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A $1 million gift from the Akridge Family Foundation will help go toward repairing heavy wear and tear to the Mall’s grounds and facilities. (Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

The Maryland state Senate plans to move “quickly” on same-sex marriage. State Sen. Brian Frosh (D-Montgomery) says his committee could vote as early as Tuesday to bring it to the Senate floor, with a final vote possibly coming by the end of the week.

George Huguely V’s fate may rest on his videotaped statement to police. Jurors will begin deliberations in Huguely’s trial Wednesday. They will use evidence presented during the two-week-long trial, including the video, to determine whether Huguely is guilty of murder or a lesser crime in the death of Yeardley Love.

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