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Rieder: 'Washington Post' sale a shocker

(USA TODAY) -- It is a stunning separation.

For years, The Washington Post and the Graham family have been as deeply intertwined as it is possible for a news outlet and its owners to be.

In fact, the storied newspaper almost seemed like part of the Graham family. Generation after generation served as its steward. The Grahams flat-out loved that paper.

And so the news late Monday afternoon that the paper was being sold to Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos came as a shock. It must have been a deeply painful decision for Post Co. CEO Donald Graham.

But despite its legendary history, its courageous and inspirational role in publishing the Pentagon Papers and exposing Watergate secrets, its continuing if diminished commitment to quality journalism, the paper is hardly immune to the profoundly disruptive impact of the digital era.

Baby born on Metro platform

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Thursday morning, Metro Transit Police tweeted the following: "A baby was just delivered ON THE PLATFORM at L'Enfant Plaza. MTPD on scene. Additional details will follow."

UPDATE: The mother and baby left the hospital Saturday.

The mother has been identified as Shavonnte Taylor, 23. Her son is named Amir Mason. He weighs 8 pounds and 5 ounces. Both the mother and baby are doing fine, according to transit police.

A spokesperson for George Washington University Hospital released the following statement on Friday:

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FAME, the musical, is coming to the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Va., reminiscent of the popular 80s’ TV show that engaged young teens throughout the United States. Metropolitan Performing Arts Theatre (MPAT)’s ensemble cast will present on Aug. 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31st at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 25 at 3 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center, W-3 Theatre in Lorton, Va. Tickets are available online for $20 general admission at www.metro-theatre.org. Discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more by contacting the box office at (703) 584-2900.

 “We’ve had a lot of fun preparing for FAME and we’re bringing out the best in our students, showcasing ‘triple-threat’ actors who shine in dance, singing and performance,” said Dan Stapula, artistic director of Metropolitan Performing Arts Theatre of Alexandria, Va. and Lorton, Va.

Md. Man Guilty For False Loan Applications

GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Rockville man pleaded guilty to submitting false loan applications that resulted in losses of over $515,000, officials said.

From September 2006 to May 2007, Edgar Galdamez, 36, and others contacted individuals interested in buying investment properties and then submitted false loan applications in their names, officials said.

He typically inflated the buyers' income, left out liabilities, and stated that it was intended to be the person's primary residence to get a lower interest rate, officials said.

"Galdamez and others profited from these fraudulent transactions by collecting origination fees, commissions and broker's fees from each loan that closed," officials said in a news release.

Galdamez will be
required to forfeit at least $515,500 and pay
restitution. He faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. His sentencing is scheduled for November 5.     

HERO CENTRAL: Food For Others Saves Families from Hunger

HERO CENTRAL: Food For Others Saves Families from Hunger

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9)--- "I get to go home and make something to eat for you know my little ones," said Lamar Edmonds on his first trip to Food for Others. The non-profit organization distributes free food from its warehouse. Edmonds gets bread, a package of food along with milk and eggs. The items are a part of the Emergency Assistance Program.

Northern Virginia has about 90,000 people living in poverty. The number represents about 5 percent of the population in the area, according to the U.S. Census.

DC Policeman Charged After Son Takes Gun To School

GLENN DALE, Md. (AP) - A D.C. police lieutenant has been charged with leaving a loaded gun where his son found it and took it to school.

Prince George's County court documents show Mark Antonio Hodge of Glenn Dale has been charged with leaving a loaded firearm in a place where he would have known that a minor would gain access to the firearm.

The court documents say officers were called to Duval High School in Lanham on March 27 for a report of a student with a firearm. Officers learned the 15-year-old had taken the gun from his home. He said his dad kept the weapon under some clothes in a closet.

It was unclear whether the gun was Hodge's service weapon. No one answered at a telephone number for Hodge on Friday.