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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 05/25/2011

Baseball, taxes and stone carvers

Good morning. Warm and humid weather continues today, and 90 degrees isn’t far away.

Did D.C. fail to collect millions in taxes? That’s the question under review after two lawyers exposed what they say is a method by which buyers and sellers of large properties escape the tax they are supposed to pay.

The Nats aren’t doing so well this year (they lost again to the Milwaukee Brewers) and one of their prospects who died last month was felled by an aggressive sinus infection, beat reporter Adam Kilgore reports.

Nick Benson, a master stone carver, talks about the Atlantic Green Granite where he has carved the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. in stone. (Katherine Frey - THE WASHINGTON POST)
A lovely essay by Post writer Michael Ruane about the third-generation stone carver who is working on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial reveals secrets of the typeface, the importance of the word “hope” and an understanding of permanence and impermanence, as the deadline for finishing the memorial draws near.

The national fingerprint database could be getting $10 million to digitize old manual prints sitting in card catalogs around the nation, thanks to a bill by a northern Virginia congressman that was triggered by a Washington Post investigation.

Speaking of local congressmen, Rep. Gerry Connelly guaranteed himself a vote yesterday when he helped a young man ask a young woman to the prom.

Did you see that YouTube video of the confrontation between a man in a wheelchair and the local Metro transit police? Assault charges against the man have been dropped, although he may still be charged with drinking in public, and AP is reporting that the two officers have been suspended.

Yikes, look at the time. We’ll have much more today on PostLocal so be sure to drop by.

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