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The local news feels hesitant today, like no one can make up their minds. Nationally, at least, there's the Supreme Court decision that ends death penalty for kids. For more on that check out the story and analysis from the Sun's very good Supreme Court reporter, Gail Gibson. (The general consensus seems to be that the U.S. is moving away from the death penalty. I don't really buy that, but that's the CW.) And in the Post, Tom Jackman lays out how this ruling saves sniper Lee Boyd Malvo (remember, October 2002?) from the death penalty (actually, it's more complicated than that; just read the story). John Ward does the same in The Washington Times.

Anyway, the local, hesitant news:

No, but yes: The EPA objects to Intercounty Connector's impact on environment (Sun, but Montgomery County Council gives the proposed road linking I-95 and I-270 its final approval (Post). AP story.

Yes, but no: Looks like the General Assembly will still vote on a $25 million stem cell research bill, but legislators are watering it down to assuage religious concerns.

Forget All That: The Sun's Ryan Davis follows up his in-depth, hard-hitting report on acting city Police Chief Leonard Hamm's iffy finances with a puff piece in which everyone says what a nice guy and good cop Hamm is, barely mentioning yesterday's revelations. Hamm goes up for City Council confirmation tonight. Color me baffled.

Lost Kittens OK: Proposed city code would ban annoying pole signs but not cute ones.

If You Ask Real Nice: Cal Ripken plays coy about whether or not he'll take an ownership interest in Washington Nationals baseball team.

Yes It Is, No It's Not: Senate President Mike Miller declares slots dead to The Washington Times, thanks to--shock!!--that obstructionist House Speaker Michael Busch. Ehrlich spokeswoman says, no, slots not dead. Busch--guess what?--obstructs.

Mayor League: In less indecisive news, Salisbury holds a mayoral primary while Hagerstown prepares for one.

Labor Shortage: More on Bay industry immigrant workers from the AP.

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