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PRESIDENT TO END "DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL"
President Obama told a gathering of gay rights activists Saturday night he "will end" the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, renewing a commitment that had gone unmet during his first nine months in office. The pledge came on the eve of a national march on Washington by gay rights groups, and before an increasingly impatient audience of one of the president's most dedicated campaign constituencies. Rather than attend the large outdoor rally Sunday, the president opted to keynote a $250-a-plate black-tie dinner for 3,000 guests, thrown by the Human Rights Campaign, the most established gay rights lobbying group in Washington.
BABY DROWNS IN TUB, MOM ARRESTED
A infant girl died after being found unconscious Saturday in a tub at a Dale City home and the child's mother was charged with neglect, Prince William County police said. Officers went to the 12900 block of Kingswell Drive about 12:20 p.m. to investigate an incident involving an unconscious baby, the police said. They said a 9-month old girl was flown to a hospital, where she died. Investigation indicated that the child was left unattended while being bathed, police said. When the mother returned, police said, the child was unconscious. Police said Saturday night that Julia Sumo, 21, was arrested and charged with felony child neglect.(WASHINGTON POST)
POE'S FUNERAL DO-OVER
Edgar Allan Poe is getting the funeral he never had. Fewer than 10 people attended Poe's funeral when he died in October 1849 at age 40. On Sunday, some 700 people are expected to attend two services for the great writer. The event is being held at Westminster Hall, the former church adjacent to Poe's grave. Actors will portray Poe's friends and contemporaries as well as writers and artists who cited Poe as an influence. A local special-effects artist has even created a mock-up of Poe's corpse. The funerals are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The event is the highlight of a yearlong festival marking the 200th anniversary of Poe's birth.
MARATHON RUNNER COLLAPSES AND DIES
A runner collapsed Saturday morning while participating in the Baltimore Marathon and later died. Baltimore City fire spokesman Kevin Cartwright said a 24-year-old man collapsed at mile 23 with a core body temperature of 107 or 108 degrees. Fire officials said the unidentified man was in cardiac arrest when he was taken to Union Memorial Hospital at about 11:20 a.m. A hospital spokeswoman said doctors made rigorous efforts to revive the man, but he was pronounced dead shortly after 1 p.m. The medical examiner's office is scheduled to perform an autopsy. Race organizer Lee Corrigan said the race had seven medical stations fully staffed with a total of 250 doctors, nurses and other medical professionals along the course.
US SOCCER TEAM GOING TO THE WORLD CUP
American players danced in the locker room and swigged some bubbly, With a thrilling victory on a hot and humid night in Central America, the U.S. soccer team earned a trip to South Africa and another chance to impress at the World Cup. Conor Casey scored his first two international goals in the second half, Landon Donovan added another and the United States clinched its sixth straight World Cup berth with a game to spare by rallying to beat Honduras 3-2 on Saturday night. "It never gets old, that's for sure," Donovan said. "After what most of us would say was a very disappointing 2006 World Cup, we now have a chance at redemption."