Crime down in Bethesda, Chevy Chase police district – Despite a rash of June auto thefts, crime is down overall in the first six months of 2012 compared to the same period of time in 2011, according to the Montgomery County Police Department’s second district. [Chevy Chase Patch]

State gambling bill comes down to the wire – A referendum on whether to allow a new Prince George’s County casino and live table games at Maryland’s other slots facilities will be on the ballot in November, but not before the bill authorizing the vote barely passed the State House on Tuesday night. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) signed the bill on Wednesday morning. [Washington Post]

Montgomery Parks puts out fall recreation guide – Montgomery County Recreation and Montgomery Parks released a long list of activities and classes for county residents coming up this fall. [Montgomery Parks]

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