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Maryland's U.S. Attorney

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federal investigation into

. Sounds like the right call here. Former U.S. Attorney

and his fishing trips had been completely discredited as purely political attempts to hurt state Dems, while

wanted him to go after terrorists or something like that. Perhaps DiBiagio was on to something bigger, but all that ever became public was council members' relatives on the payroll, free sports/concert tickets and parking, and other such small potatoes. Stay tuned.

Game On:

For second day in a row, Gov. Bob Ehrlich and his compatriots

, re: Democrats' criticisms of/investigations into his administration's hiring/firing practices. Now, I'm of two minds on this. For sure, a lot of this is just pure politics, sniping back and forth, tussling for potential votes, etc. However, many of Ehrlich's hirings/firings

are

awfully fishy, like firing longtime career bureaucrats (not political appointees), with their mortgages and family, with little, if any, cause. Also, the

Post

's Lena H. Sun and Matthew Mosk have a

on what look like highly political firings, and a mass exodus, at a

. And a weekly

on all this from the

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Gazette

papers.

In other General Assembly news, Senate

that would slow introduction of Asian oysters into the bay (now goes to the House).

Groups face off over

and

bills. House

teen driving limits bills (now goes to committee for refinement and final passage). Finally, black lawmakers tell

The Washington Times

, that Senate President Mike Miller's resistance to naming BWI after Thurgood Marshall could

.

Going National:

Failed January Harwood firebombing of community activist's house leads police to

, namely

.

Hostile Takeover:

From

The Afro American

, Morgan State University

about

.

Gun Control:

Thanks to Baltimore County Police officer's Essex gun shop supplying both

and

, department

its officers from selling firearms anymore; union likely to challenge the new rule.

Newtown:

City

for

, with a $13 million shopping center/supermarket.

Charles in Charge:

The Messenger

at city's plan to turn

block into "gateway" to North Baltimore.

Foreign Exchange:

From the

Diamondback

, UM President Dan Mote

before Congress, calling for improved access for international grad students.

Senate Race Update:

Sun

columnist Michael Olesker

how much time pols, specifically potential Senate candidate

, have to spend raising money. He makes a good point, but still, boo-fucking-hoo. And in

Jewish Times

, James D. Besser

with another potential candidate for Paul Sarbane's soon-to-be-vacated seat,

.

on

' time in the Senate from

The Messenger

's Lou Panos. Finally, two

-

from the

Gazette

papers, lining up political races caused by those running for Senate.

SNAP to It:

Also from

Jewish Times

, City Planning Commission

multimillion-dollar

revitalization plan.

Gays 2, Neanderthals 0:

GayLife

as two anti-gay bills go down in Annapolis. Also from

GL

Chase Brexton Health Services and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

to fight club drugs.

Dazed and Confused:

From the

Salisbury Daily Times

, many on Eastern Shore

about exactly what Navy has planned for

.

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