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Behind MS-13’s violent rise in Maryland lies a structured hierarchy 4

March sadness

A DAY OF RECKONING ON RUSSIA? Intelligence committee hearing gives lawmakers a first chance to grill intel chiefs on what role the Kremlin played in the 2016 presidential election 10


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FLOATING FILTH: A worker collects garbage from the Marilao River in Bulacan, north of Manila, the Philippines, on Saturday. The river is one of the world’s most polluted waterways.



Dignity: A small price to pay for a free pair of Costco pants

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A Costco shopper in Puyallup, Wash., shed his pants last week when his LG cellphone caught fire in his pocket. “There was so much smoke. And there were two or three people who had a fire extinguisher ... trying to help him,” witness Everett Tyrrell told KOMO-TV. “I was kind of worried about the guy.” It was unclear what caused the fire. The shopper wasn’t hurt — and Costco gave him a new pair of pants. (EXPRESS)

You could imagine a plow knocking down a few mailboxes while clearing heavy snow. But 50 to 75 of them? Officials in Manalapan, N.J., apologized after the street-side mailboxes were wrecked last week, UPI reported. It “was like plowing wet cement and like a wave on the beach. What it hit it knock[ed] over,” the town’s public works director said. Video showed the plow moving at quite a clip. The town is helping with repairs. (EXPRESS)


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A novel twist of fate in D.C. THE DISTRICT The librarian plucks a book from a cart at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in downtown D.C. and flips through the pages, scanning “Goodbye, Sweetwater” for signs of damage. “Is it stained? Is it torn?” Jo Stallworth asks of the 1988 collection of stories by novelist Henry Dumas. “Because even if you say, ‘It’s a good book,’ but the binding is cracked and the cover is falling off, it’s taking space from another book on the shelf.” Since the central library closed its doors to the public for a $208 million, three-year renovation, Stallworth and dozens of other librarians have been examining thousands of books. Their job is to determine whether the titles should be kept, given to other branches or donated to Better World Books, which saves books from landfills.

As she scrutinizes “Goodbye, Sweetwater,” Stallworth’s eyes land on pages 12 and 13. “Oh, my,” she says. Someone has written in pencil in the margins, scribbling notes as though it were his or her own personal copy, with little regard for the next borrower. It takes just a few seconds for Stallworth to decide the book’s fate. She places “Goodbye, Sweetwater” on a cart destined for donation. “I think there is someone out there who will treasure this book — insights [in the margin] and all,” Stallworth says, as she moves to the next book. There is a hushed silence as she works. No one is roaming the stacks. The library’s vast lobby is empty. The culling process is a librarian’s dream, says Sheryl Katzin, assistant director of collections for the D.C. Public Library system. “People go to library school because they love books, they love reading and whatever it is that drives them in that direction,” she


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Caleb Bess pulls books from the shelves in the Martin Luther King Jr. library, which closed this month for a $208 million, three-year renovation.


“I have to open it to check the title, but I’m afraid to do it because the whole thing may come undone.” SHERYL KATZIN, assistant director of collections for D.C.’s public library system, while examining a damaged set of books from 1957. The set was donated to Better World Books.

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A Virginia woman’s pet fox is back home, safe and sound, after going missing last week. Brittany Smalley told NBC12 that her fox Swiper escaped when a storm blew her front door open. After someone reported spotting the fox Thursday near a laundromat, Smalley said she used Swiper’s favorite fruit, cantaloupe, to lure him into his carrier and took him home. Virginia allows residents to keep foxes as pets as long as they’re not the red-colored ones. Red wild foxes are native to the state. (AP)

1972, it has accumulated thousands of books, including those stashed there during renovations of other branches. But no one is sure how many. “One of the things the move out allows us to do is physically see everything we have,” said George Williams, a spokesman for the library system. “There are some things we have had on the shelves that may be on the shelf, but not in the catalog. Or it might be in the catalog but not on the shelf. Part of the collection maintenance is getting a grip on what we have and what may be missing — and what may be damaged.” DENEEN L. BROWN (THE WASHINGTON POST)


Police: Man broke in, then broke his leg A burglary suspect in Virginia ruined his own getaway — first by breaking his leg in a jump off a balcony, and then by calling authorities to help him. Police said Leoul Yosef, 21, will be charged with burglary for allegedly breaking into an Alexandria apartment Wednesday and then jumping from the second story after the resident returned home. Officers said they were following the snow trail when they got a 911 call from a man in the vicinity saying he had broken his leg. Responding officers matched the identity of the caller to the burglary suspect. (AP)




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MARYLAND A 34-year-old was lured to woods in suburban Maryland, where assailants armed with knives had already dug his grave. A 22-yearold, also taken into a wooded area, was ordered to his knees and shot in the face. An 18-year-old, ambushed near a stream, was stabbed and stoned as he crawled into the water and died under a bridge of the Capital Beltway. The shocking murders 18 months ago signaled a resurgence in Montgomery County of the notorious MS-13 gang. Now, with federal racketeering cases underway for three suspects arrested in connection with the killings, court documents lay out a brutal chain of command that law enforcement says drives the violence. Organized in local MS-13 units called “cliques,” the Maryland gangs put prospective members under long periods of “observations” before allowing them in. Ascension in the gang involves at least five rank designations, according to federal court records, with clique leaders using social media and coded words to stay in constant contact with superiors in the U.S. and El Salvador. The hierarchy enforces allegiance among members and violence toward rivals, according to law enforcement officials. Where it is less effective, they say, is in making money from their ventures like extortion and drug dealing. The dues collected from Montgomery County MS-13 members at their weekly meetings, according to local detectives, can be as little as $10. “What we see, and why we make these cases a priority,


Supporting the rise in seemingly chaotic MS-13 violence: An organized hierarchy

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is the violence,” said William Moomau, an assistant U.S. attorney in Maryland. The murder of Denis MontufarBautista, whose body was found floating in a creek under the Beltway, was vicious. He died of stab wounds, blows to the head from heavy rocks and drowning. Federal court papers say that in weeks before the murder, gang members concluded that Montufar-Bautista, also an associate of MS-13, had run afoul of gang rules. They held a disciplinary meeting called “court” and sentenced him to a beating, according to court records. Montufar-Bautista reported the assault to police, prompting the local gang members to seek permission for, and carry out, his murder, according to court records. MS-13 was formed in the 1980s in Los Angeles by Salvadoran immigrants who wanted protection from gangs there. By the early 2000s, MS-13 gang members in and around Washi ngton had grown i n

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numbers and executed a string of high-profile machete attacks and killings that focused law enforcement attention on the group. The gang in Montgomery County went through years of relative quiet until recent orders from leaders in El Salvador to increase the gang’s power. The accounts laid out in the federal accusations also seek to expose how the gang leverages fear and intimidation in its ranks. Two years ago, according to federal court documents, Noe Coreas-Mejia was still one step

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below full-fledged membership in MS-13 — a process that involves being “jumped in,” or beaten by full members. While on the cusp of full membership, federal court records assert, he helped plan and took part in the December 2015 murder of Montufar-Bautista, the 18-yearold found floating in the creek. The indictment accuses CoreasMejia of extortion, conspiracy to engage in racketeering, committing murder in aid of racketeering and other crimes. “Individuals who had advanced to the final level before being ‘jumped in’ were called ‘chequeos’ or ‘cheqs,’ ” federal prosecutors wrote. “Chequeos underwent a probationary period during which they were required to commit crimes on behalf of MS-13 to achieve trust and prove their loyalty to the gang.” Federal prosecutors allege Coreas-Mejia, at the time of the 2015 killing, was on the verge of becoming an MS-13 “homeboy.” DAN MORSE (THE WASHINGTON POST)

The remains of an adult and a pet have been found in the wreckage of a house in Maryland that was leveled by an explosion. Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein said Saturday that the remains were found in the wreckage of the home on Ashley Drive in Rockville. It was not clear whether the remains belonged to the home’s owner, who has not been accounted for since the explosion early Friday. Goldstein said the medical examiner’s office will do an autopsy to identify the remains and determine a cause of death. (AP) ROCKVILLE

Two students charged in girl’s rape in bathroom Two male high school students have been charged with raping a female student in a bathroom during school hours. The assault happened Thursday morning at Rockville High School, police said Friday. The 14-year-old girl was walking in a hallway when she met the teens. Police charged Jose Montano, 17, and Henry Sanchez, 18, with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual offense. Montano is charged as an adult. (AP) VIRGINIA

Execution protocol for witnesses changed Execution witnesses in Virginia will see less of the proceedings after changes the Virginia Department of Corrections made to its execution manual. The new protocol calls for a curtain in the execution chamber to be drawn prior to the inmate being escorted inside. The curtain will only be opened once the IV lines are in place. (AP)

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MARYLAND Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Friday that he supports banning hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the state. The Republican’s announcement gives a strong boost to legislation to ban the drilling process known as fracking. The House of Delegates, which is controlled by Democrats, already has passed a bill to ban the practice. The Senate, also controlled by Democrats, has legislation pending to either ban fracking or place a moratorium on it. “Because of Maryland’s unique position in the country and our wealth of natural resources, our administration has concluded that [the] possible environmental risks of fracking simply outweigh any potential benefits,” Hogan said at a news conference. “This legislation, I

believe, is an important initiative to safeguard our environment, and I urge members of the legislature on both sides of the aisle in both houses to come together and to finally put this issue to rest once and for all.” Fracking isn’t being done in Maryland now, but a portion of the western side of the state sits atop the Marcellus Shale, which runs underground from New York to Tennessee. Neighboring West Virginia and Pennsylvania allow fracking, while New York banned it due to health concerns. A Maryland moratorium on issuing permits ends Oct. 1, prompting lawmakers this session to weigh a ban or extension. Supporters of fracking say it would create jobs in western Maryland, but opponents cite health and environmental concerns. BRIAN WITTE (AP)


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Cold snap hits cherry trees THE DISTRICT Cold weather has killed half of the blossoms on Washington’s famous cherry trees just as they were reaching peak bloom, park service officials said. The blooming of the trees is a big tourist draw and is closely watched as a sign of spring in the nation’s capital. Gay Vietzke, superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks, said Friday there will still be a “brilliant display of the white and pink blooms,” and that the Yoshino cherry trees will be just as “spectacular as ever.” That said, visitors who come every year will notice a slight


Last week’s chill killed around half of D.C.’s famous blossoms

The National Park Service expects peak bloom for the cherry blossoms to be delayed until next week.

difference after the “wild weather roller coaster” of the past few weeks, which delivered snow after several warm days, Vietzke said. “We do anticipate that there will be some fewer blossoms than normal and the color, therefore,

may not be quite as dense as we’ve seen in past years around the Tidal Basin,” Vietzke said. It wasn’t the snow early last week that really affected the trees, but the cold. Park Service spokesman Mike Litterst had previously said that if the temperature got down to 24 degrees, there could be a 90 percent loss of the blossoms, which were expected to be at their peak between Sunday and Wednesday. The loss of nearly 50 percent of the buds is expected to push the peak bloom date to late this week or the weekend. The cold weather did not do any long-term damage to the Yoshino trees, but Litterst said Friday that it killed blooms at the fifth of six stages of blooming — the so-called “puffy white” stage.


Grocery closes to fight rodents A Whole Foods store in Northwest D.C. that previously had rodent problems voluntarily closed last week for renovation after another visit from health inspectors. On Monday, the grocery’s Glover Park location voluntarily closed after health inspectors identified issues with rodents and pests. (TWP)


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In a state media photo, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, right, is said to watch the ground test of a new rocket engine.


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N. Korea declares test of new rocket ‘historic’ Ground test of engine comes while Tillerson is in neighboring China NATIONAL SECURITY Kim Jong Un has presided over a rocket engine test “of historic significance,” North Korean state media said Sunday, a test that coincided with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to neighboring China. The North Korean leader claimed the ground test marks what will be known as the “March 18 revolution” in the development of the country’s rocket industry. Kim’s regime is known for making exaggerated claims and belligerent threats it can’t back up, but this boast comes amid heightened tensions in the region.

North Korea has been making steady and observable progress with its missile program, and Tillerson said Friday that “all options,” including military ones, are on the table to stop it. China still sees diplomacy as the overriding strategy. “No matter what happens, we have to stay committed to diplomatic means as a way to seek peaceful settlement,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Saturday. Tillerson struck a more conciliatory tone in Beijing than he had a day earlier in Seoul, stressing that China and Washington share a “common view” that North Korea must be stopped. North Korea’s state media report Sunday indicated that the new rocket engine is to be used for the country’s space and

satellite-launching program, a claim many doubt. North Korea is banned by the U.N. from conducting long-range missile tests. The rocket engine North Korea tested appeared to be powered with liquid fuel, according to Melissa Hanham, an expert at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, rather than the solid fuel the regime has worked on recently. Liquid-fuel rockets are much easier to spot with satellites because they require more outdoor preparation. “There is nothing about this rocket engine itself that makes me more terrified, but taken as a whole, it’s pretty clear that they are trying to give us proof of their growing missile program,” Hanham said.

The boot, the thimble and the wheelbarrow will be sent “directly to jail” (in the game’s parlance) in this fall’s version of the board game Monopoly. In their place, Hasbro announced, will be a Tyrannosaurus rex, a penguin and a rubber ducky. About 4.3 million voters from 146 countries weighed in on which tokens they wanted to see in the propertyacquisition game based on the streets of Atlantic City, N.J. The Scottish terrier, battleship, race car, top hat and cat tokens will carry on. Among the rejected candidates: the hashtag, a tortoise and a clunky, 1980s-style cellphone. (AP)



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White House to appeal ruling on new travel ban The Trump administration filed court papers Friday hoping to salvage its second version of a travel ban after judges in Maryland and Hawaii blocked it. The Justice Department filed papers in federal court in Maryland, setting up a new legal showdown in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond. If the Justice Department had appealed the Hawaii order, the case would have gone to the same San Franciscobased appeals court that rejected the first version of the ban. (TWP) NORTH CAROLINA

Judges give partial wins to GOP and governor North Carolina judges issued partial victories Friday to both Republican legislators and new Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper over laws designed to undercut his powers. The judicial panel threw out laws that limit Cooper’s authority in carrying out elections and that give civil service job protections to hundreds of political appointees of former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory. The panel also upheld a law subjecting Cooper’s Cabinet secretaries to confirmation by a majority of the state Senate. (AP) SOMALIA

Deadly strike on boat kills at least 42 refugees Somalia’s government on Saturday blamed the Saudi-led coalition for Friday’s attack on a boat that killed at least 42 Somali refugees off the coast of war-torn Yemen, calling the assault by a military vessel and a helicopter gunship “horrific.” Somalia urged the United States-supported coalition to investigate. The boat was packed with dozens of refugees, some of them women and children. (AP)

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Here are 3 things to watch for in today’s House hearing on Russia, wiretaps, hacking

Will there be a smoking gun? Republicans have been scrambling to help the president avoid the specter of scandal since allegations first surfaced about contacts between Trump’s team and Russian officials. House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes has repeatedly said he believes there is no proof of improper contact, taking pains to shift the focus of the investigation toward ferreting out who leaked information about such contacts to the media. But Trump complicated Republicans’ efforts with his insistence that the Obama administration wiretapped his phones in Trump Tower — an assertion GOP leaders did not try to defend. Democrats have yet to find a smoking gun firmly establishing that the president, or his


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top surrogates, colluded with Russian authorities to swing the election in Trump’s favor. Expect Democrats to focus on links not just between people who served in Trump’s administration and Russian authorities, but also between top campaign surrogates such as former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and adviser Carter Page, who have had ties to Russia and its allies.

Will Comey admit to a probe? News outlets have reported that the FBI and the Justice Department are conducting probes into the allegations surrounding Russia, the 2016 elections and the Trump team. But Comey has yet to admit to this publicly, irking members of both parties. Members of the House Intelligence Committee are likely to use today’s forum to challenge him to answer that question.

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No wiretap evidence REP. DEVIN NUNES: The House Intelligence Committee chairman confirmed on “Fox News Sunday” that there was no evidence to suggest that Trump was wiretapped. The California Republican said he has seen Justice documents requested by the panel confirming that information: “Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower? No, but there never was, and the information we got on Friday continues to lead us in that direction.” REP. ADAM SCHIFF: The panel’s top Democrat also said Sunday there is no proof of a wiretap: “We are at the bottom of this: There is nothing at the bottom.” The Californian said the material offers circumstantial evidence that American citizens colluded with Russians in Moscow’s efforts to interfere in the presidential election: “There’s certainly enough for us to conduct an investigation.” He appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” (AP/TWP)

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probe focused on allegations that Russia meddled in the 2016 elections has expanded. The probe now encompasses going after leakers in the administration for publicizing the information linking Trump surrogates to Kremlin officials. It also includes a query about “incidental collection,” to see whether the intelligence community adhered closely to the law as it was doing its job. In this highly charged atmosphere, the way members choose to direct their questions for Comey and Rogers could reveal a lot about where they stand. Democrats will focus on the potential connections between the Trump team and Russia. But watch Republicans: Those who pursue similar questions will be knowingly and openly crossing the White House. It is far safer for Republicans to focus on questions about leaks, which are what the Trump team — and Nunes — say are the real crime. KAROUN DEMIRJIAN (THE WASHINGTON POST)


POLITICS FBI Director James B. Comey and Adm. Mike Rogers, director of the NSA, will appear today before the House Intelligence Committee to speak about alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 elections, including potential connections between President Trump’s inner circle and the Kremlin. It is the first time Comey and Rogers have testified publicly since Trump took office two months ago — a period during which Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned and Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from Trump-related investigations. In recent weeks, Trump joined the fray with counter-accusations of his own, such as his charge that the Obama administration conducted a wiretap of his phones at Trump Tower in New York. Here are three things to watch for at today’s 10 a.m. House Intelligence Committee hearing.

President Trump’s tweet Saturday accusing Germany of owing the U.S. “vast sums of money” for NATO might have been an attempt to put pressure on the European ally. But Berlin rejected his claim and questioned his grasp of NATO finances. On Sunday, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, above, called the criticism “inaccurate,” without mentioning the president’s name. “NATO does not have a debt account,” von der Leyen said, according to her ministry. NATO has only a small logistical budget, which relies on funding by all members. The vast majority of NATO members’ total resources are managed domestically. NATO members are urged to contribute 2 percent of their GDP to defense spending. Germany’s criticism was echoed by others, including former U.S. ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder. “Trump’s comments misrepresent the way NATO functions,” Daalder said. “The president keeps saying that we need to be paid by the Europeans for the fact that we have troops in Europe or provide defense there. But that’s not how it works.” There is growing concern in Berlin over trans-Atlantic relations. The percentage of Germans who view the U.S. as a trustworthy ally dropped from 59 percent in November to 22 percent in February. RICK NOACK

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Police seek four more in Kim Jong Nam’s death Malaysian police said Sunday that they are seeking more North Korean suspects in connection with the killing of the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said the four are in addition to seven North Koreans already being sought in last month’s poisoning of Kim Jong Nam at the Kuala Lumpur airport. (AP) AFGHANISTAN

Afghan who wounded 3 U.S. troops is killed An Afghan soldier opened fire Sunday inside a base in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, wounding three U.S. soldiers before being shot dead. A U.S. military spokesman said coalition forces had killed the soldier “to end the attack.” However, an Afghan army spokesman said the soldier had made a “mistake” and had not fired deliberately. (AP) BANGLADESH

High court clears way for militant’s execution Bangladesh’s Supreme Court on Sunday dismissed an appeal seeking to halt a death sentence for the former head of the banned militant group Harkatul Jihad for a 2004 grenade attack on Britain’s then-envoy to Dhaka. The dismissal cleared the way to execute Mufti Hannan and two accomplices for the attack. (AP)

Gorsuch hearings pose a test for Democrats Senators divided over how to take on Trump’s Supreme Court choice POLITICS When Judge Neil Gorsuch arrives on Capitol Hill today to begin his confirmation hearings for a seat on the Supreme Court, he will give President Trump his first chance to make a lasting imprint on the federal judiciary — and Republicans a fresh test to work their will now that they control all of Washington’s levers of power. Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge from Colorado, was promoted by conservative legal activists because of his sterling credentials, a decade of right-of-center rulings and his allegiance to the same brand of constitutional interpretation employed by the late justice he would replace, Antonin Scalia. “Single best thing the president’s done,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a frequent Trump foil who predicted Republican unity on the matter and an easy victory for the president following the string of controversies that Trump has wrought since he took office. All of that also sets up a stark dilemma for Senate Democrats. Today brings their newest opportunity since the confirmation hearings of Trump’s Cabinet to take a stand against a young administration that has horrified liberal Americans. The left also remains angry about a Supreme Court seat that has


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The GOP is unified behind President Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch.

sat vacant since Scalia died 13 months ago, after which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky decided to block a hearing for President Barack Obama’s selection for the seat, Judge Merrick Garland. Yet Democrats are divided about how to take on a genial jurist who has made few waves in the weeks since Trump nominated him and he began meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Gorsuch “is a bit of a puzzle,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. “We’re going to try to put those pieces together so that the puzzle is complete and we have an understanding of what kind of

a fifth [swing] vote will be going on the court.” Asked what more she hopes to learn about Gorsuch’s stances, Feinstein said: “Voting rights. Right to choose. Guns. Corporate dollars in elections. Worker safety. Ability of federal agencies to regulate. All of the environmental issues — water, air.” Four days of hearings are set to begin today, when Gorsuch will sit and listen for several hours as members of the Judiciary Committee read opening statements. He is poised to deliver his opening statement this afternoon, giving senators and the nation an early indication of how he might serve on the court. ED O’KEEFE AND ROBERT BARNES (THE WASHINGOTN POST)


The amount of donations since Thursday to the national office of the Meals on Wheels program. It receives about $1,000 on a normal day. President Trump’s budget plan appears to cut funding for agencies that support the program. (TWP)

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1928-2017 Jimmy Breslin, long the gruff and rumpled king of streetwise New York newspaper columnists, a Pulitzer Prize winner whose muscular, unadorned prose pummeled the venal, deflated the pompous and gave voice to ordinary city-dwellers for decades, died Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He was 88. The cause was complications from pneumonia, stepdaughter Emily Eldridge said. For an “unlettered bum,” as Breslin called himself, he left an estimable legacy of work, including 16 books — seven of them novels — plus two anthologies of his columns. He worked his way up from a copy boy to reporting. Starting in the 1960s, he wrote columns for the old New York Herald Tribune and later for the Daily News and the Long Island-based Newsday, where his final regular column appeared in 2004. Scornful of journalists who “sit in their offices and write term papers,” he prowled for copy in tenements and saloons, union halls and welfare lines. One of his best-remembered pieces came in 1963. Covering President Kennedy’s funeral, he recounted the slain president’s burial through the lens of Clifton Pollard, an African-American backhoe operator at Arlington National Cemetery who said of digging Kennedy’s resting place, “You know, it’s an honor just for me to do this.” PAUL DUGGAN (THE WASHINGTON POST)

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nation+world PARIS French officials completed an autopsy Sunday to determine whether a suspected Islamic extremist was drunk or high when he took a soldier hostage at Paris’ Orly Airport and was shot dead by her fellow patrolmen. The suspect, Ziyed Ben Belgacem, stopped at a bar in the wee hours of Saturday morning, around four hours before he first fired bird shot at traffic police. Then, 90 minutes later, he attacked the military patrol at Orly, causing panic and the shutdown of Paris’ second-biggest airport.

A subsequent police search of his flat found cocaine, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said. Blood samples taken during Sunday’s autopsy were to be screened for drugs and alcohol, the prosecutor’s office said. In an interview Sunday with French radio Europe 1, a man identified as the suspect’s father said Belgacem wasn’t a practicing Muslim and drank alcohol. “My son was never a terrorist. He never attended prayer. He drank. But under the effects of alcohol and cannabis, this is where one ends up,” said the father.


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Travelers walk on the highway to the Orly airport, south of Paris, on Saturday after it was evacuated.

Europe 1 did not give his name. The Paris prosecutor’s office, which is in charge of the probe, said Sunday that Belgacem’s father was released from police custody overnight. His brother and a cousin also were released later Sunday. Molins said Belgacem called his father and brother minutes after he fired bird shot at a police traffic patrol, injuring an officer in the face, to say that he’d made a stupid mistake. The 39-year-old Frenchman had a long criminal record, with multiple jail terms for drugs and robbery offences. JOHN LEICESTER (AP)

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Postseason seasoning Agony of second-round defeat can prove useful for young talent at UVa. MEN’S BASKETBALL Before Virginia took the floor for Saturday night’s second-round game against Florida in Orlando, coach Tony Bennett was reminded of how powerful it can be to win in the NCAA Tournament. Down the hall from the Cavaliers’ locker room, he could hear the wild celebration of Xavier, which just had beaten Florida State to reach the Sweet 16. In the nightcap, Bennett hoped to follow suit. A couple of hours later, he was thinking about that moment after his team suffered a 65-39 loss

to the Gators. It was the lowest point total in Virginia’s long and decorated NCAA tournament history. “The thrill of victory, and then you get the agony of defeat. You feel that,” Bennett said. That feeling was made all the more painful because the college career of point guard London Perrantes, the team’s only returning senior this season, had ended. He scored only six points as Florida’s ultra-athletic lineup harassed him into 2-for-12 shooting. Afterward, Bennett vowed to find where he could “tighten up” his team ahead of next year. Against Florida, Virginia shot just 29.6 percent from the field and missed 14 of its 15


Virginia senior London Perrantes, center, scored six points in his last game. Juniors Marial Shayok, left, and Devon Hall, right, will return next season.

Perrantes’ legacy Point guard London Perrantes tied a Virginia school record with 138 career appearances — 134 of which were starts — and finished with 108 wins and 1,225 points. His 569 assists are the fourth-most in program history. (TWP/EXPRESS)

3-pointers. Bennett still pointed out that his team tackled high expectations this season with 23 wins. Despite limitations on offense, the Cavaliers reinforced their place as the country’s most efficient defensive team, holding opponents to 56.4 points per game before Saturday. Virginia will miss Perrantes,

who spearheaded Bennett’s packline defense and led the team with 12.7 points and 3.8 assists per game. But there will be a more seasoned roster next winter, starting with forward Isaiah Wilkins, who was the team’s best rebounder and defender for much of the season. He missed time the past three weeks with an undisclosed illness, which also kept him out of Saturday’s game. The past two weeks provided valuable postseason experience for freshmen guards Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome, as well redshirt freshman Mamadi Diakite, who led the team with nine points Saturday after starting alongside redshirt sophomore center Jack Salt. Salt, 6-foot-11, will be back, as will rising senior guards Devon Hall, Darius Thompson and Marial Shayok. “We’ve got some good young talent, and Coach Bennett is a genius behind it,” Perrantes said. “So, they’ll get back to work, and they’ll be back for sure.”

After a season-ending, 76-65 loss to Xavier on Thursday night in Orlando, Maryland’s leading scorer this season, Melo Trimble, received handshakes from teammates who didn’t know if the junior had played his last college basketball game. Trimble said in the locker room that he would take his time before deciding this spring whether to test his value in the NBA draft. ”I’ll make my thinking process when the time is right, once I get back home and [am] able to relax a little bit,” he said. If Trimble, a 6-foot-3 guard, doesn’t hire an agent, he can attend the draft combine in May to assess his stock and still return for his senior season. (TWP)




Terps advance to the round of 16

The sting of a second-round loss in last year’s NCAA Tournament had weighed heavily on the Maryland women’s basketball team entering Sunday’s game against West Virginia. So, a year after getting upset by Washington, the third-seeded Terps left no room for doubt. Seniors Brionna Jones and Shatori WalkerKimbrough combined for 41 points at Xfinity Center in College Park to push their team to the round of 16, where they’ll face the winner of tonight’s Oregon-Duke game (6:40, ESPN2). (TWP)

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Bam Adebayo had a doubledouble and swatted away the final shot Sunday as Kentucky dealt Wichita State yet another second-round heartbreak. The youngest team in the tournament grew up in the final minutes behind its trio of freshmen. Adebayo, who had 13 points and 10 rebounds, clinched the victory by blocking a 3-pointer at the buzzer from Shockers guard Landry Shamet (20 points). De’Aaron Fox had 14 points, including a late steal and dunk. Malik Monk (14 points) blocked a shot and made a pair of free throws in the final 13 seconds. Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall referred to Adebayo as “a mountain of a man,” someone the Shockers had to control to have a chance. The 6-foot-10, 260-pounder had 15 points and 18 rebounds in an opening win over Northern Kentucky. The Shockers limited him to two points and five rebounds in the first half, but lost track of him a couple times early in the second half for dunks. Kentucky (31-5) advances to the Sweet 16 for the seventh time in nine years. The Wildcats face the winner of the CincinnatiUCLA game played late Sunday. Wichita State (31-5) has to wipe away tears again. Three years ago, the Shockers were 35-0 before they lost to Kentucky in the second round, when Fred Van Vleet’s 3-pointer missed at the buzzer. This time, their attempt at a tying 3 never had a chance.

Moe Wagner scored a career-high 26 points for Michigan and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 6:39 left.

Moe Wagner gritted his teeth, pumped his fist and stuck out his mouthpiece to the crowd’s delight. Then, the tough German took a couple more bows — first on the baseline in front of Michigan’s bench, then with his teammates near midcourt. On Sunday in Indianapolis, the often overlooked, 6-foot-11 forward was the well-deserved center of attention. Wagner scored a career-high 26 points, made the basket that spurred a furious second-half rally and capped the day with a 3-pointer that gave Michigan the lead for good as it knocked off second-seeded Louisville

to reach the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2014. Michigan faces the winner of the Rhode Island-Oregon game played late Sunday. Trailing 45-36 with 16:09 to play, Wagner made a layup that started a 17-6 run to give Michigan its first lead since the opening minutes. He knocked down a 3-pointer with 6:39 to go to break a 55-55 tie and give the Wolverines the final lead. In late February, Michigan was 19-11 and trying to keep its tournament hopes alive. Since then, it has won seven straight, six coming after a frightening plane accident on their way to the Big Ten Tournament. JOE KAY AND MICHAEL MAROT (AP)



Caps clinch playoffs with ‘must-win’ triumph

Before the Capitals played at Tampa Bay on Saturday, coach Barry Trotz boldly proclaimed it an “absolute must-win game.” That was a curious statement from the coach of a first-place team, but he wanted a late-season slide to end. In a 5-3 win, T.J. Oshie tallied a hat trick, Nicklas Backstrom had four assists and Washington, which hosts Calgary on Tuesday, became the first NHL team this season to clinch a playoff berth. (TWP)

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WIZARDS Jason Smith has found myriad ways to make himself useful this season. In addition to filling in earlier this year as Washington’s backup center, he is the Wizards’ union representative and was a valuable resource for teammates during negotiations for the new collective bargaining agreement. He’s been an in-game peacemaker, too. When Smith sees a teammate about to lose his cool with an official, he will walk over and station his 7-foot body in front of his guy, hoping to shield him from a technical foul. On Friday, when John Wall had 20 assists in a 112-107 win over the Bulls, Smith started in place of power forward Markieff Morris (flu) and tied a seasonhigh with 17 points. Smith, who had eight points in a 98-93 loss to the Hornets on Saturday, is “probably one of the true professional teammates I’ve ever had,” Wall said. In his previous eight NBA seasons, Smith, 31, never attempted more than 42 shots from 3-point range. Entering tonight’s game at Boston (7:30, CSN), he’s taken 33 shots from 3 and made 51.5 percent. He said he made a conscious decision to round out his game in the offseason. “Evolve or die,” Smith said. “The way the game’s going, it’s not pounded inside anymore. It’s run and gun, shooting outside shots.” CANDACE BUCKNER (THE WASHINGTON POST)

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‘Shots Fired’ aims to open a dialogue TELEVISION For African-American families, there comes a time when parents have to give their children “The Talk” — not about the birds and the bees but about the dangers and responsibilities of being black in America. When their son was 12 years old, Reggie Rock Bythewood and Gina PrinceBythewood, the creators of the new Fox series “Shots Fired,” had their version of The Talk when George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, under Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law. “He was blown away when the verdict came in,” Bythewood says. “He was an idealistic kid who had studied Dr. [Martin Luther] King and the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, and thought that a lot of the racial biases that exist were a thing of the past. He grew up under an AfricanAmerican president. But I think his worldview began to shift at that point, to where he thought maybe things weren’t as fair as he would’ve liked on racial lines.” Set in the fictional city of Gates Station, N.C., where communities are sharply divided along racial lines, “Shots Fired” (premiering

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“Shots Fired” echoes the stories of real-life shootings, while also asking viewers to think about how they would feel were the situation reversed.

Reaching the masses With its provocative subject matter, “Shots Fired” sounds more suited for HBO or FX than Fox, but for its creators, the chance to speak to a broad audience on Fox was part of the appeal. “The idea that we can do the same uncompromising subject matter on network TV was such a great opportunity,” Reggie Rock Bythewood says, “particularly because we didn’t feel we had to make everybody likable or do all those things you might assume have to be done on a network.” S.T.

the 2016 presidential election were still in question. The Bythewoods researched the show by talking to law enforcement officers, mothers of unarmed children who were killed and government

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officials — notably Eric Holder Jr., President Barack Obama’s attorney general. Holder referred to the Civil Rights Division as the “crown jewel” of the Justice Department, but now Donald Trump is president and Jeff Sessions is attorney general. The change in government stands to put “Shots Fired” under a different light. “Under the Obama administration,” Bythewood says, “the Justice Department really looked at a lot of these police departments for racial bias. … I’m very curious to see what this new Justice Department is going to do, but our narrative highlights the relevance of having a Civil Rights Division that will not just serve people in government, but actually serve the people they’re intended to serve.” SCOTT TOBIAS

3 ‘The Most Hated Woman in America’ Friday on Netflix

This Netflix biopic just made its world premiere at South by Southwest this month. It stars Melissa Leo and follows the rise and demise of atheist activist Madalyn Murray O’Hair. (EXPRESS)


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entertainment CHUCK BERRY | 1926-2017

A rock revolutionary

Pioneering rock ’n’ roll legend Chuck Berry, who died Saturday at 90, paved the way for greats including The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

day and remained fresh decades later. “Sweet Little Sixteen” captured rock ’n’ roll fandom, an early and innocent ode to the young girls later known as “groupies.” “School Day” told of the singsong trials of the classroom (“American history and practical math; you’re studying hard, hoping to pass ...”) and the liberation of rock ’n’ roll once the day’s final bell rang. “Roll Over Beethoven” was an anthem to rock’s history-making power, while “Rock and Roll Music” was a guidebook for all bands that followed. “Back in the U.S.A.” was a black man’s straight-faced tribute to his country, at a time there was no guarantee Berry would be served at


the drive-ins and corner cafes he was celebrating. “Johnny B. Goode,” the tale of a guitar-playing country boy whose mother tells him he’ll be a star, was Berry’s signature song, the archetypal narrative for would-be rockers and among the most ecstatic recordings in history. Berry can hardly contain himself as the words hurry out (“Deep down Louisiana close to New Orleans/ Way back up in the woods among the evergreens”) and the downpour of guitar, drums and keyboards amplifies every call of “Go, Johnny Go!” “Everything I wrote about wasn’t about me, but about the people listening,” Berry once said. HILLEL ITALIE (AP)

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The box office take of Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” in its opening weekend. King Kong flick “Kong: Skull Island” came in second with $28.9 million. Fox’s Wolverine installment, “Logan,” took third with $17.5 million. Jordan Peele’s horror-comedy, “Get Out,” nabbed fourth place with $13.2 million. (EXPRESS) Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis will co-star in upcoming action-comedy “The Spy Who Dumped Me”

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MUSIC Rock ’n’ roll was more than a new kind of music, but a new story to tell, one for kids with transistor radios in their hands and money in their pockets, beginning to raise questions their parents never had the luxury to ask. Along with James Dean and J.D. Salinger and a handful of others in the 1950s, Chuck Berry — who was 90 when he died Saturday at his St. Louis home — helped define the modern teenager. While Elvis Presley gave rock ’n’ roll its libidinous, hipshaking image, Berry was the auteur, setting the narrative for a generation no longer weighed down by hardship or war. Berry wedded social commentary to the beat and rush of popular music. “He was singing good lyrics, and intelligent lyrics, in the ’50s when other people were singing, ‘Oh, baby, I love you so,’ ” John Lennon once observed. “Classic rock” begins with Chuck Berry, who had announced last year that he would release his first new album since 1979, called “Chuck,” sometime this year. His core repertoire was some three dozen songs, but his influence was incalculable, from The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to virtually every garage band or arena act that called itself rock ’n’ roll. In his late 20s, before his first major hit, Berry crafted lyrics that spoke to young people of the


A master lyricist with a wild flare, he defined the genre’s essence

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blog log

“Who poured Paul Ryan’s pint of Guinness? They need their bartender’s license revoked immediately.” @BYRDIE36 was one of the many social

media users who were not impressed by what came to be known as Paul Ryan’s “appalling pint.” When the House speaker raised a glass for a toast during a luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, people couldn’t help but notice it was lacking the creamy, thick foam head that is the mark of a well-poured Guinness. “I would be ashamed to hold that pint of Guinness,” @noelle2k10 tweeted.

“[Looks] like he just lost a little league game and is refusing to shake hands with the other team.” @LUKEONEIL47 tweeting an impression of the awkward moment between President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel when Merkel asked Trump for a handshake during a photo session on Friday. In the video footage, photographers can be heard yelling, “Handshake!” Then, Merkel says something about a handshake, but is met with silence from Trump. The two did shake hands, however, when they greeted each other for the day, and later at a news conference. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump didn’t hear Merkel ask in that moment.

“The curation is stunning, so elegant and simple, yet innovative, truly a breath of fresh air.”

“Without any songs in Mulan how are we gonna get down to business to defeat the Huns??”

@BARFBABE giving a satirical review of the “passive-aggressive art gallery” that comedian Justin Cousson shared on Twitter as a jab at his roommate. Cousson took photos of random items his roommate had left out around the house, like a cheese knife and boxes on the couch, and set it up like an art gallery, with clever explanations and prices. Of the boxes left on the couch, he wrote, “What even IS breaking them down or recycling them.”

@JOSHHELAKU tweeting about the news that Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of “Mulan” will not include any songs, which director Niki Caro recently revealed to Moviefone. Fans of “Mulan’s” songs, such as the classic “I’ll Make a Man Out of You,” expressed their disappointment on social media. “Mulan is literally the best Disney princess, she saved the whole of China and she doesn’t even get music in her own film,” @MALEKALYCIA tweeted.

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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) You can bet you’ll encounter some resistance, but only from those who think your plan can be improved before it’s implemented. ARIES (March 21-April 19) Instead of worrying about how to proceed when something becomes overdue, you may want to do something to keep it from being overdue at all. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Reorganization is necessary. It may not be exciting to plan, but it can be fun to carry out. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) You’re anticipating one thing, but you should also prepare for something else. You must account for all eventualities. CANCER (June 21-July 22) The changes around you needn’t affect you, but you must acknowledge them just as others do. You can then go about your business freely.



LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You have your priorities in order, but you’ll be working against yourself if you proceed as if such things are set in stone. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You may be expected to handle a difficult situation entirely on your own. You will, however, have the chance to ask for hints.

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Any sort of self-deception can be truly hazardous over the long term, even when it’s about something seemingly trivial.

TODAY: We start off partly to mostly sunny, but clouds may increase during the afternoon as another system works toward the region. Our far northern and western suburbs could see scattered showers moving in by late afternoon or early evening, but most of us should stay dry through the commute home.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) It’s time to put a past episode behind you for good, lest it prevent you from moving forward as you have planned. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Safety is entirely up to you. Family members will depend on you for the usual, but you may need to provide something additional.


AVG. HIGH: 57 RECORD HIGH: 83 AVG. LOW: 38 RECORD LOW: 12 SUNRISE: 7:10 a.m. SUNSET: 7:20 p.m.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You’re trying to balance two very different interests, but neither is getting the attention it deserves. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You’ll be operating at peak performance throughout much of the day, but take care that you are not simply fighting to meet others’ expectations.


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1852: Harriet Beecher Stowe’s influential novel about slavery, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” is first published in book form after being serialized.

1942: U.S. Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur, having evacuated the Philippines at the order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, tells reporters at a train station in Terowie, Australia: “I came out of Bataan, and I shall return.”

1977: Voters in Paris choose former French Prime Minister Jacques Chirac to be the French capital’s first mayor in more than a century.

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Our invites must have got lost in the mail Mom-to-be Amanda Seyfried has married fellow actor Thomas Sadoski in a low-key ceremony. Sadoski delivered the news to “The Late Late Show” host James Corden on Thursday’s episode. Sadoski flashed a wedding ring at Corden and told him the pair eloped March 12. He said they “just took off into the country with an officiant and just the two of us and we did our thing.” (AP)

Yahoo Sports dug up a tidbit from the Feb. 27 episode of Shaquille O’Neal’s podcast “The Big Podcast With Shaq,” in which the former NBA star said he believes the world is flat. “It’s true. The Earth is flat. The Earth is flat. Yes, it is,” he said. “I drive from coast to coast, and this s--- is flat to me. I’m just saying. I drive from Florida to California all the time, and it’s flat to me. I do not go up and down at a 360-degree angle, and all that stuff about gravity, have you looked outside Atlanta lately and seen all these buildings? You mean to tell me that China is under us? China is under us? It’s not. The world is flat.” (EXPRESS)


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Marion Cotillard is now a mother of two. The French actress’s rep confirmed a People report that she and partner Guillaume Canet welcomed a daughter. The couple also have a 5-year-old son. The 41-year-old Cotillard hasn’t revealed the baby’s name. Cotillard starred alongside Canet in the French-Belgian film “Love Me If You Dare” in 2003. They began dating in 2007. (AP)



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Let’s all place bets on which daughter it was One Direction’s Liam Payne told Rollacoaster magazine that Donald Trump once kicked the boy band out of his New York hotel. “It was about [meeting] his daughter. He phoned up our manager and we were asleep. He said, ‘Well, wake them up,’ and I was like, ‘No,’ “ he recalled. “So he was like, ‘OK, then I don’t want you in my hotel.’ So we had to leave.” (EXPRESS)


“We just divvy the responsibilities. Turns out I can’t breastfeed, so she has to take that responsibility.”

In a track titled “Free Smoke” off his just-released album “More Life,” Drake makes a shout-out to his former rumored girlfriend Jennifer Lopez: “I drunk text J.Lo/ Old number, so it bounce back/ Boy Wonder gotta bounce back.” He also samples Lopez’s 1999 single “If You Had My Love” in another song, “Teenage Fever.” Drake and Lopez were said to be dating casually at the end of 2016. Sources also claimed the two were collaborating on music together. (EXPRESS)


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