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Scarce as hen’s teeth, chicken toes, or a lawyer in the General Assembly (access required)

<br /><br />There’s a place where lawyers are scarce — and no, this isn’t the beginning of a predictable joke about heaven.<br /><br />In the General Assembly, just six of the 47 senators hold law degrees, according to the Department of Legislative Services. The fraction drops to 20 out of 141 in the House of Delegates.

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Reining in public lobbyists, too (access required)

<TAB>A debate erupted on the Senate floor yesterday about whether to include public lobbyists in a controversial ethics bill that would further regulate one of Annapolis

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Good seen amid bad (access required)

<TAB>Maryland companies expect to make solid gains in 2001, despite a slowing economy, a generally negative view of the state's business climate and persistent labor shortages, a new survey has concluded.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Technology companies in particular are bullish on their prospects this year, despite the year-old dot-com bust and the slowing of the telecommunications industry, according to the 2000 Maryland Business Climate Survey.

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Delegate wants to boost penalty for fleeing scene of an accident (access required)

<TAB>Del. William A. Bronrott, D-Montgomery, says he would love to know what goes through the mind of hit-and-run offenders who drive away from the law.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Most are drunk, Bronrott said he thinks, and avoid a felony drunken-driving charge by fleeing the scene. The drivers must be weighing that charge against the more minor, misdemeanor charge of hit-and-run, he said.

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CALENDAR – February 16, 2001 (access required)

The Daily Record publishes Calendar, a daily listing of special events and ongoing programs in Baltimore and the surrounding communities. Anyone wishing to submit an item to be considered for the calendar should address it to The Daily Record Calendar, ...

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NEWS SUMMARY (access required)

OptiGlobe, siOptiGlobe, a Bethesda-based Web hosting company that has targeted Latin America, and computer maker Hewlett Packard Co. have formed an alliance, under which OptiGlobe will use HP’s product at its recently opened data center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as ...

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Committee kills bill that would ban cell phones in cars by 14-7 vote (access required)

<TAB>Cell phone addicts will have at least one more year to talk and drive on Maryland highways without fear of being stopped by police.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The House Commerce and Government Matters Committee yesterday voted 14-7 to kill a bill that would have made it illegal to operate a motor vehicle while talking on a hand-held telephone.

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Real Estate (access required)

<b><u>KCI leads the way to Maglev finals</u></b><@SM><@SM><i>Team of consultants makes strong case for Baltimore-Washington area system</i> <@SM><@SM><TAB>KCI Technologies Inc., a Hunt Valley-based consulting engineering firm, is a finalist in the American Consulting Engineers Council

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Ciena beats Wall Street estimates (access required)

<TAB>First-quarter earnings increased more than fivefold for optical equipment maker Ciena Corp., which credited strong sales of its optical networking equipment.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Ciena reported earnings of $54.1 million, or 18 cents a share, beating the 15 cents a share consensus estimate of analysts surveyed by First Call/Thomson Financial.

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