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BALTIMORE (AP) — The Maryland Transit Administration is introducing a new electronic fare card called the CharmCard for the state's bus, subway and light-rail systems, as well as Washington's Metro system and regional buses. Also beginning today, Metro's SmarTrip cards can be used anywhere a CharmCard is accepted.

BALTIMORE (AP) — The family of a Johns Hopkins doctor shot by a patient's son has issued a statement saying the surgeon is in good condition and asking for privacy during his recovery. The family of Dr. David Cohen issued the statement yesterday, saying they appreciate the outpouring of support and concern.

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — A 28-year-old man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in a murder-for-hire scheme that led to the death of his uncle, a Towson gas station owner. The Baltimore County jury deliberated less than two hours yesterday before returning the guilty verdict against Seamus Coyle in the slaying of William Porter.

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — Democrats in Washington are wasting no time going after the record of Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell of Delaware. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee released an ad yesterday that attacks O'Donnell's financial history.

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Remembering The Maryland Roots Of An American Gospel Legend

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Sweet Deal? Chocolatier Lindt Buys Russell Stover

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Maryland's Andy Harris Defends Move To Block D.C. Marijuana Bill

The Maryland Republican Congressman who moved to block a bill that would decriminalize marijuana in D.C. defended his actions and criticized the move to boycott businesses in his district, which includes popular tourist destination Ocean City.

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Looking For Free Sperm, Women May Turn To Online Forums

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