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Local Leads: 4/24/10

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    The D.C. Court of Appeals has ruled that the city's ban on driving under the influence applies to riding a bike. Though commonly called DUI, the law in Washington actually prohibits "operating a vehicle" under the influence of alcohol. Baker N. Everton appealed his 2007 conviction on the grounds that bikes are not vehicles. The appeals court concluded that both the law's language and the dictionary say otherwise. (Washington Post)

    Following last year's text messaging ban, the Maryland General Assembly passed a bill to prohibit the use of handheld devices while driving. Earlier this month, the Delegate John Arnick Electronic Communications Traffic Safety Act of 2010 went through on a 125-14 vote in the House of Delegates. It barely edged through the Senate with a 24-23 majority. Gov. Martin O'Malley has said that he will sign the bill, which is to become effective Oct. 1. The bill outlaws the use of the driver's hands holding a phone while in motion, except under certain circumstances. (Frederick News Post)

    Four of the nation's 20 counties with highest incomes are in the Washington area, according to county-by-county data released this week by the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis. The highest per-capita income in the nation in 2008 -- the most recent year that such data is available -- was Loving County, Texas, where per-capita income was $140,275. Loving County is also the least populous county in the entire United States, according to the 2000 Census, which counted 67 people there. (Washington Business Journal)

    Last year, Preakness partiers deserted the infield in droves. This year, Pimlico wants them back -- and isn't afraid to raise a few eyebrows to do it. The Maryland Jockey Club is turning to a controversial marketing campaign built around the phrase "Get Your Preak On." The sexually suggestive slogan has been plastered on billboards and bus stops across the city, and featured on TV and radio stations and online. (Baltimore Sun)

    Maryland officials touted last week the comeback of the blue crab, attributing it to better management practices they hope will be reflected in a similar restoration plan for Chesapeake Bay oysters.The blue crab population increased by 60 percent from last year, according to a winter survey, and is at its highest level since 1997. (The Enterprise)