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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Maryland Gambling Legislation Expected Next Week

A draft of the proposed legislation that would expand gambling in the state of Maryland is expected to emerge some time next week, according to a spokesperson for Gov. Martin O'Malley.

National Zoo Hatches A Pair Of Cuban Crocodiles

With less than 4,000 Cuban crocodiles left in the wild, it was a big achievement this month when the National Zoo hatched a pair of males, for the first time in a quarter century.

Delaware Braced For Traffic Influx From Firefly Festival

Tens of thousands of music lovers are headed to Delaware this weekend to see acts like Jack White and the Black Keys at the Firefly Festival. Officials are braced to try and prevent a traffic nightmare for beachgoers in the area.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Analysis: Gray's Popularity, Pepco's Grilling, And The Kickoff Of Virginia's Senate Race

There are political stories aplenty in the D.C. area this week. Washington Post columnist Bob McCartney tackles Mayor Gray's polling numbers, Pepco being taken to task, and the high-profile Virginia Senate debate.

Leesburg Man Pleads Guilty For Spying On Syrian Dissidents

A Leesburg, Va., man was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison Friday for spying on Syrian dissidents based in the U.S. at the behest of the Syrian government.

MPD Increases Security Around Movie Theaters

If you're headed to the movie theater this weekend, expect to see an increase police presence, as the MPD sends extra officers to increase security around screenings of "The Dark Knight Rises."

Red Line Hit Hardest By Weekend Track Work

It's Red Line riders who will feel the sting of track work this weekend, as closures at Medical Center and Bethesda will add 30 minutes to travel times.

Alexandria Officials Seek Election Help

Officials in Alexandra are putting the word out for election officers.

Commission Denies Pepco Rate Increase Request

The Maryland Public Service Commission denied Pepco's request for a 4 percent rate increase, citing the utility's history of poor performance, even as thousands remain without power.

Analysis: Lawmakers Want Obama To Disclose Defense Cuts Details

As pressure continues to mount on Capitol Hill, Congress wants the Obama Administration to break down the cuts  of the looming across-the-board budget cuts, including those to the Department of Defense.

Poll: Fenty Would Beat Gray In A 2010 Mayoral Race Do-Over

The majority of D.C. residents want Gray to resign, according to The Washington Post.

O'Malley Gives Away Jeffrey Thompson Campaign Donations

Maryland's governor has given $38,000 donated to his campaign by embattled political donor Jeffrey Thompson to a campaign for wounded veterans. 

Montgomery County Probes Pepco On Storm Response

Montgomery County lawmakers sought answers from electric utility Pepco on its lengthy recovery time for restoring power after recent storms.

D.C. Commuter Tax May Be Considered Next Year

The congressman in charge of the House committee that oversees the District of Columbia says he's willing to consider a commuter tax for people that work in D.C. but live in Maryland or Virginia.

Audience Targeted In Colorado 'Dark Night' Shooting

A deadly shooting at a movie theater in Colorado has left 14 people dead and many more injured.