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Monday, May 21, 2012

Court Rules For Van Hollen In Campaign Finance Disclosure Case

Rep. Chris Van Hollen has scored two victories on campaign finance disclosures recently, meaning that large-scale political donors may have to step up their transparency leading up to the November election.

Virginia State Fairgrounds Up For Auction

The Virginia farm where Triple Crown winner Secretariat was born is up for auction, after the current owner, the State Fair of Virginia, defaulted on loans for the property.

Preakness Sees Record-High Turnout

The owner of race horse I'll Have Another wasn't the only one smiling after Saturday's Preakness Stakes at Pimlico in Baltimore; event organizers saw the highest turnout ever for Saturday's race, which is good news for their bottom line. 

Mourners Wait For Details On Chuck Brown's Memorial Service

As impromptu memorials and celebrations pop up throughout the city, Chuck Brown devotees are calling for the District to hold a very public memorial service so the city can mourn the late "Godfather of Go-Go."

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Fairfax County Awaits Proposals For King's Crossing Strip Mall

Big changes are likely coming to a shopping center at King's Crossing in Fairfax County. In a few years, the suburban strip mall could look more like a large apartment building with shops and restaurants below. 

Crash On Baltimore-Washington Parkway Kills Two

Two people are dead after a head-on collision on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway early Sunday morning.

Obama, World Leaders Tout Economic Growth After G8

World leaders gathered at Camp David for the G8 summit agreed that some focus on economic growth amid austerity will be necessary to get Europe back on its feet. 

Historic Sledgehammer Installed At Marine Corps Museum

A centuries-old sledgehammer has been installed among the historic artifacts at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. The hammer was used to try to break up John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859. 

District Leaders Head To Las Vegas With An Eye On Retail

D.C. leaders left for Las Vegas Saturday night to head to the annual conference of the International Council of Shopping Centers' annual retail and real estate conference. 

Virginia Activists Celebrate New EPA Carbon Standards

Environmentalists gathered in Richmond last week to celebrate the EPA's drafting of new rule limiting pollution from industrial plants.

G8 Summit Protesters Gather In Maryland

Eight of the world's top industrial nations met in Maryland this weekend to discuss the state of the economy, and protesters of all stripes gathered to spread their discontent with the status quo.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

I'll Have Another One Step Closer To Triple Crown

At the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore Saturday, Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another won again, galloping one step closer to the elusive Triple Crown.

Henry 'Box' Brown Remembered With Marker

The bizarre and inspiring tale of Henry "Box" Brown, who escaped slavery by mailing himself to Philadelphia in a large wooden box, is remembered with a marker in Mineral, Va.

Active-Duty Military Can Enjoy National Parks For Free

In honor of Armed Forces Day, active-duty service members can now pick up an annual pass to see the country's national parks free of charge.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Metro Isolating Cause Of Red Line Door Malfunctions

Metro was able to replicate the incident earlier this week when doors on two Red Line cars opened while the train was in motion. Inspections for similar problems across the Metro fleet will begin immediately.

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