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    The following stories have been hand-selected by the Assignment Desk at News4:

    DEMOCRAT DOESN'T WANT TO LEAN LEFT AT THE GYM
    Ann Geddes doesn't want a "fair and balanced" workout. But the 49-year-old worker for a nonprofit agency is having no luck getting the channel changed in front of her favorite rowing machine at a Columbia gym. The television happens to be tuned permanently to Fox News. Geddes, a liberal Democrat and former legislative aide to a Howard County delegate, said she can't stomach the conservative lineup that appears nightly as she gets her exercise. Even though the sound is off, the words scrolling across the bottom of the screen infuriate her.  (Baltimore Sun)

    DUMFRIES IS BROKE
    The town of Dumfries is just about broke. Its monthly expenses are greater than the revenue it is taking in. So, for the last few months, it’s been dipping into its reserve fund to pay the bills. Now the reserve fund is almost gone. Without some drastic measures, the town will be completely out of money before the end of the year.The Dumfries Town Council held a special meeting Wednesday night to try to solve its budget crisis. (Insidenova.com)

    SLOTS BY MEMORIAL DAY
    Maryland's first gambling parlor could open by Memorial Day, a state commission said Wednesday as it granted permission for 800 slot machines at an Eastern Shore harness racing track. After decades of debate about gambling and serious efforts to legalize it that began seven years ago under a former governor, Montgomery County developer William M. Rickman Jr. won a license for a slots emporium at Ocean Downs in Worcester County, just outside Ocean City. (Baltimore Sun)

    100!
    Two years in a row now, the Nationals have lost at least 100 games, redefining the old maxim regarding Washington's place in war, peace and the baseball standings.  (Washington Post