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Monday, May 21, 2012

Housing First For The Homeless, Says Maryland Group

A community outreach is bucking conventional wisdom in addressing homelessness in Maryland by first placing people in housing before trying to remedy their more complicated issues.

Arlington And Alexandria Await Courts Study

A study is being conducting in Northern Virginia to assess the caseloads being tackled in the Alexandria and Arlington circuit courts, with an eye towards merging the two.

NAACP Calls For Blacks To Support Same-Sex Marriage

The NAACP is calling for the black community to support same-sex marriage laws like the one passed in Maryland, citing the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment.

Archdiocese Of Washington Challenges Contraception Mandate

The Archdiocese of Washington is suing the federal government to challenge the mandate that birth control be included in healthcare coverage for religious-affiliated institutions.

Maryland Set To Ban Arsenic In Chicken Feed

Maryland is set to move forward with a plan to ban arsenic-based chicken feed in the state.

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.