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Area lawmakers back pot legislation as social, racial equity

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Regional lawmakers are touting marijuana legalization as a way to foster social and racial equity. D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson introduced Monday a measure to tax and regulate sales of recrea…
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Cherry blossoms peak bloom predicted at Tidal Basin in Washington for April 2 to 5

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National Park Service officials announced Monday that the District's cherry blossoms will reach their peak bloom between April 2 and 5, a sign of the annual arrival of spring.  Peak bloom is the day …
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Maryland to deploy nearly 50,000 doses of the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week

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Maryland will deploy nearly 50,000 doses of the newly approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine to shot providers this week, the state announced Monday afternoon. The single-dose vaccine was authorized for…
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Maximus makes $430M acquisition in bet on federal tech modernization

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The Reston-based government services company added artificial intelligence, automation and DevSecOps capabilities to its portfolio as part of the acquisition of Attain LLC's federal business.
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Covid-19 relief bill passed by House could mean more PPP loan changes

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Nonprofits would be able to apply in greater numbers than in previous PPP rounds.
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Exclusive: Why Mark Cuban says he wants a bite of a local ‘Shark Tank’ startup’s vegan burger

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The Dallas Mavericks owner and celebrity investor was “impressed,” he said in an email to the WBJ.
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The cherry blossoms are expected to hit peak bloom in April. It's unclear if people will get to see them in person.

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The cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin are expected to reach peak bloom April 2-5, the National Park Service said Monday at a kickoff press conference for the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival.…
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House-passed Covid relief bill offers billions more in small-business grants

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The grants include $25 billion for restaurants, another $15 billion in cash advances and another $1.5 billion for shuttered venues.
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Arlington moves to buy affordable apartments as redevelopment plans stall

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The county wants to protect affordable homes in a rapidly changing section of Arlington.
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CoStar Group adds cash to bid for CoreLogic

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The new bid comes two weeks after CoStar's first unsolicited offer to buy the California real estate data company.
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Virginia legislature votes to legalize marijuana, but not for three more years

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Some provisions will require another vote in next year’s session, however.
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ODEP News Brief - February 26, 2021

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Exploring the Intersection of Black History and Disability Inclusion In honor of Black History Month, Nakisha Pugh, senior policy advisor in the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), posted…
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Statement by Congressman Kweisi Mfume on Passage of American Rescue Plan Act

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WASHINGTON -- Congressman Kweisi Mfume of Maryland released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives worked through the early morning hours to pass the American Rescue Plan Ac…
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VCU suspends Delta Chi fraternity after Adam Oakes death

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RICHMOND, Va. — Richmond police said on Sunday they're investigating the death of a Virginia Commonwealth University student in off-campus housing this weekend.  Adam Oakes, 19, was found unresponsiv…
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