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Judge refuses to dismiss madam case

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a racketeering indictment against the woman who ran a D.C. escort service and is accused of being the D.C. madam.

U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler rejected defense arguments that Deborah J. Palfrey is a victim of selective prosecution. The judge said Miss Palfrey failed to prove she was unfairly singled out.

Miss Palfrey was indicted in March on charges she was running a prostitution service. She said she ran a legitimate business and did not break the law.

Absentee voting set for special election

Residents of Wards 1 and 2 who cannot make it to the polls during Tuesday’s special election for a new school board member can cast their ballots now.

In-person absentee voting is available for registered voters who are senior citizens, have physical limitations, are traveling out of town or who otherwise cannot vote Tuesday.

Voters can cast their ballots today and Monday in the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics’ Voter Services Office in Room 250-North at 441 Fourth Street NW.

Tuesday’s election is being held to select a new District 1 member of the D.C. Board of Education. Education reporter and school volunteer Mary Lord is the only candidate on the ballot.

Polling places will be open in Wards 1 and 2 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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Boy almost drowns in county pool

A 3-year-old boy nearly drowned yesterday in a Montgomery County pool.

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