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April 12, 2007 | George Skelton
The governor of Maryland did Tuesday what the governor of California should have done last fall: sign a bill making his state the first to begin junking the electoral college. At least, chuck the electoral college as it has evolved. Circumvent the relic, render it moot and elect America's president by popular vote. That's the sure way to make California really relevant in presidential elections, to elevate it to being a participant rather than just a spectator.
February 12, 2003 | Stephen Braun, Times Staff Writer
When she boards the shuttle bus for the half-hour ride across the Maryland line to the Delaware Park casino, Phyllis Treadway always keeps $50 tucked away in her purse to feed the slot machines. Carefully counted out in small bills -- no more, no less -- the stipend is the retired dietitian's "one little extravagance."
January 13, 2006 | From Associated Press
Maryland legislators voted Thursday to enact a first-in-the-nation requirement that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spend more on employee healthcare. The measure, touted as a money-saver for the state-supported Medicaid program, takes effect despite the governor's veto of the bill. Labor unions have said they are seeking similar legislation this year in at least 30 other states.
July 17, 2005 | Stephen Braun, Times Staff Writer
When Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele muses in public these days about his political future, friends and Republican allies tell him he sounds as if he has made up his mind. "Can't imagine why they think that," Steele said as admirers crowded around him during a recent business meeting at Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Last month, Steele took the preliminary step of forming an exploratory committee to weigh a run next year to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes.
April 8, 2005 | From Associated Press
A man wearing a bulletproof vest killed two people and wounded four Thursday during a bizarre shooting rampage in Maryland and Delaware before he was arrested, authorities said. Police said the suspect also carjacked a vehicle, fatally shot a dog, stole a pit bull and sprayed bullets at several homes and cars. Delaware State Police Cpl. Jeff Oldham said authorities had determined possible motives for the attacks but were not releasing details. Police said the suspect, Allison L.
October 26, 2002 | Ralph Vartabedian and Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writers
A Maryland prosecutor charged John Allen Muhammad and his traveling companion, Lee Boyd Malvo, with six counts each of first-degree murder late Friday, the first legal salvo in the sniper killing spree that flared across two states and the nation's capital. A spokesman for Montgomery County, Md., State's Atty. Douglas F. Gansler confirmed that arrest warrants had been issued for Muhammad and Malvo, charging them in the six slayings that racked the suburban county between Oct. 2 and Tuesday.
December 8, 2004 | Richard Rainey, Times Staff Writer
After sifting through rubble for a day and a half, investigators on Tuesday had a clearer picture of the arson that consumed 12 houses and damaged 14 more at the 308-acre Hunters Brooke subdivision near here -- but were no closer to identifying a motive.
November 6, 2002 | Ralph Vartabedian and Stephen Braun, Times Staff Writers
Authorities said Tuesday they are investigating whether alleged serial snipers John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo killed a man on a Tucson golf course in March after arriving from Los Angeles -- the first indication the pair had been in Southern California. If the pair are linked to the Tucson slaying, it would extend the reach of their alleged killing spree to almost every corner of the nation.
May 24, 2006 | Andrea F. Siegel and Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun
Convicted sniper Lee Boyd Malvo told jurors Tuesday that had he and John Allen Muhammad not been caught, the pair planned to make Baltimore the center of a murderous campaign in which they would use explosives against children and police. Malvo, 21, said the scheme was "Phase 2" of a plan to kill a police officer with a weapon other than the .223-caliber Bushmaster rifle the pair had been using in the Washington area sniper rampage in 2002, then set off explosives against mourners.
December 11, 2008 | Spencer S. Hsu, Hsu writes for the Washington Post. Post researcher Julie Tate and research editor Alice Crites contributed to this report.
Every few weeks for nearly four years, the Secret Service screened the IDs of employees of a Maryland cleaning company before they entered the house of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, the nation's top immigration official. The company's owner says the workers sailed through the checks -- although some of them were actually illegal immigrants. Now, owner James Reid finds himself in a predicament that he considers especially confounding.
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