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AWESOME CON

DC convention center hosts Awesome Con

WASHINGTON (AP) - Superheros are taking over the Washington Convention Center.

The weekend-long comic book and sci-fi convention Awesome Con is at the convention center Saturday and Sunday.

Comic book creators and celebrity guests will be at the convention center, which is hosting discussion panels, gaming tournaments, costume and trivia contests and activities.

Earlier this week, the convention helped organize an attempt to break the world record for the most people dressed up as comic book characters. They fell short of the 1,530 record set in China in 2011. Just over 230 people showed up in full costume in front of the U.S. Capitol Reflecting Pool.

Two-day tickets to Awesome Con cost $50. A one-day ticket is $30.

LOUDOUN COUNTY FATAL CRASH

1 dead after solo-car crash in Loudoun County

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police say a man is dead after a single-car crash in Loudoun County.

Troopers say it happened Saturday around 12:18 a.m. on Route 7, just beyond Yellow Schoolhouse Road.

Troopers say a pickup truck was traveling along Route 7 when the truck ran off the right side of the road and into a ditch and overturned.

The pickup truck's driver, 45-year-old Eddie W. Todd, of Philomont, Va., was not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected from the vehicle. He died at the scene.

State police say speed was a factor in the crash.

Todd was the only one in the pickup.

HEROIN DEALER DEATHS

Heroin dealer gets 30 years after 3 customers die

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A D.C. drug dealer has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after three of his customers in Fairfax County died.

Eugene Asomani Williams pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Williams acknowledged as part of a plea deal that 33-year-old Joshua Pearson and 22-year-old Kara Schachinger, both of Fairfax County, an 23-year-old Timothy Huffman, an active duty soldier at Fort Belvoir, died as a result of heroin he distributed.

Williams was sentenced Friday in federal court in Alexandria, Va. After hearing his sentence the 35-year-old told the judge he "would rather just die." Williams' attorney had asked for a 15-year sentence.

BODIES IDENTIFIED

DC police ID 2 who died of suspected hypothermia

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Metropolitan Police Department has identified two people whose bodies were found earlier this week in southeast Washington.

Police suspect the cause of both deaths to be hypothermia.

Police found the body of the first man on Thursday around 11:16 a.m. in the 2300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE. Police identified the man Saturday as 57-year-old Robert Shafley of northeast Washington.

While investigating Shafley's death, detectives located the body of a second man. He has been identified as 61-year-old Andrew Thomas. Police say he had no fixed address.

An autopsy was performed in both cases, but the cause and manner of death in each case remains pending.

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