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The news yesterday morning may have been slow, but a minor

and all that entails--school closings, awful traffic, car accidents by the dozen,

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--could not stop the news cycle.

Top story has to be Jim White's

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from his post as director of the

, following yesterday's

of the port's leadership from one of the port's biggest customers and, in recent days, from state lawmakers. I expected this story to percolate at least a few days more--yes,

was gonna fume about it, as were Democratic legislators, but backbenchers like that get steamed about everything--since this administration tends to circle its wagons and shut down communication fairly effectively when things like this happen. But I forgot, Jim White, port director since 1999, was a

appointee, so he's independent from the Ehrlichites. Plus, according to the

Sun

, White and Transportation Secretary

(Hack! Excuse me, I've got a cough. Hack!)--criticisms of the administration's harm to the proper functioning of government "are harmful to the proper functioning of government," Flanagan

the

Post

--don't seem to like each other much.

Anyway, like a lot of these stories, the politics are interesting, yes (and it'll be fun watching Willie Don sputter some more), but read the avalance of stories to come carefully, since news like this tends to provide insights into their usually sparsely covered subjects. So pick up interesting details about the port and Maryland's maritime industry while you can, watch your

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DVDs, and compare and contrast. And I'll poke around, see if I can find any good port stories archived for free online, too.

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