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Sunday, April 19, 2009

THE DISTRICT

Unidentified Man Is Found Dead in Southeast

An unidentified man was found dead on the 1300 block of Barnaby Street SE early yesterday morning, police said.

The man, whose identity was unknown last night, was found on the sidewalk, suffering from injuries to his head and body, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call police at 202-727-9099 or 888-919-2746.

-- Chris L. Jenkins

TRANSPORTATION

Drivers Taking More Trips Beyond Daily Commute

An increasing number of daily trips in the Washington region are made for reasons other than commuting to work, underscoring the need for more pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods and other measures to reduce congestion, a survey finds.

Commuting to work accounts for about one-fifth of residents' daily trips, according to the survey of 11,000 randomly selected households by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board. That is down from about a quarter of all trips in 1994 and one-third in 1968.

The survey was conducted over about a year, beginning in February 2007.

Robert Griffiths, who led the analysis, said that teleworking might account for some of the decline in the percentage of commuting trips but that there is an increase in trips for errands such as going to the grocery store and picking up children from soccer practice.


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