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LAYOFFS TO VIRGINIA
Thousands of state and local government employees face layoffs because of the severe budget cuts. Just how many jobs will be lost should become clearer by Saturday when the General Assembly is scheduled to adopt a budget for the 2010-2012 biennium.
Since the recession began, the state's general fund budget has been reduced by $7 billion. The assembly is wrestling with an additional $4 billion in cuts. (Richmond Times Dispatch)
PROTECTIVE ORDER AGAINST EX-RAVEN
The wife of former Baltimore Raven Michael C. McCrary was granted a temporary protective order Monday against the retired defensive end. A Baltimore County District Court judge accepted Mary Haley McCrary's position that her husband had threatened her and the couple's nanny who cares for their young daughter. Since it was an ex-parte hearing -- meaning that just one side can argue the case without the defendant being present -- Michael McCrary did not appear in court Monday, but will have an opportunity to do so at a hearing next week. (Baltimore Sun)
GOODWILL NEEDS MORE STUFF
Since it opened in November, merchandise has been flying off the shelves at the new Goodwill store in Mount Vernon. But donations have lagged behind, and now the nonprofit is asking the community for their old clothes, used DVDs and extraneous furniture. "Spring cleaning is coming," said Aliya Porter, production manager at the Mount Vernon Goodwill. "And we would like people to consider contributing items to our donation center this year." (Mount Vernon Gazette)
NOISY NEIGHBORS BEWARE
Frederick city officials are in the beginning stages of enforcing a nuisance ordinance, which will fine owners of properties up to $500 if the police are called to the property multiple times. Police Chief Kim Dine offered as an example that the department has received 508 calls for service in a six-month time frame at one multi-unit complex in the city.
7,000 TICKETS WRITTEN
Troopers handed out more than 7,000 tickets during this weekend’s aggressive driving crackdown on interstates 95 and 81.
According to state police, troopers stopped 1,475 drivers for speeding, 505 for reckless driving, 14 for impaired driving and 174 for seat belt violations on Interstate 95 Saturday and Sunday. (Insidenova.com)
$70K IN BURGERS!
The District's response to record-setting snowfall has set D.C. taxpayers back nearly $400,000 for cheeseburgers, fries and hotel rooms alone. The December blizzard earned a presidential disaster declaration, and the response to February's back-to-back storms also might net federal assistance. But the snow response price tag includes some costs the District will likely never recoup. (Examiner)