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A ‘profoundly deafening’ silence: Dave Sharrett Sr., the father of a Fairfax County soldier killed in a friendly-fire incident in Iraq, says he received no answers in a meeting with an Army chief about his son’s death.

Va. lawmakers’ uterus obsession: Elected officials seem to spend more time thinking about women’s wombs than about women themselves, writes columnist Petula Dvorak.

Guppy love: Va. man Bill Carwile is hooked on guppies, breeding the fish competitively for the past 20 years.

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President Obama will visit Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda Friday afternoon to spend time with troops wounded in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean is scheduled to visit Maryland lawmakers Friday to advocate for an appeal of the law.

View Photo Gallery: As one of seven senior judges for the International Fancy Guppy Association and a Best of Show winner many times over, Bill Carwile has been breeding guppies competitively for more than 20 years.