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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down - Feb. 11

February 11, 2012

Thumbs up to Maryland lawmakers who want to make talking on a handheld cell phone while driving a primary offense. Under current law, police can only issue a citation for the dangerous practice after another violation is observed. Nine states and the District of Columbia enforce the law as a primary offense.


Thumbs up to romance novelist Nora Roberts, who has given a second $100,000 grant to McDaniel College in Westminster in less than a year. The college said the donation from the Keedysville resident will support its minor in romance fiction and an online creative writing course on the subject. She made a similar donation in May.


Thumbs down to computer hackers who obtained more than 150 police officers’ personal information from an old website database for the West Virginia Chiefs of Police Association and posted it online. The home addresses, home phone numbers and cellphone numbers of current and retired police chiefs were made public through the actions of the hacking group Anonymous.

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