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Fitz File: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014

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Today is Friday, Feb. 21, the 52nd day of 2014. There are 313 days left in the year.

MARYLAND CHILD VIOLENCE - 12:30 should the penalties for violent criminals be harsher if the commit their crimes in front of a child? That's a question going before Maryland lawmakers today in Annapolis. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler will join Del. Luiz Simmons, victims of domestic violence and advocates at a news conference in support of the new law. This is the eighth consecutive year that Del. Simmons has sponsored this legislation. The Maryland House Judiciary Committee, is scheduled to begin its bill hearings today at 1:00 p.m.

VIRGINIA MEDICAID EXPANSION - Virginia Gov. Terry Mcauliffe's effort to to expand Medicaid roles in the state has tKen a major step backwards. Virginia’s GOP controlled House of Delegates overwhelmingly voted down Medicaid expansion. It sets up a battle now between. The Governor and Senate on one side, and the House on the other. Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act is aimed at getting Virginia to use some of the billions of dollars money it pays into the federal system that provides health care for the poor, but isn't seeing a return on. The dispute could lengthen the legislative session

FCC NEWS STUDY - Republicans are raising big concerns about an effort by the Federal Communications Commission to track the news content that television stations air. At issue is a proposed FCC research project that critics say directly threatens the medias 1st Amendment protections. The "Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs" is proposed to explore the process by which stories are selected, as well as perceived bias at individual stations and perceived responsiveness by reporters and editors to "underserved" populations. The FCC says it has no intention of interfering with news decisions, but critics say they want to know what the FCC will do with such data and could it affect things like station licensing later on.

REAGAN REIMAGINED - When most people think of Reagan National Airport they think of the gleaming newer terminals that opened in 90's. But the airports oldest terminal is getting a makeover. The Washington Business Journal reports Terminal A at Reagan National Airport is getting a sleek makeover this year. By 2015 it will also include expanding the airports security's areas. New amenities will include public iPads, charging stations, new stores and restaurants and even spa. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, hopes to have some shops open this spring.

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Today's History:

In 1885, the Washington Monument was dedicated.

In 1965, Civil rights activist Malcolm X, 39, was shot to death inside the Audubon Ballroom in New York by assassins identified as members of the Nation of Islam.

In 1994, Aldrich Ames, a former head of Soviet counterintelligence for the CIA, and his wife, Maria del Rosario Casas Ames, were arrested in Arlington Virginia on charges of spying for the former Soviet Union and later Russia.

Today's Quote:

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion" - Dalai Lama

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