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Challenger to Va. House speaker accuses him of ‘cheating’ in ballot rules

RICHMOND — The Republican challenger to Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell has accused him of quietly seeking a change to absentee-voting policy that she says he has been using to his benefit in the closing weeks of the most-watched primary of this year’s legislative contests.Read full article >>

Victor Salvi dies at 95; harp maker was called the ‘lord of the strings’

Victor Salvi, a scion of an Italian musical dynasty who became one of the world’s preeminent manufacturer of harps — a musician, artisan and businessman dubbed the “lord of the strings,” — died May 10 at a hospital in Milan. He was 95.Read full article >>

Local digest: Special police officer charged in accident

THE DISTRICTPolice officer charged in fatal hit-and-run A D.C. special police officer was charged with involuntary manslaughter Wednesday for a hit-and-run accident that killed a pedestrian in April.Chatara Sophia Johnson, a security guard licensed by the D.C. Show More Summary

Washington-area obituaries of note

Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.Raymond W. Fullerton III, federal officialRaymond W. Fullerton III, 87, the U.S. Agriculture Department’s former assistant general counsel for litigation, died May 3 at his home in Frederick, Md. The cause was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, said his wife, Sally H. Fullerton.Read full article >>

Bongino moves to Florida, where political outlook may be sunnier

Republican Dan Bongino, the former Secret Service agent who came within two percentage points of knocking off heavily favored Rep. John Delaney (D) in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District race last year, has moved to Florida.Read full article >>

Prince William County will spend nearly $3 million to cut class sizes, but just barely

Prince William County schools have allocated approximately $3 million for next school year to hire additional teachers in an effort to cut down average class sizes, an expensive and sizable challenge for Virginia’s second-largest school district.Read full article >>

Wanted: Baltimore riot suspects

Two photos show the arson on a Baltimore street. In one shot, a hooded man squeezes lighter fluid from a bottle, and in the next frame a photo captures flames bursting from canisters he sprayed with the fluid.Read full article >>

Go Home Already: Rain

End-of-day news: People are fed up with a law that allows people to be arrested simply for standing on a sidewalk, and more. [ more › ]

Six Baltimore police officers indicted in death of Freddie Gray

Six Baltimore police officers were indicted Thursday in connection with the April death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old who suffered a fatal spine injury while in police custody, touching off a wave of protests and riots across parts of the city.Read full article >>

D.C. special police officer charged in fatal hit-and-run accident

A D.C. special police officer was charged with involuntary manslaughter on Wednesday for a hit-and-run accident that killed a pedestrian in April.Chatara Sophia Johnson, a security guard licensed by the D.C. police department, admitted to hitting 68-year-old Faith Pines while speeding on Southern Avenue SE, according to a court document.Read full article >>

More Morrissey news: They’re getting married

Former Virginia state lawmaker Joseph D. Morrissey said on Thursday that “of course” he plans to marry the woman with whom he was accused of having a relationship when she was a minor.Morrissey, who admitted this week to fathering a child with 19-year-old Myrna Pride, said they did not have sex until she was 18. Show More Summary

Defense motions in Charles Severance case denied

A judge denied a series of defense motions Thursday that would have limited evidence prosecutors are allowed to present during the upcoming trial of a man accused in three high-profile killings in Alexandria.Read full article >>

Police: Wallet leads to burglar who tried to sexually assault sleeping woman

A wallet led police to a 22-year-old man who authorities said broke into a Gainesville home and tried to sexually assault a woman. The man, Maaz Malik of Gainesville, was charged Tuesday with burglary and attempted forcible sodomy, a Prince William County police spokesman said Thursday.Read full article >>

Smart gun company in corporate restructuring

The upheaval is deepening around the German maker of a controversial new smart gun.Armatix, based near Munich, is undergoing a “corporate restructuring,” according to a statement Thursday from a company spokesman. Details were not immediately available from German courts, but the spokesman said the move was “not an insolvency proceeding.”Read full article >>

When Reality Rings: Theater J’s The Call @ Atlas Performing Arts Center

Theater J's latest raises a tangled knot of questions that no one could ever hope to answer. [ more › ]

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