Girl Charged in Fatal Fight at School

Rockville Student Stabbed After Football Game

A 15-year-old girl was charged with second-degree murder in the death of a Montgomery County ninth-grade girl who was stabbed after a high school football game, police said.

Kanisha Neal, a 15-year-old Rockville High School student, died after being knifed at James Hubert Blake High School, police said, during a fight in the parking lot between two groups of girls. The stabbing stemmed from a feud over one of the girls spitting at another, police said.

Face-Off Intensifies Over Pit Bull Ban

Repeal of Statute Proposed in Pr. George's

A proposal to scuttle a law that bars ownership of pit bulls in Prince George's County has turned into its own kind of rhetorical dogfight, with finger-pointing, hand-wringing and even allusions to racism.

The county imposed the ban in 1996 after a series of pit bull attacks, complaints from residents about dogs wandering the streets and reports of men pitting their animals against each other for money, drugs or social status.

Hospital to Leave Takoma Park

Adventist Seeks Larger Site in Montgomery

After nearly a century in Takoma Park, Washington Adventist Hospital will leave its residential campus for a much bigger home farther north in Montgomery County.

The decision follows years of sometimes contentious debate with neighbors over the hospital's future. Officials described the move to an as-yet-undetermined site as integral to the hospital's "expanded, strategic vision," which in part targets the health needs of the increasingly ethnic and immigrant populations of Takoma Park, Langley Park and Silver Spring.

Houses Approved for National Harbor

2,500 Units to Be Added to Pr. George's Project

The Prince George's County Council voted unanimously to allow developer Milton Peterson to add 2,500 houses to National Harbor, the hotel, office and retail project going up along the Potomac waterfront.

The council was scheduled to consider the legislation in July, but it was abruptly pulled from the agenda by Chairman Samuel H. Dean (D-Mitchellville). Three sources, two in county government and one in state government, said then that Dean withdrew the housing measure to force Peterson to give a local black entrepreneur equity in the $2 billion project.

O'Malley Enters Gubernatorial Race

'Worst-Kept Secret' in Md. Politics Now Official

Bruce Springsteen's "Land of Hope and Dreams" blared over the loudspeakers as supporters waved yellow signs proclaiming "Maryland can do better" and a lime-green banner announced the man the crowd had come to see: Martin O'Malley, native son of Montgomery County, mayor of Baltimore and now Democratic candidate for Maryland governor.

O'Malley made an official declaration of what he acknowledged was "the worst-kept secret in Maryland politics" -- his bid to replace Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) next year.

Builder Wins Case Against Moratorium

Chevy Chase Lacked Authority, Judge Rules

A Montgomery County Circuit Court judge has ruled that a builder can go forward with plans to demolish a house in the town of Chevy Chase and replace it with one more than twice as large, despite a six-month moratorium on new construction passed by the Town Council.

Although the opinion applies specifically to a request by builder Douglas Monsein for relief from the moratorium, Judge Michael D. Mason decided that the town had exceeded its authority in imposing the rule.

Baby Steps Environmental Research Center interns Emily Gamelin, left, and Kathryn Chop measure crabs for a project that aims to bring more to the Chesapeake.