The Washington Times - May 2, 2011, 08:40AM

HUNDREDS GATHERED OUTSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE in Lafayette Square on Sunday night to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces. The gathering started with about 10 or 20 people when, short of an announcement, the death was still speculation. They sang. Someone brought a flag. And it grew. By the time President Obama finished his remarks at about 11:45 p.m., officially telling the nation that bin Laden was dead, it was a celebration, reports Andrea Noble of The Washington Times.

THE TOP GOP CANDIDATES IN THE VIRGINIA SENATE RACE promptly issued Facebook statements about U.S. special forces killing Osama bin Laden.

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Former Sen. George Allen said the death “is welcomed news … and a measure of justice for the families who lost loved ones on September 11th and during the War on Terrorism. Everyone who has lost loved ones in our war should feel pride in this result in taking out the head of Al-Qaeda.”

Tea-party-supported candidate Jamie Radtke said: “Today was a significant victory for all Americans and the rest of the world because justice was served on a hate-filled, radical terrorist: Osama bin Laden.”

Both candidates thanked President Obama. Democratic candidate Tim Kaine had not issued a Facebook statement as of this morning.

NAVY SEALs FROM VIRGINIA BEACH were picked by President Obama to go into a compound in an affluent Pakistani city and kill Osama bin Laden, according to the Associated Press:

“On April 29, Mr. Obama approved an operation to kill bin Laden,” the wire service reports. “It was a mission that required surgical accuracy, even more precision than could be delivered by the government’s sophisticated Predator drones. To execute it, Mr. Obama tapped a small contingent of the Navy’s elite SEAL Team Six, based in Virginia Beach, and put them under the command of CIA Director Leon E. Panetta, whose analysts monitored the compound from afar.”

MARYLAND GOV. MARTIN O’MALLEY, a Democrat, throughout his tenure has spoken of “One Maryland,” in which lawmakers and residents work across party and jurisdictional lines to accomplish common goals. Yet the concept is proving easier said than done, as rural legislators frequently accuse the governor and legislators from larger districts of imposing their will on the entire state, according to The Washington Times.

THE WOMAN CHARGED IN THE LULULEMON KILLING punched, pushed and threw things at a former boyfriend who ultimately obtained a judge’s order to keep her away from him in October 2007, according to D.C. Superior Court records reviewed by The Washington Post.

Brittany Norwood, 28, the woman charged with killing her co-worker at the high-end yoga store, violated the court order later that year by following the man and his new girlfriend in a car, court documents show. Detectives, friends and colleagues have struggled to understand what could have propelled Ms. Norwood, who is accused of killing Jayna Murray, 30, in March. Ms. Norwood had no criminal past, according to a review of national court records.

A FORMER VIRGINIA LEGISLATOR is due in federal court Monday on charges that he secured funding for a teacher training center in exchange for a job as its director. Jury selection begins this morning in Phillip Hamilton’s trial in Richmond. Mr. Hamilton, a Newport News Republican, has pleaded not guilty to bribery and extortion, the Associated Press reports. The trial is expected to last up to two weeks.

IS BEN’S CHILI BOWL NO LONGER TOPS FOR THE HALF-SMOKE? The District has been a one half-smoke town for more than 50 years, but on Sunday a Dupont Circle restaurant found itself holding the trophy for its unique take on the city’s culinary claim to fame. Firefly restaurant executive chef Daniel Bortnick’s fennel sausage and half-smoke bacon chili was the winner of the Domaso’s Top Dog Half-Smoke Challenge, beating out 10 area chefs to take the title, The Washington Times reports.