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Vigil held to remember men killed in Takoma Park shooting

Plus: Businesses hurt by Purple Line construction eligible for $2.5M in aid; Third attempt to tighten public-private partnership law fails

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Vigil held to remember men killed in Takoma Park shooting

Family, friends and others in the community gathered in Northeast D.C. Thursday evening for a vigil to remember two men shot to death by an off-duty Pentagon police officer last week and to call for police accountability.

James Johnson, 38, of District Heights and Dominique Williams, 32, of Hyattsville were shot and killed at the Takoma Overlook Condominiums in Takoma Park. [NBC 4]

Businesses hurt by Purple Line construction eligible for $2.5M in aid

Businesses hurt by construction of the Purple Line are eligible for $2.5 million in financial aid allotted by the Maryland General Assembly over the next three fiscal years, a lawmaker said.

As of July 1, $500,000 will be available via the state Department of Commerce, said Del. Jheanelle K. Wilkins (D-Silver Spring). Another $1 million will be available in each of the next two fiscal years, both starting July 1, Wilkins said. [Washington Post]

Third attempt to tighten public-private partnership law fails

A third attempt to require more scrutiny of Maryland’s public-private partnerships — the kind of arrangement being pursued to add high-occupancy toll lanes to the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270 — failed on Monday in the final hours of the General Assembly session.

The bill was one of two sought by opponents of the multibillion-dollar HOT lanes proposal, in which companies would build the lanes, finance their construction and operate them over 50 years in exchange for keeping most of the toll revenue. [Washington Post]

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