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One Down, Literally; Four More Mini-Trials to GoBaltimore City Circuit Judge Allen L. Schwait seemed no less surprised than everyone else involved in the asbestos mini-trials which began July 10 that his trial group — pared down to a sole ...

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Virginia Blue Crab Market Faces Cheaper International Competition

Many retailers who used to stock cans of Chesapeake Bay crab meat are switching to foreign products, largely because supplies from places such as Thailand and Ecuador are cheaper and more reliable.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The shift to imported crab meat started several years ago as blue crab stocks in the Chesapeake and North Carolina estuaries began to suffer. The move now is having significant economic consequences, according to Virginia seafood regulators, commercial fishermen and at least one local crab processor.

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France Agrees to Extradict Einhorn

French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin has signed extradition papers ordering that fugitive and convicted murderer Ira Einhorn be returned to Pennsylvania, Philadelphia officials said.<@SM><@SM><TAB>District Attorney Lynne Abraham said in a statement that she was pleased that Jospin signed the papers Friday. But she said she still feared Einhorn, convicted in absentia of killing his former live-in girlfriend, would escape trial in the United States.

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Serial Killer’s Death Sentence Vacated by Court of Appeals

Joe Roy Metheny may be “the ultimate characterization of evil,” as a Court of Appeals judge described the confessed serial killer yesterday. But that didn’t give the state the right to put him to death.<@SM><@SM><TAB>True, Metheny admitted killing prostitute Cathy Lynn Magaziner for the thrill of it, “stealing” her clothes and purse and burying them separately from her body.

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Short-Line RR’s Serving Rural Maryland Need More Muscle

A congressional hearing on Capitol Hill today addressing the needs of the nation’s short-line railroads could generate critical funding for Maryland’s rural railroad industry.<@SM><@SM><TAB>At issue is H.R. 4746, the Emergency Rural and Small Railroad Preservation Act, which states that the survival of railroads serving rural areas is threatened by a “national emergency” — namely, inadequate funding for necessary upgrades to rural railroad tracks and bridges to accommodate heavier, 286,000-pound rail cars that shippers are demanding.

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