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Crabs, Horses, and Other Local Fauna

Pickers on the Way:

Earlier this week I

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to a

Post

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story about Chesapeake Bay seafood processors awaiting federal legislation that would allow more Mexican workers in to pick crabs. Well, yesterday they

; the legislation, slipped into a military spending bill, now goes to GWB's desk.

Good Bet:

In a second major policy announcement in so many days,

comes out strongly, during a

-related press conference, in

, which in February he called "morally bankrupt," while staying in favor of some. The pro-slots administration tried to find a way to criticize O'Malley, while his likely Democartic gubernatorial primary rival, the anti-slots

, just plain blasted him, and

Sun

columnist Michael Olesker

slots, hores racing's future, the governor, etc. On the other hand, sports columnist Laura Vecsey

to slots to keep Preakness in Maryland. (Haven't we heard this tune before, repeatedly? And isn't the Preakness still in Baltimore. Just saying.)

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Speaking of the mayor and politics,

(remember him?) is trying to find out,

, who set him up.

Rouse w/o Co.:

The former WQSR-FM's morning show host

tells the

Sun

's Carl Schoettler that he's

about the oldies station's end. To wit, "I have no interest in bad-mouthing anybody. . . . It was an incredible run. One that you don't see ever in this kind of business. It was the best."

Chesapeake Desert:

It's Friday, so that means a new piece from

Sun

On the Bay columnist Tom Horton, this time about

.

Quickies:

Judge

that

can start selling ice cream again at

. And city

public-financing plan.

Endless Battle:

In the

Jewish Times

, Karen Buckelew

local Soviet World War II veterans, who are mostly Jewish, and

Kackad

, a local Russian-language paper that ran an article that "sought to distinguish between what the author considers the true heroes of the Second World War, the real veterans, and the pretenders."

Also in the

JT

, Barbara Pash

efforts to draft state

(D-Baltimore County) to replace

, who's running for Senate.

Not Too Cheap Gas, Though:

The

Post

's Justin Blum has a good story on a Maryland law that prevents gas stations from charging less than

.

Also in the

Post

, John Wagner reports that those funds that were supposed to help malpractice-rattled docs

.

And a federal judge

Montgomery County's new sex education curriculum, because,

says, "[d]efendants open up the classroom to the subject of homosexuality and specifically, the moral rightness of the homosexual lifestyle." Bigots

. And you know

wants to, but it plays it cool.

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