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Watch: Lightning blows up a tree in Kensington, Md.
As the lightning intercepts the tree, there’s a blinding flash of yellow light, a deafening crash of thunder and its bark explodes.

Judge rules prosecutors can use tax, education records of accused Capital Gazette shooter
Prosecutors are seeking financial documents to counter assertions from Jarrod Ramos’s defense team that a “mental disorder” absolves him of criminal responsibility for the rampage.

Court strikes down Va. law for ‘criminalizing an illness’ in targeting homeless alcoholi
At issue is a state law, dating to the 1870s, that allows for the prosecution of people designated in court as “habitual” drunks for consuming or having alcohol.

Muggy with thunderstorms possible today; excessively hot Friday through the weekend
Humidity levels will make today feel like it’s at least 100 degrees again, and heat index values are forecast to hit 110 to 115 Friday and Saturday.

Hogan joins small group of Republicans condemning Trump’s ‘go back’ remarks
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan considered challenging President Trump in the 2020 primary but decided against it.

D.C. helping some of its homeless students take first steps to college
The District paid the summer tuition for about 20 homeless teens to attend a two-week summer session at American University.

Trial begins in lawsuit over school funding in Delaware
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 22:30:00 -0400
A Delaware judge is hearing testimony in a lawsuit alleging that officials are failing to provide adequate educational opportunities for disadvantaged students, partly because local school property tax collections are based on assessments that are decades old.

Christina School Board approves tax hike
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:32:00 -0400
The Christina School Board approved a modest tax hike for fiscal year 2020 last week.

Newark’s Food and Brew Festival returns Saturday
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 01:00:00 -0400
Newark’s annual Food and Brew Festival will return for the 16th year on Saturday.

Area roundup
Sun, 07 Jul 2019 22:15:00 -0400
Sunday, July 7, 2019

Suns avoid Delmarva sweep
Sun, 07 Jul 2019 22:18:00 -0400
The Hagerstown Suns defeated the Delmarva Shorebirds 5-4 on Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep.

Parasiliti: Answer to this question really matters
Sun, 07 Jul 2019 22:27:00 -0400
The reason “The Question” is so important is because no one really knows how impactful they’ve been.

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