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D.C. Councilman Marion Barry Hospitalized
Ward 8 D.C. Councilman Marion Barry was hospitalized Tuesday morning for dehydration, the office of the former mayor said. Dr. Clive Callendar, Barry's longtime physician, said in a statement that Barry continues to "recover successfully" just seven months after his Feb. 20 kidney transplant. Barry, 73, suffers from diabetes and hypertension. He is expected to be hospitalized for a "few days," a spokeswoman said. (Washington Examiner)
BET Co-Founder Apologizes for Mocking Deeds
The billionaire co-founder of Black Entertainment Television apologized Monday for pretending to stutter at a campaign event as she mimicked the Democratic candidate for governor. BET co-founder Sheila Johnson, for years a major donor to President Obama, Gov. Tim Kaine and other Democrats, stunned Virginia political observers in July by endorsing Republican Robert F. McDonnell in the governor's race. He is running against Democrat R. Creigh Deeds to succeed Mr. Kaine, who is barred by state law from running for a second straight term. (Washington Times)
Gay Marriages in DC by 2010?
Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill said it appears unlikely that Congress will block a bill to be introduced Tuesday that would allow same-sex marriages in the District. D.C. Council leaders have vowed to expedite the bill and said they hope to put it to a final vote before Christmas. But even if same-sex couples start marrying next year, the long-term survival of the practice would be in doubt for years, depending on the makeup of the House and Senate, congressional officials said. (Washington Post)
H1N1 Vaccine is in N. Va.
Virginia has received its first shipments of H1N1 influenza vaccine. James Farrell, director of the Virginia Department of Health's immunization division, said Tuesday that 83,700 doses of nasal-mist vaccine have been delivered to hospitals, clinics and local health departments.(AP/WTOP)
Dummy Helps to Disprove Suicide
The Frederick County Sheriff's Office employs hundreds of individuals with master's and bachelor's degrees. But employees were glad to have a dummy working with them too. The use of a dummy head on loan from The National Museum of Civil War Medicine helped to prove a woman was murdered and did not commit suicide as her boyfriend originally claimed. (Frederick News-Post)