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Vanya Shivashankar, left, 13, of Olathe, Kansas, and Gokul Venkatachalam, 14, of St. Louis, hold up the championship trophy as co-champions after winning the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday in Oxon Hill, Md. (Associated Press)

National Spelling Bee ends in tie for 2nd year in a row

- Associated Press

They couldn’t be rattled. They couldn’t be denied. Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar had worked too hard and come close too many times not to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

In August, fiddle players from across the country descend on tiny Galax, Virginia, for the 80th annual Old Fiddler's Convention. This year, the convention runs for a week from Aug. 3 to 8, with the words and music of banjo, mandolin, guitar and autoharp players, folk singing, country and bluegrass bands and "flatfoot dancing." (Associated Press)

Galax makes for a good Virginia getaway for fiddle, BBQ fans

- The Washington Times

If you like pigs, fiddles and the good times that go with barbecue and country music, Galax is the place for you, beginning in June and continuing through the summer and early autumn.

Baltimore residents fearful amid rash of homicides

- Associated Press

Antoinette Perrine has barricaded her front door since her brother was killed three weeks ago on a basketball court near her home in the Harlem Park neighborhood of West Baltimore. She already has iron bars outside her windows and added metal slabs on the inside to deflect the gunfire.

Signs direct people to the office of the Firearms Registration Unit at the District's Metropolitan Police Department headquarters. (The Washington Times)

D.C. asks that gun-carrying restriction remain in effect

- The Washington Times

D.C. officials have asked a judge to let the city enforce a central element of its restrictive concealed-carry law — the requirement that handgun owners demonstrate a “good reason” for a permit to carry — while a lawsuit over the matter works its way through the federal court system.

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Signs direct people to the office of the Firearms Registration Unit at the District's Metropolitan Police Department headquarters. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

D.C. asks that gun carrying restriction remain in effect

- The Washington Times

D.C. officials have asked a judge to let the city enforce a central element of its restrictive concealed-carry law -- the requirement that handgun owners demonstrate a "good reason" for a permit to carry -- while a lawsuit over the matter works its way through the federal court system.

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6 people shot in D.C. over an 8-hour period

- The Washington Times

Six people were shot in Washington, D.C., over an 8-hour period stretching from Sunday night to early Monday, including one man killed in Northeast and three people injured in two separate robbery attempts in the Brightwood neighborhood in Northwest.