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A silent walk protesting anti-gay crimes drew about 600 people in D.C. Tuesday. Their 2.6-mile march started at a restaurant in Columbia Heights, where a hate crime left a gay man critically wounded.

Virginia has been named the “best state to make a living” by personal finance Web site MoneyRates.com. The site awarded Virginia the top spot for higher-than-expected revenue and a drop in the unemployment rate.

UMBC is quietly leading a revolution in science education. The University of Maryland Baltimore County has built a reputation for teaching that is comparable to the nation’s elite universities.


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Coming up today on Post Local:

—The annual National Bike Summit meets in Washington this week. Today, the summit will hear from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.

—In today’s Free Range on Food chat, the Post’s foodies talk Beer Madness, learning to like coffee and more. Join in at noon.

—Touring the cherry blossoms or just enjoying the warmth this week? Share your #springscape photos!