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A.M. Buzz: Powder in the mail, flowers at church

Good morning. The weekend is almost upon us; do you have plans yet? There are embassy open houses, a huge annual flower mart, horse racing, stage play and Mother’s Day.

More than two dozen schools in the District got letters yesterday containing a suspicious, but likely harmless, white powder. Because the letters appear to have come from Texas, the FBI is involved.

Court and crime news: Brittany Norwood was indicted in the Bethesda yoga shop death; an Alexandria midwife was convicted in a newborn’s death; a Beltsville woman was convicted in a drunk-driving accident that killed two, dragging one victim beneath her car; D.C.’s political protestors pleaded not guilty; Sulaimon Brown was subpoenaed by a D.C. Council committee investigating Mayor Vincent Gray’s hiring practices; and a man was shot in the leg while inside the Petworth Metro station last night.

Sheriff Dana Lawhorne gives Kevin Truesdale his deputy sheriff badge as his mother Zita Truesdale Noyes wipes away a tear. The Alexandria Adult Detention Center was renamed as William G. Truesdale ADC in honor of Kevin's father, who was killed in the line of duty. (Susan Biddle)

Now for some good news: There’s been a 50 percent decline in the D.C. infant mortality rate over the past 20 years, so the Department of Health D.C. Healthy Baby Program and former teenage mother of Grammy Award-nominated singer Trey Songz will celebrate today at Howard University Hospital.

Amtrak’s anniversary (and who could miss National Train Day?) means that Gladys Knight is supposed to be at Union Station for the celebration today.

Closing shot. There won’t be any more Gary Williams at Maryland. The basketball coach of 22 years shocked the campus with news of his retirement.

Have a great weekend and see you Monday.

Patricia Sullivan covers government, politics and other regional issues in Arlington County and Alexandria. She worked in Illinois, Florida, Montana and California before joining the Post in November 2001.

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