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Nation in brief: Obamas attend church in D.C.

Mon., April 5, 2010

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama and his family marked the Easter holiday by attending a music-filled service at a historically black Methodist church in southeast Washington, an area that was rocked by violence last week.

A boisterous crowd of more than 1,000 people welcomed the Obamas on Sunday at the Allen Chapel AME Church. Joining him at the service were his wife, Michelle, daughters Sasha and Malia, and his mother-in-law, Marian Robinson. Also attending were the mayor of Washington, Adrian Fenty, and his wife.

“Mr. President, you have no idea how much your presence has meant to us today,” Allen Chapel’s senior pastor, the Rev. Michael Bell, said after his sermon.

Bell said it was providence that the president would attend service at Allen Chapel so shortly after the shootings.

Four people were killed and five wounded last Tuesday night when gunmen in a minivan sprayed a crowd with bullets.

Errant text leads to drug arrests

PINE PLAINS, N.Y. – An errant text message is costing three New York drug-dealing suspects dearly.

Police said the suspects made a mistake when trying to text a potential buyer and instead reached a task force agent in Dutchess County, about 50 miles north of New York City.

The three were arrested after arranging a meeting with the agent, who pretended to be the buyer.

Police say they recovered 60 bags of heroin. “Their bad luck is our good luck,” said task force Sgt. Brett Orlich.

The three are due in town court in Pine Plains on Wednesday to face felony charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance.


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