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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

McDonnell Corruption Trial: Jury Hears From Ex-First Lady's Daughter

Maureen McDonnell's daughter Jeanine McDonnell Zubowski says her parents put on a convincing front, but behind closed doors the two were barely speaking.

18-Year-Old Drowns After Getting Caught In Rip Current

First responders rescued the man identified as Jose Maudiel Hernandez of Manassas, Virginia, who later died at a nearby hospital.

Region Sees Influx Of Undocumented Immigrant Children

As of last month, nearly 6,000 undocumented Central American children had been released into the custody of relatives in Virginia, Maryland and the District. Of those, 70 percent have come to the area.

Andy Harris Claims Maryland Inspector General Investigating Health Exchange

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is rebuffing claims by Republican Congressman Andy Harris that the office of the inspector general is developing a "full-blown investigation" into the failure of the state's health exchange website.

Dominion Weighs Solar Plant In Virginia

Dominion is considering building a 220 megawatt solar power facility in Virginia, but a spokesperson with the utility says not to expect big progress on solar and wind in their energy mix.

Baltimore Casino Opens With Pomp, Champagne, Celebrities

The Horseshoe Casino became Maryland's third casino along the I-95 corridor, opening with a flashy ceremony on Tuesday night, including lots of champagne, celebrities, and of coures — gambling.

MPD Investigating Three Sexual Assaults In Mt. Pleasant As Related

Police have released the description of a man they believe is involved with three sexual assaults in Mount Pleasant in five days.

McDonnell's Time On The Stand Ends With A Bang In Corruption Trial

U.S. Attorney Michael Dry wrapped his cross-examination of the former governor, borrowing a quote from McDonnell's own inauguration speech.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

UberX Slashes Prices, Dealing Blow To D.C. Cabs

Uber has cut rates again for its popular, so-called ridesharing service UberX. It's another jab at D.C. taxicabs that are struggling to compete.

Like Catania, Bowser Says No To School Boundary Changes

D.C. mayoral candidates Muriel Bowser and David Catania may argue over plenty of things, but there is one thing they see eye to eye on: changes to the city's four-decade-old school boundaries and feeder patterns have to be put on hold.

New Horseshoe Casino To Open Tuesday Night In Baltimore

Maryland continues to expand its gambling footprint, as a new $448 million facility is opened Tuesday night in southern Baltimore.

D.C. Extends Day At 25 Schools, Hoping That More Time Means Better Scores

Students at 25 D.C. public schools will stay in school longer every day, a move that city officials hope will help struggling students catch up with their peers.

Monday, August 25, 2014

McDonnell Spars With Prosecutors During Cross-Examination

The former Virginia governor picked apart attorneys' questions, prompting admonishment from the judge. Prosecutors will continue questions on Tuesday.

Metro Adds Longer Buses To 16th Street—But Will It Help?

Commuters on the notoriously congested S bus line are getting some relief this week. But it's not clear whether adding more and longer buses will help solve the problem.

D.C. Asks Judge To Reconsider Handgun Ruling, Says 'Legal Errors' Were Made

D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan has asked a federal judge to reconsider his prior ruling that tossed out the city's ban on carrying handguns outside the home.

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