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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Brown On Final Stretch Of Campaign: 'Avoid Complacency'

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown remains the frontrunner in his bid for the Democratic nomination for Maryland governor, but he's still answering questions about his handling of the rollout of Maryland's health exchange website.

Bowser Talks Education, Transportation, Ethics Reform In Bid For Mayor

D.C. Democratic mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser lays out her case for which she should take the mantle from D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray — and not challengers David Catania or Carol Schwartz.

Stuck In The Middle: Will D.C. Get The New Middle Schools That Some Want?

A D.C. committee exploring changes to the city's school boundaries and feeder patterns has proposed up to four new middle schools, but will D.C. ever get around to fulfilling the ambitious plan?

Monday, June 16, 2014

Metro In 'Final Stretch' Before Silver Line Service Starts, Says GM

Metro is expected to announce the start date of Silver Line service to Tysons Corner and Reston one week from today.

In New Memoir, Marion Barry Defends Legacy While Calling Out Foes

Marion Barry is both introspective and combative in his new autobiography, writing that his legacy should be known for more than the 1990 arrest that brought him worldwide notoriety.

'Deep Throat' Parking Garage In Arlington To Be Razed

A plan to replace the parking garage where Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward met "Deep Throat," a source in the Watergate Scandal, has been approved in Arlington.

Candidates Make Last Pitches On Maryland's Eastern Shore

Voters on Maryland's Eastern Shore tend to lean more conservative than the rest of the state, but Democrats and Republicans alike have been making their pitches ahead of the June 24 primary.

D.C. One Of Four U.S. Cities In Running For 2024 Olympic Games

A group called DC2024 is trying to bring the Summer Olympics games to the nation's capital.

Gansler Remains Confident As Maryland Primaries Near

Maryland attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler says he has a history of taking on and beating the state's Democratic establishment, something he hopes he can replicate next week in the state's Democratic primary.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

25 Things Everyone Should Experience In Virginia At Least Once

Virginia became a state on June 25, 1788. To celebrate statehood in the Old Dominion, we've compiled a "bucket list" of activities every visitor to the commonwealth should try out.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Marijuana Decriminalized In Maryland, But What About Paraphernalia?

It's now legal to possess small amounts of marijuana in Maryland, but as Montgomery County lawmakers note, it's still illegal to posses the paraphernalia used to smoke it.

Four Lion Cubs Added To National Zoo's Public Pride

You think your Father's Day is busy? Try being African lion Luke, who now has six rambunctious cubs running around his turf in the National Zoo's Great Cats Exhibit.

Lawmakers Say Wage Bump, Prison Reform Needed To Help Area Fathers

Many fathers in the D.C. area are spending time in prison instead of with their families thanks to mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent offenses — something lawmakers would like to see changed.

Friday, June 13, 2014

When Will D.C. Vote For Attorney General? It's Still Unknown

Candidates for attorney general in D.C. can now pick up the nominating petitions they'll need to get on the ballot. But it's still not clear when the city's first election for the position will be held.

In Maryland Races, Latest Poll Results May Not Tell The Whole Story

In Maryland, polls this week show the Democratic primary for governor opening up, while the one for attorney general tightening. But there's a question of whether those poll numbers will hold up.

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