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Associated Press

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 10:30 AM

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BALTIMORE — It's been almost two years since self-styled presidential historian Barry Landau and his assistant Jason Savedoff were caught pilfering documents from Maryland's historical society. What started as a small investigation led investigators to a cache of thousands of documents in Landau's New York apartment, documents the pair had stolen from two dozen institutions or individuals nationwide. Now, with both men in prison, officials are beginning to return the documents to their rightful homes. But determining what documents belonged where was a challenge and required some sleuthing. By Jessica Gresko.

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DOVER, Del. — The state House votes on two bills that are part of a package of gun-control measures proposed by Democratic Gov. Jack Markell in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut last year. One bill expands the ability of authorities to prohibit people with mental health issues from having guns. The other, aimed at cracking down on straw purchases of guns for people not allowed to have them, forces gun owners to report the loss or theft of weapons to police. By Randall Chase.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The attorney for a Maryland lawmaker sentenced to 30 days in jail for operating a motorboat under the influence of alcohol has filed an appeal. David Fischer appealed Anne Arundel District Court Judge Robert Wilcox's decision shortly after Del. Don Dwyer's sentence was announced. That means the case will go to Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. It stays the sentence pending action in the higher court. By Brian Witte.


BALTIMORE — Maryland faith leaders are gathering for a summit to learn more about new health insurance options under the federal health care overhaul. The Health Reform Faith Leader Summit also includes sessions focused on Medicaid expansion in Maryland. By Brian Witte.


ABOARD THE USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH — The Navy is making its first attempt to launch an unmanned aircraft the size of a fighter jet from an aircraft carrier, marking a significant step toward the possibility of expanded drone use in future conflicts. The X-47B will catapult off the USS George H.W. Bush in the Atlantic Ocean, marking a significant milestone in unpiloted naval aviation. Navy officials say the experimental aircraft could also soon make its first attempt at the more daunting task of landing on the carrier. The plane made its first-ever arrested landing at Patuxent River, Md., earlier this month. While the X-47B won't be used in operations, it will be used as the Navy develops other unmanned carrier based aircraft. By Brock Vergakis

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RICHMOND, Va. — For the first time in years, General Assembly Democrats overwhelmingly outscored Republicans in the annual scorecard by the pro-business group Virginia FREE based on one issue: this year's transportation bill. The 90 legislators who cast what Virginia FREE deemed to be meaningful votes for the first reform in 27 years to Virginia's crippled highway-funding system earned a perfect 100 percent score for the 2013 session. By Bob Lewis.


HANCOCK, Md. — In the 1950 comedy "Kill the Umpire," Bill "Two Call" Johnson (played by William Bendix) is chased by a vengeance-seeking mob of fans after he made what they believed to be a bad call in a minor league baseball game. Calling balls, strikes and checked swings could be a thing of the past in amateur ball if the Eagle Eye Electronic Home Plate is all that inventor Jerry Spessard claims. He has enough faith in the product to begin construction of a plant in Hancock this June, with production expected to begin by fall. By Don Aines of The Herald-Mail.


WASHINGTON — "Present Tense" begins with a heartbeat. Six teenagers, all of whom have experienced a death in the family, create what the Arena Stage Voices of Now program calls "a group breathing tableau." Voices of Now is a program for young artists to create and perform works of non-narrative theater that address questions of their choosing; at the five-day Voices of Now Festival beginning Wednesday, each of the 13 ensembles will perform and host talkbacks about their work in the Kogod Cradle at Arena. By Jessica Goldstein of The Washington Post.



ARLINGTON, Va. -- Alex Ovechkin holds a news conference a day after his Washington Capitals were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. Ovechkin only had one goal in the seven-game series. By Howard Fendrich.


BALTIMORE — Rosie Napravnik won her first race at Pimlico Race Course as a 17-year-old, and now, eight years later, she has a chance to become the first female jockey to win the Preakness. Napravnik will be aboard Mylute in Saturday's big race. By David Ginsburg.


BALTIMORE — The San Diego Padres face the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards for the first time since 2002, seeking to end a three-game skid against a team chasing the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. By David Ginsburg. — With: hometown lead


LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Dan Haren goes for the Washington Nationals, who won the opening game of the series after Bryce Harper's ugly collision with the outfield wall. 7 p.m. With: hometown lead.