Trump tries to change debate dates, debate commission defends schedule
Republican nominee Donald Trump is pushing to change the dates of two of the presidential debates scheduled for this fall because they are set to take place on the same nights as nationally televised NFL games. “Our position on the debates is we want as many people, as many voters, to be participants in and to see the debates as possible,” Jason Miller, senior communications adviser with the Trump campaign, said on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday. However, the Commission on Presidential Debates, the nonpartisan group that schedules the debates, said the debates would go on as scheduled. “CPD believes the dates for the 2016 debates will serve the American public well,” the commission said in a statement Sunday. Trump’s aide said he would not skip the debate, but that he is going to try to get the event rescheduled. The commission defended itself Sunday afternoon, saying, “It is impossible to avoid all sporting events, and there have been nights on which debates and games occurred in most election cycles. A debate has never been rescheduled as a result.”
Prince’s possible heirs narrowed down to six
In a ruling filed Friday, a judge narrowed down the possible heirs to Prince’s fortune from 29 people who allege they are related to the late pop star to six. Those six, who include his sister Tyka Nelson and half-siblings John Nelson, Norrine Nelson and Sharon Nelson, have been asked to undergo genetic testing. Two other relatives, Brianna Nelson and a minor referred to as V.N., will also undergo genetic testing. Brianna alleges “they are the niece and grandniece, respectively” and that her late father, Duane J. Nelson, was Prince’s half-brother. Earlier this year, Tyka Nelson filed legal documents that say Prince had no will and that no will has been found. According to Minnesota law, without a will for Prince, who had no known children, his estate goes to his sister and his half-siblings.
Man found shot inside car on I-295 dies
Police say one of two men found shot inside a vehicle Saturday morning on Interstate 295 in Southeast D.C. has died. D.C. police say the men were taken to hospitals, but one of the victims, 25-year-old Judonne Stephens, died on Sunday. Police have not established a motive or identified any suspects in the slaying. The shooting was one of several shootings that occurred around the Washington D.C. area on Saturday.
New gate at Arlington to serve only pedestrians, bicyclists
A new gate to access Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington will only serve pedestrians and bicyclists, and will be closed to cars. The Henry Gate pedestrian access opens Monday and will be available to people with a military ID. The gate was opened exclusively for walkers and cyclists to encourage people to use public transit. “Eighty-eight percent of the people who work at the base drive alone,” said Paul Mackie, Mobility Lab’s director of communications. “There’ll be a set pickup location across from the gate where Uber and Lyft and others will be able to go, and that’ll be the designated pickup spot.” Mackie said having so many base workers drive alone is not a sustainable option and that it cause traffic, pollution, stress and lack of productivity. “So we wanted to look at ways that we could recommend that they get that 88 [percent]drive-alone rate down,” he said.
Heavy floods damage Ellicott City
Stormy weather on Saturday night brought rain and flash flood warnings to counties across Maryland, including Howard County. Ellicott City was hit hard by the storms, which brought extensive damage to vehicles, roads, homes and businesses. Andy Barth, a spokesman for Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman, said about 120 people were rescued during the flooding. Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency after touring the city’s damage Sunday. “There are cars on top of cars,” Kittleman said. “There’s debris everywhere.” WUSA9 reports that during the flooding, the water reached waist-level for some residents. The Baltimore County Police Department has identified the two victims who died in Saturday night’s flooding 35 year-old Jessica Watsula, and 38 year-old Joseph Anthony Blevins.
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Aug 1 7:30 PM Todrick Hall Presents: Straight Outta Oz, Howard Theatre, Washington, DC
Aug 3 9 PM Blackbear, Howard Theatre, Washington, DC
Aug 4 7:30 PM G‑Eazy, Logic, Yo Gotti & YG, Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
Aug 4 8 PM Pitbull, Prince Royce & Farruko, Verizon Center, Washington, DC
Aug 4 9 PM RIFF RAFF: THE PEACH PANTHER TOUR, The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
Aug 5 8 PM The Go‑Go’s, Warner Theatre, Washington DC
Aug 6 2 PM 2016 Summer Spirit Festival, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
Aug 6 7 PM Lil’ Boosie, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
Aug 7 8 PM The Band Perry Tickets, Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA