Sunday, April 24, 2005

Scenery or DVDs? Parents Take Sides
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    More on whether DVD players for backseat passengers are a good idea:

April 23
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Mid-Day Lucky Numbers: 5-2-9
Mid-Day D.C. 4: 1-9-2-5

UPDATE: Fired Police Chief Working to Get Back Job
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    Teresa C. Chambers, who was fired last year as U.S. Park Police chief after publicly calling for more funding and personnel, is still trying to get her old job back.

Transit Update
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    Driving Hot Spots
Here is a selection of road advisories. Weather and equipment availability can affect timing.

Man's Best Friend, but Not This Woman's
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    NEW YORK AVE. NE, 1200 block, April 9. A woman surrendered a 1-year-old cocker spaniel to the D.C. shelter because, she said, it wanted too much affection. She said it followed her frequently and she would often step on it by accident. She said she was keeping another dog that "knows how to play by himself." The spaniel was made available for adoption.

D.C. Police Seek Help Finding U-Md. Student
By Petula Dvorak, Page C03
    D.C. police said they are seeking the public's help in locating a university student who was last seen more than a week ago at a nightclub in the city.

Cathedral's New Dean Envisions A Middle Road
Hundreds Attend Installation
By Henri E. Cauvin, Page C03
    The new dean of Washington National Cathedral has a vision for the city, and it is not, he says, the Washington of today, where moderate voices of faith are often overtaken by fundamentalism.

In Brief
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    THE DISTRICT 2 Programs Are Award Finalists
Harvard University has selected two initiatives in the District as finalists in an awards program honoring innovations in government.

Condolences Pour In for Va. Crash Victims
Community Opens Hearts, Wallets After Bus Accident
By Tara Bahrampour, Page C03
    The messages, scrawled with a black, felt-tip pen, read like a mantra, as if repeating the words enough times would make everything okay again: "Bless you." "I'm sorry." "Lo siento mucho." "That was not right what happened to you."

Coming Thursday in the Extras
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    Alexandria Arlington Single mother Rubidia Marquina supports her family by cleaning office buildings. She has always admonished her children to study hard so that they can have a better life. Today, one child has graduated from college, two are attending college on scholarships and her youngest is a high school senior who is taking all AP classes with hopes of attending an Ivy League university.

After-School Programs Go Multicultural
Community Groups Reach Out To Kids From Around the Globe
By Mary Beth Sheridan, Page C04
    It's not every day you see an African American teaching an ancient Chinese art to Vietnamese and Cameroonians.

Mount Vernon
Congregation Swamped by Water, Worry
Flooding After Move-In Leaves Church 'Strapped'
By David Cho, Page C04
    It wasn't exactly the Flood of biblical fame, but it still seemed a harsh twist of fate this month when the Rev. Keary Kincannon discovered three inches of muddy water in the basement of his church.

In Thursday's Extra
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    After decades of neglect, the District government is finally starting to pay attention to its dilapidated alleys. The city's Department of Transportation has proposed spending $5 million a year to begin fixing unpaved alleys and has earmarked another $1 million a year to improve historic alleys. The city has 21 miles of unpaved alleys, including some that are 100 to 150 years old. Most of the alleys in the worst condition are east of the Anacostia River.

Coming in Thursday's Extras
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    Anne Arundel Spring brings an array of festivals and shows to the county.

April 17-23
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    Gay Married Couples Can File Jointly District Reserves Right to Reject Tax Returns
The D.C. attorney general declared that gay couples married last year in Massachusetts may file joint tax returns in the District. Robert J. Spagnoletti added, however, that the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue "reserves the authority" to reject their filings. The subject quickly drew the attention of Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), who warned that a move to recognize gay marriages in the nation's capital would trigger a sharp review by lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

In Ward 8, Groundbreaking Is a Symbol of a Sea Change
By Debbi Wilgoren, Page C04
    To write about economic development in Washington these days is to get weekly, sometimes daily, media alerts announcing groundbreakings, ribbon-cuttings and other small reminders of the city's seemingly unstoppable construction boom.

April 17-23
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    Slots Stance May Cost Md. the Preakness Ehrlich's Warning Cites Lack of Legal Gambling
Maryland could lose its 130-year grip on the Preakness Stakes because of the state legislature's persistent refusal to legalize slot machine gambling, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said. Next month, Maryland is scheduled to host the 130th running of the storied horse race, the second leg of racing's Triple Crown and the state's most profitable annual sporting event.

Liquor Store Owner Undeterred by Push for Midnight Closings
By Hamil R. Harris, Page C04
    In 1985, Amrik and Ravinder Melhi moved into a Riverdale apartment complex with the goal of someday owning their own home and their own business. After several years of working long hours in convenience stores, the couple purchased an abandoned liquor store on Branch Avenue in Temple Hills.

The Ehrlich Tour
Governor Plans P.R. Blitz of Workplaces
'Marketing' Strategy Aims For 'Maximum Exposure,' End Run Around Reporters
By Matthew Mosk, Page C04
    The executives in blue suits milled about the lobby of TVI Corp.'s world headquarters, kibitzing as they awaited Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s arrival for one of the scores of corporate visits and office pep talks he will be delivering through the summer.

O'Malley Rides Wave of Good Polls and Press
By John Wagner and Matthew Mosk, Page C04
    Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley hardly could have scripted a better few days.

April 17-23
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    Davis Fights Development Near Home Complex's Plan Counts on Purchase of Metro Land
Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) said he will propose legislation to scale back a massive development planned next to the Vienna Metro station, near his neighborhood.

Property Tax Opposition Grows in Montgomery
Rising Outcry Gets County Council's Attention
By Cameron W. Barr, Page C05
    The tone of Colleen Carrigan's April 12 e-mail to the Montgomery County Council went from polite to combative in a single sentence.

Despite Report, Pr. George's Gas Fears Intense
Residents Challenge Company's Explanations, Promises to Md. Commission
By Nancy Trejos, Page C05
    Doreen Allen was not surprised to see her address among the approximately 1,400 homes that have known active natural gas leaks in Prince George's County. She began smelling gas outside her District Heights home soon after she bought it about 2 1/2 years ago.

Frederick County
Landfill Neighbors Outraged by Transfer Station Plans
By Fredrick Kunkle, Page C05
    Spring has blossomed along Reichs Ford Road in Frederick County, and so has the trash. The warm breeze carries its smell. Plastic bags bloom in the trees. Flying debris dots people's newly green lawns like dandelions.

Md. Forecast Sunny For Bridge Traffic
Hope Shared by Commuters, Governor
By John Wagner and Steven Ginsberg, Page C06
    With the summer beach season approaching, Maryland officials are promising a spate of measures intended to reduce headaches for motorists crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge -- and for Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., who could suffer politically if chronic congestion continues to worsen.

Sheriff Candidates Setting Out Early
Alexandria Facilities Targeted
By Jamie Stockwell, Page C06
    One thing is certain about the sheriff's race in Alexandria: Come Election Day in November, incumbent James H. Dunning's name will not appear on the ballot, as it has every four years since 1985.

Va. Expands Use of Sentencing Tool for Judges
By Chris L. Jenkins, Page C07
    RICHMOND -- It used to be that Virginia justices went about sentencing nonviolent criminals the way judges across the country do: They scanned convicts' rap sheets and court files and took into account such general factors as age and history to decide how dangerous felons were to the public and whether they should go to prison.

New Pr. William Coordinator Plans Outreach on Cleanup
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    This week, Michelle Casciato will start her work as an exterior decorator of sorts for Prince William County homeowners.

Area Deaths Last Week
Area Deaths Last Week
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    Below are people whose obituaries were printed in The Washington Post last week. To read the obituaries, go to

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