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Monday, May 20, 2013

Montgomery County Pedestrian Collisions On The Rise

Pedestrian collisions are up in Montgomery County, but until this year, fatalities from those collisions had been dropping.

Report Finds Animal Abuse Cases In Baltimore Still Steady

The report claims many city agencies haven't cooperated with efforts to curb animal abuse.

Baltimore Mayor To Officiate Mass Same-Sex Wedding At Pride Parade

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will preside over a mass wedding for same-sex couples during the city's Pride Festival at Druid Hill Park next month.

Metro Launches New Short-Trip Pass

The new seven-day, $35 pass will allow SmarTrip users to take short trips and pay less for them.

Frontman Of Popular Jamaican Ska Group Hit By Bottle During Virginia Show

Toots and the Maytals frontman Frederick "Toots'' Hibbert was hit in the head on Saturday night, leaving him with seven stitches.

Tommy Wells Launches Mayoral Campaign

The Ward 6 council member promised to clean up government, cut juvenile crime in half, improve access to education, and create a "next-generation public transit system."

Allegany County Could Allow Kids To Get Tattoos

Officials say the change in county regulations would help crack down on unregulated tattoo shops.

Deals For Developers

WAMU investigates city subsidies to developers and campaign contributions from the companies.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Lawmaker Expands D.C. Anti-Abortion Bill Nationwide

A federal bill targeting the District's abortion law is now being expanded to cover the entire nation.

Virginia Republicans Select Candidates For November Election

The Republican ticket for November's election includes Ken Cuccinelli for governor, E.W. Jackson for lieutenant governor, and Mark Obenshain for attorney general.

Montgomery County Council To Approve Budget For Next Fiscal Year

Among the items already approved in Montgomery County's budget for next year are pay raises for most unionized county employees and a reduction in an energy tax hike.

Virginia Republicans Determine Slate Of Candidates

Republicans have selected candidates to represent the party in the November election.

Up To 60 Injured After Car Hits Hikers In Virginia

About 60 people are recovering from injuries after a car drove into a group of hikers Saturday at a parade in Virginia

House Farm Bill Includes Drastic Food Stamp Cuts

The House Farm Bill would cut a supplemental nutrition program by more than $20 billion.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Smithsonian To Launch Yoga Exhibit

The Smithsonian Institution has announced plans for an exhibition on the visual history of yoga, set to open in October.