Morning Roundup, July 28

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THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS reportedly have made a deal to send disgruntled defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth to the New England Patriots for a fifth-round draft pick in 2013, one day after trading quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Minnesota Vikings, reports The Washington Times. Both of the high-priced stars were benched last year by head coach Mike Shanahan.

VIRGINIA IS AGAIN SHOWING ITS STRIPES AS A SWING STATE, with Democrats and Republicans pouring money into the commonwealth 15 months ahead of the national elections. On Wednesday, two GOP groups announced ad campaigns in Virginia and other swing states — those which historically could either vote Democrat or Republican and “swing” an election, according to The Washington Times.

THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WILL BEGIN TO ACCEPT formal applications to grow or dispense medical marijuana Aug. 5, a significant step toward establishing the long-awaited program to aid the sick and dying, reports Tom Howell Jr. of The Washington Times.

Earlier this year, the D.C. Department of Health received 170 letters of intent — 64 for dispensaries and 106 for cultivation centers — from more than 80 separate entities, said agency Director Dr. Mohammad Akhter. City agencies vetted the letters of intent Tuesday, disqualifying 14 dispensary letters and 18 cultivation letters, Dr. Akhter said. That leaves 50 dispensary and 88 cultivation candidates to vying for five and 10 permits, respectively. Qualifying candidates have until Sept. 9 to submit their applications.

MOTORISTS IN D.C. WHO FLOUTED TRAFFIC LAWS, then left their tickets in the glove box will get a reprieve in coming months, reports The Washington Times.

The city’s Department of Motor Vehicles is temporarily allowing people hit with parking and moving violations before Jan. 1, 2010, to pay the original fines without late fees. The amnesty period — the city’s first since 2001 — begins Monday and runs until Jan. 27. The city collects about $142 million a year in traffic and parking tickets but loses out on millions more, in part because fines are doubled after 30 days. Officials say the 4 million outstanding tickets eligible to be paid under the six-month program represent roughly $245.7 million in collectible money. However, they expect to collect $6.3 million of that.

THE SON OF FORMER D.C. MAYOR MARION BARRY pleaded guilty Wednesday to drug possession charges, according to D.C. Superior Court documents. Marion Christopher Barry was arrested in May after police were called to his apartment in Southwest for a report of a fight. Police entered the apartment and found blood on the floor, a half-ounce vial of liquid PCP and five sandwich bags of marijuana inside the apartment. Drug distribution charges were dropped under Barry’s plea agreement. Sentencing is set for Sept. 27 in D.C. Superior Court, reports The Washington Times.

THE WALTER REED ARMY MEDICAL CENTER has for more than a century helped soldiers stand on new legs, welcomed newborns into military families and offered top-notch care to U.S. leaders. But it only took a quick salute and several twists of gloved hands Wednesday to formally retire the hospital’s maroon-and-white flag — signaling the end of an era for the storied, Washington-based military hospital, according to
The Washington Times.

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