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Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 03/05/2012

Battling chronic homelessness in Montgomery County; D.C. shooting trial enters third week; defending Gen. McClellan (A.M. Buzz)

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Montgomery County grapples with chronic homelessness. The county is refocusing efforts on homeless people with complicated needs that include not only economic hardships but also problems such as mental illness and addiction.

A witness’s testimony highlights the complexities of a D.C. shooting case, in which five defendants are on trial for a series of March 2010 shootings. The trial, now in its third week, could last months.

Appalachia gets a WikiLeaks-type site. The Web site encourages whistleblowers to expose corporate and government wrongdoing.

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Chat at noon with the Post’s resident Civil War expert Gene Thorp, who argues that Gen. George McClellan was not the miserable failure history has made him out to be. Join the conversation live at 12 p.m.

Also at noon, Dr. Gridlock answers your questions about Metro, traffic and transportation issues across the region. Submit a question now.

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