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Flavien Prat atop Rombauer, right, looks back as he breaks away from Irad Ortiz Jr. atop Midnight Bourbon moments before crossing the finish line to win the Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 15, 2021, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Rombauer pulls Preakness upset, Baffert’s Medina Spirit 3rd

- Associated Press

Little-known Rombauer sprung an 11-1 upset to win the Preakness on Saturday, passing Bob Baffert’s Kentucky Derby winner to end a potential Triple Crown bid that would have carried a giant asterisk.

Republican gubernatorial candidate State Sen. Amanda Chase, fills out her ballot during a drive through GOP Convention vote in Chesterfield, Va., Saturday, May 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Judge tosses Amanda Chase’s lawsuit challenging censure

- Associated Press

A federal judge on Thursday sided with the state of Virginia and tossed a lawsuit filed by Republican gubernatorial candidate Amanda Chase over her censure by the Virginia Senate.

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Washington Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert J. Contee III speaks during a news conference in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

Homicide jump a backdrop to D.C.'s crime prevention initiative

- The Washington Times

Homicides in the District of Columbia are up significantly over the same period last year, and after a bloody weekend of multiple shootings, including the wounding of a 7-year-old riding a scooter, city officials on Monday outlined plans to address the surge.

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D.C. residents angry over plan to raze Hardy Park, build school

- The Washington Times

Residents of Foxhall Village in Northwest are embroiled in a heated debate over Hardy Park, which is being renovated at a cost of $5 million. City officials want to demolish part of it and build a $56 million school that will offer a more diverse student body for the Woodrow Wilson High feeder system.

In this March 24, 2021, file photo, Maryland House Speaker Adrienne Jones, third from left, points up while standing with the presidents of Maryland's four historically Black colleges and Universities after a bill signing ceremony in Bowie, Md., to set aside $577 million to settle a federal lawsuit. From left are, Aminta Breaux, president of Bowie State University, Heidi Anderson, president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Jones, Sen. Charles Sydnor, David Wilson, president of Morgan State University, and Anthony Jenkins, president of Coppin State University. (AP Photo/Brian Witte, File)

Maryland finalizes $577M settlement for HBCU federal lawsuit

- Associated Press

Maryland has finalized a $577 million settlement to end a 15-year federal lawsuit relating to underfunding at the state's four historically Black colleges and universities, state officials announced Wednesday.

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Virginia trooper off force after traffic stop viral video

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A White state trooper who was seen on video telling a Black driver "you are going to get your a-whipped" and yanking him out of the car by his neck is no longer with the Virginia State Police, a spokeswoman said.

In this file photo, voters cast their ballots under a giant mural at Robious Elementary School in Midlothian, Va., Tuesday Oct. 3, 2020. Poll workers said that traffic was slow due to all the early voting in the precinct. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)  **FILE**

Virginia begins early voting in primaries; Democrats have crowded field of 12 vying for governor

- The Washington Times

Voters in Virginia can begin casting ballots Friday for the state's upcoming primary election. Democratic voters have 12 gubernatorial candidates to choose from, while the state GOP primary will only select nominees for local offices and House of Delegates races. A May 8 convention of the state GOP will choose the party's statewide-office nominees, including for governor.