WASHINGTON – Better not drive that 1991 Chrysler LeBaron to Waldorf for an emissions test: That’s practically begging to fail. But take a 1999 Toyota Camry, Dodge Caravan or Jeep Cherokee to any station in the state without worry. They passed every inspection in 2001, the most recent year for which Maryland has data available. …
WASHINGTON – A divided federal appeals court panel has upheld an interstate kidnapping conviction that stemmed from the 1998 second-degree murder of a Prince George’s County woman.
The two-judge majority on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected James Horton’s argument that he did not violate the Federal Kidnapping Act because Jovita Dickerson was kidnapped and killed in Maryland, before her body was driven across state lines to North Carolina.
But in a dissenting opinion, Circuit Judge M. Blane Michael wrote that Horton, 26, deserved a new trial because the lower court did not allow the jury to determine at what point the interstate transportation of the victim began.
Michael wrote that the majority opinion “erroneously sweeps in (to federal jurisdiction) a kidnapping that is begun and ended in one state, but is followed at some point by the movement of the victim’s body across state lines.”
It took four university researchers to figure out what an area trashman has known for years: Divorce can hurt the environment. Elijah Thorne, founder of Grayhound Trash Removal Inc. of Bladensburg, Md. has seen divorcing couples throw away everything from wedding pictures and dresses to perfectly good furniture and even mattresses. “It generates a lot of trash when households break up,” said Thorne, who got his first trash truck 35 years ago. “They throw away a lot of stuff. Good and bad.” The authors of a study published this month in the journal Nature reached the same conclusion.
Gabriel Baird, 28, will cover the environment and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger
for CNS. Baird interned at The (Baltimore) Sun and American Journalism Review in 2002. Before that, he worked for almost two years as a
reporter in the suburbs of Chicago. He previously studied narrative
writing at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, and graduated with high honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in January
Montgomery County awoke yesterday as if from a terrifying dream and saw the world begin to come slowly back into focus.Suddenly, Halloween pumpkins mattered again. And fall colors. And all the other small pleasures people savor when they’re not filled with dread or steely determination to keep themselves and loved ones safe.