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Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 06/29/2011

PM Buzz: School scores, joblessness creep up

The latest news of the day from around the region:

Big gains for Prince George’s schools Elementary school reading scores and middle school math scores improved across Maryland.

A show of force today on Metro in Prince George’s County About 100 Metro Transit and Prince George’s County police officers are expected to descend on the 15 Metro stations in Prince George’s County during Wednesday evening’s rush hour as part of a security exercise.

D.C. area unemployment up 0.3% in May The unemployment rate in the Washington region rose three-tenths of a percent in May to 5.7 percent. Government data showed a significant drop in the pace of job creation that had been taking place in the region during the past year.

Traffic proceeds apace, albeit slightly heavy, on the Chesapeake Bay bridge a year ago. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)
Timing of Bay Bridge crossing may reduce headaches this weekend Almost 495,000 vehicles will travel across the Bay Bridge this holiday weekend, starting Thursday. You might want to start before 2 p.m. Thursday yourself.

D.C. casino: Depends on how you define ‘slot machine’ D.C. Council members quizzed city lottery and other officials Wednesday about a fast-moving plan to launch a virtual casino in September during a belated hearing on the District’s online gambling law.

Man dies in Montgomery after being subdued with Taser A 40-year-old man died while in the custody of Montgomery County police Tuesday after he was subdued with a Taser, according to the department.

Democratic group launches ads attacking Republicans in Virginia Priorities USA, a Democrat-aligned super PAC run by two former senior aides in the Obama administration, launched television ads in five swing states, including Virginia, attacking Republicans for their vote to overhaul Medicare.

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