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Aug 25, 2015

Actress Julianne Moore seeks to pull Confederate name from Virginia school

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore is heading a petition drive to rename her Virginia high school, which honors a Confederate general, and the campaign had gathered nearly 30,000 signatures online on Tuesday.

Moore and Academy Award-winning producer Robert Cohen, who both attended J.E.B. Stuart High School in the late 1970s, are asking the Fairfax County School Board to rename the school for civil rights leader and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, according to a Change.org petition.

Jul 15, 2015

Convicted sex offender charged in case of Maryland girls missing for 40 years

By John Clarke

WHEATON, Md. (Reuters) – A convicted sex offender has been charged with the murder of two young Maryland sisters whose 1975 disappearance triggered one of the biggest police investigations in suburban Washington history, authorities said on Wednesday.

Lloyd Lee Welch, a former drifter and carnival worker, has been the focus of the 40-year investigation for two years, Maryland and Virginia authorities said.

Jul 9, 2015

Former Washington-area FBI agent sentenced for evidence tampering

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former FBI agent who admitted using heroin seized in drug busts in the Washington area, leading to the dismissal of several major drug-trafficking cases, was sentenced on Thursday to three years in prison.

Matthew Lowry, 33, choked back tears at his sentencing in federal court, where he talked about his descent into drug addiction and apologized to the FBI, his friends and family, especially his 16-month-old son.

Jul 2, 2015

Man charged in Washington mansion murder of four fires lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The man accused of killing a wealthy Washington businessman and his family and torching their mansion ditched his lawyer on Thursday in favor of the public defenders first assigned to him.

Daron Wint, 34, of Lanham, Maryland, faces a charge of first-degree murder in the May deaths of businessman Savvas Savopoulos and his wife, son and housekeeper. Their bodies were found in their burned home near the official residence of Vice President Joseph Biden.

Jun 30, 2015

Maryland launches campaign against illegal crab fishing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Maryland on Tuesday launched a campaign to police recreational and commercial crab fishing as the state grapples with a low population of crabs that can be caught in the Chesapeake Bay, authorities said.

The enforcement campaign takes aim at poachers who defy regulations on minimum sizes, harvest limits and hours, as well as crab pot registrations, threatening the sustainability of Maryland’s blue crab population, officials said.

Jun 28, 2015

Pontoon boat plunges over Maryland dam, killing one, injuring 8

By John Clarke

(Reuters) – One man died and eight teenagers were injured when the pontoon boat they were aboard was swept over a Maryland lake dam by a heavy current caused by earlier stormy weather, authorities said on Sunday.

The group was on Lake Linganore, about 40 miles (64 km)northwest of Washington, D.C., at about 6:30 p.m. on Saturday when the boat crested the dam and crashed into a rocky spillway below, Maryland Department of Natural Resources police spokeswoman Candy Thomson said. It is the fifth fatal boat accident in the state this year.

Jun 27, 2015

Baltimore police open probe into new shooting of unarmed black man

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Police have opened an investigation into the killing of an unarmed black man by law enforcement officers outside Baltimore, authorities said on Saturday, two months after the city was rocked by protests over the death of another African-American who was taken into custody.

The latest incident unfolded in the Baltimore suburb of Owing Mills, where three officers fired at least 19 rounds and killed Spencer Lee McCain, 41, during a domestic disturbance on Thursday. The Baltimore County police’s homicide unit is investigating, police said in a statement Saturday.

Jun 26, 2015

National Cathedral may remove windows with Confederate images

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The dean of Washington’s National Cathedral has called for removing two stained glass windows depicting the Confederate battle flag, saying it is a painful reminder to many African-Americans of the country’s legacy of slavery.

A spokesman for the landmark Episcopal church in the U.S. capital said on Friday officials would begin considering the Rev. Gary Hall’s appeal immediately.

Jun 24, 2015

No charges in deadly NSA spy agency shooting in Maryland: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – No charges will be filed in the deadly March shooting outside the National Security Agency where officers fired on a vehicle carrying two men dressed as women that crashed into the spy agency’s gates, federal officials said on Wednesday.

No crime was committed by either the officers or the vehicle’s surviving passenger during the incident at Fort Meade, Maryland, about 20 miles northeast of Washington, D.C., on March 30, U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein said in a statement.

Jun 22, 2015

Florida man who flew gyrocopter to U.S. Capitol rejects plea deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Florida man who flew a gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol grounds rejected a plea deal on Monday that would likely involve jail time, prosecutors said.

Douglas Hughes, a 61-year-old mail carrier from Ruskin, Florida, appeared in federal court where he turned down a plea deal, according to a spokesman for Assistant U.S. Attorney Tejpal Chawla.