. It happened in the 6100 block of Leesburg Pike, where an unconscious...

By Washington Post editors  | January 24, 2011; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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More than $600 worth of razors stolen

Should the suspect description should include "clean shaven?" According to police documents, an unidentified man stole more than $650 worth of Gillette razors from the CVS at the Watergate complex, reports the GW Hatchet. At 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18, the...

By Washington Post editors  | January 24, 2011; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Buzz: March for Life, SOTU speakout

Be part of the State of the Union address. The Post is assembling a special panel of commenters to share their thoughts during President Obama's State of the Union address tomorrow night. Be sure to sign up today.

By Lori Aratani  | January 24, 2011; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man fatally shot in Pr. George's

A man sitting inside a car in the parking lot of a busy Prince George’s County shopping center was shot and killed Monday by a lone gunman who apparently walked up to the vehicle and opened fire, police said....

By Matt Zapotosky  | January 24, 2011; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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A.M. headlines around the D.C. region

Tuition discounts for illegal immigrants, living conditions at Fort Detrick, dog mural 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 staff  | January 24, 2011; 7:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mineral oil leaks from Pepco facility

More than 5,000 gallons of mineral oil leaked from a transformer at a Pepco facility in Alexandria Sunday and some went into the Potomac River, the utility said. Pepco said a pipe separated from a transformer at a company...

By Martin Weil  | January 23, 2011; 10:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Allen set to run for Senate

Former senator George Allen (R) will officially announce Monday that he is running to reclaim his old job next year, according to sources close to Allen who were not authorized to speak publicly on his plans. The former Virginia...

By Anita Kumar  | January 23, 2011; 9:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Gun incident near U-Md. students' house

A 19-year-old was arrested after he broke into the College Park home of several University of Maryland students early Sunday morning, only to be scared away when one of the students came outside and fired a gun into the...

By Matt Zapotosky  | January 23, 2011; 8:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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March for Life expected to crowd trains

The Maryland Transit Administration says commuters should expect crowded trains on Monday because of the March for Life rally in Washington.

By The Associated Press  | January 23, 2011; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Name the Library of Congress hawk

What is believed to be a Cooper's Hawk is drawing more visitors to the Library of Congress. Until library officials can have the bird removed, we're wondering what we should call it. Tweet your suggestions to #namethehawk or leave them in the comments field below.

By Washington Post editors  | January 23, 2011; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Driver of disabled vehicle killed

Maryland State Police say one man was killed in a crash late Saturday on the Beltway, WTOP reports.

By Washington Post editors  | January 23, 2011; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Walmart near battlefield heads to court

Civil War history will be played out in a rural Virginia courtroom this week when Wal-Mart Stores Inc. defends a planned store near a hallowed site where Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant first met on the field of battle in 1864.

By The Associated Press  | January 23, 2011; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Help solve Loudoun hit-and-run

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is asking for help in tracking down a driver involved in a hit-and-run incident.

By Washington Post editors  | January 23, 2011; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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