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CITY PAPER ADVISES STAFF ON STEWART-COLBERT RALLY
Washington City Paper: "Colleagues— Several of you have asked me about this coming weekend’s satirical National Mall rallies featuring Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. As you probably know, at least one other news organization, NPR, has forbidden news staffers from attending. Others, including the Washington Post, have reminded staffers that newsroom policy permits them to witness events, but not to “participate” in ways that could call into question their impartiality—i.e., by chanting, waving signs, etc."
POLICE DISCOVER BABY IN CAR AFTER ROBBERY, CHASE
Inside NoVA: "Police say a Dumfries man robbed a Lake Ridge grocery store Monday night then led authorities on a chase into Stafford County, all with his 2-month-old baby boy in the car.
A man walked in, displayed a gun and demanded money. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, driving off in a red Dodge Neon."
POLL: O'MALLEY HAS EDGE IN FEMALE VOTE THANKS TO SOCIAL ISSUES
Washington Examiner: "Women overwhelmingly favor Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley in his re-election bid against Republican challenger Bob Ehrlich because they view O’Malley as friendlier to families, teachers and social welfare programs, according to political analysts.
O’Malley is charging ahead of Ehrlich with a 10-point lead, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports poll released on Monday. O’Malley has a 22-point lead among likely female voters, while the candidates’ support among male voters tips slightly in favor of Ehrlich, according to the survey taken on Sunday. The poll has a 4-point margin of error."
RESTORING HIGHWAY MONEY FRONT AND CENTER FOR MUNICIPALITIES
Gazette: "For the past two fiscal years, Maryland cities and towns have seen millions of dollars set aside for local road maintenance and improvements all but vanish.
But as Maryland Municipal League officials Friday tabbed the restoration of those funds as its top priority for the 2011 General Assembly session, there may be reason for optimism.
State Transportation Secretary Beverley Swaim-Staley told officials at the league's fall conference that titling tax revenues have begun to tick upward, potentially signaling the state's ability to restore some highway user aid in fiscal 2012."