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THE WEEK THAT WAS

Sunday, April 24, 2005; Page SM04

News of interest to Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties that appeared in the daily Post, April 17 to 23

Sunday | 17

Hoyer Targeted for Vote On Bankruptcy Bill

MoveOn.org, a group that usually is a reliable supporter of Democrats, is taking on Rep. Steny H. Hoyer of Southern Maryland, the second-ranking Democrat in the House. MoveOn PAC announced that it will buy air time for radio ads criticizing the Democratic whip and 10 Republicans who voted for a recently passed bankruptcy bill that will make it more difficult for consumers to wipe out debts. Hoyer declined to comment. Tom Matzzie, MoveOn PAC's Washington director, said the bankruptcy bill was "the latest in a series of Republican initiatives to benefit corporate special interests . . . at the expense of middle- and lower-income American families."

Monday | 18

Floating Homes Increasingly Popular

Pushed off land and out of traditional housing by soaring real estate prices, a growing number of Washington-area residents are making their homes on the waterfront, living in schooners, barges and other vessels. Known as "liveaboards" in nautical circles, the boat dwellers find the floating lifestyle more affordable. The dock master at Beacon Marina in Solomons said he had three liveaboards 10 years ago; now there are 14.

Wednesday | 20

La Plata Voters Pick 3 Mayoral Candidates

Primary election voters in La Plata eliminated one of the four candidates seeking to succeed William F. Eckman, who is retiring as mayor of the Charles County seat. Those who will compete in the May 3 general election are Eugene Ambrogio, Roy G. Hale and Wayne Winkler, all members of the Town Council. A fourth candidate, Harlan F. Lang, came in last and will not advance.

Friday | 22

Slots Failure Risks Loss Of Preakness, Ehrlich Says

Maryland could lose its 130-year grip on the Preakness Stakes because of the state legislature's refusal for the third year in a row to legalize slot machine gambling, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich (R) warned. The Preakness, the second leg of racing's Triple Crown, is the most profitable annual sporting event in Maryland. Proceeds from slot machines would bolster the purses and overall financial outlook for the tracks where they would be located.

Friday | 22

More Older Riders Dying In Motorcycle Accidents

In 2004, more than 3,900 people died in motorcycle accidents in the United States, with the death toll up 85 percent since 1997. Riders older than 40 made up 60 percent of the increase, said officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The median age of all motorcycle riders in 1985 was 27; by 2003 that age had risen to 41. The American Motorcyclist Association said more study of the statistics is needed before the connection between age and the increase in fatalities can be understood.

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