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Sheriff Hopefuls Set Out Early

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 2:43:03 GMT

One thing is certain about the sheriff's race in Alexandria: Come Election Day in November, incumbent James H. Dunning's name will not appear on the ballot, as it has every four years since 1985.



Ehrlich Warns Loss of Slots Might Cost Md. the Preakness

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 2:43:03 GMT

Maryland could lose its 130-year grip on the Preakness Stakes because of the state legislature's persistent refusal to legalize slot machine gambling, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said yesterday.



Rep. Davis Intervenes on Growth in Fairfax

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 2:43:03 GMT

Rep. Thomas M. Davis III said he will propose legislation to scale back a massive development planned next to the Vienna Metro station, a project near his own neighborhood.



Janey Lists 16 Sites for Lease Plan

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 2:43:03 GMT

School Superintendent Clifford B. Janey issued a report to the D.C. Board of Education yesterday listing 16 underused schools that are candidates for sharing space with charter schools.



At Planking, Candidates Skewered

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 2:43:03 GMT

It's the Shad Planking, Virginia's long-standing political ritual, where governors were once crowned by a small group of white, male Democrats.The state and the tradition have evolved. But the twin essences of the Shad Planking remain: politics and fish.



Married D.C. Gay Couples Can File Jointly

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 2:43:03 GMT

The unexpected move places new pressure on Mayor Anthony A. Williams to decide whether gay unions will be recognized in Washington.



Montgomery Council Mulls Tax Relief's Scope

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 2:43:03 GMT

The Montgomery County Council is ready to give residents broad property tax relief next year by cutting tens of millions of dollars from County Executive Douglas M. Duncan's proposed budget.



Williams Calls for Environmental Agency

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 2:43:03 GMT

D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams proposes creating a cabinet-level Department of Environment that would focus on providing District residents with cleaner air, clearer water and more inviting parks and open spaces.



Johnson Capitulates on Prince George's Tax Cap

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 2:43:03 GMT

County Executive Jack B. Johnson spent much of his first year in office attempting to build support for rolling back, if not repealing, the county's property taxes.



Six Va. GOP Mavericks May Face Challenge

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 2:43:03 GMT

House delegates in Va. who defied party leaders by supporting state tax increases are expected to be challenged in primaries, GOP activists and lawmakers say.



Gilmore's Glittering Return

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 2:43:03 GMT

Former Virginia governor James S. Gilmore III launched himself back into the political limelight this past weekend with a glitzy fundraiser for a new group created to advance conservative, anti-tax policies.



In Md., Deaths and Hard Work Propelled Teen Driving Bills

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 2:43:03 GMT

Head ducked deferentially, Del. William A. Bronrott scurried across the expansive floor of the House of Delegates, searching out allies while the clerk droned on in listing dozens of the more than 2,600 bills before the Maryland General Assembly.



Celebrating the Day Freedom Arrived

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 2:43:03 GMT

With the syncopated beats of marching bands, a colorful parade down Pennsylvania Avenue and historical characters in costume, Washington yesterday celebrated the day that slaves in the nation's capital were freed 143 years ago.



Hornsby Unshaken by Bumpy Finances

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 2:43:03 GMT

The Prince George's County school system overshot its initial administrative budget this year by well over 50 percent.



Two States of Mind

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 2:43:03 GMT

From slot machines and guns to stem cells and abortion, there's hardly an issue that lawmakers in Maryland and Virginia see the same way.



Maryland Stem Cell Bill's Last Gasp

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 2:43:03 GMT

Despite emotional public debate and intense lobbying, the private decisions of a few senators ultimately led to the quiet demise of the bill.



Montgomery Weighs Sprinkler Retrofitting

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 2:43:03 GMT

Montgomery County officials announced yesterday they will push to require that older high-rise apartment buildings in the county be equipped with sprinkler systems, a measure they believe would help prevent a repeat of Thursday's deadly high-rise fire in Silver Spring.



After Pleas, Fairfax Set to Cut Tax Rate By 13 Cents

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 2:43:03 GMT

Fairfax supervisors are preparing to slash 13 cents from the county's property tax rate Monday, making it the lowest in modern history.



D.C. Calls for Doctor Oversight Hearing

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 2:43:03 GMT

Council member David A. Catania said the hearing is in response to a series of Washington Post articles that reported the medical board rarely disciplines troubled doctors.



Donations Pour Into Governor's Race in Va.

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 2:43:03 GMT

Virginia's candidates for governor report that their campaigns have raised almost $5 million during the first three months of 2005.