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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Following Collision, Pedestrian Safety Measures Added To Maryland Avenue

A librarian was struck last month in an intersection along Maryland Avenue in Northeast D.C., prompting DDOT to respond with a number of temporary fixes aimed at pedestrian safety.

Former Maryland SSA Employee Sentenced To More Than A Year For Taking Bribes

Maryland resident Christopher Payton was sentenced to a year and a half in prison for taking more than $50,000 in bribes as part of his job at the Social Security Administration.

Maryland Democrats Talk Unity After Electoral Slugging Match

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown handily won the state's Democratic gubernatorial primary, but only after tough campaign that involved lots of name-calling — something the party tried to put aside at a unity breakfast.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

O'Malley And White House Trade Barbs Over Immigration

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is fighting back against criticism from the White House that his position on the deportation of immigrant children is hypocritical.

House Approves Republican Measure To Gut D.C.'s Gun Laws

The House of Representatives approved an amendment to a spending bill this afternoon that would largely gut the District's restrictive gun laws.

Orlando Airport Screeners Get Primer On D.C. Licenses

A reporter heading back to the District from Orlando this past weekend faced problems using his D.C. license as a form of identification — prompting the airport to have give screeners a primer.

Everything You Need To Know About Marijuana Decriminalization In D.C.

Starting July 17, the possession of less than one ounce of marijuana in D.C. becomes a civil offense punishable by a $25 fine. Here are all the things you need to know about decriminalization in D.C.

McDonnells Back In Court Tuesday For Pre-Trial Hearing

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was in federal court on Tuesday along with his wife Maureen, as lawyers sparred over whether the McDonnells intentionally hid gifts that would have linked the couple to Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams.

If You Call 911 From A Cell Phone, Can A Dispatcher Find You? Maybe Not.

If you call 911 in D.C. from a cell phone, you might expect that even if you don't leave your address, the dispatcher could use your phone's GPS capability to pinpoint your location. But one group says that in most cases, that's not happening.

Corey Stewart Defends Stance On Undocumented Children In Prince William

Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart explains his opposition to a federal agreement that is housing many of the thousands of undocumented children from Central America in his Northern Virginia county.

Chromebooks And Tablets On The Way To Montgomery County Classrooms

The Montgomery County Board of Education signed off on a plan to put tens of thousands of laptops and tablets into the hands of youths in county schools.

Short-Term Fix: House Approves $11B In Transportation Funding

The federal Highway Trust Fund got a short-term reprieve by the House on Tuesday, as lawmakers passed a $11 billion plan to keep the account from running dry.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Montgomery County Council Confirms New Planning Board Chief

The new chief, Casey Anderson, is currently a member of the planning board.

Laurel Swimming Coach Expected To Plead Guilty To Child Abuse

In April, Christopher Thomas Huott was arrested and charged after a former swim student accused him of making the inappropriate contact when she was 7.

After Displacing Cantor, Dave Brat Raises Big Bucks From Small Donations

Dave Brat, who upset U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a June primary, has raised $400,000 in the second quarter, much of it from small-dollar donations.