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Author Archives: The Washington Post News Service & Syndicate

Supreme Court questions Calif. law regarding anti-abortion centers

Conservative justices on the Supreme Court indicated Tuesday that requiring anti-abortion pregnancy centers in California to notify women that the state provides free or low-cost health care, contraception services and abortion could violate free speech rights.

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Maryland lawmakers again debate $500 fine for texting, driving

Frustrated that drivers continue to use mobile phones on the road despite existing penalties, Maryland lawmakers are weighing whether to increase the maximum fine for texting and driving to $500 - one of the highest penalties in the country.

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DC supports Virginia’s Metro funding plan; focus shifts to Maryland

WASHINGTON — A threat to derail a regionwide Metro funding plan dissolved in less than 24 hours as District of Columbia Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said Thursday that he wouldn’t let his objections to the deal prevent it from being approved. ...

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US House passes changes to ADA over activists’ objections

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed legislation that would amend the Americans with Disabilities Act over objections from disability rights advocates and Democratic leaders, who warned that the bill would remove incentives for businesses to comply with the ...

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Md. senator’s wife’s role raises questions

Spouses and children abound on the opening day of the Maryland General Assembly’s annual session, so Shirley Gravely-Currie’s presence next to her husband, Sen. Ulysses Currie, D-Prince George’s, was unremarkable. But then Gravely-Currie returned the next day. And the day ...

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Court of Appeals to decide future of ‘juvenile lifers’

Walter Irving Maddox was on the phone making New Year’s Eve plans when he heard a knock on the door of his secluded Maryland cottage steps from the creek where he’d spent decades hauling crabs. He laid the phone on ...

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