Despite temperatures topping triple digits yesterday, people gathered en masse and filled the Mall to watch the fireworks and celebrate the Fourth of July.
Washington City Paper has a photo slideshow of the 46th Annual Palisades Parade.
The Huffington Post also has pictures of the parade.
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hosted a barbecue and concert for service members and their families on the White House South Lawn.
The U.S. Marine Band and country singer Brad Paisley performed.
* Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown married Karmen Walker, the government relations liaison for Comcast, over Memorial Day weekend.
The Baltimore Sun tells their love story here.
* The Associated Press’ obituary for Yvonne B. Miller, the first African American woman elected to Virginia’s legislature:
Yvonne B. Miller, who shattered racial and gender barriers simultaneously as the first African American woman elected to Virginia’s legislature, died July 3, one day shy of her 78th birthday. She had stomach cancer.
Senate Democratic Caucus Chairman Don McEachin said Sen. Miller died at her home in Norfolk. She was a career educator and an outspoken advocate for Virginia’s poor and minorities in the General Assembly.
Mayor Gray’s administration is expected to announce Thursday which vendor D.C. has chosen for smart meters, the new meters that will accept credit cards and include GPS tracking in cabs, according to The DCist.
* The Post's Robert McCartney's latest column criticizes Pepco for its poor service while it continuously asks its customers to pick up the tab for its inadequate services.
But here’s the new outrage: In its current case before the state commission, requesting a $66 million rate increase, Pepco is arguing that it should not be penalized a dime for its past shortcomings — even though its public-relations message has been that it’s learned from previous mistakes.
Moreover, in a move that ought to win it an award for chutzpah, Pepco is justifying $2.5 million of the new rate request to cover its costs for outside lawyers and consultants in the case decided against it in December.
In other words, Pepco wants the same customers who have been suffering the effects of its inadequate upkeep to pick up the tab for experts who argued — unsuccessfully, thank heaven — that its reliability was fine all along.