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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell arrives at federal court with his attorney, Henry Asbill (left). After more than three weeks of his trial, Mr. McDonnell took the stand in his own defense Wednesday against charges that he and his wife, Maureen, traded more than $165,000 in gifts and loans for undue access. (Associated Press)

McDonnell testifies Williams received no special favors

- The Washington Times

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Wednesday his administration did little to help a wealthy businessman who plied his family with gifts and loans other than offer the routine access afforded to any state resident — the cornerstone of his defense against federal corruption charges.

Plaintiffs in the federal suit over Virginia's ban on gay marriage, from left: Mary Townley, Emily Schall-Townley, Carol Schall, Tony London and Tim Bostic.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Supreme Court halts legalization of gay marriage in Virginia

- The Washington Times

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay Wednesday halting gay marriage from taking effect in Virginia this week, signaling the justices are inching closer to taking up a case that could definitively decide between the rights of states to recognize marriages and the federal government’s guarantee of equal protection.

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, right, arrives at federal court with his attorney Henry Asbill in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. McDonnell is presenting the second day of his defense on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell’s sister details communication woes

- Associated Press

Communication between former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife deteriorated so badly that he didn’t bother to tell the onetime first lady that his sister and her husband were separated, according to defense testimony Tuesday.

Taking the next steps: "We take no voters for granted," Muriel Bowser says in a post-primary speech. Political observers predict a bruising battle for D.C. mayor against David A. Catania in November. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

IRS reviewing records from D.C. housing complex

Associated Press

Criminal investigators from the IRS are reviewing records related to an affordable apartment complex in the District that’s become a flashpoint in the race for mayor.

** FILE ** In this June 26, 2013, file photo, gay rights advocate Vin Testa waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Smithsonian adds LGBT history to museum collection

- Associated Press

Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are being added to the Smithsonian Institution’s collection Tuesday, including items from the popular TV show “Will and Grace.”

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D.C. liquor board OKs delivery via websites

- The Washington Times

The District’s liquor board will allow Web-based alcohol delivery services to operate in the city under guidelines issued Thursday, an about-face from the position it took months ago when it shut down one such company.

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Emergency personnel walk along the tracks at the scene where two Metro red line trains collided.  (Rod Lamkey Jr. / The Washington Times)

Metro pays $4.2 million to settle lawsuit

Associated Press

The Washington area's Metro transit authority has paid $4.2 million to settle a lawsuit that accused it of awarding a no-bid technology contract.

Multitalented singer-songwriter Josh Groban will perform with in concert with an orchestra at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna on Tuesday and Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Josh Groban's 'bucket list'

- The Washington Times

Josh Groban's powerful lyric baritone will resound through Wolf Trap's Filene Center for two evenings of concerts during his August tour of open-air theaters along the East Coast.