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the first tv ad of maryland’s democratic gubernatorial primary debuts thursday

maryland state sen. richard s. madaleno jr. (d-montgomery) on thursday will debut the first television advertisement of the crowded democratic gubernatorial primary race — a move designed to shore up his base in his home district.with seven major candidates competing for the nomination to challenge gov. larry hogan (r), analysts say the winner of the june 26 primary could emerge with as little as 25 percent of the vote. as a result, madaleno and some other candidates are focusing their messaging on specific geographic areas or constituencies. “we’re putting up the walls around montgomery county,” said keith presley, madaleno’s campaign manager. “no other campaigns have attempted to make serious inroads there.”but other candidates do appear to be paying attention to the tradit...





speed camera vandalized in southeast washington

the surveillance video photo shows a person getting out of a dark-colored vehicle — another possible lead in a string of attacks to disable speed cameras around washington.in one of the latest incidents, d.c. police said a “person and vehicle of interest” were seen on a surveillance camera around 1 a.m. april 12 in the 3700 block of southern avenue se near the maryland and district line and suitland road. another incident happened april 19 involving a camera in the same area of southern avenue se, according to police. in that case, a nearby surveillance camera showed a dark-colored pickup truck pulling up to the area and then backing up to ram and knock over a speed camera.in february, there were similar incidents that involved several speed cameras in northeast washington.[vandals d...





looking to buy a home for $500,000? here’s what you can expect to find.

1 of 36full screenautoplaycloseskip ad×homes you can buy for $500,000view photosa look at dwellings in and around washington and across the country that can be had at this price.captiona look at dwellings in and around washington and across the country that can be had at this price. columbia heights condothe two-bedroom condo in the majestic, a 1930s art deco building in columbia heights, is listed at $499,900. david pipkin/redfinbuy photowait 1 second to continue.the spring home-buying season is in full swing, and many potential buyers are discouraged by what’s available within their budget. low inventory has driven prices higher, making it more challenging to find an affordable home. “to put it in perspective, the mid-atlantic region as a whole has 2.5 months of supply,” said git...





d.c.-area forecast: spring sunshine today, but the next batch of rain awaits friday morning

iris flowers blow in wind in breton bay, md., on april 22. (tim brown via flickr)today’s daily digita somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.10/10: mild and clearing out, today is a hit! nothing to complain about, not one little bit.express forecasttoday: mostly sunny. highs: 67-71.tonight: increasing clouds. rain develops before dawn. lows: 47-53.tomorrow: morning rains taper off in afternoon. highs: 61-65.view the current weather conditions at the washington post headquarters.forecast in detailtoday has the makings of a perfect spring day, but don’t get used to it. the rains are quickly back later tonight into friday morning, bringing joy to gardeners and posing a nuisance to commuters. saturday is mild but not without a few afternoon showers, w...





muse asks alsobrooks to investigate maxwell, which she calls ‘political tomfoolery’

sen. c. anthony muse (d-prince george’s) (doug kapustin/for the washington post)state’s attorney angela d. alsobrooks (arelis hernandez/twp)maryland state sen. c. anthony muse is asking the prince george’s state’s attorney — one of his rivals in the race for county executive — to investigate schools chief kevin maxwell, a request the county’s top prosecutor called inappropriate and ­“political tomfoolery.” state’s attorney angela d. alsobrooks (d) said muse presented no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by maxwell in a letter sent to her office wednesday and an appeal made tuesday night on social media. while county prosecutors are participating in an fbi investigation into the recent discovery of a surveillance camera inside a prince george’s school office, she said, ...





a blind dachshund and his seeing-eye dog were adopted in virginia, but their journey might not be over

blue dozer, a 6-year-old pit bull, and 12-year-old oj, a dachshund who is blind, were given to the richmond animal care and control shelter after their owner became homeless and couldn't provide for them. the shelter asked for them to be adopted together, and they were. (richmond animal care and control)they came in as a pair and they had to go out as a pair — a blind, 12-year-old dachshund and his seeing-eye dog, a 6-year-old pit bull. the two found a new home this week, but a virginia tv station reported that one dog was found wandering on a rural road 100 miles away. the blind dachshund is named oj, and the pit bull is named blue dozer.the pair were brought last week to the richmond animal care and control shelter after their owner became homeless.on its facebook page, the richmond s...





md. track coach accused of sexually abusing teen

a prince george’s county high school coach and elementary school teacher’s aide suspected of having a sexual relationship with a student has been arrested. charles wolford, 23, of landover, was charged on tuesday with sexual abuse of a minor, second-degree assault and fourth-degree sex offense by a person in a position of authority, according to prince george’s county police. wolford engaged in an “extraordinarily inappropriate relationship” with a 16-year-old female student from the track team at fairmont heights high school, prince george’s police chief hank stawinski said. the conduct occurred within the last week, off school property, stawinski said. police were alerted to the case by the student’s parents, stawinski said. wolford also works as a teacher’s aide at glady...





teachers from only d.c. charter school with a union take to the streets to protest

a rare battle between teachers and administrators at a charter school has broken into public view, with educators taking to the streets of a d.c. neighborhood to press their case that the school is spending millions of dollars on consultants while cutting core classroom positions.the teachers at chavez prep middle — the first d.c. charter school to unionize — say the administration’s spending is hurting students, who predominantlycome from low-income, hispanic families.the teachers voted in june to unionize and are represented by the american federation of teachers. the three other campuses in the d.c. cesar chavez charter network are not unionized. the protest unfolded as teachers at chavez prep middle are negotiating their first contract with school leaders.“we want to make sure ...





ms-13 member — known as grandpa — accused of langley park extortion scheme

among many residents in langley park, he has been known as “el abuelo,” or “grandpa.” the genial nickname belied their fears: the man held sway in the ms-13 gang.a newly unsealed federal indictment in maryland appears to affirm the neighborhood’s apprehensions and charges that jairo arnaldo jacome, also known as el abuelo, extorted weekly payments for years from residents who ran small, off-the-books businesses in areas the gang considered its territory.the federal filing alleges the 36-year-old jacome was a member of a faction of the international ms-13 street gang and physically threatened victims to elicit money, including showing a gun and telling one person he would send people to kill the victim’s family if “rent” payments were not made.jacome’s attorney, elita c. a...





sessions backtracks on pausing legal aid for immigrants facing deportation

after objections from immigration lawyers and lawmakers, attorney general jeff sessions said wednesday that he would not suspend a legal-aid program for detained immigrants while it undergoes a review.the government-funded legal orientation program, launched in 2003 under president george w. bush, was created to ensure that immigrants know their rights and legal options in court. it serves more than 50,000 detained immigrants facing deportation proceedings each year.sessions, an immigration hawk, said the u.s. immigration courts had planned to suspend the program starting as early as next week. at a budget hearing before a senate appropriations subcommittee, he signaled that he had received questions about pausing the program from lawmakers in both parties, including the subcommittee’s c...





secret service arrests person at a foreign consulate office in d.c., and investigators recover bb gun and buck knife

a person with a weapon was arrested wednesday morning at a foreign consulate office in northwest washington’s west end neighborhood, according to the u.s. secret service.authorities released few details but said they responded shortly after 10:30 a.m. to a building at 1250 23rd street nw after getting a report of gunshots. the secret service said no guns were fired, but they found a person with a weapon.several streets in the area were blocked off for more than two hours.according to a police report, investigators recovered a daisy bb gun, a buck knife and a chrysler 300 sedan. police also took custody of a television, computer monitor and trophy cases that were damaged in the incident, the report said. the address provided by the secret service houses several consulate offices for mexic...





former pta treasurer who embezzled is sentenced to nine months in jail

the former treasurer of a countywide pta in maryland’s largest school system has been sentenced to nine months in prison after embezzling more than $39,000 from the group. but prosecutors said the treasurer’s wrongdoing extended beyond that, with testimony that money from an individual school’s pta was used to pay for gas, clothes, groceries, makeup and a trip to the statue of liberty.lisa betts, 46, was sentenced tuesday in montgomery county circuit court and ordered to repay more than $72,000. she will serve five years’ probation.betts stole $39,015 from the montgomery county council of parent-teacher associations, writing checks and altering bank statements to hide her activities. the montgomery county pta represents more than 50,000 members in 198 parent groups in the county’...





silver line officials rush to replace defective panels at five phase 2 stations

more than 1,700 concrete panels installed at five metro stations being built as part of the second phase of the multibillion-dollar silver line rail project have defects, and the company that manufactured them is the target of a criminal probe, officials said wednesday.charles stark, executive director of the rail project, said his staff, along with lead contractor capital rail constructors, identified problems with the precast panels, manufactured by universal concrete products, that could allow water to seep in, leading to rust and cracking in the stations’ walls. stark said the problems will not compromise safety, but they need to be addressed because they could affect the life span of the $5.8 billion project. “we are confident at this point that the mitigations are solutions that ...





virginia gov. ralph northam says it is "unlawful" for a mother and daughter to sit in trees on their land outside roanoke, trying to block a natural gas pipeline from being built on land their family has held for seven generations.

richmond — gov. ralph northam said wednesday that it’s “unlawful” for a mother and daughter to sit in trees and block a natural gas pipeline across their property outside roanoke, and that he’s particularly worried about the older woman’s health.but northam (d) stopped short of saying he would order state police to do anything to resolve the standoff.theresa “red” terry, 61, and daughter theresa minor terry, 30, have been on wooden platforms in trees on bent mountain since april 2, preventing workers for the mountain valley pipeline from clearing trees on a path through their land.[perched on a platform high in a tree, 61-year-old woman fights gas pipeline]roanoke county police have prohibited supporters from delivering food and water to the women for nearly two weeks. on s...





new redskins receiver claims virginia trooper asked if he was a gang member

a newly acquired washington redskins player said he was pulled over tuesday afternoon by a virginia state trooper who asked him whether he was a gang member and expressed the belief that he dealt drugs.the player, paul richardson jr., made the claim in a tweet that was later deleted. the tweet was brought to the attention of virginia state police, who said that the matter was under review and that they could not say whether any inappropriate comments were made.corinne geller, the state police spokeswoman, noted that richardson was driving his mercedes suv without license plates, which is what caused the trooper to pull him over. state troopers don’t wear body cameras, she said, but their cars are equipped with in-car cameras. she said the footage from the trooper’s camera would be revi...





secret service arrests person with weapon at foreign consulate offices in northwest washington

a person with a weapon was arrested wednesday morning at a foreign consulate office in northwest washington’s west end neighborhood, according to the u.s. secret service.authorities released few details but said they responded shortly after 10:30 a.m. to a building at 1250 23rd street nw after getting a report of gunshots. the secret service said no guns were fired, but they found a person with a weapon.several streets in the area were blocked off for more than two hours.the address provided by the secret service houses several consulate offices for mexico and pakistan, among others, as well as the interests section of the islamic republic of iran. there is no iranian embassy in the united states, and this office handles travel documents and visa requests, and provides advice and informa...





rince william board approves budget without tax hike for data centers proposed by corey stewart

the prince william board of county supervisors approved a $1.2 billion budget tuesday that kept the residential property tax rate the same and left out a proposal by board chairman corey a. stewart (r) to nearly triple the rate of taxes paid by computer data centers.the budget, approved 5-3, transferred an extra $578.9 million to county schools and slightly raised a levy on fire services to roughly 8.5 cents per $100 of a residential property’s assessed value.stewart, who is seeking the republican nomination to challenge u.s. sen. tim kaine (d) in november, had been promoting a plan to sharply increase the county’s tax rate on “computers and peripherals.” the change would generate enough revenue to lower the property tax rate, give $9 million more to schools and avoid the fire levy...





pm update: showers ending this evening, and it’s rather pleasant thursday

it was a damp and somewhat muggy day, but most of the heavier rain moved out of the immediate area, so it could have been worse. high temperatures in the near-60 to mid-60s zone are still below normal for the date. in this case, we can still use the rain, at least a little. nicer times are ahead for tomorrow.listen to the latest forecast:get our daily forecasts on your amazon alexa device. click here to find out how.through tonight: although some showers may last into the evening, the main story is a trend toward clearer skies. that’s the case through the night, as well, as this slow-moving storm system eventually exits the region. overnight lows reach the mid-40s to around 50.view the current weather conditions at the washington post.tomorrow (thursday): we’re in between systems here,...





virginia gov. ralph northam says it is "unlawful" for a mother and daughter to sit in trees on their land outside roanoke, trying to block a natural gas pipeline from being built on land their family has held for seven generations.

richmond — gov. ralph northam said wednesday that it’s “unlawful” for a mother and daughter to sit in trees and block a natural gas pipeline across their property outside roanoke, and that he’s particularly worried about the older woman’s health.but northam (d) stopped short of saying he would order state police to do anything to resolve the standoff.theresa “red” terry, 61, and her daughter theresa minor terry, 30, have been on wooden platforms in trees on bent mountain since april 2, preventing workers for the mountain valley pipeline from clearing trees on a path through their land.[perched on a platform high in a tree, 61-year-old woman fights gas pipeline]roanoke county police have prohibited supporters from delivering food and water to the women for nearly two weeks. ...





unlike most democrats running for maryland governor, rushern l. baker iii doesn’t back legalizing pot

maryland gubernatorial hopeful rushern l. baker iii says he doesn’t support legalizing marijuana, a rare difference between him and his rivals in the crowded democratic primary. “i don’t at this time,” baker, the prince george’s county executive, said tuesday night at a candidate forum sponsored by the woman’s democratic club of montgomery county. “i know that it’s a trend moving across the country.”baker said he does support decriminalizing marijuana, which generally means possession of small amounts is not subject to criminal prosecution, but possession of large amounts and sales remain illegal. in 2014, maryland removed criminal penalties for possessing less than 10 grams. the state has also legalized marijuana for medical use.“too many of our children have gone to j...