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Tuesday, October 12, 2004; Page B03

THE REGION

Poll Finds Support for Bay Funding

A poll paid for by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and conducted by a bipartisan research team found that a majority of those surveyed would support paying $50 a year in fees to help clean up the bay and its tributaries.

Of the 1,215 registered voters from Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and the District who were polled by telephone from July 28 to Aug. 5, 64 percent said they would support annual state or local government fees of $50 if the funds were dedicated to "cleaning up and protecting the Chesapeake Bay and your local rivers, lakes and streams."

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Will Baker, head of the nonprofit bay foundation, called the poll "definitive proof" that voters want to see the ailing bay restored.

Sixty-one percent of those polled rated bay pollution and pollution of rivers, lakes and streams "very serious" problems.

MARYLAND

2 Women Injured in St. Mary's Crash

Two St. Mary's County women remained hospitalized yesterday, a day after their car plunged 46 feet from an Interstate 70 overpass onto a Frederick County road.

The driver, Aimee L. Mendoza, 23, of Lexington Park was in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Her passenger, Lia Stevenson, 21, of St. Mary's City was in serious condition at Washington County Hospital.

Sheriff's deputies said the women were eastbound at 4:50 a.m. Sunday when the 1999 Honda Accord went out of control and fell onto Monument Road.

Commandments Monument Moved

The Allegany County government has moved a Ten Commandments monument from the courthouse lawn to neighboring private property to avoid a First Amendment lawsuit.

County Administrator Vance Ishler said county workers moved the five-foot granite monument to the C. William Gilchrist Gallery, which agreed to take it.

Edward Taylor Jr., president of the Cumberland Historic Cemetery Organization, said the group would demand the marker's return because the United States was built on the moral foundation of the Ten Commandments.

THE DISTRICT

Tuition Voucher Sessions Planned

Eight information sessions are scheduled over the next two weeks for parents to apply to the District's federally funded tuition voucher program.


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