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Silver Spring 'free range' parents cleared of 1 child neglect case

A Maryland couple who were investigated for neglect after letting their two children walk home alone from local parks have been cleared in one case, a second is pending. The parents, who believe in giving their children some independence, tell WTOP they feel "vindicated."

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  • Washington & Lee, Bluefield College presidents to step down

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  • Va. War Memorial education center announces gift, name

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