Regional Recap, April 12, 2010

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Same -Sex Marriage Unexpectedly Debated In Legislature. A debate over marriage license fees unexpectedly turned into a dramatic discussion over same-sex marriage in the Legislature on Friday.Anne Arundel County Republican Delegate Don Dwyer’s continued push to keep Maryland from recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages generated an ugly floor fight over procedure.

Polish Community Mourns Russian Crash Victims. U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski was joined by other members of Baltimore’s Polish community to mourn the deaths of those who were on the Polish president’s flight in western Russia.The memorial for the victims was held at the Katyn Holocaust Memorial in southeast Baltimore at 4 p.m.Polish President Lech Kaczynski and some of the country’s highest military and civilian leaders died on Saturday when the presidential plane crashed as it came in for a landing in thick fog in western Russia, killing 97, officials said.

Union Blames Firefighter’s Injuries On Budget Cuts. The union representing Baltimore city firefighters said budget cuts are to blame for a firefighter’s recent injuries, but the Fire Department said the city is just as safe as always.The injured firefighter was hurt while rescuing people inside a burning house on Wednesday night on Liberty Heights Avenue.The union is blaming the incident on city budget cuts that led to the rotating closures of fire stations, something the city started doing last July.

Senate OKs Montgomery Co. Equity Investment Bill. Montgomery County leaders could use taxpayer dollars for private equity investments if Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signs a bill headed his way. Maryland senators unanimously approved the legislation Friday, which had already passed the House of Delegates. The bill will allow county leaders to make investments in local firms or companies that relocate there. It said local government could not own more than 25 percent of any firm and prohibits county leaders from engaging in any oversight of the firm.

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