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O’Malley: Brown ‘natural’ VA choice

Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, said reports that Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown could be named secretary of Veterans Affairs in President-elect Barack Obama’s administration come as no surprise.

“Given his talents, his military service and his abilities, it is natural that people would speculate about the possibility of the lieutenant governor being secretary of Veterans Affairs in the Obama administration,” Mr. O’Malley said Saturday.

Mr. Brown, who is a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, is a co-chairman of Mr. Obama’s transition team for the Department of Veterans Affairs. When asked Wednesday about the possibility of being considered for the post, Mr. Brown said for now he’s focused on his work as lieutenant governor and on the transition team.

Other names mentioned for the post include Illinois veterans affairs director Tammy Duckworth, former Georgia Sen. Max Cleland and current VA Secretary James Peake.


Dolphin calf named Bayley after vote

Dolphin fans have picked a name for a 4-month-old female calf at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

After receiving more than 22,000 votes, the aquarium said Saturday that the calf born there this summer will be called Bayley.

Voters had a choice of five names with regional connections and cast their ballots online and by text message. But aquarium spokeswoman Jen Bloomer says the name Bayley — in honor of the calf’s mother, Chesapeake, and the Bay — won 31 percent of the vote. The second most popular name was Calli.

Aquarium officials say Bayley is very curious and has already learned to swim on her own. They say she has started playing with toys by herself and with 1-year-old calf Foster. Bayley also recently started playing with trainers and accepting fish from them.



Slavery museum’s finances improving

The National Slavery Museum raised 50 percent more money last year than the previous year, and ended the year out of the red.

The nonprofit group’s latest tax return, obtained by the Free Lance-Star of Fredericksburg, showed that it raised $577,173 and earned $4,567 on its investments, but museum expenses consumed all but $54,690 of its income. The museum reported a balance of $17.6 million, $17.5 million of which was the value of the 38 acres donated by the Silver Cos. for the museum.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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