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Baltimore's big gamble opens: The Horseshoe Casino opened on Tuesday. It is Maryland's fifth casino, and state and local leaders hope to use gambling revenue to revitalize the city and ease unemployment. (Post)
Metro settles suit: Metro will pay $5 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit, which revealed that the agency awarded a $14 million no-bid contract and fired an employee for speaking out. Metro did not admit wrongdoing, however. (WAMU)
DASH bus improvements: Besides the Metroway, Alexandria is seeing many new improvements to its DASH bus system. Among them are a new crosstown route, better Saturday service, and extended King Street Trolley hours. (Red Brick Town, Scott A)
Let kids walk: Petula Dvorak lets her kids walk to the corner store and go unsupervised for other summer activities. Unfortunately, not all kids in the DC area live in neighborhoods with wide sidewalks and easily accessible amenities. (Post)
A council divided: The DC Council is divided on what to do with the reconstruction of the Virginia Ave. CSX tunnel, particularly whether the project should be postponed until a completed comprehensive rail study. (Post)
CaBi signs in Bethesda: Montgomery County has installed new wayfinding signs for cyclists in downtown Bethesda with icons for CaBi and Metro stations. (TheWashCycle)
McMillan building trimmed: A medical building at the McMillan site will be shorter, along with other changes based on concerns from the Zoning Commission. The revised site plans also include transportation improvements and community benefits. (WBJ)
And...: It's a Metro tradition to give away pennants at new station and line openings. (Post) ... Fortune tellers in Front Royal may soon be able to operate legally. (WBJ) ... Scientists are hoping to connect with people emotionally on climate change. (CityLab)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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