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D.C. principal under investigation for allegedly doctoring student transcripts

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 18:13:01 EDT

The principal of the District's leading technology high school is under investigation for allegedly doctoring student transcripts, school officials said Tuesday.



Man suspected in numerous East Coast rapes pleads not guilty in Connecticut court

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 11:18:00 EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A man suspected in a series of rapes along the East Coast has pleaded not guilty in a Connecticut case.



Maryland Marine, father, killed in Afghanistan

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 02:13:00 EDT

A Marine who served twice in Iraq was killed in Helmand province, Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Monday. Staff Sgt. James Malachowski, a father of two, also served as an instructor in marksmanship and martial arts at the Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot.



Exoneration erases only part of the debt

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 12:19:00 EDT

The state of Virginia gave Thomas Haynesworth one heck of a birthday gift on Monday.
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Exoneration erases only part of the debt

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 01:24:00 EDT

The state of Virginia gave Thomas Haynesworth one heck of a birthday gift on Monday.



As ever, foundlings and orphans get love and care from St. Ann's

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 10:03:00 EDT

Abraham Lincoln signed the papers incorporating St. Ann's. It has been caring for orphaned children and destitute mothers ever since.



Metro capital spending plan focuses on the basics

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 08:48:00 EDT

For Orange Line riders, the thought of whether there were more seats available Monday was lost amid the problems of crowded platforms and trains, and a delayed commute.



Saving the goverment a million here, a million there and more

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 06:41:00 EDT

If you want ideas on how to save money, ask the people who spend it. That's what President Obama did when he began the SAVE Awards two years ago.
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Man freed after 27 years in prison for crimes he didn't commit

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 15:14:12 EDT

Thomas Haynesworth was free at his mother's home in Richmond on Monday after 27 years in prison for crimes prosecutors now say he did not commit.


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Leggett, Montgomery County unions spar over pension costs

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 16:50:04 EDT

For years, officials in wealthy, liberal Montgomery County have avoided difficult decisions on scaling back pensions and health-care benefits for retirees. Now, the long-term shortfall is $4.8 billion.


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Prosecutor in Bethesda slaying describes wild cover-up story

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 12:13:06 EDT

For 90 minutes, authorities say, Brittany Norwood sat in her victim's parked car, concocting a plan to cover up the horrendous crime scene.


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Exoneration erases only part of the debt

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 01:19:00 EDT

The state of Virginia gave Thomas Haynesworth one heck of a birthday gift on Monday.
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Crumbling Constitution Avenue to be rebuilt

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 12:40:08 EDT

Constitution Avenue, a pathway to America's most cherished monuments, is crumbling.


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D.C. grant program to provide free screenings for colon cancer

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 07:12:00 EDT

Colon cancer is one of the deadliest forms of the disease but also one of the most preventable. A new grant to provide free screenings in the District may help doctors and patients with earlier diagnosis and treatment.



Maryland trooper shoots man in hand after high-speed chase

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 23:40:01 EDT

State police are investigating what prompted trooper to fire "during the process of arrest"



Detective: Girl, 15, charged in teen's death said she didn't think gun was loaded

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 09:03:00 EDT

A girl inside a Southeast Washington apartment on Sunday picked up what she thought was an unloaded handgun, playfully pointed it at another teen and pulled the trigger, a detective testified.
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Langley Park man found guilty in '09 murder

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 06:30:00 EDT

A Langley Park man known as "El Diablo," Spanish for "The Devil," was convicted of first-degree murder for his role in a shooting death that happened because of a spilled beer, State's Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks said.



Montgomery County school board reclaims farmland - to build soccer fields

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 09:30:05 EDT

Hawks used to look out to watch over for this piece of farmland for trouble. Soon, it will be parents and umpires monitoring kids pounding cleats on the land Nick Maravell once tilled. The change in land use tells a more complex story about school development, particularly at a time when open space


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Will a BASIS charter school work in D.C.?

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 10:14:00 EDT

Largely unnoticed, the most demanding proven program for a high school ever seen in the Disrict is applying for charter school status. The unanswered question: Can a school that requires students to pass six AP exams survive in the nation's capital?



Firefighters cheered after D.C. condo blaze

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 01:40:00 EDT

Fighting fires is a difficult job. But sometimes, there are unexpected rewards, such as applause.
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Call the doctor - it's titular overdose

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 08:55:00 EDT

Why do doctors always seem to call themselves "Doctor," even if we're not talking about medicine? Are they just stuck up - or do they want special treatment?



Arlington Cemetery struggles with plot reservations

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 11:06:00 EDT

Years of sloppy recordkeeping have left cemetery with no reliable data on how many plot reservations exist.


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Metro to lure bike-to-rail commuters

Sun, 20 Mar 2011 23:41:01 EDT

Fewer than 1 percent of Metrorail commuters ride bicycles to Metro stations. But the transit system wants to quintuple the number of bike-to-rail commuters over the next 20 years. The reason: Parking spaces for cars cost on average $25,000 each, compared with $1,000 per space for a secured bike cage



Montgomery County school board reclaims farmland - to build soccer fields

Sun, 20 Mar 2011 22:57:04 EDT

Hawks used to look out to watch over for this piece of farmland for trouble. Soon, it will be parents and umpires monitoring kids pounding cleats on the land Nick Maravell once tilled. The change in land use tells a more complex story about school development, particularly at a time when open space
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Candidates for D.C. Council at-large seat running hard - away from Gray, Kwame Brown

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 19:04:00 EDT

Candidates who are campaigning for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council have used phrases such as "machine politics," "openly corrupt" and "banana republic" to describe the District government.



Curtains for historic Takoma Theatre?

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 13:29:05 EDT

To admirers, the dilapidated Takoma Theatre is a vital piece of Washington's history. To its impatient owner, "It's a piece of junk." Both sides are locked in an increasingly tense saga about whether and how to save a landmark that has failed economically.


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Firefighters hurt in Calvert house blaze

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 07:45:00 EDT

As flames swept through a Calvert County "mega-mansion" early Sunday, fire officials sounded evacuation tones and firefighters jumped from windows to escape the heat.



Ellsberg, more than 100 others arrested in Iraq War protest outside White House

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 23:18:01 EDT

Demonstration merged varied causes, including protesters demanding withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan as well as those supporting a jailed Army private suspected of giving classified documents to WikiLeaks.
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Motive sought in Bethesda yoga shop slaying

Sun, 20 Mar 2011 13:24:03 EDT

From early in their investigation of the slaying of Jayna Murray in a Bethesda store, detectives could see problems with the story of the other woman initially believed to be a victim. But they still don't have a motive, investigating whether it was related to a workplace dispute over stolen merchan


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As Thomas Jefferson adds help for poor English skills, some Va. parents fume

Sun, 20 Mar 2011 10:39:00 EDT

Fairfax school board member: "How can they not know the language and still get into [Thomas Jefferson]?" The Va. magnet school has added an English as a second language instructor.



Fairfax schools' discipline policies up for review; parents seek more leniency

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 10:30:00 EDT

Meeting was the first seeking public comment on discipline-related issues since the suicide of 15-year-old Nick Stuban, a well-liked football player at W.T. Woodson High School.



Maryland budget fights will focus on benefits for state workers, tax increases

Sun, 20 Mar 2011 11:32:00 EDT

Maryland's emerging budget plan, with which few say they are pleased, is a case study of conflicting priorities in one of only 10 states that are a fully Democratic laboratory.
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In Bethesda homicide case, concern shifts from street crime to workplace violence

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 08:49:00 EDT

The dramatic turnaround in the Bethesda yoga clothing store homicide case aroused new fears of workplace violence.



D.C. reviving hall of fame for stars of its sports world

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 21:05:03 EDT

Asleep for the past 10 years, the D.C. Sports Hall of Fame is waking up, inducting six new members whose names will go up at Nationals Park.


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Animal in box wasn't suffering at all

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 19:14:00 EDT

A woman who spotted a box with large air holes learns that the animal inside wasn't what she thought.
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Dr. Gridlock's traffic, transit tips

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 19:13:00 EDT

Traffic information in the D.C. area for the week of March 20.



Missing connections on Metro

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 19:11:01 EDT

Weekend maintenance work makes coordinating trains more difficult, but perhaps more can be done to improve connections communicate better with riders.



Cherry Blossom Festival: Traveler's guide

Sun, 20 Mar 2011 12:29:00 EDT

Whether you're a tourist or commuter, use this guide to identify stress points that could challenge travelers and get tips on navigating by transit or street.



Union-free Virginia not spared state pension woes

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 19:05:00 EDT

Virginia is one of only a handful of states that prohibit collective bargaining for public employees in state and local government.
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'Supermoon' to shine on Saturday

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 19:39:00 EDT

The moon will be full on Saturday night, and it should also be as close to the Earth as its orbit will take it this year.



State prosecutor subpoenas three officers before grand jury in Leopold probe

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 00:54:01 EDT

Three police officers assigned to security detail for Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold have been subpoenaed by the state prosecutor's office to appear before a grand jury in Annapolis today, according to a source close to the investigation.



Lululemon Bethesda slaying arrest announced: Brittany Norwood being charged with murder

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 00:15:03 EDT

The woman who police believed was a brave survivor of a brutal attack at a Bethesda yoga store has now been charged with killing her co-worker, even after she convinced detectives that two men in ski masks and gloves raped and beat them. Brittany Norwood, 28, left, was charged late Friday with murde


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Fenty ally Skinner's firm charged more than $500,000 in markups, Trout probe finds

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 11:36:04 EDT

Attorney who led investigation tells Council that government officials gave the parks spending little oversight, enabling a "classic case of waste and abuse."
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D.C. police target alleged violent armed robbery crew

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 00:53:00 EDT

D.C. police target an alleged violent armed robbery crew.



Prince George's creates $50 million fund to spur jobs, development

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 15:38:00 EDT

Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III is hoping the county's new economic development corporation will help attract more business and jobs to the jurisdiction.



Virginia to allow prisoners to maintain rest stops

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 13:17:06 EDT

Some fear the initiative, part of the governor's efforts to ease inmates' reentry into society, will hinder safety. - Photos: Teaching inmates job skills


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Va. man imprisoned for 27 years gets parole

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 21:27:02 EDT

Virginia officials say Thomas Haynesworth, who has been in prison for 27 years for sex offenses he says he did not commit, will be freed while a court considers his claim of innocence.
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Lululemon Bethesda slaying arrest announced

Sun, 20 Mar 2011 08:22:03 EDT

The woman who police believed was a brave survivor of a brutal attack at a Bethesda yoga store has now been charged with killing her co-worker, even after she convinced detectives that two men in ski masks and gloves raped and beat them. Brittany Norwood, 28, left, was charged late Friday with murde


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Evaluating teachers is a delicate conversation

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 12:25:03 EDT

A rare glimpse into a public school teacher's performance evaluation, the hypersensitive center of an education reform movement that aims to improve how teachers do their jobs.


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Donations to Japan lag behind those for Katrina, Haiti

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 00:48:02 EDT

Philanthropy experts say the belief that a country with the world's third-largest economy doesn't need outside help is a key reason why private U.S. donations to Japan are lagging behind those for other recent disasters.


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Evaluating teachers is a delicate conversation

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 13:58:03 EDT

A rare glimpse into a public school teacher's performance evaluation, the hypersensitive center of an education reform movement that aims to improve how teachers do their jobs.
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D.C. elementary students sickened by cocaine

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 00:29:00 EDT

A D.C. elementary school student was charged with possession of a controlled substance after being accused of taking cocaine to school and sharing it with four classmates who were hospitalized after ingesting it.



Montgomery burglary suspect indicted on 26 counts

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 00:02:00 EDT

The Montgomery County burglary suspect who drew international media attention for allegedly leaving a charging cellphone inside a home he had broken into, was indicted on 26 criminal counts Thursday.



Kwame Brown team asked for costly SUV hours after election as council chairman, D.C. officials testify

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 01:06:03 EDT

The two black Lincoln Navigators - the first was deemed unacceptable because of the color of the interior - could end up costing D.C. taxpayers more than $30,000 for just a few weeks of use.


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Demystifying Virginia's redistricting

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 10:58:00 EDT

Virginia lawmakers tasked with drawing new boundaries for all state legislative and congressional districts have a vested interest in preserving the status quo. But new open-source software is demystifing and democratizing the process, with poli-sci professors and students claiming that they've got
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West Point experience illustrates changing role of women in military

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 16:18:02 EDT

Col. Sylvia Moran, 31 years later, is the only female member of that first West Point class still on active duty.


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Congressional committee plans probe into Sulaimon Brown allegations

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 16:11:08 EDT

A congressional committee has launched a probe into former mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown's allegations that Mayor Vincent C. Gray promised him a job and that he received payments from two members of Gray's campaign.


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District investigates special-ed school

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 13:41:02 EDT

D.C. officials are looking into a range of problems at a Northwest private school for special needs students that has collected more than $16 million in tuition over the last two years.



Abduction charges dropped against George Mason student in library dispute

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 13:38:01 EDT

George Mason University officials said Wednesday that charges have been dropped against Abdirashid Dahir, the senior who was charged with felony abduction after allegedly locking a fellow student in a library study room.
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D.C. probes special-ed school Rock Creek Academy

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 22:01:01 EDT

D.C. officials are looking into a range of problems at a Northwest private school for special needs students that has collected more than $16 million in tuition over the last two years.



No 'substantive issues' in training of Pr. George's cadets accused of cheating

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 13:23:00 EDT

State auditors have determined that more than 30 Prince George's County police recruits caught up in a cheating scandal do not need to be removed from the streets.



No 'substantive issues' with training of Pr. George's cadets accused of cheating

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 23:25:02 EDT

State auditors have determined that more than 30 Prince George's County police recruits caught up in a cheating scandal do not need to be removed from the streets.



D.C.'s cherry blossom, Japanese street fests muted this year after earthquake

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 00:09:05 EDT

Organizers of Washington's annual celebration plan to use the events to show their support for the people of Japan.
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OPM's John Berry calls for new performance-review system for federal workers

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 00:37:00 EDT

OPM Director John Berry calls for a new performance-management system, without big changes to the General Schedule.



D.C. Mayor Gray fires chief of staff

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 13:05:03 EDT

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray fired his chief of staff Wednesday, moments before she was scheduled to testify before a D.C. Council committee on why some members of the administration were being paid salaries that exceeded the city's legal limits.


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Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority moves to restart CEO search

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 06:29:00 EDT

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority took steps Wednesday to restart its search for a new chief executive.



Pr. George's jury awards $11.5 million in fatal police shooting

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 08:54:00 EDT

The wife and son of a man killed by a Prince George's police officer were awarded $11.5 million by a jury.
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OPM's John Berry calls for new performance-review system for federal workers

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 10:16:00 EDT

Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry calls for a new performance-management system, without big changes to the General Schedule.



Lawlor gets death sentence in 2008 Fairfax slaying

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 10:48:03 EDT

A Falls Church area man is to be executed for the 2008 bludgeoning and rape of a 29-year-old woman. Database: Virginia executions, 1982-present



8 gang members arrested in Southeast Washington shootings, violence, police say

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 09:44:00 EDT

The months-long investigation targeted back-and-forth gun violence between rival street crews at a public housing complex, authorities said.



Abduction charges dropped against George Mason student in library dispute

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 13:17:00 EDT

George Mason University officials said Wednesday that charges have been dropped against Abdirashid Dahir, the senior who was charged with felony abduction after allegedly locking a fellow student in a library study room.
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Feds end probe of college gender bias

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 19:51:04 EDT

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights ends an inquiry into gender bias at colleges after members question the quality of data collected.



Montgomery County police officer charged with helping fiance run cocaine ring

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 22:34:01 EDT

A Montgomery County police officer engaged to marry a convicted drug dealer was charged with helping him operate a cocaine trafficking ring.



In Bowie, a museum dedicated to John Wayne

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 10:26:03 EDT

In a little corner of a Bowie shopping center is a museum dedicated to the one and only John Wayne.


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Bill would end 'pay to play' in Prince George's County

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 00:49:00 EDT

The Prince George's County House delegation put the final touches on an ethics bill Wednesday meant to send a signal that county officials want to shed the image that the county is a place where businesses must "pay to play" to get anything done
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Gray should ignore Barry's depiction of scandals as political conflict

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 10:21:00 EDT

Four-time mayor Marion Barry knows a lot about how to run the District amid legal troubles, but current Mayor Vincent Gray shouldn't buy into Barry's view that scandals should be dealt with as a product of political conflict.



Temporary positions could lead to permanent employment

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 18:58:00 EDT

"Door openers" can get you closer to being hired.



Most Americans back women in combat roles, poll says

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 19:39:01 EDT

Seven in 10 Americans support permitting women in the military to serve in ground units that engage in close combat, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.



The Crime Scene: Drug charges against Md. police officer

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 16:53:01 EDT

Federal authorities in Maryland on Wednesday accused a Montgomery County police officer of helping her fiancé, a convicted drug dealer, operate a cocaine trafficking ring.
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On college campuses, a gender gap in student government

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 08:27:06 EDT

Women have now outpaced men on key measures of college success: More enroll, more graduate and they earn higher grades. Yet on many campuses, student government is dominated by men.


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Spat over study room leads to George Mason student's arrest

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 10:56:00 EDT

A student has been charged with felony abduction after an argument over a library study room.



Crisis teams in Japan exercise caution in face of radiation threat

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 09:37:00 EDT

Aid workers accustomed to dangerous situations now must contend with a new crisis as they send response teams to Japan where there has been radiation exposure from nuclear power plants.



Calvert Cliffs neighbors able to take some comfort

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 14:38:05 EDT

The chances of a Japan-style disaster are unlikely at southern Md.'s Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, but residents still worry.
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Hero in L'Enfant Plaza escalator calamity is unveiled

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 09:29:00 EDT

When a fully loaded L'Enfant Plaza escalator snapped with a bang, sped out of control, and injured six people after the "Sanity Rally" on the National Mall last October, one rider stood out for his presence of mind. His identity is now known: Dentist Randy Widen, 67, an expert in teeth grinding, is



Spat over study room leads to George Mason student's arrest

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 00:27:01 EDT

A student has been charged with felony abduction after an argument over a library study room.



Patterson fails to qualify for D.C. ballot; Mara survives

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 00:26:00 EDT

Democrat Jacque Patterson fails to qualify for D.C. special election.GOP's Patrick Mara survives petition challenges.



Md. panel's school-funding vote defuses fight with teachers; pension-plan rift remains

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 22:32:01 EDT

Maryland State Education Association says it has "drawn a line in the sand" on budget cuts.
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D.C. area airports authority set to vote on chief executive

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 11:12:00 EDT

Board member charged with running search has resigned, leaving vote's outcome uncertain; Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) has moved quickly this week to name a replacement



Panel urges TSA to implement 'trusted travelers' program

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 10:04:00 EDT

Treating every airport passenger as a potential terrorist slows the security system and deters some people from flying, according to a new report.


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Montgomery council and schools spar over Leggett spending plan

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 22:00:03 EDT

The budget proposal has sparked a nasty fight between the council, which controls county spending, and Montgomery County Public Schools, which accounts for the biggest share of the budget.



Rockville high school student wins 'Jeopardy!' Teen Tournament

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 09:07:02 EDT

Raynell Cooper was the big winner in the "Jeopardy!" Teen Tournament. Then he had to keep quiet about it.
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Montgomery IG says county, WSSC overpaid developers

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 07:44:00 EDT

Developers of a west Germantown subdivision were reimbursed twice by local government agencies, collecting more than $6 million on a project that cost them about $3 million.



Police previously encountered stolen car where body was found, records show

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 00:26:00 EDT

Prince George's investigators are tracing a stolen car's path from a neighborhood in Fort Washington to an impound lot in Oxon Hill after a missing man's body is found in its trunk.



Illegal immigrant involved in fatal Fairfax crash

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 06:48:00 EDT

A Fairfax County man died in a crash allegedly involving a drunk driver, and the drunk driver had been previously deported to Honduras.



Ex-Pr. George's county executive Jack Johnson pleads not guilty to corruption

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 07:29:00 EDT

Former Prince George's county executive Jack B. Johnson pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges in federal corruption probe.
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Virginia Senate race verging toward Kaine vs. Allen

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 07:25:03 EDT

The pieces are falling into place for George Allen and Timothy M. Kaine to square off for Virginia's open Senate seat next year, a rare matchup of two former governors and state political giants.


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Budget impasse means less paid overtime for some feds

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 23:40:02 EDT

Ongoing budget negotiations on Capitol Hill are forcing the Social Security Administration to suspend paid overtime for workers who process benefits and review applications.



Court faults USPS in firing of decorated Afghan war veteran

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 19:49:01 EDT

Federal court overturns a ruling that favored USPS in a dispute with a decorated sergeant major, finding that he had not abandoned the post office for military service.



Frank Buckles, last known U.S. World War I veteran, is laid to rest at Arlington

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 12:08:03 EDT

The last American veteran of World War I was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
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