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No politicians would draw lines under final redistricting plan

The governor's Redistricting Reform Commission wrapped up its final report Tuesday calling for an independent, bipartisan commission of nine people to draw congressional and legislative district lines, with no politicians involved.


Community Trust of Police Requires Reforms, Experts Say


WASHINGTON -- Nationwide reform of law enforcement practices is critical to restoring community trust in the police, officials said at a congressional forum Wednesday afternoon.


DC-area Starbucks eye liquor licenses

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WASHINGTON -- Five Starbucks stores in the District of Columbia have requested licenses to serve alcohol in an effort to bring more nighttime business.

This news comes after Starbucks announced a new menu lineup late last year called “Starbucks Evenings.” 

The program provides small savory meals, beer, wine and coffee-based drinks, in addition to the regular menu.

The area stores, two around Washington’s Dupont Circle and one each in the city’s Chevy Chase, Georgetown and the Penn Quarter neighborhoods, are taking the initiative to bring “Starbucks Evenings” to the nation’s capital. 

All five stores filed a request with the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, listing hours of alcohol service from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, according to the report.

The company declined to comment, but gave some information on its outlook for “Starbucks Evenings.”  

Starbucks aims to expand the program to approximately 2,500 stores by 2019, a spokeswoman said in an email. This is a 20 to 25 percent increase in the number of participating locations. 

Stores that participate in “Starbucks Evenings” are located throughout the country, but none so far are in Maryland or other parts of the Washington metropolitan area. 

The hearing for all five stores is set for Dec. 7.

Woman dies in Silver Spring car strike

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department-Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a fatal pedestrian collision that occurred this morning in the White Oak area of Silver Spring.

At approximately 6:01 a.m., 3rd District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the southbound lanes of Route 29, just south of New Hampshire Avenue, for the report of a collision involving a pedestrian.

Preliminary investigation has indicated that the pedestrian, identified as Michelle Sena Hoyah, 18 years old, of the 300 block of Rutgers Street in Rockville, was crossing Route 29 between New Hampshire Avenue and Oak Leaf Drive.  A gold, 2011, Toyota Camry was traveling south on Route 29 and struck Hoyah in the traffic lanes.  Michelle Hoyah was transported to Holy Cross Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

The driver of the Toyota is identified as Maxwell Larbi, 35 years old, of the 11600 block of Lockwood Drive in White Oak.

This collision remains under investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

Caucus criteria weighed as Latino legislators eye recognition

ANNAPOLIS -- A Maryland General Assembly ethics panel is weighing criteria for recognizing and allocating resources for official legislative caucuses. 


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