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Widow of slain Capital Gazette reporter John McNamara spreads his ashes at Nationals Park

Widow of slain Capital Gazette reporter John McNamara spreads his ashes at Nationals Park

WASHINGTON — The wife of slain Capital Gazette reporter John McNamara barely allowed herself to believe that the Washington Nationals would one day allow her to scatter his ashes amid flowers overlooking the stadium’s lush baseball outfield.

But Andrea Chamblee knew she had to try. It was his wish, after all, and baseball — which renews itself each spring — is all about hope.

While many fans try, most big-league clubs don’t permit such a practice. But Chamblee, like a batter digging in at home plate, persevered.

On Saturday she — and he — got their wish. Hours before fans began arriving for the club’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, the gates opened and Chamblee...

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