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Md. Legislature Will Tackle Redistricting In October

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Maryland's legislature normally meets in Annapolis for a 90-day session beginning each January, but lawmakers need a special session this year to redraw Congressional districts based on the results of the last census.

It's possible that lawmakers would consider additional legislation during the special session as well, AP reports.

Some members have discussed introducing bills to raise money for the state's depleted Transportation Trust Fund. But it's unclear how much support there would be to take on such challenging revenue issues.

A spokesman for the governor says O'Malley is still considering that possibility.

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Peruvians Love Their Chicha Street Art. The Government ... Not So Much

Walk down a street in Peru and you'll likely see an example of the glow-in-the-dark posters and murals. Lots of people love them. But the upper crust — and the government — aren't impressed.
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Tea-Infused Sweets: Chocolate + Jasmine Tea Is A Match Made In Heaven

Smoky and floral brews can provide a kick of flavor to desserts, especially when blended with chocolate. Pastry chef Naomi Gallego shows us a few tricks for surprising the palate with tea.
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America's First Ladies

They walk a tricky line: closest adviser to the President of the United States and hostess in chief. A new book examines the evolution of the role of first lady of the United States.

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E-Cigarettes and Vaping

Last week, the D.C. Council voted to designate e-cigarettes and "similar vapor products containing nicotine" as tobacco products. That means that their sales tax will jump from the regular 5.75% sales tax to the 70% tax that's tacked onto sales of products like cigarettes and cigars. We explore what this means for the evolving public health debate surrounding e-cigarettes.

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