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Baltimore Police try to control protesters while detaining activist Kwame Rose. Demonstrators marched to Pratt Street and the Inner Harbor on Wednesday during the first court hearing in the case of six police officers criminally charged in the death of Freddie Gray. Six Baltimore police officers face charges. (The Baltimore Sun via Associated Press)

Baltimore protesters reject Hillary Clinton, 2016 Democrats

- The Washington Times

Outside the courthouse where pretrial hearings began Wednesday for six officers accused in the death of a black man in their custody, demonstrators gathered to voice outrage over police brutality and race relations tearing the city apart — but their antagonism was just as intense when asked about the leading Democratic presidential candidates.

This undated photo provided by Visit Loudoun shows wine bottles on the patio at Greenhill Winery in Middleburg, Va., one of two dozen wineries in Loudoun County. Located about an hour's drive from  Washington, D.C., the area calls itself "DC's Wine Country." (Visit Loudoun via AP)

Virginia’s Middleburg offers wine country getaway

- Associated Press

Virginia is home to more than 250 wineries, from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay. The state’s Middleburg area, in Loudoun County, has two dozen wineries alone, and it’s so close to Washington that it calls itself “DC’s Wine Country.” Middleburg is about an hour’s drive from Washington, D.C., or about 24 miles (39 kilometers) from Washington Dulles International Airport- perfect for a day trip or long weekend. Just in time for fall, October is Virginia Wine Month with special events to take in autumn foliage and milder weather.

Gov. Marvin Mandel, accompanied by his wife, Jeanne, walking to the federal courthouse in Baltimore in this Oct. 6, 2001, file photo. (AP Photo/Bill Smith) ** FILE **

Marvin Mandel was a political force — from creativity to corruption

- Associated Press

A colorful and complex figure in Maryland politics, Marvin Mandel was seen by some as an innovator who reorganized state government to be more efficient. For others, he was forever stained by his conviction for selling the powers of office.

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In this framegrab from video made by the camera of WDBJ-TV cameraman Adam Ward, Vester Lee Flanagan II stands over Mr. Ward with a gun after fatally shooting him and reporter Alison Parker on Wednesday during a live on-air interview in Moneta, Va. (Twitter via Associated Press)

TV news gunman Vester Lee Flanagan a 'powder keg' of racial discord

- The Washington Times

Vester Lee Flanagan, a former TV reporter who recorded himself fatally shooting a reporter and videographer during a live broadcast in Virginia on Wednesday morning, was disgruntled over perceived racial discrimination and purportedly said he was pushed to act out because of a mass shooting this summer that targeted black congregants at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks in front of Maryland Secretary of Public Safety and Correctional Services Stephen Moyer at Baltimore City Detention Center, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Baltimore, to announce his plan to immediately shut down the jail. The jail grabbed headlines in 2013 after a sweeping federal indictment exposed a sophisticated drug- and cellphone-smuggling ring involving dozens of gang members and correctional officers. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Dangerous Baltimore detention center near empty

- Associated Press

Gov. Larry Hogan is announcing the last transfers of inmates and detainees from the dangerously decrepit men's section of the Baltimore City Detention Center.

Metrobus to avoid violent hotspots

Associated Press

Metro has temporarily discontinued service on part of a bus line in southeast Washington after a rider was shot by someone outside.

D.C. police officers gather at a community outreach tent placed in the Shaw neighborhood on Aug. 21. The tent, meant to foster community interaction, was placed next to a shrine erected for Tamara Gliss, who was fatally shot at a Memorial Day barbecue when someone fired shots into a crowd. (Andrea Noble/The Washington Times)

D.C. homicides spike has residents on edge, officials under fire

- The Washington Times

The onslaught of fatal shootings in the District of Columbia this summer has pushed the city's homicide tally to 102 this year -- 36 percent higher than last year -- leaving residents angry and on edge as they plead with D.C. officials to get the violence under control.

D.C. officials blasted at Baptist church forum

- The Washington Times

'The devil is on the loose, and we need to lock it back up." Those words fittingly summed up the cultural earthquake that is rocking the nation's capital, where Official D.C. can't seem to acknowledge the city's problem -- let alone get a handle on it.


Baltimore writer returns overdue library book 34 years late

- The Washington Times

While rooting through a cabinet over her mother's refrigerator, Baltimore-area writer Michele Wojciechowski discovered an old paperback copy of "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein," adapted and illustrated by Alice and Joel Schick. The thrill of an unexpected find was quickly tempered by a horrific realization: Ms. Wojciechowski had checked out the book in 1981.