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The Virginia Department of Health will open a call center today so the public can ask swine-flu questions.The toll-free number is 877/ASK-VDH3.The center will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The department committed to operating the center through tomorrow to see if people use it. (Free Lance Star)
THIRD REACTOR FOR CALVERT CLIFFS?
An official charged with weighing the pros and cons of building a third nuclear reactor at the Calvert Cliffs power plant recommended Wednesday that state energy regulators approve the project. (Baltimore Sun)
UPPER MARLBORO SAYS PAY UP
As the recession deepened last year, the town of Upper Marlboro saw an increase in revenue from parking and traffic citations — and much of the credit goes to one man, one copy of Microsoft Access and a four-year backlog of unpaid tickets. In December, Town Clerk David Williams began a push to collect on unpaid citations — some of them dating from 2005 — by contacting drivers and asking for payment. Two months later, he started writing official letters to drivers the day after they received tickets, offering instructions on how to pay the fines and telling them they cannot renew their vehicles' registrations until payment is received. (Gazette)
CHARLES COUNTY SOCCER COACH DEATH
A former sports star and current soccer coach at Henry E. Lackey High School died from injuries she suffered Wednesday night in a three-car La Plata accident, according to police. Speed might have been a factor in the 6:22 p.m. accident that hurt four others, according to Maryland State Police. (The Independent)
MIDSHIPMAN SENTENCED 15 MONTHS IN THE BRIG
A Naval Academy senior who was to receive her diploma and commission in four weeks was sentenced yesterday to 15 months in prison for theft and conduct unbecoming an officer. (The Capital)
Residents of the Fort Detrick's single-family houses are asking why their housing management company took almost a day to issue a boil water advisory after getting complaints about yellow water. Leslie Miller, who lives on West Huff Boulevard, and Natalie Roberts, a West Fagan Lane resident, said they noticed the discolored water Tuesday afternoon. (Frederick News Post)
DRINK UP IN LEESBURG PARKS?
There are no clinking wine glasses or champagne flutes at the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center, although it hosts wedding receptions, birthdays and other celebrations. Leesburg does not allow alcohol in public buildings. But that could change soon. Leesburg parks and recreation officials this week asked the Town Council to consider lifting the ban so the town can generate more income from renting its facilities. (Loudoun Extra)