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Md. Dems pick another O'Malley

The Maryland Democratic Party has chosen the brother of Gov. Martin O'Malley to be the chairman of the party.

By The Associated Press  | March 5, 2011; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Md. woman hurt in curling iron fire

A Prince George's County fire department spokesman says a Hyattsville woman was severely burned when using a curling iron that ignited her hair.

By The Associated Press  | March 5, 2011; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Pedestrian hurt in apparent hit-and-run

A pedestrian was critically injured Friday night in an apparent hit-and-run incident in Prince George's County, the county police said. The incident occurred about 9:45 p.m. in the 6300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue in the Coral Hills/Suitland area. Authorities said...

By Clarence Williams  | March 4, 2011; 11:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Pr. Geo.'s police shoot man in Clinton

Updated, 7:55 p.m. A Prince George's County police officer shot and wounded a man in the Clinton area late Friday while trying to stop an apparently stolen car, police said. The officer spotted the car on Brandywine Road about 4:30...

By Clarence Williams and Martin Weil  | March 4, 2011; 7:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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White House Easter Egg Roll on April 25

"Get Up and Go!" The White House says that's the theme of this year's Easter Egg Roll, set for Monday, April 25. The event will feature music, sports, cooking stations, story times and the rolling of hard-boiled eggs on the...

By Associated Press  | March 4, 2011; 7:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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East Coast Rapist suspect in custody

A man believed to be the "East Coast Rapist" has been arrested in Connecticut, authorities said. The suspect has committed attacks spanning 13 years, beginning in Prince George's County in the late 1990s, moving into Virginia and then up to...

By Washington Post editors  | March 4, 2011; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Person struck by Metro train at Rockville

UPDATE: Metro reports that a person has been struck by a train at the Rockville station. Metro spokesman Lisa Farbstein said Metro received the report at 12:21 p.m., and the accident occurred on the Glenmont-bound tracks, Dr. Gridlock reports. The...

By Washington Post editors  | March 4, 2011; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Va. group creating slave name database

The Virginia Historical Society is creating an online database that will contain the names and personal information about formerly enslaved African-Americans. The project is called "Unknown No Longer: A Database of Virginia Slave Names." It is financed by a $100,000...

By Associated Press  | March 4, 2011; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Va. deer kills drop for fall-winter season

State wildlife officials say a harsh winter contributed to a 15 percent decline in the number of deer killed during Virginia's 2010-2011 hunting season. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says hunters reported 219,797 kills statewide, compared to...

By Associated Press  | March 4, 2011; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Man shot in SE D.C.

A man was shot Thursday night in SE Washington, but his wounds were not belived to be life threatening, D.C. police said. Police spokesman Hugh Carew said officers were called to the 1600 block of 17th St. SE about...

By Clarence Williams  | March 3, 2011; 8:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Fire at Capitol Hill apartment building

This story has been updated. A two-alarm fire at an apartment building in Capitol Hill has been knocked down, D.C. fire officials said Thursday night. Firefighters got a call of a fire on the third floor of a six-story...

By Clarence Williams  | March 3, 2011; 8:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Workers stuck in cherrypicker in D.C.

Two construction workers were trapped atop a cherry picker truck while working outside of a Northwest Washington school and D.C. firefighters were preparing to rescue them, authorities said. Rescue crews were called to Key Elementary School in the 5000 block...

By Clarence Williams  | March 3, 2011; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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School worker accused of watching porn

A Prince George's County public schools employee is being investigated for watching pornographic films on the job, according to a school spokeswoman. The internal investigation involves a February incident in which several employees complained that an Information Technology employee was...

By Robert Samuels  | March 3, 2011; 5:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Md. ending crab license buyback

Maryland is ending its crab license buyback program after retiring nearly 700 over the past year and a half. The Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday that the limited crab catcher commercial license buyback program will end March 11. Many...

By Associated Press  | March 3, 2011; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cherry Blossoms peak bloom time is.....

National Park Service Chief Horticulturalist Rob DeFeo says Washington's famed cherry trees will be in peak bloom from March 29 to April 3. It is an announcement closely watched by a tourist industry that reaps $150 million from the National...

By Washington Post editors  | March 3, 2011; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gas leak in SE D.C.

Several buildings in the 2600 block of Douglas Road SE were evacuated early Thursday morning after a trash vehicle hit a gas meter, D.C. Fire and EMS report. Firefighters have shut off gas in the area. The evacuations are said...

By Washington Post editors  | March 3, 2011; 8:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Man shot in Temple Hills

A man was shot and seriously wounded Wednesday night in the hallway of a Temple Hills apartment building, Prince George's County police said. Witnesses heard the sound of gunshots and then saw a man on the hallway floor of...

By Clarence Williams  | March 2, 2011; 11:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Shooting in Beltsville

A male was shot Wednesday night in the parking lot of a Beltsville area apartment complex, Prince George's County police said. Officers were called to a complex in the 3900 block of Lakehouse Road for a shooting and found...

By Clarence Williams  | March 2, 2011; 9:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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4-year-old injured in fire in NE D.C.

Update, 10:50 p.m.: Four young children escaped an apartment fire in Northeast D.C. on Wednesday night, but a 4-year-old boy was in critical condition after suffering smoke inhalation, D.C. fire officials said. Firefighters found the 4-year-old unconscious in a...

By Clarence Williams  | March 2, 2011; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Metro bus, school bus collide in NE

Update, 6:45 p.m.: D.C. fire and rescue spokesman Pete Piringer now says that three students on the school bus were taken to hospitals for evaluation today, in addition to a school-bus aide and five Metro passengers. Update, 6:15 p.m.:...

By Clarence Williams  | March 2, 2011; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Flares, not dynamite found in Va. house

UPDATE: Fairfax County police have now determined that the items found in the vacant house were not dynamite, but rather traffic flares, Officer Don Gotthardt said. Residents are being allowed to return to their homes. Possible dynamite discovery in Va....

By Tom Jackman  | March 2, 2011; 6:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eight pulled from Potomac in water rescue

This post has been updated. D.C. Fire department officials said about 20 high school students were in two sculls or skiffs Wednesday afternoon that capsized on the Potomac River, but none were seriously injured. The students, from McLean High School,...

By Washington Post editors  | March 2, 2011; 6:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Confusion over Cherry Blossom fair fee

Phone calls. E-mails. Text messages. Diana Mayhew, president of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, has gotten them all Wednesday from concerned patrons after The Washington Post reported that one of the festival’s most popular events – the Sakura Matsuri Japanese...

By David Nakamura  | March 2, 2011; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Park Police motorcycle officer hit on I-395

This post has been updated. A US Park Police motorcycle officer was injured Wednesday morning in a traffic accident on the Southwest Freeway near Seventh Street SW, authorities said. The officer's suffered "pretty substantial injuries," although not life-threatening, said Sgt....

By Paul Duggan  | March 2, 2011; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bag tax in Montgomery County?

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) is proposing a 5-cent fee for paper and plastic bags at grocery stores in the county, The Gazette reports. If his plan is approved, Leggett said it would go into effect Jan. 1, 2012....

By The Gazette  | March 2, 2011; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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A.M. headlines around the D.C. region

Missing pregnant woman, bag fee in Montgomery County, lasers on a plane. 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  | March 2, 2011; 7:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Teen stabbed on Metrobus

Updates to correct attribution: A teenage male was stabbed and seriously wounded late Tuesday night on a Metrobus in Southeast Washington, authorities said. The stabbing occurred about 10:45 p.m. in the 2200 block of Pomeroy Road SE, a stop...

By Clarence Williams  | March 2, 2011; 12:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Fire at Cheverly apartment building

Update, 10 p.m.: Nearly 30 people were displaced from their homes tonight after a fire damaged 15 apartments in an apartment building in the Cheverly area. Prince George's County fire department spokesman Mark Brady said 22 adults and five children...

By Clarence Williams  | March 1, 2011; 8:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bay group wants more plants planted

Homeowners in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia are being encouraged to plant more plants this spring to help Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts. The effort announced Tuesday by the Chesapeake Bay Program aims to increase planting as a way...

By Associated Press  | March 1, 2011; 6:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cherry Blossom street fair to charge fee

Views of Washington’s famous cherry blossoms are still free. But the popular Japanese culture street fair that culminates the two-week-long National Cherry Blossom Festival no longer is. For the first time in its 51-year history 15 years, the Sakura Matsuri...

By David Nakamura  | March 1, 2011; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Four rescued in Prince George's fire

Prince George's County firefighters helped four people to safety after a blaze broke out in a District Heights apartment building Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. Emergency responders were called to the three-story building in the 6800 block of Walker Mill Road...

By Matt Zapotosky  | March 1, 2011; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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D.C. gets recycling bins courtesy of Pepsi

Downtown Washington will soon have more recycling options thanks to a partnership between city officials and PepsiCo. More than 350 recycling bins will be placed downtown under the new initiative announced Tuesday. Richard Bradley, executive director of the Downtown D.C....

By Associated Press  | March 1, 2011; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Male pedestrian struck on I-295

D.C. Fire and EMS report that a male pedestrian was struck on Northbound I-295 near Malcolm X Avenue Southeast....

By Washington Post editors  | March 1, 2011; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Truckers protest gas tax in Annapolis

About 40 trucks have rolled by the Maryland State House to protest a proposed gas tax increase. The Maryland Motor Truck Association and the Mid-Atlantic Petroleum Distributors Association held a rally in Annapolis on Tuesday. Mel Fair of the Beltway...

By Associated Press  | March 1, 2011; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Study: Many Va. families lack enough cash

A University of Virginia study shows a significant number of households across the state lack enough income and cash assets to cover basic needs and unplanned expenses. The Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service study also shows the federal poverty...

By Associated Press  | March 1, 2011; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Frederick police seize drugs, $33K in cash

Frederick police have arrested a man and woman and are looking for more leads after they seized cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana, PCP and $33,000 in cash in two drug raids a week apart, said Lt. Clark Pennington, a police spokesman,...

By Frederick News-Post  | March 1, 2011; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lawsuit filed in medevac crash death

The mother of a teen killed in a 2008 medevac is suing the Federal Aviation Administration alleging that air traffic controllers gave the pilot inaccurate weather information. The suit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt by Stephanie...

By Associated Press  | March 1, 2011; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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A.M. headline roundup

Washington Examiner D.C.'s Cheh plans to introduce a "workplace wellness" bill Montgomery Council kills plan to consolidate police forces The Gazette Business bankruptcies decline in Md. NBC 4 Teens allegedly attack teen, man at Suitland Metro station Va. teen dies...

By Washington Post editors  | March 1, 2011; 7:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Woman killed in D.C. tunnel crash

A woman was killed early Tuesday in a car crash in the 3rd Street Tunnel, D.C. police said. The crash occurred within a few minutes of midnight in the southbound lanes of the tunnel, according to police. The site of...

By Martin Weil  | March 1, 2011; 1:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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D.C. Health Dept. issues measles alert

The District Department of Health has issued an alert to residents and visitors about a potential measles exposure in some areas of the city between Feb. 20-22. Officials list the following locations as possible sites for exposure: D1 or D6...

By Washington Post editors  | February 28, 2011; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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D.C. summer jobs program booked

D.C.'s summer jobs program for city youth is booked, Mike DeBonis reports over at his blog. By mid day, 12,000 city youth had applied for summer jobs, reaching the cap on this year's program set by Mayor Vincent C. Gray....

By Washington Post editors  | February 28, 2011; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man sentenced in D.C. embassy stabbing

A man who injured three people in a 2009 knife attack at the Embassy of Togo in Washington was sentenced Monday to time served and will likely be deported. Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, Kokou Bocco pleaded guilty in...

By Associated Press  | February 28, 2011; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. garden will honor Coretta Scott King

Dozens of people gathered Sunday in Anne Arundel County for a groundbreaking ceremony for a garden that will honor Coretta Scott King, The Baltimore Sun reports. The Coretta Scott King Memorial Gardens is a $200,000 living memorial to Scott King,...

By Washington Post editors  | February 28, 2011; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. Council chair's SUV violated law

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown "inappropriately requested" that District officials violate the law by providing him a leased Lincoln Navigator SUV that cost taxpayers $2,000 a month, Tim Craig reports over at the D.C. Wire. According to a report issued...

By Washington Post editors  | February 28, 2011; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Plane makes emergency landing at Dulles

A plane scheduled to land at Reagan National Airport Monday morning was diverted to Dullles Airport after experiencing possible engine problems, according to D.C. Fire and EMS. The agency was notified about 7:45 a.m. that a plane appeared to be...

By Washington Post editors  | February 28, 2011; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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A.M. headline roundup

Washington Examiner D.C. furloughs resulted in dropped 911 calls Arlington’s tourism agency loses funding Rockville is home to the D.C.-area’s fastest growing Asian community --> NBC 4 Arlington planetarium gets reprieve WAMU Alexandria has highest AIDS rate in Northern Virginia...

By Washington Post Editors  | February 28, 2011; 7:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Shenandoah park road, trails reopen

A major stretch of Skyline Drive reopened Sunday in Shenandoah National Park after being closed for a week because of a fire, the park said. Also, all park trails that had been closed because of the Smith Run fire have...

By Martin Weil  | February 28, 2011; 2:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Officer struck after hit-run near Key Bridge

A D.C. police officer was hit by a car and seriously injured early Monday while investigating a fatal hit-and-run collision at the Key Bridge, police said.

By Martin Weil and Debbi Wilgoren  | February 28, 2011; 1:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Fire at Andrews Air Force Base

Fire broke out Sunday in a building at Andrews Air Force Base, authorities said. The fire was in a residence in a housing area on the base, which is the home of Air Force One, the presidential aircraft. A base...

By Martin Weil  | February 27, 2011; 7:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Scattered BGE outages through Monday

Baltimore Gas and Electric says scattered outages may extend into Monday from high winds that knocked out power to more than 93,000 customers.

By The Associated Press  | February 27, 2011; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tunisian prime minister ousted

Less than a minute after Tunisia's prime minister resigned Sunday in a speech on national television, the massive crowd filling this city's Casbah Square suddenly halted the angry chants that had continued around the clock for days.

By Marc Fisher  | February 27, 2011; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Talks yield Virginia budget deal

Virginia legislative budget writers agreed early Sunday on revisions to the state's $80 billion budget, just hours before a final floor vote.

By The Associated Press  | February 27, 2011; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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