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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

News Briefs (Wednesday)

(Posted 8 Feb 2006)
  • AP Gains Highlight Evolving Challenges; From Participation To Higher Scores .
    Across the Washington region, more black and Hispanic students are participating in highly touted Advanced Placement courses. Now, educators say they have to make certain that those students are not only taking the classes but are succeeding in them.
    [. . .]
    Still, students need to move toward passing the test, educators say. At Potomac High School in Prince George's County, none of the 60 students who took AP exams in 2005 received a passing score.
  • Democrats seek to widen air pollution controls; House panel weighs alternative to Ehrlich plan that critics say falls short.
    • Sun, 7 Feb 2006 (by Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press).
    • Examiner, 8 Feb 2006 (by Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press).
    Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s plan to slash toxic emissions from power plants doesn't go far enough to protect public health, Democrats said today as an alternate plan to cap emissions went before a House committee.
    [. . .]
    Del. James Hubbard, a Democrat from Prince George's County who sponsored the bill, said Ehrlich's proposal is "kind of a day late and a dollar short and a little weak on substance."
    [. . .].
  • Attacking meth at the drugstore; Proposal would restrict sales of pseudoephedrine.
  • Treating a common cold or seasonal allergies can be as simple as walking into the drugstore and grabbing a box of decongestants off the shelf, but that could change in Maryland.

    State lawmakers will hear arguments today that medicines containing pseudoephedrine should be placed behind the counter and out of customers' reach, . .
    [. . .]
    House Judiciary Chairman Joseph Vallario, D-Prince George's, said he might accept a limit on the number of decongestants on the shelf available to the public.
    [. . .].
    • [Comment: Our police, prosecutors, and courts seem unable to deal with the criminals who violate federal law to make drugs. So what do our Maryland legislators propose?
      • Do they leave the problem up to the feds (as they seem to do whenever federal immigration laws are violeted)? No!
      • Do they provide more resources to police and prosecutors? No!
      • Do they make any effort to stop the revolving door in the courts? No!
      • Instead, they plan to punish and oppress the sick and innocent.]
  • Liberals push to give vote to felons.
    • Times, 8 Feb 2006 (by S. A. Miller, The Washington Times).
    Dozens of House Democrats have co-sponsored a bill that would restore voting rights for thousands of felons this election year.
    [. . .]
    Convicted murderers, rapists and armed robbers could vote in the Sept. 12 primary and the Nov. 7 general election if the bill becomes law and takes effect July 1.
    • [HR 603, Prince George's County sponsors: Benson, Healey, Holmes, Howard, Hubbard, Kelley, Menes, Niemann, Parker, Patterson, Ramirez, Turner, and Vaughn]

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