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Monday, December 14, 2009:
Montgomery officials kick off legislative season
Some 600 elected officials, business leaders and community leaders are expected to be on hand this morning for the Committee for Montgomery's annual legislative breakfast.
The group has yet to release its priorities for the upcoming session, but House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) and Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.) are among those scheduled to address the gathering in Bethesda.
Dixon retrial request raises questions about Facebook friends
"On Friday, lawyers for Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon (D) asked for a new trial in part because five of the jurors who convicted her of embezzlement Dec. 1 were communicating among themselves on Facebook during the deliberations period - and at least one of them received an outsider's online opinion of what the verdict should be. The "Facebook Friends," as Dixon's lawyers call them in court documents, became a clique that the lawyers argue altered jury dynamics," writes Andrea Siegel in The Baltimore Sun.
Dixon's attorneys also say they've since learned two jurors lied in pre-trail screening, including Juror No. 3, who had previous contact with Dixon and an aide who testified at the trial.
O'Malley to open "Gateway to Frederick"
Gov. Martin O'Malley will be in Frederick on Monday for the opening of a new $107 million highway interchange at Interstate 70 and Maryland Route 85. The interchange has been dubbed the "Gateway to Frederick."
Report: Sun state house reporter leaving Annapolis for business editor post
Accomplished Baltimore Sun reporter Laura Smitherman has been named the paper's business editor, according to Talking Biz blog, which posts the text of a staff announcement by Sun executive editor Monty Cook: "We are pleased to announce that Laura Smitherman will lead The Baltimore Sun's business staff as the new head of money and spending. ...In 2007, Laura became a political reporter for the paper, keeping a watchful eye on the governor, the General Assembly and the state budget. She deftly distilled state spending stories into readable prose and broke news on the state's slot-machine gambling efforts."
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Aaron C. Davis
December 14, 2009; 6:31 AM ET
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