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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Advocates Protest Slow Progress On Medical Marijuana Program

The D.C. Council passed legislation legalizing medical marijuana for city patients in 2010, but advocates are protesting the lethargic pace with which the program has so far been implemented.

New Dinosaur Hall Object Of $35M Smithsonian Donation

Billionaire and and conservative political donor David Koch has made a $35 million donation to the Smithsonian for the construction of a new dinosaur hall.

College Park Bouncer Arrested For Assault

A 400-pound bouncer at a College Park, Md. bar has been arrested after allegedly assaulting an unruly customer.

Virginia Plays Big Role For Obama, Romney

Northern Virginia has become a prime target for fundraising in President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney's campaigns.

Winners To Be Announced In National Mall Design Contest

The Trust for the National Mall has selected winners in a design competition for three sites on the National Mall.

Montgomery County Searching For Cop Impersonator

Montgomery County authorities are searching for a police impersonator that robbed a woman in Silver Spring Wednesday afternoon.

Metro's Track Work Angers Advocacy Group

A local transportation advocacy group is protesting Metro's scheduled weekend track work because it coincides with major sporting events.

O'Malley Signs Chesapeake Bay Protection Bills

Several bills were signed into law in Maryland yesterday, including some that would help reduce petition in the Chesapeake Bay.

D.C. Women's Shelter Offers Advice To Afghan Activist

A D.C. women's shelter is helping train an Afghan women's rights activist in how to provide support to abused women back home in Kabul.

Harry Thomas Jr. Sentenced To 38 Months In Prison

After pleading guilty to embezzling more than $350,000 in public funding to pay for lavish trips and a luxury SUV, former D.C. Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. has been sentenced to 38 months in prison.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Richmond Reports Surge In Scooter Theft

Police are reporting that scooter and moped theft in Richmond has more than doubled in the last year.

Where Should Fairfax County Widen Route 1?

Residents and officials in Fairfax County are debating about where to expand Route One — two proposed locations both come with their own set of drawbacks.

Maryland Lawmakers Confident They Will Avoid 'Doomsday Budget'

With the threat of $512 million in cuts looming at the end of the month, Maryland lawmakers have expressed confidence they will be able to hack out a budget deal in a special session a couple weeks from now.

Last Call Extension In D.C. Falls Off The Wagon

Mayor Vincent Gray's proposed plan to extend last call in D.C. to 2 a.m. on weekdays and 3 a.m. on weekends has been cut off by a D.C. Council panel, citing safety and travel concerns.

Capitals Try To Keep Rolling At Home

The Washington Capitals return home for game three of their second-round playoff contest against the New York Rangers — as they try to earn just their second home win this post-season.