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National Spelling Bee to offer wild cards; expand field

FILE - In this May 28, 2015, file photo, Siyona Mishra, 11, of Orlando, Fla. gestures while trying to spell "hacek" during the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. The Scripps National Spelling Bee has announced a rule change that could result in the field of spellers nearly doubling, from fewer than 300 to more than 500. Previously, spellers had to win their regional bee to make it to nationals. For three years running, Siyona Mishra and Dhyana Mishra faced off amid some of the highest stakes in competitive spelling. They outlasted the rest of the field at the regional spelling bee in Orlando in 2015, 2016 and this year. But there was only room at the Scripps National Spelling Bee for one of them. Siyona finished eighth overall at nationals in 2015, but last year, she lost the regional bee to Dhyana _ the two are not related _ and had no way to return. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

WASHINGTON — For three years running, Siyona Mishra and Dhyana Mishra faced off amid some of the highest stakes in competitive spelling. They outlasted the rest of the field at the regional spelling bee in Orlando, Florida. But there was ...

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Md. speller’s journey shows how tough national bee has become

The 291 elementary- and middle-schoolers competing in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee gather at a convention center in Oxon Hill, Md., Tuesday, may 30, 2017, to take the bee's nerve-wracking written test. The test goes a long way toward determining who will be among the 50 or so spellers to advance beyond the preliminary rounds.  (AP Photo/Ben Nuckols)

OXON HILL — Shaheer Imam never thought it would take so long to get back to the National Spelling Bee. The 13-year-old from Catonsville, Maryland, made his first appearance during Barack Obama’s first term as president. Shaheer was just eight ...

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World record for longest human mattress dominoes chain set in Md.

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NATIONAL HARBOR — Aaron’s Inc., an appliance and electronics-leasing company has broken the Guinness World Record for the longest human mattress domino chain. Guinness World Records released a video of the feat on Thursday, showing 1,200 people holding mattresses behind ...

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