• Metro Workers Rally for More FundingMetro Workers Rally for More Funding

    Hundreds of Metro workers rallied in the District on Saturday to demand more funding for the system. The rally was planned before Friday's derailment. As News4's Derrick Ward reports, the union members...

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  • Dems launch '100 Days Fund,' mock GOP voters for picking TrumpDems launch '100 Days Fund,' mock GOP voters for picking Trump

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  • 6-Year-Old Boy Shot in Southeast DC: Police6-Year-Old Boy Shot in Southeast DC: Police

    A 6-year-old boy has been shot in southeast D.C., police say.

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  • Clinton to white, working-class voters: I'll 'fight' for youClinton to white, working-class voters: I'll 'fight' for you

    Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine continued their post-convention bus tour of the Rust Belt on Saturday.        

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  • Trump to fallen soldier's father: 'I’ve made a lot of sacrifices'Trump to fallen soldier's father: 'I’ve made a lot of sacrifices'

    He also suggests the Clinton campaign wrote Khizr Khan's electrifying convention speech.        

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  •  Mariners beat Cubs as Chapman suffers blown save Mariners beat Cubs as Chapman suffers blown save

    CHICAGO -- Leonys Martin hit a go-ahead, two-run double against closer Aroldis Chapman in the eighth inning to lift the Seattle Mariners to a 4-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday afternoon. Mart

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  • 2 Dead, 5 Injured in Shootings Around DC | NBC4 Washington - NBC4 Washington2 Dead, 5 Injured in Shootings Around DC | NBC4 Washington - NBC4 Washington

    NBC4 Washington2 Dead, 5 Injured in Shootings Around DC | NBC4 WashingtonNBC4 WashingtonSeven people were shot, killing two, in six separate locations around Washington, D.C. Saturday morning, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.Police: Woman dies after being shot in the head in Southeast D.C. ...WJLAall 9 news articles »

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  • Update on Deadly SDPD ShootingUpdate on Deadly SDPD Shooting

    San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and San Diego Police Department (SDPD) Chief Shelley Zimmerman said the city stands behind the families of two police officers shot in the line of duty -- officers who are...Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego

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  • Washington, DC, Approves 50% Renewable Electricity By 2032 Target - CleanTechnicaWashington, DC, Approves 50% Renewable Electricity By 2032 Target - CleanTechnica

    CleanTechnicaWashington, DC, Approves 50% Renewable Electricity By 2032 TargetCleanTechnica“Washington, DC is already seeing a solar boom, and it's about to get a whole lot bigger,” noted Atta Kiarash, Construction Manager at DC-based Solar Solution. “Today's vote will create an estimated 4,000 new DC jobs in the solar industry that pay ...and more »

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  • LA's 'Murder House' SoldLA's 'Murder House' Sold

    The "murder house" mystery is solved.The new buyers of the spooky, haunted house in Los Angeles that has been the stuff of legend for decades are celebrity attorney Gloria Allred's daughter Lisa Bloom and her...Photo Credit: Courtesy of Berkshire Hathaway

    NBC4Washington.com / 3 h. 53 min. ago
  • DC police arrest suspect in fatal shootingDC police arrest suspect in fatal shooting

    WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia police have arrested a suspect in a fatal shooting. The shooting occurred just before 4 a.m. on Saturday on the 2300 block of Good Hope Road in Southeast Washington. Police identified the victim as 19-year-old Anaiona Gaston. Police have arrested 21-year-old Malik Fields and charged him with second-degree murder. The post DC police arrest suspect in fatal shooting appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Trump Questions Army Father's DNC Speech, Wife's SilenceTrump Questions Army Father's DNC Speech, Wife's Silence

    Donald Trump spoke out about the father of a Muslim-American war hero killed in Iraq, who issued a stirring reprimand of the Republican candidate in a speech at the Democratic National Convention.Photo Credit: AP

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  • Vote for the July Coverboy of the MonthVote for the July Coverboy of the Month

    Who will be July's coverboy? Adam, Robert or Bryan? Vote now! The post Vote for the July Coverboy of the Month appeared first on Metro Weekly.

    Metro Weekly / 4 h. 29 min. ago
  • GOP mega-contributor Koch holds donor summitGOP mega-contributor Koch holds donor summit

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  • Severe Weather to Hit DC Area Tonight, SundaySevere Weather to Hit DC Area Tonight, Sunday

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  • Nats Trade for Pirates Closer Mark MelanconNats Trade for Pirates Closer Mark Melancon

    WASHINGTON — The Nationals have traded for Pittsburgh Pirates closer Mark Melancon. They will send lefty reliever Felipe Rivero and 21-year-old left-hander Taylor Hearn to the Pirates in the deal. Ken Rosenthal was the first to report the deal, and Jon Heyman was the first to have the full details. The Nationals have since confirmed the deal. The #Nats have acquired All-Star RHP Mark Melancon from Pittsburgh in exchange for LHP Felipe Rivero & Minor League LHP Taylor Hearn. — Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 30, 2016 Additionally, the #Nats have recalled RHP Reynaldo Lopez for today's start at San Francisco. — Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 30, 2016 New #Nats reliever Mark Melancon is expected to join the Nationals for Sunday's game at SFG. — Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 30, 2016 I would like to thanks to the @Nationals organization for the opportunity to be with them and the fans thanks for everthing !! — Felipe Rivero (@Rivero43) July 30, 2016 Welcome to DC, Mark Melancon! pic.twitter.com/CyvMMfXB18 — Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 30, 2016 Melancon will close for the Nationals. Papelbon has been told, was understanding, according to someone familiar with the situation. — Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) July 30, 2016 Melancon is going to be a free agent at year's end; Pirates get five more years of control with Rivero. Plus a prospect. Makes sense for PIT — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 30, 2016 NL hitter: “2 mos. of Melancon for five yrs of Rivero? What a deal for Pirates. Rivero has all stuff you need.” Rivera, Hearn both hit 100. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2016 NL hitter added: “I feel like the Pirates always make guys like that into really good pitchers. See: Volquez, Liriano.” — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2016 Mark Melancon was napping when Neal Huntington called about the trade. "I felt bad," Melancon said, "because I missed his call three times." — Adam Berry (@adamdberry) July 30, 2016 Grant Paulsen and John-Paul Flaim of 106.7 The Fan offered some immediate feedback, and they were extremely pleased with the job done by GM Mike Rizzo in obtaining Melancon. Factoring in what teams gave up for closers in recent weeks this is a heck of a job by Mike Rizzo. Wow. Well done. https://t.co/4NsqabXxxQ — Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) July 30, 2016 Mark Melancon is a terrific reliever. Been a trusted closer on contender for past few years. Nice trade by Mike Rizzo. #Nats upgrade flaw. — Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) July 30, 2016 FWIW: I like this deal for the #Pirates too. Felipe Rivero was overworked this spring but still high-upside flame thrower & decent prospect. — Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) July 30, 2016 Props to Rizzo and the @Nationals for making a move that had to made. — John-Paul Flaim (@GlassJoeJP) July 30, 2016 Melancon, 31, has a 1.51 ERA and 0.960 WHIP through 41.2 innings this season, and he was named an All-Star this year, his third time in four seasons. He has registered 38 strikeouts to nine walks this season, and he has saved 30 of 33 opportunities. He will be a free agent at the end of the season. The former Pirates closer has saved 151 of 173 opportunities in his career, a save rate of 87.3 percent. Jonathan Papelbon, the Nationals closer whose future remains to be seen, has saved 368 of 417 chances (88.2 percent) in his career, but he has saved just 26 of 31 chances (83.8 percent) since he joined the Nationals. Rivero, 25, has a 4.53 ERA and 1.168 WHIP through 49.2 innings this season. He saved one game and blew another save, and he’s registered 53 strikeouts to 15 walks while appearing in 47 games. He has shown significant upside during his time in Washington, but he has also struggled with consistency. His ERA is the highest among the 11 regular Nationals pitchers this season. He has also hit five batters this year, more than all other Nationals relievers combined. Including 2015, Rivero has a 3.67 ERA in 98.0 innings over 96 appearances for his big-league career. He has a 1.061 WHIP to go with 96 strikeouts, 26 walks and 78 hits. Hearn was drafted by the Nationals in 2015 and has appeared in eight games in Single-A Hagerstown this year. He has registered a 3.18 ERA, a 1.412 WHIP and a 1-0 record. Follow Bryan Frantz and 106.7 The Fan on Twitter

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  • Connecticut governor: N.C. governor “telling fibs” about HB 2Connecticut governor: N.C. governor “telling fibs” about HB 2

    –Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D), talking about McCrory’s support of the anti-transgender HB 2 law in a speech to the North Carolina delegation to the Democratic National Convention at its hotel outside of Philadelphia. Malloy, the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, said he doesn’t believe the rationale that McCrory has given for passing HB […] The post Connecticut governor: N.C. governor “telling fibs” about HB 2 appeared first on Metro Weekly.

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  • Gallery: Leslie HoltGallery: Leslie Holt

    Leslie Holt – Co-Director of Red Dirt Studio.www.leslieholt.net Unspeakable (Picasso’s rape of the sabine)2016Acrylic and embroidery on canvas48×36 inches     Unspeakable (Picasso’s rape of the sabine) detail   Unspeakable (Guernica sketch 8)  2015 Acrylic and embroidery on canvas 60×48  inches   Unspeakable (Guernica sketch 8) detail   Unspeakable (Guernica sketch 3)  2015 Acrylic and […] The post Gallery: Leslie Holt appeared first on Metro Weekly.

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  • 3 Partygoers Fatally Shot in Wash., Suspect Held3 Partygoers Fatally Shot in Wash., Suspect Held

    A shooting at a house party in Mukilteo, Washington, left three people dead and a fourth injured, police and city officials said Saturday, NBC News reported. About 15 to 20 teens and young adults were inside a...Photo Credit: Getty Images

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  •  Up to 16 feared dead in hot air balloon crash Up to 16 feared dead in hot air balloon crash

    Washington - Up to 16 people are feared dead after a large hot air balloon caught fire and crashed in Texas on Saturday, US media reported. The accident occurred shortly after 07:40 (12:40 GMT), when

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  • 7th Circuit rejects lesbian’s employment discrimination lawsuit7th Circuit rejects lesbian’s employment discrimination lawsuit

    On Friday, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court judgment dismissing a lesbian’s employment discrimination lawsuit. The decision dealt a blow to LGBT advocates who had hoped the court would find Title VII’s prohibitions on sex discrimination cover individuals who are discriminated against because of their sexual orientation. Kimberly Hively, the plaintiff in […] The post 7th Circuit rejects lesbian’s employment discrimination lawsuit appeared first on Metro Weekly.

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  • Meet the rising Dem star positioned to help Clinton on gun controlMeet the rising Dem star positioned to help Clinton on gun control

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  • Firefighters battle fire at Northwest DC bar (Video) - WTOPFirefighters battle fire at Northwest DC bar (Video) - WTOP

    Firefighters battle fire at Northwest DC bar (Video)WTOPWASHINGTON — D.C. Fire & EMS were working to put out a fire at bar in Northwest D.C. on Saturday afternoon. The fire broke out at around 1:10 p.m. at Climax Sports Bar & Lounge, at Ninth and V Streets Northwest. Fire officials are investigating the ...

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  • Firefighters battle fire at Northwest DC bar (Video)Firefighters battle fire at Northwest DC bar (Video)

    WASHINGTON  — D.C. Fire & EMS were working to put out a fire at bar in Northwest D.C. on Saturday afternoon. The fire broke out at around 1:10 p.m. at Climax Sports Bar & Lounge, at Ninth and V Streets Northwest. Fire officials are investigating the cause of the blaze, which spread from the first floor to the second level and caused extensive damage to the building. There were no reports of injuries. No one was inside the building when responders arrived. Meanwhile, police shut down 900 Florida Avenue Northwest and closed 800 V Street and the 2000 block of Ninth Street Northwest in the east and westbound directions as crews worked the fire. WTOP’s Daniel Weintraub contributed to this report. The post Firefighters battle fire at Northwest DC bar (Video) appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Metro Lines to Reopen Monday After Train DerailmentMetro Lines to Reopen Monday After Train Derailment

    Metro has updated information about Orange and Silver Line usage this weekend.Photo Credit: NBC Washington This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

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  • Trea Turner Not Nationals’ Only Young SpeedsterTrea Turner Not Nationals’ Only Young Speedster

    WASHINGTON — Trea Turner’s speed is quickly becoming the stuff of legend, but he’s not the only Nationals prospect with electrifying speed. Take Rafael Bautista, for example. Currently dwelling in AA Harrisburg, Bautista, 23, is rated the Nationals’ 20th-best prospect by MLB.com. He leads the Eastern League with a whopping 42 stolen bases, seven more than any other player through Saturday morning, and he’s been caught stealing just eight times. Only four players have stolen at least 30 bases in the league; Bautista and Lane Adams (31 steals, caught 5 times) of the Trenton Thunder are the only two who have been caught fewer than 10 times. MLB.com rates Bautista’s speed a 70 on a 20-80 scale. He’s stolen 210 bases in 420 career minor league games, a rate of exactly one steal every two games. Compare that to Turner, who had 77 steals over 268 career minor league games, a rate of one steal every 3.48 games. That’s not to say Bautista is faster than Turner, necessarily, but he might be more aggressive — Bautista has been caught stealing 41 times compared to Turner’s 12 — or get better jumps on the basepaths. Turner’s speed is rated a 75 by MLB.com, for what it’s worth. Another player who spent much of the season in AA Harrisburg is Wilmer Difo. Difo, who was recently called up to the big-league and started at shortstop in Friday’s win over the San Francisco Giants, is no slouch on the basepaths himself. The No. 6 prospect in the Nationals’ farm system, his speed is rated a 70 by MLB.com. He has 176 steals in 562 games (one every 3.19 games) for his minor league career, including 26 this season, good for fifth in the Eastern League. He also sneaked in a double on what would have been a single for most batters with the Nationals on Friday. The Nationals also boast rapidly-rising Andrew Stevenson. Stevenson, who only turned 22 in June, stole 27 bases in 68 games for the Potomac Nationals in Single-A before being called up to Harrisburg. He’s still sixth in steals in the Carolina League, despite having been promoted to Harrisburg more than a month ago; three of the five players with more steals than Stevenson’s 27 have played in at least 80 games. Stevenson, the No. 10 prospect in the Nationals farm system, has 54 steals in 154 games (a steal every 2.85 games) across the minors over less than two seasons, but he has been caught 17 times. MLB.com rates his speed just a 60, but his instincts on the basepaths give him an extra boost when stealing bases. He is also considered one of the best defensive center fielders in the minor leagues, and some see him as a future leadoff-hitting center fielder in the ilk of Denard Span. Finally, there is Victor Robles. Robles, one of the more highly anticipated players in Single-A baseball, is just 19 years old, but he’s already amassed 191 games across the minor leagues and is the No. 3 prospect in the Nationals’ system. His speed is rated a 70 by MLB.com, and he is considered the most promising outfielder in Washington’s minor leagues, even though he’s still expected to be several years away from the big-league team. Robles is the No. 17 prospect in all of minor league baseball, per MLB.com, and he’s the No. 3 outfielder. In his brief time in the minor leagues, he’s stolen 74 bases (one every 2.58 games) and been caught 25 times, including 28 steals this year. In his 19 games since being promoted to Potomac, he’s already stolen nine bases, despite just 17 hits (two home runs and three doubles) and five walks. Put another way: When he is on first base, there is a very, very good chance he’ll soon have stolen second. In a strange quirk, Robles has already been by pitches seven times in his 19 games at Potomac, right on pace with his career numbers of 63 in 191 games — he’s hit by a pitch basically once every three games. That doesn’t bode well for his health, but it does add to his chances of getting on base and subsequently moving himself along the basepaths with his electrifying speed. Trea Turner is perhaps the most fun player to watch on the Nationals these days, but for those who love watching speedsters tear up the basepaths, there is, quite literally, plenty more where he came from. Follow Bryan Frantz and 106.7 The Fan on Twitter

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  • 2 dead, 5 injured in separate shootings in Washington2 dead, 5 injured in separate shootings in Washington

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two people were killed and five others wounded in separate shootings in Washington. The Washington Post reports (http://wapo.st/2aEm16k ) it all happened between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. Saturday. District of Columbia Police say a woman was fatally shot inside an apartment in Southeast Washington, and a man was killed on 14th Street in the Northwest. Two men were shot and wounded in a car on Anacostia Freeway, and earlier in the morning another person was injured in a shooting on the 900 block of Emerson Street near the Brightwood neighborhood. Two more people were wounded in shootings Saturday, one in the 2400 block of Elvans Road and another on the 5300 block of Georgia Avenue. The spate of violence ended a 14-day stretch without a homicide in Washington. The post 2 dead, 5 injured in separate shootings in Washington appeared first on WTOP.

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  • 1 dead, others injured in Prince William County stabbing1 dead, others injured in Prince William County stabbing

    MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — One person was killed and others injured in a stabbing in Prince William County. Local police say officers were called to the 7400 block of Willoughby Lane in Manassas at about 8:30 a.m. on Saturday for a report of a double stabbing. When they arrived they found a man and a woman suffering from stab wounds. Police say the man was pronounced dead, and the woman was taken to a hospital for treatment. Police say they located the suspect, who is an acquaintance of the female victim, near the scene. Police say he was also injured. He was taken into custody, where he received medical treatment. Police did not disclose the nature of his injuries. Police have not revealed the identities of the suspect or the victims. The post 1 dead, others injured in Prince William County stabbing appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Former Redskins GM Bobby Beathard to be Inducted into Ring of FameFormer Redskins GM Bobby Beathard to be Inducted into Ring of Fame

    RICHMOND — Bobby Beathard remembers the meeting vividly — a baffled owner questioning his decision to hire an unknown coach. Beathard eventually convinced his boss, Jack Kent Cooke, that Joe Gibbs was the right man for the job to rebuild the Redskins in the early 1980s. That fateful move to trust his gut led to an unprecedented run of success for the organization — four Super Bowl appearances in 11 years and three titles. For all his success, Beathard will become the 49th person inducted into the Redskins’ Ring of Fame during the team’s annual “homecoming” game against the Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 13 at FedEx Field. Washington team president Bruce Allen made the announcement on Saturday morning. “I was in the NFL a long time with different teams, but our favorite memories are certainly here because when we were with the Redskins our kids were growing up here, went to high school in Virginia, went on to college in different places,” Beathard said. Beathard was hired as general manager by the demanding Cooke in 1978 and stayed 11 seasons until the two sides parted way. He had been part of winning organizations in Kansas City as a young scout, and he was an executive in Miami. In all, Beathard worked for teams that went to seven Super Bowls and won four of them. That doesn’t even include the 1991 Redskins. By then Beathard had moved on to his next challenge as general manager of the San Diego Chargers. But a team that Charley Casserly, his former top assistant, helped construct went 14-2 and rolled through the playoffs to another championship that season. “[Beathard’s] resume is more than impressive,” Allen said. “He’s been with seven different Super Bowl teams in his career and, obviously, is the architect of building the Washington Redskins.” Beathard remembered wanting to move on from coach Jack Pardee after the 1980 season. Their philosophies didn’t match. But Gibbs was a relatively unknown assistant with the Chargers and Beathard wanted to hire him. Cooke wasn’t impressed. “Joe Gibbs? Who in the hell is Joe Gibbs?” Cooke thundered in a meeting with Beathard. “We announce a guy named Joe Gibbs and they’ll crucify me.” Cooke relented, though not before calling the two men on the carpet after Gibbs’ first team lost its first five games in 1981. The Redskins eventually clicked and started winning. The next season they were Super Bowl champions. Beathard and Gibbs would occasionally go to meet with Cooke, but by then the owners’ tone had changed. “Joe, you’re the coach I always wanted!” Cooke would say to the two men, according to Beathard. “I told Bobby to get Joe Gibbs. I don’t want you to screw this up. We’ve got to get Joe Gibbs here.” Beathard laughed: “It was a story I always liked,” he said. Beathard left the Redskins after the 1988 season and finished his career with 11 more seasons in San Diego, constructing a team that went to the Super Bowl in 1994. Washington went 105-63 in Beathard’s 11 years (.625 winning percentage), the second-best in the NFL during that time frame. The Redskins also won 11 of 14 postseason games during that era. Allen noted that owner Dan Snyder called Beathard to tell him the news on the second day of the NFL draft this past spring. “I got here and it was something I was anticipating would be a tough job,” Beathard said. “But then when I learned about the Washington, D.C. area and the fans that the Redskins have I thought ‘This will probably be the most fun I’ll ever have in football.’” Follow Redskins reporter Brian McNally on Twitter

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  •  Mariners place RHP Karns on DL Mariners place RHP Karns on DL

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  • Critically injured hiker rescued by helicopter in FrederickCritically injured hiker rescued by helicopter in Frederick

    WASHINGTON — A Maryland State Police helicopter crew lifted a critically injured teenager to safety Friday after a fall at Catoctin Mountain National Park in Thurmont. The teenager suffered traumatic injuries after falling into a crevasse next to Chimney Rock in a remote area of the park, according to police. Maryland State Police helicopter Trooper 3, based in Frederick, was dispatched Friday afternoon where crew members conducted an aerial extraction of the teen from the rocks due to the severity of the injuries and the remote location where the injuries took place, police said. Before being lifted out of the park, emergency personnel had hiked more than two miles in rugged terrain to package and stabilize the teen before the helicopter crew could prepare for transportation to Children’s National Medical Center in D.C. The flight crew was assisted by the National Park Service, Frederick County Fire Department, and the Frederick County Advanced Technical Rescue Team. The post Critically injured hiker rescued by helicopter in Frederick appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Portions of Orange and Silver lines to remain closed following Metro derailmentPortions of Orange and Silver lines to remain closed following Metro derailment

    WASHINGTON — Service on parts of the Orange and Silver Lines will remain suspended through Sunday following an early-morning derailment on Friday near the East Falls Church station. Related Stories Metro train may have hit derailed piece of work equipment Report: 2 resign after deleted track warning led to Metro derailment Metro: Track problems detected before derailment Efforts to improve safety after DC train derailment Metro live blog Tracking Metro 24/7 The derailment damaged two train cars, sent one rider to the hospital and scrambled passengers’ morning commutes Friday. Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said Saturday that the goal was to reopen service at 5 a.m. Monday. The derailment issues will not impact the start of the Red Line’s  scheduled track maintenance on Monday, according to Metro officials. The East Falls Church Metro station will remain closed through Sunday. In addition, Silver Line service between the McLean and Ballston stations will be suspended, as will Orange line Service betweenthe  West Falls Church and Ballston stations in order to allow for a “thorough investigation and allow for necessary repairs,” WMATA said in an emailed update. Metro says bus service available to riders to fill in the gap. On Friday, the fourth and fifth cars of the outbound six-car Silver Line train derailed just east of the East Falls Church station at about 6:15 a.m. The cars remained upright and in line. Officials have not said how fast the train was going. Metro officials said 75 passengers had to be  offloaded to the platform. Two passengers were evaluated for minor injuries, according to the Arlington fire department, and one person was transported to the hospital with a non-life-threatening head injury, Metro said. “We’re going through a protocol now where we’re examining every possible factor of this, obviously from operator to track condition to just everything,” Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said at a Friday news conference, where he emphasized it was too early to determine the cause of the derailment and the full investigation will take time. “We’re not going to assume anything until we get through that,” Wiedefeld said. Stessel: Investigation still underway, track shifted during derailment On Saturday, Stessel said that investigators were continuing to search fore the cause of the derailment. Metro workers had moved the two cars from the scene and were able to see the damage more clearly late Friday. “The track had shifted during the derailment, and that’s all going to need to be repaired,” Stessel said. “Only once those cars were removed could you inspect the infrastructure underneath.” The train’s operator was taken out of service, and was interviewed by Metro and other agencies investigating the incident. The operator was also tested for drug and alcohol use. “That is routine. There is no reason to believe that that is a factor here,” Stessel said. Stessel said passenger accounts of what happened have been taken and that Metro was working with the Virginia Department of Transportation to see whether cameras near the East Falls Church Station captured the train cars leaving the tracks. In addition, the National Transportation Safety Board said it has dispatched two investigators to the scene to determine the need for a more extensive federal investigation. Was this a ‘SafeTrack’ work zone? The derailment left evening commuters scrambling for a plan B on Friday.  On Saturday,rail riders in Virginia weren’t spared from the effects. The Billy Joel concert is Saturday night at Nationals Park. Anyone traveling to the show from Fairfax County could drive to Ballston as there is a county-owned parking deck at Ballston Common to avoid shuttle bus hassles and have more frequent rail service. The derailment came amid the latest round of round-the-clock track work “surges,” initiated by Wiedefeld earlier this year begin to clear a long-standing backlog of needed Metro repairs — an initiative known as SafeTrack. The derailment happened in the interlocking where the two Metro tracks meet, but not in the SafeTrack work zone, according to Stessel. “The actual work zone begins east of the interlocking,” said Stessel. “That interlocking has been used quite frequently over the last several weeks as a result of the work zone that’s just to the east of it.” Service and equipment failures have plagued Metro over the past year, including the L’Enfant Plaza smoke incident in January 2015 that led to one woman’s death. In June, officials said a Silver Line train appeared to hit a derailed piece of equipment during the first phase of “surge” track work. Two workers were fired after a derailment last August near Smithsonian Station caused major delays, and a transformer fire in September at Stadium-Armory led to weeks of repairs and speed restrictions. WTOP’s Max Smith and Mike Murillo contributed to this report. The post Portions of Orange and Silver lines to remain closed following Metro derailment appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Obama launches a weekend of birthday celebratingObama launches a weekend of birthday celebrating

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  • Scot McCloughan Punches Wall Over Injury ReportScot McCloughan Punches Wall Over Injury Report

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  • Dusty Baker Rests Trea Turner, Danny Espinosa FridayDusty Baker Rests Trea Turner, Danny Espinosa Friday

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Last year, a judge ordered that Guandique receive a new trial after prosecutors acknowledged a retrial was warranted. Meanwhile, as questions about Morales continued to grow, a woman named Babs Proller who met Morales by happenstance began recording her conversations with him, and turned them over to authorities earlier this month. On Thursday, prosecutors dropped all charges against Guandique, saying they had received evidence recently that would make it impossible for them to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. It’s not entirely clear what’s in the recordings. Bill Miller, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, declined to say whether the recordings prompted prosecutors to seek dismissal of the case. Edward Brady, an attorney for Proller, said his client became involved in the case by sheer coincidence and contacted prosecutors, defense attorneys and Levy’s mother. “She did this because she believed then, and believes now, that it was the right thing to do,” Brady said. Susan Levy, Chandra Levy’s mother, said in an interview Friday at her Modesto, California, home that she had indeed been in contact with someone, then called the prosecutors to alert them. Levy described feeling despair over her daughter’s unsolved murder and, at the same time, relief that she won’t have to rehash the case in court in October, when Guandique’s retrial had been scheduled. “It’s weird, all of a sudden it’s no longer there and he’s released,” Levy said. “I’m not sure what’s going to happen next — I clean my house, I wash my dishes and, when I feel better, I try to get back to being a halfway human being.” David Benowitz, a criminal defense attorney in Washington, said prosecutors have clear obligations to inform defense attorneys of any potential issues when they use jailhouse informants. “Jailhouse snitch testimony is inherently unreliable,” he said. The problem is exacerbated, he said, when prosecutors refuse to disclose information that would allow the defense to attack the informant’s reliability. Brandon Garrett, a University of Virginia law professor who wrote a book detailing the degree to which false testimony from jailhouse informants contributes to wrongful convictions, suggests that such testimony should be banned altogether. “If they are to be used there should be reliability review by a judge and all statements and interviews they give should be videotaped. All leniency offers should be documented and disclosed,” he said in an email interview. In Guandique’s case, prosecutors argued to the jury that Morales’ story had the ring of truth — Guandique’s purported confession actually came as he was trying to convince his cellmates he wasn’t a rapist. Specifically, Morales testified that Guandique confided to him: “Homeboy, I killed that b—-, but I didn’t rape her.” Defense lawyers sought to undermine his testimony, eliciting testimony from a third cellmate who said he was almost always with Morales and Guandique during the time in question, and that he never heard any confession. During Morales’ cross-examination, they suggested Morales was simply trying to take advantage of his cellmate’s notoriety. Ultimately, though, the defense failed to persuade the jury there was reasonable doubt. While Guandique no longer faces charges — and now faces deportation — a lawyer for Condit said it would be wrong for people to think that his client could again become a suspect. Condit’s attorney, Lin Wood, issued a statement Friday saying Condit remains in the clear despite the collapse of the case against Guandique. “Mr. Condit was long ago completely exonerated by authorities in connection with the death of Chandra Levy,” he said. “Mr. Condit’s counsel was informed yesterday by the U.S. Attorney’s office in charge of the Levy case that Mr. Condit is neither a subject nor a target of the investigation into the murder of Chandra Levy.” ___ Associated Press writer Alison Noon contributed to this story from Modesto, California. The post Reliance on jailhouse informant dooms Chandra Levy case appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Police: DC burglar caught, released, hits 18 businessesPolice: DC burglar caught, released, hits 18 businesses

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  • Report: Nats Inquire on Bucs’, Royals’ ClosersReport: Nats Inquire on Bucs’, Royals’ Closers

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  • Va. town keeps parks open late for Pokemon Go playersVa. town keeps parks open late for Pokemon Go players

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  • Norman: Must Be Doing Something Right… Beckham Keeps Talking About MeNorman: Must Be Doing Something Right… Beckham Keeps Talking About Me

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  • EPSTEIN: Why “Playing Hard to Get” is a Marketing PloyEPSTEIN: Why “Playing Hard to Get” is a Marketing Ploy

    “Nice guys finish last.” This common phrase can often be heard coming from a guy who has been rejected by a girl to whom he was nothing but devoted. Whenever I hear someone say this, I assure him that being a nice guy is a good thing. I do believe that kindness should be encouraged and that these boys will find someone; however, there is something to be said for the fact that they tend to be less romantically successful than the “bad boys” of the dating world. From my perspective, the labels of “nice guy” and “bad boy” are relatively unrelated to moral values and are instead connected to how much or how little someone plays hard to get. I think of the stereotypical bad boy as the player who keeps you guessing about how he feels about you, acts unavailable and strings you along without actually committing. In contrast, I think of a nice guy as someone who clearly exhibits his romantic interest and comes across as much easier to win over. It can go both ways, too — though females do not receive quite the same types of labels, some girls are openly enthusiastic about expressing their romantic interest, while others act more aloof. Whether consciously or not, many people do try to play hard to get. You are doing it when you get a text from a crush and purposely do not respond immediately, or when you reply to a date proposition with “I might be free,” even though you know your schedule is open. So why do many of us do this, when it would be so much simpler if we all just made it clear when we are interested in someone? I believe a marketing principle can be applied to this dating issue — specifically, a business pricing tactic called price-quality inference. When companies consider how to price their products, many factors go into the decision, such as competition, demand and production cost. A less clear-cut but important variable is how the price itself influences consumers’ perception of the product. People often make inferences about the quality of a good based on its price. If you see a $4 toothpaste next to a $20 toothpaste at the grocery store, you will most likely assume that the more expensive one is special and higher-quality in some way that justifies such a high price. You then choose your purchase accordingly, based on whether the higher quality is worth it to you. In applying price-quality inference to dating, I am equating the price of a product with the costs associated with pursuing someone. Those costs include time, effort and emotional energy. Maybe the chase makes you anxious, causes you to sacrifice a potential relationship with someone else or even costs you actual money spent on trying to look good for this person. Whatever it may be, someone who plays hard to get is going to be more “expensive” than someone who acts very interested and feels easy to get. So why waste your time chasing after someone who costs you so much? Perhaps it is because you are subconsciously making the price-quality inference: If he is acting hard to get, it must be because he is worth the effort. Deep down you believe he must have a value that justifies his high price. In business, price is often a realistic indicator of quality — a Rolex probably has superior craftsmanship compared to a $10 drugstore watch. But from what I have seen, this phenomenon does not always extend to people. People may play hard to get for a variety of reasons, many of which do not imply being higher-quality individuals. Maybe they are not looking for anything serious because they recently got out of a relationship, or feel bad about saying that they are just not into you. Or maybe they enjoy toying with people. Whatever it may be, none of these reasons guarantee that the individual you are chasing after is a particularly high-quality person. Falling prey to the thrill of the chase and the lure of unattainability can be extremely tempting. However, playing this game and even succeeding at it is not necessarily the key to a happy love life. So when you feel yourself falling into the trap of pursuing someone who is playing hard to get, it may be beneficial to sit back and consider what actually makes that person worth the chase. In other words, be an informed consumer and objectively weigh the pros and cons of your purchasing decision. If we all start seeing through the ploy of playing hard to get, our choices about who to pursue may change significantly. In which case, maybe the nice guys will not finish last after all.   Zoe Epstein is a senior in the College. Dating Nerd appears every other Wednesday.   The post EPSTEIN: Why “Playing Hard to Get” is a Marketing Ploy appeared first on .

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  • Adjunct Professor Donna Brazile Appointed as Interim Chair of DNCAdjunct Professor Donna Brazile Appointed as Interim Chair of DNC

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  • Georgetown Receives NIH Grant to Continue Working to Find Cure for HIV/AIDSGeorgetown Receives NIH Grant to Continue Working to Find Cure for HIV/AIDS

    Georgetown is among 18 institutions awarded a $28 million grant from the National Institute of Health for the BELIEVE project, an effort led by researchers from The George Washington University to discover a cure for HIV/AIDS. With funding from the NIH’s Martin Delaney Collaboratory grant, researchers will develop a cell therapy approach designed to improve the immune system’s ability to eliminate HIV reservoirs in individuals with HIV. The BELIEVE project, or Bench to Bed Enhanced Lymphocyte Infusions to Engineer Viral Eradication, is a joint program involving 18 medical centers spanning across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil. American institutions collaborating on the project include Johns Hopkins University, the Children's National Health System, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania. Internationally, the project involves researchers at the University of Toronto, Centro de Investigación en Enfermedades Infecciosas in Mexico and the University of Sao Paulo. Georgetown University Medical Center Senior Associate Dean for Students Princy Kumar will lead Georgetown’s arm of the project. Kumar was unavailable to comment at press time. In April 2015, NIH awarded Georgetown University, along with George Washington University, Howard University, American University, the Children’s National Medical Center and the Washington DC VA Medical Center, a $7.5 million grant to set up the District of Columbia Center for AIDS Research. The lead investigators from DC CFAR, including Kumar, are spearheading BELIEVE. Brad Jones, an assistant professor of microbiology, immunology and tropical medicine at GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences, said the project’s goal is to eliminate viral reservoirs. “Curing HIV infection will likely require eliminating all virus in all of the sites that it persists, a daunting task,” Jones wrote in an email to The Hoya. “Our goal is that at the end of this five-year period we will have a clear indication that we have achieved reductions of viral reservoirs in clinical trial participants and knowledge on how to improve upon this initial success to cure individuals in future iterations of this trial.” Jones emphasized the need for local action, as Washington, D.C., plays an important role in the HIV epidemic with an infection rate of 3.2 percent. “It is critical that the local academic institutions partner with each other, with community stakeholders, and with industry partners and work together to help curb the epidemic locally, nationally, and around the world,” Jones wrote. The program will establish community advisory boards, annual meetings between institutions, educational outreach and other frameworks to ensure successful cooperation on the transnational project. The District of Columbia Center for AIDS Research will further provide access to laboratories, study design services and access to clinical populations. Alan Greenberg, director of the District of Columbia Center for AIDS Research, stressed his team’s dedication to full collaboration with other key institutions in both BELIEVE and DC CFAR. “[We] will work in close collaboration to ensure that there is maximum synergy between these two NIH funded projects,” Greenberg wrote in an email to The Hoya. Manya Magnus, an associate professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at GWU’s Milken Institute School of Public Health who also serves as associate chair of the department, underscored the need for local outreach in both the medical and general community. “It is critical that local and global communities are thoroughly engaged in all facets of HIV cure research. In addition to developing structures for ongoing and meaningful community input into both basic science and our novel clinical trials, we will together with members of the community develop and implement innovative educational outreach strategies about HIV cure research,” Magnus wrote in an email to The Hoya. As a member of BELIEVE’s executive committee, Jones expressed his optimism toward the project and the BELIEVE team’s vested responsibility to work toward a cure for HIV. “We are all excited and grateful for this opportunity to work together. My personal feelings are dominated by a sense of responsibility. We’ve been handed an opportunity to move the world closer to a cure for HIV/AIDS and we are committed to delivering on this,” Jones wrote.The post Georgetown Receives NIH Grant to Continue Working to Find Cure for HIV/AIDS appeared first on .

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  • CRAIGE: Pre-Season Tours Ramp Up Team TrainingCRAIGE: Pre-Season Tours Ramp Up Team Training

    Here is a truly exciting thought: In just 18 days, the 2016-17 season of the English Premier League kicks off. For fans of La Liga and Bundesliga, I am afraid that you will have to wait a little longer, as those leagues kick off on Aug. 19 and 26, respectively. This summer we were fortunate enough to have the European Championship and Copa America as distractions from a summer without soccer, but there is absolutely nothing better than the start of a new campaign. Right now, the teams are all involved with their preseason tours. This is a crucial step in a team’s preparations for the new season, for many reasons. For the obvious reason, a preseason tour helps players get back into game shape after a summer spent not playing soccer. Obviously, teams continue to train during the summer, but it is not exactly the same, as the entire environment is slightly different without the pressure of a game. After a major tournament like the European Championship, many players are given time off from the summer tours. Additionally, a lot of the big stars are also given time off because the preseason is not considered to be incredibly important to them. For this reason, you will never see Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale play during Real Madrid’s preseason tour. It is unfair for the fans, but it is entirely expected. In many regards then, the preseason tour is very similar to the Summer League of the NBA. Fans may be disappointed by the absence of their favorite players, but the preseason tour is a wonderful opportunity for a club’s academy players to really shine. Since every academy team, whether it be under-21 or under-18 and so on, has its own manager, it can be quite difficult for the first-team manager to really get a feel for what a player can do. By including a vast number of academy players on the preseason tour team, a manager is able to build a better relationship with those players and also see who is worth calling up. In fact, academy players do go on to succeed for big clubs: Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Ryan Giggs and John Terry all graduated from their club academies and found massive success. The preseason tour is also a great way for clubs to interact with their international fans. Oftentimes, a preseason game can end up being one of the only chances that non-United Kingdom-based fans have to see their beloved teams. Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Leicester City, Celtic, Inter Milan, Paris Saint Germain, Milan and Real Madrid are all going to the United States as part of their preseason tour. For many fans, it is completely worth traveling to another city — for example, many of the teams like to play in California — just to be able to take in a game. For instance, Leicester City is currently continuing its championship celebration across the United States. Where are Manchester United and Manchester City on tour this summer, you ask? Both Manchester clubs are playing in China, along with Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund, in the Chinese leg of the International Champions Cup. The ICC is an annual tournament that is really just an excuse to get some of the biggest teams in the world to compete against each other in a series of friendlies. This year, games are being played across the United States, Australia, China and various countries in Europe. Tottenham, Juventus and Atletico Madrid are facing off against Melbourne Victory in the Australian side of the ICC, for those of you wondering. While some of the bigger teams do not take the preseason tour all that seriously, there are many teams that do. For teams with new managers, the preseason is an incredibly important way for the manager to get to know the team. For instance, Jurgen Klopp is currently undergoing his first preseason tour with Liverpool. Even though he has been the manager there for more than half of the year, Klopp is using this opportunity to truly evaluate his squad. It is worth noting that Liverpool has brought along nearly its entire regular team for the tour — even Philippe Coutinho — which is a rather unusual move for a big team. It highlights just how willing Liverpool is to let Klopp make the changes he feels necessary, since it emphasizes his philosophy: No one is bigger than the team. Thus far, this appears to be working, as the Reds have yet to lose a game in the preseason. Granted, it is the preseason, but this will undoubtedly give the team confidence for the start of the season. Leicester is another team that has brought much of its championship winning squad with it on turn, another example of a team that is more than just a single player. 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The Beautiful Game appears every Tuesday and Friday.The post CRAIGE: Pre-Season Tours Ramp Up Team Training appeared first on .

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