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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

European 'Love Lock' Tradition Finds Way To Key Bridge

A European tradition where lovers attach locks to a bridge to symbolize their everlasting love has made its way to the Potomac.

O'Malley Backs Redskins Name Change

Maryland's Democratic governor has added his voice to the chorus of people calling for the Redskins to change their name.

D.C. Elections Board Puts Marijuana Legalization Initiative On November Ballot

The D.C. elections board today said that an initiative to legalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana would be on the November ballot.

Cab Pass You By Because Of Your Race? D.C. Streamlines Complaint Process

D.C. officials have made it easier to report taxicabs that discriminate on potential riders based on race in the hopes more people will file complaints.

Lawmakers Looking To Address Montgomery County's Pawn Problem

Lawmakers in Montgomery County plan to tackle a law on the books for more than three decades in Montgomery County that makes it difficult for customers to trade in electronics to big box stores.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Council Member Catania Files Petitions To Run For D.C. Mayor

Catania, an independent, dropped the petitions off himself at the city’s board of elections, and used the opportunity to criticize his chief rival, Democratic nominee Muriel Bowser.

With Assist From Ticket Judge And Impound Lot Owner, Barry Gets Car Back

D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) has his car back, in part because of the generosity of a ticket adjudicator and sympathetic impound lot owner.

Police Temporarily Close Nightclub Where 'The Wire' Actor Was Stabbed

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier ordered the downtown nightclub Cafe Asia to be closed for four days. She's also asking that the club's license to sell alcohol be revoked.

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.

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