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BALTIMORE (AP) A former state lawmaker who helped pass Maryland's ban on oil and gas drilling in the Chesapeake Bay says drilling off the Virginia coast must be accompanied by tight safeguards and monitoring. Former Maryland Sen. Gerald W. Winegrad says the 1988 ban on oil and gas drilling in Maryland's portion of the Chesapeake still remains in effect.

BALTIMORE (AP) Federal prosecutors say a former Maryland Transit Administration worker has been sentenced to two years in prison for stealing $400,000 from bus fare boxes. Thirty-six-year-old David Pattawi of White Marsh was also ordered at today's sentencing to pay the same amount in restitution.

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