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April 14, 2009
ANNAPOLIS (AP) -- Gov. Martin O'Malley has been quick to enact a Maryland law to create extra protections to keep the Preakness Stakes horse race in Baltimore. The move to give Maryland eminent domain authority to buy the second leg of the Triple Crown was among the first bills to be signed Tuesday, a day after the state's legislature adjourned. The race is a centerpiece of Maryland's horse racing industry, and O'Malley pushed for the law in case federal bankruptcy proceedings of Magna Entertainment Corp.
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June 11, 1998
In 1997, the National Organization for Women launched Victory 2000, a campaign to elect 2,000 feminist candidates to all levels of public office by the year 2000. The Washington County NOW chapter will form an Activist Campaign Team. Linda Smith, NOW vice president, will lead a workshop on how to get involved in a political campaign on Tuesday, June 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. The workshop will be held in the First Floor Conference Room of the Washington County Administration Building.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | March 2, 2006
HAGERSTOWN Three public defenders entered a plea of not guilty Wednesday on behalf of an inmate indicted in the January shooting death of a Roxbury Correctional Institution officer, according to court records. A jury trial is scheduled to begin July 31 for inmate Brandon Travon Morris, 20, who was indicted Feb. 22 by a Washington County grand jury on 36 counts, including three first-degree murder charges, in Roxbury Officer Jeffery Alan Wroten's Jan. 27 death, court records show.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | February 7, 2012
More than four years after Smithsburg police Officer Christopher S. Nicholson was shot and killed while on duty, his father is trying to get the fallen officer's service weapon. Larry Nicholson said he wants the handgun as part of a memorial for his son. Maryland law allows police officers' guns to be sold or transferred in a variety of ways, but doesn't permit what Larry Nicholson wants to do. Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington, and Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, have filed House and Senate versions of a bill to help Larry Nicholson with his quest.
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By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | March 6, 2013
Del. Neil C. Parrott, R-Washington, has introduced a bill in the Maryland General Assembly that would prohibit abortions at 20 weeks gestation or later, except under some circumstances such as medical emergencies. The bill, known as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, also has been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Edward R. Reilly, R-Anne Arundel. “Since children in the womb 20 weeks old or older feel pain … we should not allow abortions for children 20 weeks old or older,” Parrott said at a press conference Wednesday.
NEWS
April 14, 2009
ANNAPOLIS (AP) -- Legislation to create early voting in Maryland cleared the General Assembly late Monday night, and Gov. Martin O'Malley has indicated he will sign the bill. For 2010, early voting will be allowed for six days, beginning on the second Friday through Thursday before the election, but not on the Sunday that falls between them. An early voting site to be chosen six months before the primary election. The bill also authorizes a local board to establish an early voting site at a shopping mall.
NEWS
October 26, 2000
Will power important in life and death My wake-up call came on U.S. 50, traveling through the Maryland farm country near the town of Wye Mills. My wife and I had been to a very long wedding reception the night before, but were determined to get down to the beach in time to see the sun rise over the Atlantic. And so after a few hours' sleep, we jumped in the van and headed out. She drove, I dozed and awoke to find we were not on the road but rumbling along in the median strip, which at that point - lucky for us - was wide and grassy.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 1, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Washington County residents might be able to get out of alarm system contracts they purchased from unlicensed salespeople. "It would not surprise me if we'd have to let people out of those contracts," Alex Dunn, the chief operating officer of APX Alarm Security Systems, said Wednesday. For weeks, APX salespeople blanketed neighborhoods in Hagerstown and other parts of Washington County and knocked on doors. APX, which is based in Utah, later found out the sales group in the Hagerstown area was from Virginia and didn't have licenses required in Maryland.
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By PEPPER BALLARD | November 30, 1999
Hagerstown Heat All-Stars founder Anna Lois Miles and two coaches have been charged with holding an illegal fundraiser for the cheerleading group in February 2006. Anna Lois Miles, 33, of 11134 Lakeview Drive, was charged with gambling: keep, use, permit a place of gambling in connection with the Feb. 17, 2006, basket bingo fundraiser at Boonsboro Fire Co. Miles, who was convicted in 2004 for writing bad checks from the group's account, allegedly used $2,000 raised in the event to pay back a woman who helped bail her out of jail in December 2005, according to charging documents.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | February 23, 2012
Smithsburg Police Chief George L. Knight Jr. urged state senators on Thursday to help a local family obtain a slain officer's service weapon. Christopher S. Nicholson was shot and killed while on duty for Smithsburg police on Dec. 19, 2007. Knight said Nicholson worked hard to become a police officer, overcoming a heart condition. Nicholson had been on the job for about a year and a half when he was “ambushed” by a man who already had killed his ex-girlfriend earlier that day, Knight said.
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