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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 06/13/2011

Gambling, federal contracts, a walk in a park

Good morning and what a nice start to the week — if you can take a walk today, do so.

If you gamble, be prepared to lose. The state of Maryland is falling behind in its efforts to lure gamblers to its slots parlors, advocates say. Casino operators and their supporters in Annapolis look longingly toward the more open betting atmosphere in West Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania and are trying to apply political pressure toward expansion.

Women and minority small business owners say they see signs — including more aggressive outreach efforts — that the government is more interested in doing business with them. Still, getting that federal contract is a lot of work. BTW, If you care about local business, the Capital Business tabloid, which publishes every Monday, is online here.

(Lucian Perkins - The Washington Post)
To everything there is a season. The death last month of a beloved Herndon gardener, whose irises brought visitors from near and far, raises the question: what will happen to Margaret Thomas’s gardens?

A popular Manassas Park water park is still closed and a chemical leak that resulted in a dozen swimmers getting sick is still under investigation.

Tomorrow is World Blood Donor Day; enter your zip code at the American Red Cross web site and you’ll find the nearest blood donation center.

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