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Brittany Norwood is on trial for the killing of co-worker Jayna Murray inside the Lululemon Athletica store in Bethesda. (Mark Gail/AP)

A Loudoun County GOP official has resigned over a controversial image depicting President Obama as a zombie with a bullet hole in his forehead. Robert Jesionowski used the image in an e-mail promoting Republican activities at a Leesburg Halloween parade.

A slain Howard University student was remembered for his musical talent, team spirit and compassion at a tribute ceremony on Howard’s campus Tuesday night. Hundreds of students, friends and administrators at Howard attended the memorial for Alonzo Guyton, who was shot and killed last week in Mount Rainier.

Politicians’ D.C. crash pads: A lot of freshman House members rent a small place, but some senators are spending big.

The hunter-gatherer cook: What kinds of foods can you find in Washington outside the store? Hank Shaw goes foraging.

Coming up today, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray will speak at 9:30 a.m. on an initiative to create new Metrobus jobs and President Obama will visit the Georgetown waterfront to highlight the need for infrastructure investments. Stay with PostLocal for these and other local stories.