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The Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County is expected to announce further actions today, including possible protests and "informational pickets." State law forbids teachers to strike.

Teachers at Rippling Woods Elementary School in Glen Burnie, however, staged an impromptu picket yesterday, the first such action since State Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick declared an impasse in negotiations last week, said Bill Jones, executive director of the teachers' union.

Negotiators exchanged final offers March 31 after six months of bargaining. A one-year contract expires in July. The union objects to the school board's offer of a 3 percent salary increase.

Possible Senate Hopeful Raking in Cash

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced yesterday that he has raised $300,000 in the past three weeks for his possible run for the U.S. Senate next year.

In a statement from his campaign, Van Hollen said he filed reports with the Federal Election Commission showing he has $713,000 in the bank. Van Hollen, who is considering running for the seat being vacated by Paul S. Sarbanes (D), has hired veteran Maryland political strategist Mike Morrill to head his exploratory committee.

The only announced Democratic candidate in the race is former NAACP president Kweisi Mfume. Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.) also has indicated that he is likely to run.


Military Charity Receives $1.6 Million Gift

The Armed Forces Relief Trust, a charity that raises money for organizations that help military families facing financial difficulties, said yesterday that it has received a $1.6 million gift from an anonymous donor. The donation doubles the amount the trust has raised since it was launched in 2003, the group said. The donation came through the Los Angeles-based California Community Foundation.

Power Company Proposes Loudoun Line

Dominion Virginia Power filed an application with the State Corporation Commission yesterday that asks permission to build a 15.7-mile overhead power line through western Loudoun County. The company said the $30 million line is needed in the area, where new residents are adding about 11 percent of electrical need to lines a year.

The proposed line would start at the company's substation east of Leesburg, continue south of town and then head northwest parallel to Harmony Church Road to a proposed substation in Hamilton. It would not parallel any section of the Washington & Old Dominion Trail, a proposal that had drawn opposition.


Nats' Strikeouts to Benefit Youth Clubs

With the return of baseball to the nation's capital, area Boys and Girls Clubs could benefit from at least $25,000 this year -- $25 for every strikeout by a Washington Nationals pitcher, paid through the K's for Kids program of the District-based affiliate of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. The company, part of the region's largest health insurer, began its "K Count" with the team's season opener.


"There's a lot of storks in these yards."

-- Tamatha Hollingsworth, who moved with her husband last year

to fast-growing Loudoun County and recently had a baby. -- A1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Bruce C.T. Wright, Del Quentin Wilber, Carol D. Leonnig, Petula Dvorak, Daniel de Vise, Tim Craig, Jacqueline L. Salmon, Rosalind S. Helderman and Susan Levine.

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