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Man wounded by Pr. George's officer

Sunday, March 6, 2011; A01

A Prince George's County police officer shot and wounded a man Friday during an investigation in the Clinton area of the county.

The shooting, about 4:30 p.m. near Woodyard and Brandywine roads, occurred while the officer was investigating what appeared to be a stolen vehicle, police said. The circumstances of the shooting were being investigated. The man was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

- Clarence Williams

Senate is expected to tighten texting ban

Maryland's Senate is expected to pass a bill Monday to significantly tighten its ban on texting while driving, making it illegal to glance at a hand-held device to read a message while behind the wheel and increasing the possible fine for the offense to $500.

Under current law, it's illegal to send a message while driving but not read one. In the legislative debate two years ago, opponents said that because there was no rule against reading written directions while driving, a ban on reading a potentially urgent text message was particularly onerous.

- Aaron C. Davis

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