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Community college wins IT certification

The National Security Agency has certified Anne Arundel Community College's cybercrime program, making it the first two-year college in the nation to earn the rating.

The Cybercrimes Studies Institute was created to meet the increasing demand from law enforcement agencies and private companies.

"This is tremendous news for our current and future students and employers who contract with us to provide training for their workforce," said college president Martha Smith.

The Committee on National Security Systems will present college officials with their certification Tuesday at a conference in Williamsburg, Va. AACC joins 30 colleges and universities that are certified.

Liquor law dispute goes back to judge

For the second time, a Maryland liquor retailer and the state comptroller have been sent back to U.S. District Court to argue whether state regulations on alcohol prices violate retailers' rights to fair competition.

A federal district judge ruled last year that the state's 21st Amendment's right to try to reduce alcohol consumption outweighed the antitrust violations of the liquor regulations it imposes on alcohol sales.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with Judge Frederic N. Smalkin's decision in the case, but said he erred when he issued his ruling without going to trial.

A three-judge panel of the appeals court ordered the case back to Judge Smalkin, saying in a published opinion by Judge M. Blane Michael that there was disputed evidence that needed to be heard in court.

Beltway Fine Wine and Spirits, a Maryland liquor retailer, sued the state in July 1999, alleging the regulations on liquor and wine prices violated the federal Sherman Antitrust Act.

Source: www.hometownannapolis.com

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