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D.C. Council member Marion Barry. (Bill O'Leary/WASHINGTON POST)

Drama at D.C. mass-slaying trial. Much of Wednesday’s testimony came from mothers of those killed or injured in a series of fatal shootings in the city two years ago. “These bastards. These killers. These murderers,” one mother yelled at the defendants. The trial continues today.

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Coming up today on PostLocal:

— Join Vern Yip and the Post’s Jura Koncius for a live chat about home design chat at noon.

— Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is holding an all-day security drill all day Thursday. The Navy-wide exercises are expected to affect Bethesda traffic.



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