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Girl's Suspected Kidnapper Found Dead in DC Park

No sign of missing 8-year-old after apparent suicide

(Newser) - Police searching a park in Washington, DC, for the body of an 8-year-old girl kidnapped a month ago have instead found the body of the suspected kidnapper. Khalil Tatum, 51, was found dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in the 700-acre Kenilworth Park, reports the New ... More »

Latest TSA Flub: Uh, Is DC License Valid?

Agent wasn't sure whether it was acceptable form of ID

(Newser) - A ridiculous TSA story has once again gone viral: Ashley Brandt was baffled last week when a TSA agent in Phoenix was initially unsure whether she could let Brandt through airport security with just a District of Columbia license. "I don’t know if we can accept these. Do... More »

DC Councilwoman: Taxi Kinda Kidnapped My Daughter

Bizarre tale as council reviews taxis that violate rule requiring card swiper

(Newser) - It's always annoying when a cab won't take your credit card, and it's even more annoying when that leads to them locking you in the cab and driving off. That's what allegedly happened to the daughter of DC council member Mary Cheh, the lawmaker said during... More »

DC Fire Lieutenant on Leave After Dying Man Ignored

As is another firefighters, as authorities investigate death of Medric Mills

(Newser) - A fire lieutenant and a firefighter are on administrative leave after a man suffered a heart attack across the street from their Washington, DC, firehouse on Saturday and no one at the station helped him ; Medric Mills, 77, later died. Authorities are still investigating the situation, but the lieutenant wrote... More »

Firefighters Refuse to Help Man, He Dies

77-year-old collapsed across street from DC firehouse

(Newser) - Marie Mills' father collapsed Saturday afternoon in a shopping center parking lot across the street from a Washington, DC, firehouse—but firefighters didn't rush to his aid, despite repeated pleas for help, and Medric "Cecil" Mills, 77, died of a heart attack. Marie Mills tells WTTG that bystanders... More »

How Lawmakers, Lobbyists Vacation Together—Legally

Lavish fundraisers offer chance to schmooze

(Newser) - In 2007, Congress passed measures largely barring lavish lobbyist-funded trips and gatherings. But what the New York Times calls "destination fundraisers" haven't stopped, and, indirectly, they're still funded by the lobbyists, who schmooze with lawmakers in places like Napa Valley, Las Vegas, and Bermuda. The money for... More »

Congresswoman Mugged on Capitol Hill

NYC's Grace Meng left bruised, disoriented

(Newser) - Freshman lawmaker Rep. Grace Meng was shaken up but escaped serious injury in a mugging near her Capitol Hill home Tuesday evening, her office says. She was hit in the head and knocked to the ground by an attacker as she was walking home after dinner with a friend, Politico... More »

DC to Redskins: Lose the Racist Name

'Enough is enough,' council member says

(Newser) - More pressure on the Redskins: The NFL team needs to change its "racist and derogatory" name, a resolution passed overwhelmingly by the DC Council says. The team's argument that the name is part of its heritage "is akin to saying to the Native American people ... your pain... More »

Chris Brown Hits Rehab, Will Seek 'Focus, Insight'

Singer hoping to resume career 'from healthier vantage point'

(Newser) - After his latest assault charge, Chris Brown has decided to get some help. The singer is checking into rehab and "his goal is to gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior, enabling him to continue the pursuit of his life and his career from a healthier... More »

Chris Brown Charged With Felony Assault

DC cops say he got into fight outside hotel

(Newser) - Another day, another run-in with police for Chris Brown: TMZ reports that the hip-hop bad boy's latest dust-up took place around 4:30am today in Washington, DC, where Brown has been charged with felony assault. Police say that Brown started arguing with a man around 4:30am today outside... More »

Scaffolding to Cloak Capitol for 2 Years

Renovation will fix more than 1K cracks

(Newser) - Turns out things on the outside of the Capitol are also fractured and in urgent need of repair. The historic dome will be covered in scaffolding starting next month for a two-year, $60 million restoration project, reports the Washington Post . The office of the Architect of the Capitol says more... More »

Russians in DC to See US Democracy Are Not Impressed

Exchange program backfires

(Newser) - A group of 49 Russians is in DC as part of a US-funded exchange program to witness American democracy in action. Just one problem: There's very little action right now. "This step, to shut down the government, is inconceivable," says one Russian journalist. "French people are... More »

8 Democratic Reps Arrested at DC Immigration Protest

Lawmakers busted as thousands gather on National Mall to urge reform

(Newser) - After lawmakers supported veterans in flooding DC's WWII memorial last week, the civil disobedience by congress members continued yesterday, with eight Democrats getting arrested at the National Mall during an immigration reform rally. The demonstration was intended to push Congress to pass immigration reform legislation, but also succeeded in... More »

National Mall Suicide Wasn't Political: Family

Neighbors baffled by death of John Constantino

(Newser) - The suicide of the man who set himself ablaze on the National Mall last week was the result of mental illness, not his political beliefs, his family says. John Constantino "was a loving father and husband," and his death "was not a political act or statement,"... More »

Man Who Set Himself on Fire at National Mall Identified

John Constantino suffered from mental illness

(Newser) - Police have identified the man who set him self ablaze on the National Mall last week—but they have been unable to identify his motive. DC police say the man was John Constantino, a 64-year-old from Mount Laurel, New Jersey, the AP reports. Constantino, who died at a hospital after... More »

Shutdown Turns DC Into Giant Skatepark

Empty plazas and no cops create perfect conditions for skaters

(Newser) - At least one group is benefiting from the federal shutdown: skaters. The capital's stone benches and strong railings make for perfect skating obstacles, but are usually off-limits. But with buildings and plazas empty in Washington, DC, no one is around to police them, and the skaters are moving in,... More »

Man Who Set Himself on Fire on DC Mall Dies

But police still have not identified him

(Newser) - A DC police spokesman says a man who set himself on fire on the National Mall yesterday has died of his injuries. But authorities don't know much more than that—he was so badly burned that he will need to be identified through DNA and dental records. The man... More »

DC Driver's Sister: She 'Didn't Deserve to Die'

Focus turns to police response in Capitol

(Newser) - The focus in the aftermath of this week's deadly car chase in DC is shifting from the search for a motive—it's becoming clear that driver Miriam Carey had mental health problems and suffered from delusions —to a debate over authorities' use of force. "Deadly force... More »

See Video of DC Chase

CNN airs footage of driver on the run

(Newser) - It didn't take long for video to surface of today's car chase on Capitol Hill that ended with police fatally shooting the female driver. Slate offers this via CNN. More »

'Isolated Incident': Capitol Lockdown Is Lifted After Gunfire

Incident began near White House barricade

(Newser) - Police have lifted a security lockdown at the US Capitol after gunfire rang out on Capitol Hill this afternoon. Details were still developing, but Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine said it appeared to be an "isolated incident" unrelated to terrorism. Eyewitnesses say that police fired on a black sedan... More »

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