Wednesday, June 23, 2004; Page B03
County Council Opposes 'Techway' Bridge
The Montgomery County Council yesterday reaffirmed its unanimous opposition to a Potomac River crossing that would link to Northern Virginia. The council members said they were compelled to pass a resolution because Virginia officials recently revived the idea after studying traffic on the American Legion Bridge, which crosses the Potomac as part of the Capital Beltway.
This was the first time that the current Montgomery council, elected in 2002, took a position on a "techway" bridge, but its stance mirrors that of its predecessors.
Arguments to Be Heard on Slots Initiative
A D.C. Superior Court judge will hear arguments tomorrow regarding a petition drive to put the legalization of slot machines on the November ballot, according to attorneys involved in the case.
Judge James E. Boasberg scheduled the hearing yesterday after a lawyer for the petition drive filed a motion seeking to intervene in a lawsuit against the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics. The suit, filed by three D.C. residents, accuses the elections board of improperly granting slots backers permission to pursue an initiative that would authorize the operation of 3,500 slot machines on New York Avenue NE.
The plaintiffs hope to block the initiative from making the Nov. 2 ballot. City law bars the elections board from issuing petitions to slots backers until the lawsuit is resolved.
To get the initiative on the ballot, backers must collect 17,500 signatures of registered D.C. voters by July 6.
D.C. Group Wants Stronger Water Rules
A group of D.C. mothers has submitted a letter to a U.S. Senate committee set to mark up a federal water bill today, urging members to adopt provisions that would strengthen rules monitoring lead contamination in drinking water.
The Senate's Committee on the Environment and Public Works is scheduled to discuss and revise wide-ranging legislation that deals with several major water-related issues.
Sen. James M. Jeffords (I-Vt.) will offer four amendments related to lead: increasing public education for residents, increasing federal funding to replace lead service pipes, conducting more mandatory tests in schools and day-care centers and reducing lead content in "lead-free" brass, which currently is allowed to have 8 percent lead.
"It is our hope that other mothers in this country will not have to experience the frustration, anger, and fear that we have," the women wrote in their letter.
Security Increased on U-Md. Campus
State, county and university police officers stepped up security at and around the College Park campus of the University of Maryland yesterday in response to what officials said was information from the Department of Homeland Security. The nature of the information was not disclosed.
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