February 22, 2014
THE DISTRICT
Gray wins the backing of two major unions

Incumbent Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) continues to receive more labor support, gaining the backing of two major D.C. area unions.

On Friday, he stood with regional leaders of the Laborers’ International Union of North America to accept the group’s endorsement. And on Monday, he is set to appear with leaders of the D.C. Building and Construction Trades Council, a coalition of several construction-trade unions.

“Mayor Gray understands that the only way for D.C. to have a vibrant middle class is for business and labor to work together to bring good jobs and economic development to the District,” said Dennis L. Martire, LIUNA’s top regional official, in a statement delivering the endorsement.

— Mike DeBonis

Firefighter among 5 injured in house blaze

Five people, including a District firefighter, were hurt Saturday morning in a house fire in the 2600 block of 29th Street SE, a fire department spokesman said. One of the victims, who apparently had been trapped inside the house, suffered life-threatening injuries. The firefighter’s injuries were “minor,” spokesman Tim Wilson said.

— J. Freedom du Lac

MARYLAND
Man sexually assaults woman in her 90s

A woman in her 90s was sexually assaulted Friday night by a man who broke into her home in the Riverdale area of Prince George’s County, authorities said.

Police said the incident occurred about 9:40 p..m. in a house off Riverdale Road, a few blocks from Route 295.

A flier handed out by law enforcement gave the woman’s age. Police said that she was attacked after she went to investigate a noise in her home.

— Matt Zapotosky and Martin Weil

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