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Friday, August 10, 2012

Maryland Senate Passes Gaming Expansion

As expected, Maryland's State Senate passed an expansion a gaming expansion in a special session late Friday, clearing the way for a House vote on Monday.

New Web App Helps D.C. Residents Find Bike Path Of Least Resistance

Thought about jumping on the bicycling bandwagon, but don't know the best routes or where the closest Bikeshare stations are? There's an app for that.

Ocean City Business Owners Indifferent About Table Games

While politicians have sparred over the prospect of table games at Maryland casinos, Ocean City business owners are apathetic about the prospects at the local Ocean Downs Casino.

A Familiar Refrain: Metro Schedules Weekend Track Work

Weekend track work will once again slow Metro commuters starting Friday night. Buses replace trains on a stretch of the Red Line, and single-tracking abounds.

White Marlin Aren't Biting At Ocean City Tournament

The White Marlin Open in Ocean City, Md. has been going on all week, but a variety of factors have contributed to very few bites from the elusive fish.

More Molestation Accusations Emerge From Fairfax Home Daycare

More children have come forward in the case of Elwood "Louie" Thomas, who is accused of molesting a child at a home day care center in Fairfax County.

Analysis: Maryland Gaming Expansion, D.C. Property Tax Reductions, Possible D.C. 2024 Olympics Bid

As a special session continues Friday on whether Maryland should expand gaming, D.C. mayor and council seek to discover why some property taxes for commercial buildings downtown were reduced.

Police Looking For Man Targeting Boys In Northwest

A man is making overtures toward young boys in Northwest D.C, police say. There were three incidents reported this week. 

AARP Poll: Older Voters Bemoan Partisan Gridlock In Washington

Voters over the age of 50 are concerned about issues one might expect: Medicare, Social Security and retirement. But they're also bothered by ongoing partisan gridlock in Washington, according to a new AARP poll.

Virginia Finds 10,000 Dead People On Voter Registration Lists

Virginia is methodically examining voter registration rolls to remove names of people that are now deceased — about 10,000 names in all, according to elections officials.

Maryland Tourism Increased In 2011

Maryland tourism increased by 7 percent in 2011, something Gov. Martin O'Malley says helped employ 130,000 people in the state's tourism-related industries.

Athletes Bring Lucky Charms — And Superstition — To Field

Olympic athletes — and athletes of all stripes — have their share of superstitions. But while they may put those athletes in the right mental space, sports psychologists say there's no substitute for practice, practice, practice.

Maryland, Virginia Still In Top 20 Power Plant Polluters

Maryland and Virginia are still in the top 20 most polluting states when it comes to power plants, according to one environmental group's rankings, but Maryland improved last year while Virginia's ranking increased. 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Democrats Enlist Universities For Voter Registration

Democrats are calling on colleges and universities to help them get out the vote by encouraging students to register, after the youth vote proved so vital in 2008.

Maryland Senate To Vote On Gaming Bill Friday

As expected, a bill that would expand gaming in Maryland made it through committee Thursday, clearing the way for a full vote in the State Senate and consideration by the General Assembly.