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Jan Alderton - Opinion

July 2, 2009

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Motorists who regularly travel Interstate 70 must be wondering if the welcome center near Meyersville will ever reopen. The center closed last year for remodeling and expansion, but its scheduled reopening this September has now been delayed until April 2010.

In the meantime, Maryland’s tourism office let a lease for a temporary welcome center at Prime Outlets in Hagerstown expire. This, even though about 40,000 people stopped at the Outlets center over the last 12 months....

An Annapolis woman is crediting prayers to Blessed Francis X. Seelos for wiping out malignant tumors in her lungs, liver, stomach and chest.

Mary Ellen Heibel, a parishioner at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Annapolis, has been wearing a charm bearing a tiny bone fragment from Seelos, who served as a Maryland priest in the 1800s. Later this month, a committee appointed by the Archdiocese of Baltimore will begin examining 11 witnesses, including Heibel, in an attempt to understand what has happened. The findings may be instrumental in having Seelos canonized as a saint.

Father Seelos served at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Cumberland from 1857 to 1862....

No smiles, please. Departments of motor vehicles in Arkansas, Indiana, Nevada and Virginia require serious photo poses when drivers come in to renew their driver’s licensees.

The states say if a person smiles, it can throw off the computerized matching programs used to determine whether a license applicant has a license from another state....

In the latest example of government intrusion on our personal lives, California officials had been considering legislation that would ban the sale of cars painted black or other dark colors.

The state’s Air Resources Board said it believes dark cars have to use more air conditioning to stay cool. But in recent weeks, the idea of banning black cars was dropped. It’s a good bet the idea will be revisited in the future....

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