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Patrick Henry in the House of Burgesses, which was established in 1619.

Gov. McAuliffe: Cut 2019 Jamestown celebration, fund mental health

- Associated Press

Virginia lawmakers want the General Assembly’s 400th birthday in 2019 to be a celebration worthy of the country’s oldest legislative body, but the state’s bon vivant governor is worried about the cost.

The D.C. United's new soccer stadium will be known at Audi Field and is scheduled to open in mid-2018. (Photo by D.C. United)

D.C. United receive zoning approval to build stadium

- The Washington Times

D.C. United cleared the final hurdle in a decade-long push to build a Major League Soccer stadium in the District, receiving unanimous approval from the city’s zoning commission.

Professional ice carver Bill Sandusky was set to perform demonstrations at Western Maryland's annual Winter Fest on Saturday, but unseasonably warm temperatures have delayed the festival by at least a week. Festival organizers could face the same predicament next weekend if such warm weather conditions do not change. (Greater Oakland Business Association)

Winter Fest delayed by warm weather

It bills itself as the state’s snowiest town, but officials in the Western Maryland town of Oakland have postponed the annual Winter Fest — because of unusually springlike weather.

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As the District's nonvoting member of Congress, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton can propose legislation but not vote on it, which she is pressing to change. (Associated Press)

In death law debate, officials see life for home rule

- The Washington Times

District activists and local officials insist they can feel new energy surging through the D.C. statehood movement -- even in the face of a vote by a House committee Monday night to strike down a high-profile city law passed less than two months ago.

Ellicott City merchants push for return of street parking to rebound from flood

In the latest sign that the historic district is trying to bounce back from the summer's devastating flash flood, merchants in Ellicott City are pushing officials to reinstate public parking along Main Street, where roughly 70 on-street spaces are now off limits, reducing foot traffic.