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Man wounded in gunfire with police

Updated, 10:55 p.m. A man was shot and critically wounded by Prince George's County police Saturday night after he fired at officers, the county police said. An officer was struck by a shot but uninjured, police said. The gunfire broke...

By Clarence Williams and Martin Weil  | March 12, 2011; 10:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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N.Y. murder suspect arrested in Md.

A man who reportedly stabbed his estranged wife to death in a New York City hair salon was arrested in Anne Arundel County Friday after a slow speed police chase, authorities said.

By Matt Zapotosky  | March 12, 2011; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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4 sickened at post office

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service Hazmat teams found no evidence of weapons of mass destruction or hazardous materials at a Montgomery County post office facility where an unknown substance sent four people to the hospital Saturday for "irritation to their skin," authorities said.

By Matt Zapotosky  | March 12, 2011; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Body found in Bethesda

Montgomery County homicide detectives are investigating a suspicious death after a body was found Saturday morning inside a yoga retail store in downtown Bethesda.

By Dan Morse and Eric Athas  | March 12, 2011; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man in wheelchair struck by car

A man in a wheelchair was struck by a car and killed early Saturday morning in a hit-and-run crash in Southeast D.C., authorities said.

By Matt Zapotosky  | March 12, 2011; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Woman killed by her own car

A 48-year-old Germantown woman was fatally injured Friday when she was struck by her own car, which she had apparently been backing down her driveway, Montgomery County police said. They said Gloria Maria Vergara Mansilla was leaving her home on...

By Martin Weil  | March 12, 2011; 12:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Civil War-era cannonball discovered in Va.

A suspected Civil War-era cannonball has been uncovered at Fort Lee in Petersburg, and explosives experts have been called in to detonate it.

By Associated Press  | March 11, 2011; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Three-day salute to last WWI veteran

People who want to pay their respects to the last American veteran of World War I will be able to do so over three days in Washington, D.C., and at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

By Associated Press  | March 11, 2011; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Md. House kills same-sex marriage bill

The Maryland House of Delegates has voted to effectively kill for this year a bill that would have allowed same-sex marriage in Maryland.

By John Wagner  | March 11, 2011; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Fairfax rescue team to deploy to Japan

Fairfax County's elite Urban Search and Rescue team is going to Japan to help with earthquake relief efforts.

By Associated Press  | March 11, 2011; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Lab accident at Leesburg middle school

Five eighth-grade students in a science class at Harper Park Middle School in Leesburg received minor burns when a beaker of boiling water overflowed about 11 a.m. Friday, according to Loudoun County Fire and Rescue officials.

By Caitlin Gibson  | March 11, 2011; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Small fire at the Library of Congress

A building at the Library of Congress in Washington has reopened after being briefly evacuated because of a small electrical fire in the basement.

By Associated Press  | March 11, 2011; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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UDC president: special travel needs

UDC President Allen Sessoms, under fire for a series of expensive business trips, said he requires special accomodations when he travels, NBC 4 reports.

By NBC 4  | March 11, 2011; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Protestors: Suitland arts program at risk

A group of 50 students and parents gathered at Suitland High School before sunrise for an early morning rally against a budget plan that would eliminate busing for magnet programs.

By Robert Samuels  | March 11, 2011; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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A.M. headlines around the D.C. region

Jesus in a tree, Metro's Next Bus system, UDC president. 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 11, 2011; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Brooks hires Glenn Ivey

A campaign consultant to Mayor Vincent C. Gray accused of involvement in a deal alleged by former mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown has hired former Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn F. Ivey to represent him. Howard L. Brooks today...

By Mike DeBonis  | March 10, 2011; 7:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Local tornado warnings are over

Update, 8:10 p.m.: The tornado warning throughout much of metropolitan Washington has ended. Showers and storms are now moving into the northern and eastern portions of the area, while weakening at least a bit. The National Weather Service says the...

By Washington Post editors  | March 10, 2011; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Md.'s first lady urges marriage approval

With a crucial vote looming on same-sex marriage, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) isn’t the only member of his household encouraging lawmakers to pass the bill. First Lady Catherine Curran O’Malley said in an interview Thursday night that she...

By John Wagner  | March 10, 2011; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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O'Malley declares state of emergency

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has declared a State of Emergency to help local jurisdictions respond to heavy rains and projections for moderate to heavy flooding.

By Aaron C. Davis  | March 10, 2011; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pr. Geo.'s parents, students plan protest

Frustrated parents and students plan to gather at Suitland High School early Friday to rally against a budget that would eliminate busing for magnet programs throughout Prince George's County.

By Robert Samuels  | March 10, 2011; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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3 midshipmen expelled for spice use

Three midshipmen were separated from the U.S. Naval Academy for possession or use of synthetic marijuana Tuesday, bringing to 11 the number of mids expelled from the service academy in the ongoing investigation of a “spice” ring, academy officials said Thursday.

By Daniel de Vise  | March 10, 2011; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Man gets six months in false medal case

The Army says a former command sergeant major at Walter Reed Army Medical Center is spending six month in prison for wearing unauthorized decorations and lying about his record.Sgt. Maj. Stoney Crump was sentenced Wednesday at Fort McNair in Washington.The...

By Associated Press  | March 10, 2011; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Last surviving WWI veteran to be buried

The body of the West Virginia soldier who outlived every other American who served in World War I will soon be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.A private service for the family and friends of Frank Buckles is set for 4...

By Associated Press  | March 10, 2011; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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A.M. headlines around the D.C. region

Absestos in Metro stations, blue crabs, D.C.'s worst dorms. 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 10, 2011; 7:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'The Wire' actress arrested in drug raid

Felicia Pearson poses in Baltimore. (Marvin Joseph/Post) More than 30 people, including the actress known as "Snoop" from the Baltimore-based HBO series "The Wire," were arrested Thursday morning across the city and its surrounding counties in connection with a...

By The Baltimore Sun  | March 10, 2011; 7:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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1 dead, 5 injured in D.C. crash

One woman was killed and five others were taken to hospitals late Wednesday night after a two-vehicle accident in Southeast near I-295, authorities said. The crash happened about 10:45 p.m. on southbound South Capitol Street, in a stretch that...

By Clarence Williams  | March 10, 2011; 12:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Man shot in Northeast D.C.

A man was shot and wounded late Wednesday night in Northeast Washington, D.C. police said. Authorities received a call for a shooting at 3rd and Bryant Streets NE just after 11 p.m., said Officer Hugh Carew, a spokesman. Police...

By Clarence Williams  | March 9, 2011; 11:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Man found dead in Landover

A 46-year-old man was found dead inside a Landover area home early Wednesday, and Prince George’s County police are investigating the case as a homicide. Patrol officers were called to the 1300 block of Eli Place to check on...

By Clarence Williams  | March 9, 2011; 10:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Mark Center suit seeks $30M in damages

The Center for Naval Analyses filed a $30 million lawsuit Wednesday against Duke Realty Corp. for breech of contract. The lawsuit in Alexandria Circuit Court contends that Duke Realty violated lease obligations for the center’s headquarters in the Mark...

By Christy Goodman  | March 9, 2011; 7:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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D.C. Mayor Gray retains attorney

This story has been updated. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) has retained lawyer Robert S. Bennett, who represented President Bill Clinton in the Monica Lewinsky affair, while former mayoral candidate and recently fired employee Sulaimon Brown said he was...

By Nikita Stewart  | March 9, 2011; 6:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Crash in Southwest D.C. injures 5

Five people were taken to hospitals, two in serious condition, after a multi-car crash in Southwest Washington, authorities said.

By Clarence Williams  | March 9, 2011; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Fight reported at Glenmont Metro

Metro transit police are investigating a fight between a man and a 16-year-old boy Wednesday afternoon in the Glenmont Metro station, transit officials said. The man and teen began arguing outside the station and then started to fight inside...

By Clarence Williams  | March 9, 2011; 6:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Graduate School to expand in Southwest

The Graduate School USA, formerly an affiliate of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, plans to more than double its physical size in coming years by opening a new campus in a planned redevelopment of the District’s Southwest waterfront.

By Jonathan O'Connell  | March 9, 2011; 5:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Small fire at St. Elizabeths is out

A fire broke out Wednesday afternoon in in a high-security dorm at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Southeast Washington, sending one woman to a hospital for evaluation. D.C. firefighters were called to the psychiatric hospital and found a fire on...

By Clarence Williams  | March 9, 2011; 5:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Advisory issued for Upper Potomac River

The Maryland Natural Resources Police announced Wednesday that an advisory has been issued for the entire main stem of the Upper Potomac River from Cumberland to Little Falls from Wednesday through Friday.

By Washington Post staff  | March 9, 2011; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Post political columnist David Broder dies

David S. Broder, 81, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post and one of the most respected writers on national politics for four decades, died Wednesday in Arlington of complications from diabetes. Mr. Broder was often called the dean...

By Adam Bernstein  | March 9, 2011; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Md. bill: protect social networking info

Employers in Maryland would not be allowed to require employees to disclose user names or passwords to social networking accounts under legislation introduced Tuesday in the Maryland State Legislature.The bill, introduced by Maryland State Senator Ron Young (D-Frederick County) would...

By Frederick News-Post  | March 9, 2011; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Henderson named D.C. schools chief

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, making a widely anticipated decision official, lifted the “interim” from Kaya Henderson’s title Wednesday, naming her to succeed Michelle A. Rhee as D.C. schools chancellor. Henderson, 40, the daughter of a high school principal and...

By Bill Turque  | March 9, 2011; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Ocean City gets all-wood boardwalk

The Ocean City Town Council has voted to rebuild the resort’s deteriorating boardwalk with an all-wood deck.The 5-2 vote on Monday means a two-year, multimillion-dollar renovation project will start this year.A proposal that was rejected would have added a concrete...

By Associated Press  | March 9, 2011; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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About 100 sickened after swim meet

Maryland health officials say about 100 people have reported symptoms of a viral illness after a swim meet at the U.S. Naval Academy. Raymond Brown, general chair Maryland State Swimming Championships, tells The Baltimore Sun that most of those who...

By Associated Press  | March 9, 2011; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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A.M. headlines around the D.C. region

Bad tunnel pipes in Metro, outstanding warrants in Prince George's County, animal abuse at a Bethesda medical school. 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 9, 2011; 7:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fight near Chinatown Metro station

Update, 10:58 p.m.: Police say the fight occurred outside the entrance the Chinatown/Gallery Place Metro stop at 7th and H streets. The entrance is closed while d.c. police continue to investigate. Earlier: D.C. police are investigating a fight Tuesday...

By Clarence Williams  | March 8, 2011; 10:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Feds approve BWI to Cuba flights

Charter flights to Cuba are coming to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

By Associated Press  | March 8, 2011; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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More speed cameras in Howard Co.?

Howard County's chief executive and top law enforcement official announced Tuesday that they plan to introduce legislation that would call for the installation of mobile speed cameras in school zones. “Speeding in neighborhoods is the most frequent complaint we hear...

By Washington Post editors  | March 8, 2011; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Bowie High student charged with arson

A Bowie High School student has been charged with setting a fire inside the school, Prince George's Fire and EMS report. Firefighters were called to the school Monday and found a fire in a second floor bathroom. Students were evacuated...

By Washington Post editors  | March 8, 2011; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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A.M. headlines around the D.C. region

A rider sues Metro, Alexandria won't charge for handicapped parking after all, UMBC president wins $20,000. 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 8, 2011; 8:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pr. George's police shoot, kill man

UPDATE: Prince George’s County police officers shot and killed a man who they say was threatening residents with a handgun in a Landover neighborhood near FedEx Field Monday, police said. Authorities said the man, who police are working to identify,...

By Matt Zapotosky  | March 7, 2011; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Obama, Australian PM visit Va. school

President Barack Obama and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard made an unexpected visit Monday to an AP History class at Wakefield High School in Arlington. The two leaders, along with Education Secretary Arne Duncan, surprised 22 juniors in Colette Fraley's...

By Christy Goodman  | March 7, 2011; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Montgomery proposes 5-cent bag tax

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett proposed a 5-cent bag tax Monday that would apply to nearly all retail establishments, not just stores that sell food, as is the case in the District. Leggett's proposal would cover “any supermarket, convenience store,...

By Michael Laris  | March 7, 2011; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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UDC students protest school president

Students gathered outside the office of University of the District of Columbia President Allen Sessoms at lunchtime Monday to demand his resignation over allegations of profligate spending. Michael Watson, UDC student senate president, speaks at protest against university president Allen...

By Daniel de Vise  | March 7, 2011; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Vietnam center gets gift from Australia

Organizers of a planned visitors center for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial are getting a $3 million donation. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced the gift from her government on Monday at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington and before meeting with...

By Associated Press  | March 7, 2011; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Md.'s casinos took in $12.2 mil in February

The Maryland Lottery says the state's two casinos generated $12.2 million in February, up from nearly $10.8 million in January. The lottery said Monday that February's figure brings the fiscal year total for both facilities to $50.5 million. The Hollywood...

By Associated Press  | March 7, 2011; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Minor flooding of Monocacy River

The National Weather Service is reporting minor flooding along the Monocacy River near Frederick. The agency said Monday that the river was at 15.4 feet, just over the 15-foot flood stage, at 8:30 a.m. The weather service predicts the river...

By Associated Press  | March 7, 2011; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Armed man dies in Pr. George's house fire

UPDATE: A man died after allegedly setting his house on fire during a domestic incident, Prince George's County police said. Police got a call about 5 p.m. Sunday from a woman who said she was trying to end her relationship...

By Allison Klein  | March 7, 2011; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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One dead in Gaithersburg accident

One person was killed and another seriously injured in a two-car accident in Gaithersburg early Monday morning, according to Montgomery County police. It happened about 5 a.m. at Brink and Ridge roads, police said. Police have not yet released the...

By Allison Klein  | March 7, 2011; 8:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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School delays in the D.C. area

Frederick County schools in Md. are opening two hours late today and Frederick County schools in Va. are opening an hour late after last night's winter weather. For more closing and delay information for schools, businesses and organizations, check the...

By Washington Post Editors  | March 7, 2011; 6:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Bus crashes into townhouse

A Ride On bus crashed into a townhouse in the Gaithersburg area of Montgomery County Sunday afternoon, causing damage serious enough to call in building inspectors and have the residents of the home find other accommodations, authorities said. No...

By Matt Zapotosky  | March 6, 2011; 5:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Gray acknowledges 'missteps'

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray says he has wants the District's attorney general's office and the D.C. Council to review allegations by former mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown that Brown made a deal with two Gray campaign aides to continue attacks on incumbent Adrian M. Fenty in exchange for a city job if Gray won.

By Washington Post editors  | March 6, 2011; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
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Live coverage: Gray news conference

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray will speak to reporters at 4 p.m. to discuss "recent news stories."

By Washington Post staff  | March 6, 2011; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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