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Jake’s Law hopes to put an end to texting and driving

By Danny Gordon, Grand Aleph Godol of the Observer

May 29, 2014

In an effort to stop texting while driving, the Maryland Senate passed Jake’s Law March 20. The law is named after five-year-old Jake Owen, who was sitting in the backseat of his mother’s car when they were rear-ended; Jake was killed. The other driver, 23-year-old Devin McKeiver, was using his cell...

Cellphone use while driving is now primary offense

Cellphone use while driving is now primary offense

By Michael Fox, Photo Editor

October 25, 2013

The Maryland legislature’s new cell phone policy prohibiting the use of any hand-held cell phone while driving took effect Oct. 1. The previous law stated using a cell phone while driving was a secondary offense, meaning an officer needed a primary offense such as speeding or running a red light in ...

Virginia should let women control their own bodies

Virginia should let women control their own bodies

By Ben Schick, Staff Writer

March 27, 2012

The Virginia state legislature passed an anti-abortion law March 2 that violates the privacy of women by mandating that all women seeking an abortion in Virginia undergo an abdominal ultrasound before the abortion may be carried out.  Passing with only a 21-19 vote in the senate, the law only disallows...

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