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Monday, July 21, 2014

Judge To Decide Whether Festival Dispute Will Go To Trial

The Summer Solstice Projekt festival was set to be held at in Myersville in June 2009, but police shut it down after receiving numerous noise complaints. An attorney for the festival's organizer says officials didn't meet the legal standard his client was entitled to.

Johns Hopkins Agrees To Settle For $190 Million In Case Of Spying Gynecologist

The hospital has agreed to pay the large sum in order to settle with patients who say a Hopkins gynecologist secretly recorded them with a pen-like device.

National Harbor Casino Approved, Expected To Open In 2016

The county's district council voted 8-1 in favor of the casino at National Harbor. Officials at MGM say they're now ready to begin construction of the resort and hotel as early as next month.

Obama On D.C. Statehood: 'I'm For It'

For the first time since he took office, President Barack Obama has come out in favor of making Washington, D.C. the nation's 51st state.

Changes To Metro's Blue Line Schedule Leaves Some Commuters Seeing Red

Starting today, fewer Blue Line trains will be making the trip into D.C. during the morning rush — and some commuters aren't happy about it.

Prince George's County Officials Set To Vote On National Harbor Casino Plan

Prince George's County officials are scheduled to vote on the building plan for a $925 million casino near the nation's capital.

Obama To Sign Order Barring LGBT Discrimination Among Federal Contractors

An executive order expected to be issued today barring workplace discrimination against LGBT workers will not offer a religious exemption for federal contractors.

Maryland Breaking Ground On $35M Annapolis Water Treatment Plant

After tears of mechanical and structural problems at the water plant in Annapolis, officials are finally ready to break ground on a new facility.

Maryland Congressman Drawing Support For Infrastructure Bank

Shortfalls in the Highway Trust Fund have drawn renewed scrutiny to U.S. transportation spending, something Maryland Democrat John Delaney is hoping will draw attention to his plan for an infrastructure bank.

Is Virginia Building Highways For Single Occupancy Vehicles?

Traffic on the 495 Express Lanes has been composed overwhelmingly of single-occupancy vehicles, something planners hope won't also be true of the I-95 HOV lanes currently being expanded.

Arlington Pub Crawls Reined In With New Security Rules

After several raucous outdoor drinking events that have led to public urination, fights and arrests, Arlington County is making bar owners liable providing security.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Chelsea Manning To Get Initial Treatment For Gender Re-Assignment

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is receiving initial treatments as part of her gender re-assignment being conducted while in prison.

Lawmakers Look To Protect Whistleblowers After Veterans Affairs Scandal

Problems at Veterans Affairs could have been identified and resolved sooner, say Senate lawmakers, if there was a culture that encouraged whistleblowing from below.

Watchdog Group Says EPA Could Be Underestimating Bay Pollution

An absence of monitoring along Eastern Shore rivers makes it impossible to check the runoff from Maryland poultry farms, according to the Environmental Integrity Project.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Montgomery County Launches Review Of Liquor Laws

A top state official says the county should relinquish oversight of liquor stores, but that's not likely to happen.

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