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Tuesday, August 17, 2004; Page B03

THE REGION

GAO Will Look Into Bay Cleanup Effort

The Government Accountability Office has decided to review the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort in response to a request by three U.S. senators, the agency said yesterday.

A review of the Chesapeake Bay Program will begin in three months, spokeswoman Laura Kopelson said. She added that she did not know when a final report would be issued.

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Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Paul S. Sarbanes (D-Md.) and John W. Warner (R-Va.) sent a letter to the GAO last week asking it to evaluate whether the program has accurately depicted its progress toward cleaning up the bay.

"I'm pleased that the GAO agreed to our request," Mikulski said. "The American people deserve sound stewardship of precious natural resources like the bay and sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars."

THE DISTRICT

McKinley Tech Reopens Today

Top city officials will formally reopen McKinley Technology High School, which was built in 1925 and closed in 1997 for a $75 million renovation, with a ceremony at 10 a.m. today.

The school, at 151 T St. NE, is intended be one of the city's most academically innovative and is designed to deliver a liberal arts education with a focus on biotechnology, computer technology and digital and broadcast media.

It is accepting students through a citywide application process rather than an attendance zone.

The school recently received its certificate of occupancy.

MARYLAND

Ehrlich Won't Give Voters a Say on Slots

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. yesterday rejected a proposal from Democratic lawmakers to let voters decide whether slot machines should be legal in Maryland.

In a letter to House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel), Ehrlich (R) called the proposal "simply not responsible" because it represented "a profound departure" from the plan the governor supports. Ehrlich also rejected the idea of putting the matter before voters in the form of a constitutional amendment, saying "the Constitution should not be manipulated for political gain."

Busch expressed disappointment, describing the governor's position as a "missed opportunity."


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