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Monday, May 21, 2012

Analysis: Sketching The Conflict Over The Defense Authorization

The House version of the National Defense Authorization is $4 billion different than the White House plan. CQ Roll Call's David Hawkings says that compromise is almost inevitable, but it might not come for months.

Christian Group's Campaign Targeted Gay Judge Nominee

A powerful Christian advocacy group's lobbying efforts may have been a big part of why openly gay prosecutor Tracy Thorne-Begland was denied a judgeship he was nominated for in Virginia last week. 

Gray Aide Faces Campaign Finance Charges

Thomas Gore, treasurer for Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 camapign, has been charged in a federal investigation for campaign finance fraud and also faces a felony obstruction charge for destroying evidence related to that fraud.

D.C. Area Gas Prices Nudge Lower

Thanks to downward pressure both domestically and abroad, gas prices for D.C. area drivers continues its downward trend.

School Bus Catches Fire Inside 3rd Street Tunnel

A fire inside the 3rd Street tunnel closed that thoroughfare and resulted in massive traffic tie-ups this morning. No major injuries were reported. 

Police Arrest Hyattsville Man For Sexual Assaults

Police have made an arrest in two sexual assaults in Prince George's County during the past few months; now, authorities are trying to determine whether the suspect is tied to several other attacks along the Northwest Branch Trail.

NAACP Votes To Support Marriage Equality

The NAACP issued a statement supporting marriage equality this weekend; top organization officials will discuss that decision today. 

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.