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REGIONAL BRIEFING

-- Michael Tunison

Man Subdued by Taser Dies

A man who was involved in a domestic dispute in Seat Pleasant died at a hospital yesterday after a taser was used to subdue him, Prince George's County police said.

It was not clear whether his death was related to the device, which delivers a jolt of electricity at high voltage, a police spokesman said.

The incident began about 3:35 p.m. in the 6800 block of Greig Street, police said.

-- Clarence Williams and Martin Weil

VIRGINIA

Assailed Gay Candidate Bows Out

Jeff Dion, a Democratic candidate for the House of Delegates in Prince William County's 51st District, dropped out of nomination race Friday after weeks of attacks by conservative blogs.

The gay father and crime victim advocate was dogged by online assaults on his sexuality and family life. Dion said his decision was influenced by other party members, who worried that he could not win in November.

In a statement on his Web site, he wrote that if he continued, "the other side would create a toxic atmosphere that would make it impossible for us to have a real debate about the important issues facing our Commonwealth."

-- Michael Alison Chandler


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