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Republican governors group planning to air TV ads in final stretch of Maryland’s race
WashingtonPost.com / Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:55:46 GMT

The Republican Governors Association is planning to purchase television ads in the final stretch of the governor’s race in heavily Democratic Maryland, according to a GOP source familiar with the group’s strategy.

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Woman convicted of boyfriend’s 2012 murder in Silver Spring apartment
WashingtonPost.com / Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:01:23 GMT

A woman was convicted Wednesday of killing her boyfriend in his Silver Spring apartment in 2012.

Katrina Ben, 37, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Eric Somuah, 35.

In a statement about the case, the state’s attorney’s office for Montgomery County said that Somuah was found in his bed, dead of a gunshot wound to the head, after he did not show up to work on June 6, 2012. There were no signs of forced entry into his apartment, which was locked.

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The nation’s ‘best’ ZIP Code is in D.C.
WashingtonPost.com / Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:24:12 GMT

Real estate Web site Movoto just came up with a ranking of most of the ZIP Codes in the U.S. The ranking is based on household income, unemployment rate, high school graduation rate and a few other factors (including median rent, taken as a positive, which seems a bit strange — wouldn’t most people rather find cheap rents in an otherwise desirable area, rather than take the high price of their housing as evidence that they must be getting something good for their money?).

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Briar Woods football players under investigation for alleged assaults
WashingtonPost.com / Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:53:00 GMT

Several varsity football players at Briar Woods High are under investigation for allegedly assaulting two junior varsity players.

Loudoun County Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Liz Mills said two assaults, each involving different victims, took place at the Ashburn school after school hours earlier in October. Both incidents were reported Friday.

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McCartney: A repeat of District family homelessness crisis is feared despite last year’s lessons
WashingtonPost.com / Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:53:00 GMT

The District government had been expected to explain at a public meeting in Southeast on Tuesday how it planned to house a surge of homeless families needing shelter when the weather turns freezing.

No such luck. Deborah Carroll, interim director of the Department of Human Services, said no details would be forthcoming for a couple of weeks. A plan has gone to Mayor Vince Gray (D), but he hasn’t approved it yet.

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With Smith absent, his wife handles questions during forum for ANC race
WashingtonPost.com / Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:16:06 GMT

The world’s most intriguing advisory neighborhood commission race played out in a 200-square-foot room in the Watergate complex this week.

The only scheduled forum in ANC race 2A04 — pitting lawyer Thomas B. Martin against physician and business executive William K. Smith, the “K” being for Kennedy — covered the expected ground for a Foggy Bottom civic event: schools, sidewalk repair, the homeless, relations with George Washington University.

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Effort to unseat Connolly will be an uphill climb
WashingtonPost.com / Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:40:00 GMT

The bleak image voters have of Congress and President Obama this fall should make U.S. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) a prime target for challengers eager to take advantage of voter antipathy toward Democratic incumbents.

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Nelson Bunker Hunt, Texas oil baron who lost much of his fortune, dies at 88
WashingtonPost.com / Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:39:00 GMT

Nelson Bunker Hunt, a Texas wheeler-dealer once reputed to be the world’s richest man, who controlled international oil fields and, for a time, much of the world’s silver market before losing his wealth in a spectacular downfall in the 1980s, died Oct. 21 at an assisted-living facility in Dallas. He was 88.

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Early voting starts Thursday in Md., and the gubernatorial candidates will remind you
WashingtonPost.com / Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:15:00 GMT

With early voting set to begin Thursday in Maryland, both the Democratic and Republican gubernatorial tickets plan events to make sure their supporters know about it.

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, the Democratic nominee for governor, is scheduled to accompany his teenage daughter, Rebecca, as she casts her ballot at an early voting center in Landover. Brown’s running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman (D), also plans to vote early in Columbia, according to the Brown campaign.

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Substitute teacher at D.C. charter school charged with having sex with student
WashingtonPost.com / Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:52:00 GMT

A 22-year-old substitute teacher at a D.C. charter school for at-risk youth was arrested Tuesday and charged with having oral sex with a student football player behind the teacher’s classroom desk, according to police and court documents.

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A restored Victorian in Logan Circle with a distinct personality
WashingtonPost.com / Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:30:00 GMT

If you get an invitation to attend a party at the Lauber-Hoffman home you will be advised to dress appropriately. Not in tails or spiky heels but in layers to keep warm.

Albert Lauber, 64, a judge on the U.S. Tax Court, and Craig Hoffman, 59, a law professor at Georgetown University Law School, host dinners, fundraisers and celebratory gatherings in their wine cellar, which is maintained at 58 degrees and 75 percent humidity in deference to the 2,000 bottles of wine stacked on floor-to-ceiling shelves.

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