Murderabilia controversy; Marion Barry in trouble; D.C. must pay legal fees in handgun suit (A.M. Buzz)

Good morning and welcome to the last weekday of 2011! Here are a few of the stories you should read today:


View Photo Gallery: Hundreds of items associated with serial killers, including personal effects, paintings, letters and even hair and fingernails, are available for purchase online to collectors as “murderabilia.”

A calculator that belonged to Seung Hui Cho, the man who killed 32 people at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007, is up for sale online. It’s just one of many pieces of controversial “murderabilia” for sale on at least half a dozen Web sites devoted solely to selling artifacts that belonged to serial killers.

Marion Barry is in trouble yet again — this time because of a press release sent from his chief of staff's e-mail address that attacked Natalie Williams, Barry’s primary election opponent and his former spokeswoman. Council Chairman Kwame Brown (D) scolded Barry yesterday amid the outcry.

D.C. must pay $1.1 million in legal fees over a handgun ownership lawsuit, $2 million less than had originally been requested. Though the city government lost that case, D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan spun the judge’s ruling on legal fees as a victory.

Police arrested a D.C. man Thursday in connection with a 2008 double homicide. Arvel Crawford, 21, faces two counts of second-degree murder in connection with the Aug. 14, 2008, deaths of JohnQuan D. Wright, 18, and Nolan Cooper, 61.

Two men were stabbed outside the Mood Lounge in Northwest last night. Both men got injuries that were not life-threatening during the incident in the 1300 block of Ninth Street NW. They are now in stable condition at a hospital. Police do not yet have any information on a possible suspect.

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