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CATHOLIC CONVERTS-WASHINGTON

DC area sees record number of Catholic converts

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington area has a record number of Catholic converts joining the church this Easter.

The Washington Post reports that while conversion numbers have fallen national in the Catholic Church, there has been an increase in the Washington area. The region also has seen an increasing population.

The Archdiocese of Washington says it is welcoming 1,306 new Catholics this Easter. That's more than the diocese has ever recorded.

According to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate that studies American Catholicism at Georgetown University, 72 percent of new converts cite marriage as an important reason for joining the church. The highest conversion rates are in the South.

The center finds adult converts are more active and knowledgeable about the church than those who have been Catholic since youth.

OFFICER FOUND DEAD

DC police officer found dead in apartment

WASHINGTON (AP) - District of Columbia police say one of their officers has been found dead inside an apartment in southeast Washington.

Police say 56-year-old Johnny Jones was found Saturday afternoon at an apartment in the 2600 block of Martin Luther King Avenue SE. He was found after he did not show up for work.

Police say there were no signs of trauma, foul play or any obvious unusual circumstances in the officer's death. Investigators are awaiting the results of a medical examination to determine the cause of death.

ANNE ARUNDEL SCHOOLS

Anne Arundel delays school superintendent decision

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Anne Arundel County school board is delaying its selection of a new schools superintendent.

The Capital reports the board previously scheduled its section for this week's meeting on Wednesday. But Board of Education President Teresa Milio Birge says the board wasn't able to get everything done in time.

A decision could come at the May 7 meeting. The board could also call a special meeting to make a selection.

Birge says there's no trouble with the selection process. She says the board will announce a superintendent as soon as a contract is final.

Last month, the board released names of three finalists. George Arlotto and Maureen McMahon are already administrators in the school system. The third finalist is Francisco Duran, the superintendent of New Jersey's Trenton Public Schools.

SHUMENOV-HOPKINS

Hopkins wins split decision over Shumenov

WASHINGTON (AP) - Already the oldest boxer in history to win a world championship, Bernard Hopkins became the oldest to win a unification bout Saturday night as he captured a split 12-round decision over Beibut Shumenov of Kazakhstan.

The announcement of the decision drew boos from the pro-Hopkins crowd. Two judges scored the fight 116-111 for the 49-year-old Hopkins. One judge scored it 114-113 for the 30-year-old Shumenov.

Hopkins rocked Shumenov with a chopping overhand right midway through the 11th round for the only knockdown of the fight, igniting chants of "B-Hop! B-Hop!" from the crowd of 6,823 at D.C. Armory.

After a slow start, Hopkins controlled the action, growing confident, aggressive and playful as the fight progressed. Hopkins was a decisive statistical winner, landing 49 percent of his 383 punches, while Shumenov connected on just 20 percent of his 608 blows.

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