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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.
June 14, 2003 | From Associated Press
Federal investigators used rakes and tree limbs Friday to pick objects from the muck at the bottom of a drained pond as they hunted for evidence in the deadly anthrax attacks in the fall of 2001. Among the items fished out of the gray-brown mud were sodden bits of what appeared to be stiff fabric or flexible plastic. One investigator took photographs, and various points near the bank were marked with bright pink flags.
November 21, 2001 | From the Washington Post
The Montgomery County, Md., Council on Tuesday approved one of the most restrictive anti-smoking measures in the nation, setting stiff fines for people who smoke in their own homes if it offends their neighbors. Under the county's new indoor air quality standards, tobacco smoke will be treated in the same manner as other potentially harmful pollutants, such as asbestos, radon, molds or pesticides.
September 8, 2005 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
A renowned San Marino geneticist charged with molesting the daughter of a colleague at USC won't have to defend allegations that he abused a boy in Maryland, a prosecutor said Wednesday. The Maryland case against William French Anderson was dismissed because under that state's law, prosecutors were not permitted to introduce a recorded phone call between the scientist and the boy, said Douglas F. Gansler, state's attorney for Montgomery County, Md.
October 31, 2002 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft, who remained distant from the investigation of the sniper shootings during the rampage, seized control of the prosecution this week, raising questions among some lawyers about whether the politics of the death penalty had trumped the ordinary rules for handling murder cases. On Friday, Montgomery County, Md., prosecutor Douglas F. Gansler filed six counts of murder against John Allen Muhammad, 41, and Lee Boyd Malvo, 17.
March 15, 2005 | Edwin Chen, Times Staff Writer
Former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume, a onetime Maryland congressman, declared his intention Monday to run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Paul S. Sarbanes. "I can't be bought. I won't be intimidated. I don't know how to quit," Mfume told supporters at a rally in Baltimore. Mfume is seeking the 2006 Democratic nomination to succeed Sarbanes, who announced Friday that he would retire at the end of his fifth term.
June 2, 2006 | Andrea F. Siegel, Baltimore Sun
Convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad was sentenced to six consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole Thursday. "You, Mr. Muhammad, have no hope. You have no future. You will spend every day for the rest of your life locked in a cage," Judge James L. Ryan said. "You chose the wrong county to stain with your acts of violence." Muhammad, 45, looked grim as the sentence was read, and some in the audience applauded.
November 1, 2006 | Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
Though political momentum appears to be with Democrats around the country, the trend is going the other way in one solidly blue state, where a Republican candidate is gaining on the favored Democrat in a contest with an unexpected racial twist. The state is Maryland and the candidate is Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, a black Republican running for the Senate against a white Democratic congressman, Benjamin L. Cardin.
June 28, 2003 | Jay Mathews, Washington Post
The Bush administration has joined with a national religious group in an attempt to force the Montgomery County, Md., school district to put recruitment fliers for an after-school Bible club in children's backpacks, school officials said. The U.S.
June 30, 2003 | From Associated Press
FBI agents have finished searching a pond for clues in the 2001 anthrax attacks, finding no additional evidence to immediately suggest any links to the case, a report said Sunday. The FBI this month drained the 4- to 5-foot-deep pond in Frederick Municipal Forest, where authorities believed the attacker may have filled the envelopes with deadly spores underwater for his own protection.
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