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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Baltimore Casino Opens With Pomp, Champagne, Celebrities

The Horseshoe Casino became Maryland's third casino along the I-95 corridor, opening with a flashy ceremony on Tuesday night, including lots of champagne, celebrities, and of coures — gambling.

MPD Investigating Three Sexual Assaults In Mt. Pleasant As Related

Police have released the description of a man they believe is involved with three sexual assaults in Mount Pleasant in five days.

McDonnell's Time On The Stand Ends With A Bang In Corruption Trial

U.S. Attorney Michael Dry wrapped his cross-examination of the former governor, borrowing a quote from McDonnell's own inauguration speech.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

UberX Slashes Prices, Dealing Blow To D.C. Cabs

Uber has cut rates again for its popular, so-called ridesharing service UberX. It's another jab at D.C. taxicabs that are struggling to compete.

Like Catania, Bowser Says No To School Boundary Changes

D.C. mayoral candidates Muriel Bowser and David Catania may argue over plenty of things, but there is one thing they see eye to eye on: changes to the city's four-decade-old school boundaries and feeder patterns have to be put on hold.

New Horseshoe Casino To Open Tuesday Night In Baltimore

Maryland continues to expand its gambling footprint, as a new $448 million facility is opened Tuesday night in southern Baltimore.

D.C. Extends Day At 25 Schools, Hoping That More Time Means Better Scores

Students at 25 D.C. public schools will stay in school longer every day, a move that city officials hope will help struggling students catch up with their peers.

Monday, August 25, 2014

McDonnell Spars With Prosecutors During Cross-Examination

The former Virginia governor picked apart attorneys' questions, prompting admonishment from the judge. Prosecutors will continue questions on Tuesday.

Metro Adds Longer Buses To 16th Street—But Will It Help?

Commuters on the notoriously congested S bus line are getting some relief this week. But it's not clear whether adding more and longer buses will help solve the problem.

D.C. Asks Judge To Reconsider Handgun Ruling, Says 'Legal Errors' Were Made

D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan has asked a federal judge to reconsider his prior ruling that tossed out the city's ban on carrying handguns outside the home.

Texas-Based Company Wins Auction For Maryland Offshore Wind Leases

An offshore wind farm is one step closer to becoming reality.

Catania Rejects School Boundary Changes, Says He'll Delay Implementation

Mayoral candidate David Catania says he will delay implementation of a plan that would redraw the city's school boundaries and feeder patterns.

D.C. Schools Offer Teachers Guidance On Discussing Ferguson

As students return to the classroom today, the city's public school system has prepared a guide for teachers who want to discuss the events surrounding the shooting of an 18-year-old by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

House Republicans Express Frustration With Absence Of Obamacare Alternative

During the last two elections, Republicans in the D.C. region campaigned on repealing and replacing "Obamacare," but House Republicans have yet to vote on a replacement plan.

Star-Spangled Banner Replica Connects Past With Present

The Maryland Historical Society displayed a replica of the star-spangled banner on Sunday — the same which famously inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the national anthem.

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