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Monday, August 11, 2014

Travon Bennett Convicted For Honor Student's Murder In Prince George's

Travon Bennett was found guilty of second degree murder, armed robbery and other charges relating to Marckel Ross' death.

In Wake Of Launch, Critics Of SketchFactor App Fight Back — With Humor

A new app that allows users to designate D.C. streets on a scale of how "sketchy" they are has drawn plenty of controversy since it launched — and some critics are fighting back with humor.

Access To Medical Marijuana Expands For D.C. Patients

The decision on whether to use medical marijuana in D.C. is now solely between a doctor and their patient.

Environmentalists Say Dominion Misleads Customers On 'Green' Energy

Environmentalists want the federal government to investigate the language used by Virginia's largest utility, saying that it misleads customers into supporting a practice worse than what it replaces.

3-Year-Old D.C. Girl Killed By Stray Bullet In Prince George's County

Police in Prince George's County say a 3-year-old girl is dead after being struck by gunfire.

Obama Prepares Solutions To Border Crisis, Though Neither Side Will Be Happy

Before the end of the summer, President Barack Obama is expected to announce major changes in how some undocumented immigrants who face deportation will be treated.

Two-Dozen Riders Rescued After Maryland Roller Coaster Stops Mid-Ride

Fire and rescue personnel from Prince George's County were called to The Joker's Jinx roller coaster at Six Flags in Prince George's County just before 2:30 p.m. on Sunday after the coaster suddenly became stuck mid-ride.

Montgomery County Cab Drivers Join Forces With National Union

A union representing taxi drivers in Montgomery County is now part of a larger alliance.

Maryland Town Asks Residents Not To Give To Panhandlers, Sparking Debate

Salisbury's newest strategy to curb panhandling has sparked a citywide debate on how the Eastern Shore’s largest city handles its homeless residents.

D.C. Mayoral Candidates Ready To Show Off Size Of War Chests

Fundraising reports for candidates vying to be D.C.'s next mayor are due in today, and the the size of their war chests could offer hints as to how the competitive election will turn out.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Death Of James Brady, Former White House Press Secretary, Ruled A Homicide

Brady, who suffered a bullet wound to his head in an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, died earlier this week. The ruling by the Virginia's Office of the Chief Medical examiner means the shooter, John W. Hinckley, could face new criminal charges.

Analyst: Ex-Exec's Testimony Attempts To Humanize Jonnie Williams

In the ongoing corruption trial of Bob McDonnell and wife Maureen, a close associate to businessman Jonnie Williams is adding dimension to the relationship between him and the former governor.

Metro To Operate On Modified Schedule This Weekend

The changes mostly impact the Blue, Silver and Red lines.

Virginia Attorney General Asks Supreme Court To Review Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Attorney General Mark Herring writes that Virginia's constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage "quite simply, denies gay people the equal protection of the law."