The D.C. area’s most bizarre local news

January 12, 2014

Kevin Wolf of Arlington works at the Commerce Department, so it “was easy for me to walk across the street before or after work to get shots of the Washington Monument as the scaffolding went up and down.” To capture this one, he arrived on the Mall just after 6 a.m. Nov. 23 to wait for sunrise. (Kevin Wolf / For Express)

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Maybe They Can Learn Arson

The “Wet Bandits” of Virginia’s Hampton Roads region were sentenced in December, about a year after a crime spree during which they robbed homes, then clogged the sinks and left the water running, flooding the properties. (It’s not known whether they were deliberately emulating Harry and Marv from “Home Alone.”) Jaleel Jordan and Ryan Willis each got eight years in prison.

JOURNALISM

Irony: Crack for the Media

A man who had to get a new Target card after the company’s security breach suffered credit-card fraud anyway shortly after the new card arrived. In late December, he lost the new card; two mean people found it and went shopping. Multiple news outlets considered this worth covering because the man is George Nader, deputy police chief of Prince George’s County, Md.

JUSTICE

You Really Can Find Anything on Craigslist

A Sykesville, Md., family grieving the theft of pet chickens is whole again. Last month, Karen Jacob discovered six chickens missing. A note signed “Frank” and $40 were left in their place. Jacob frantically posted an ad on Craigslist titled “Frank — do you have our 6 chickens????” “The next thing I know I’m getting emails like crazy,” she told ABC2. Frank was found. He returned the chickens, saying he’d been told the chickens were for sale.

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Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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