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Posted at 8:45 AM ET, 12/16/2009

Wednesday news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good morning! It’s a very newsy Wednesday.

On the law enforcement front: Virginia officials announced the arrest of 38 people in a narcotics sting that targeted dealers who sold to young people in Northern Virginia. The dealers, who ranged in age from 18 to 54, allegedly sold large amounts of heroin and pills to high school students and young adults in Prince William and western Fairfax County. Authorities are increasingly alarmed by what they say is a dramatic increase in drug use among young people in the Washington suburbs.


In the District, D.C. police officials announced one of their own is being charged with felony murder in connection with a fatal shooting two weeks ago in Southeast Washington. Officer Reginald Jones has been on the D.C. police force for six years. Jones did not shoot the victim, but served as a lookout, authorities said. D.C. Chief Cathy Lanier called him “a disgrace to the uniform.”

The Examiner reports that an undercover sting run by D.C. Police busted up an international heroin ring and recovered more $1 million in drugs and more than 100 illegal guns. A sidebar on the efforts of informants and undercover cops.

Metro could be poised to get a serious cash infusion: President Obama is expected to sign an appropriations bill that would give the transit authority $150 million in funding – the first installment of dedicated federal funding for the system. Virginia, Maryland and the District have pledged to provide matching funds by mid-2010. Maryland’s planned Purple Line also got a federal boost -- $3 milllion to connect Bethesda and New Carrollton.

Seventeen students were arrested after a massive fight broke out at Charles Flowers High School in Prince George’s County. Loudoun County officials are investigating a report that two white firefighters placed a noose in the car of a black firefighter.

Would you like sausage with that? Lastly, a pair of Georgia retirees say they accidentally stumbled into an invitation-only White House breakfast with President and Mrs. Obama. Kind of defeats the purpose of “invitation-only” eh?

Smithsonian gets new bling: WUSA reports that the infamous Hope Diamond will be joined by another large rock, the 31.06-carat Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond. Both will be on display at the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum starting Jan. 28.

That’s it for now. Thanks for reading.

By Washington Post editors  | December 16, 2009; 8:45 AM ET
Tags:  News roundup, d.c. cop arrested for murder, hope diamond  
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