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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Montgomery County To Reconsider Dated Pawn Shop Law

The nearly 30-year-old law restricts pawn shops to paying for goods by check only, which is causing unexpected problems in the 21st century.

Virginia Health Official Testifies On Meeting With Jonnie Williams

In the ongoing corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen, a former health official is testifying that she met with Jonnie Williams but nothing came of the meeting.

Barry Owes $2,800 In Unpaid Tickets, Car Impounded

D.C. Council member Marion Barry's car is sitting in a city tow yard after being impounded by police — and it's going to cost him to get it back.

Gun Rights Activists Ask Judge To Deny D.C. Request For Longer Stay Of Ruling

The legal wrangling over D.C.'s gun laws continues, and gun rights activists who are suing the city over its ban on handguns in public say the judge shouldn't postpone his ruling past 90 days.

Virginia Forest Service Celebrates 100 Years With Smokey Bear Art Show

The Virginia Department of Forestry is celebrating a century of service with an art show featuring Smokey Bear and a birthday cake, minus candles, of course.

Maryland State Officials Conduct Ebola Drill

With an ebola outbreak fully occupying the attention of health officials in West Africa, officials in Maryland are testing their preparedness for such an outbreak.

Eight Maryland Lawmakers Urge Obama To Abandon Offshore Seismic Testing

The White House has backed a proposal to use seismic airguns to search for oil and gas off the Atlantic Coast — something opposed by eight prominent Maryland lawmakers.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Did Virginia Prosecutors Get What They Wanted From Jonnie Williams?

The prosecution's star witness in the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is done with his testimony, and the businessman says he never had any intimate contact with the former governor's wife.

Streetcars Run Into Problems As Operator Training Begins On H Street

Streetcars rolled down H Street NE Monday for the first time in decades, but even the test run was marked by delays of the sort that promise to snarl traffic once passenger service begins.

Fake Cab Driver Pleads Guilty For Robbing Drunk Riders Of $200,000

A man from Maryland has pleaded guilty to offering rides to intoxicated people and then using their ATM cards to withdraw money from their bank accounts.

With National Championship, D.C. Ultimate Frisbee Grows In Stature

With a national championship-winning pro team and thousands of amateur players taking to the field every weekend, Washington, D.C. has become a hotbed for Ultimate Frisbee.

Plaintiff In D.C. Gun Ruling Says City Would Be Safer With Concealed Carry

George Lyon, one of the plaintiffs in the recent ruling that tossed out the D.C. ban on carrying handguns outside the home, says that concealed carry rights would make everyone safer, but is willing to compromise on how and where carrying is allowed.

'The Wire' Actor Anwan Glover Stabbed At D.C. Nightclub Saturday Night

An actor known for playing a gang member in HBO's 'The Wire" was attacked and stabbed at a D.C. nightclub on Saturday night.

Free Parking Trumps Transit Benefits, According To Virginia Tech Study

D.C. commuters respond to benefits and amenities for public transportation or biking, but they respond even more strongly to offers for free parking.