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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Get D.C. Health Department Approval

Four would-be medical marijuana dispensaries have received their last layer of approval from D.C.'s health department; now, they just have to go through the city's business licensing and building permit processes. 

Jim Moran Beats Challenger In Democratic Primary

Northern Virginia Rep. Jim Moran easily beat challenger Bruce Shuttleworth in Tuesday's Virginia primary; now, it's on to face a familiar opponent, Republican Patrick Murray. 

With Primary Done, George Allen Gears Up For Tight Senate Race

After George Allen's easy win in the Republican primary for the Virginia U.S. Senate race yesterday, pretty much every metric is predicting a very tight race this November between Allen and Democratic candidate Tim Kaine.  

Incumbents Emerge Victorious In Alexandria Primary

A tight race in yesterday's primary in Alexandria ended with six candidates — most of them who have served on the city council before — winning Democratic spots on the ballot out of a field of 14. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Alexandria Voters Mindful Of Waterfront Project

Many Republicans say they're voting in the election as a protest to the city's waterfront plan.

Loudoun Weighs Silver Line Options

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors weighs options to pay for the county's $270 million commitment to Phase 2 of the Silver Line Metro rail project to Dulles Airport. 

Analysis: Consequences Of Looming Budget Cuts

If Congress doesn't act, trillions of dollars in spending cuts and tax increases could have serious economic consequences.

National Harbor Casino Would Bring Money To Maryland

The National Harbor casino would bring in a projected $460 million, but a report adds two other casinos in Maryland would be hit hard by the facility.

D.C. Council To Vote On Interim Chair

The D.C. Council will vote on a new interim chairman tomorrow, and Council member Mary Cheh is gathering support for at-large Council member Phil Mendelson to take the seat. 

Obama, Romney Campaigns Fundraise In Maryland

President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney's wife Ann will both attend campaign fundraisers in Maryland today.

Maryland Del. Tiffany Alston Found Guilty Of Theft

A Maryland lawmaker has been convicted of using public funds to pay an employee in her private law firm. 

Commentary: From The 'Boonies' To Bustling Neighborhood

Commentator Judy Downs Tinelli recalls a time before the highways and the rail lines and she offers a different view of the areas now defined by concrete and congestion.

Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, June 12

The Music of Kander & Ebb, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and the challenges of making art.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Mendelson And Orange Race For D.C. Council Chair

At-large council members Phil Mendelson and Vincent Orange race to replace Kwame Brown as D.C. Council Chair.

Potomac Child Suffers Near Drowning Incident

A young child has been taken to the hospital following a near drowning incident at a community center in Potomac, Md.