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Gansler says he has paid speeding ticket

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney Doug Gansler has paid a speeding ticket, amid highly publicized reports about how Maryland State Police say he directed them to drive him and his own use of a state vehicle.

Gansler, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, released a statement from his office Tuesday announcing he paid the ticket.

Gansler says apparently his office received a photo-camera ticket from the District of Columbia.

The attorney general says that while determining who was driving the vehicle at the time, the ticket was inadvertently not paid. Gansler says he went ahead and paid it Tuesday, even though he says it's still unclear who was driving.

State police memos in 2011 describe Gansler directing troopers to bypass traffic jams by driving on the shoulder and presenting safety concerns.

O'Malley announces 2014 unemployment tax rates

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has announced that unemployment insurance tax rates will be going down for Maryland employers.

O'Malley said Wednesday that the rates have dropped again due to progress with the state's economic recovery.

In 2012, the highest rates were in effect, with a range of 2.2 percent to 13.5 percent of the first $8,500 in annual wages.

Last year, the tax rates went down to a range of rates of 1 percent to 10.5 percent. Next year, the lowest range of rates will be in effect. That range includes rates of .3 percent to 7.5 percent.

The O'Malley administration says many businesses will realize an 86 percent reduction in their unemployment insurance cost per employee over the last two years.

County exec to NPS: reopen park or 'the county will'

GLEN ECHO, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett is urging the National Park Service to reopen Glen Echo Park -- or the county will reopen it.  Leggett says the park remains closed even though programs there don't receive federal funds.

Tuesday, Leggett said in statement, "All the National Park Service does at Glen Echo is grounds maintenance, trash collection and provide security. If the National Park Service will open Glen Echo, Montgomery County will provide these services until the government shutdown ends. If NPS does not reopen Glen Echo by Thursday, the County will."

FINALLY, A POSITIVE CAMPAIGN AD?...OOPS, IT'S FOR 2016

Although born and bred in upstate New York, I have lived in Northern Virginia for 31 years. This election cycle, the Commonwealth is a battleground in the Presidential race, and by virtue of anticipated coattails, negative or positive, in the Senatorial one as well. For what seems like an eternity, residents have endured increasingly nasty TV ads, and it isn't even post convention, post Labor Day!  Candidates have been crisscrossing the state in attack dog mode, spewing gall and gaffes, attempting to drum up support. I want to buy earplugs.

Alexandria Seaport Foundation receives $50K grant at Economic Club event with guest Warren Buffett

Alexandria Seaport Foundation receives $50K grant at Economic Club event with guest Warren Buffett

Buffett and David Rubenstein, The Economic Club of Washington, DC's President, are among business leaders at 25th anniversary celebration on June 5th where 10 community organizations, including the Alexandria Seaport Foundation, received a total of $500,000 in grants

The Alexandria Seaport Foundation (ASF), which offers disadvantaged youth and young adults a paid, work-based apprentice program in boat building that prepares participants for careers in the building trades, received a $50,000 grant from The Economic Club of Washington, D.C. at its 25th anniversary on June 5th at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park.

WHS Alumni Update: June 8, 2012

WHS Alumni Update: June 8, 2012

Mocha
One-year-old foster pup Mocha found a forever home this week! We are so grateful to Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his DC staff, our first official Congressional foster office, for taking great care of Mocha and supporting our mission. We love our incredible growing team of life-saving foster volunteers!

Tom, formerly Pie
“Last summer I helped cat Pie find an adoptive family in College Park, MD. They have renamed him Tom because he looks like the 'Tom' in Tom and Jerry.  Pie quickly became friends with the couple's dog Sydney, and here are the two of them lying together on the bed.”
-Ann Curtsinger, WHS Foster Volunteer

Spiro
Spiro, a New York Avenue adoption center alumni, joined a recent PACK run!

Gretel