WEEK IN REVIEW
Sunday, April 24, 2005; Page C04
Maryland could lose its 130-year grip on the Preakness Stakes because of the state legislature's persistent refusal to legalize slot machine gambling, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said. Next month, Maryland is scheduled to host the 130th running of the storied horse race, the second leg of racing's Triple Crown and the state's most profitable annual sporting event.
A growing number of area residents, looking to escape soaring housing prices, are making their homes on barges and schooners from the District's Southwest waterfront to the Chesapeake Bay inlets in Southern Maryland. The homes are known in nautical circles as "liveaboards," and their residents include recent college graduates frustrated with high rents and retirees on fixed incomes.
A fatal crash in Arlington rekindled debate about whether school buses should have seat belts. The crash Monday, involving a bus that lacked seat belts, killed a 9-year-old girl and injured a 7-year-old boy who died two days later.
A county subcontractor pleaded guilty in Prince George's County Circuit Court to seven misdemeanor counts of failure to pay wages. The charges stemmed from Francisco Sandoval's failure to pay 12 day laborers, most of them Latino immigrants. Prosecutors said the plea agreement ensures that the workers will receive restitution.
Metro officials announced that by the end of May, they will begin posting information that tells riders the number of cars on trains. The signs will include two-letter abbreviations to indicate the subway line. The signs will continue to show the destination and arrival times and will indicate the next three trains.
FBI agents questioned Prince George's County school staff members and seized records in two administration buildings in an investigation of schools chief Andre J. Hornsby. After a closed-door meeting with Hornsby and school system attorneys, the Board of Education said it wants to wait for the outcome of another review of Hornsby's purchasing and contract management before deciding whether he should continue to head the 136,000-student system.
The Montgomery County Council is ready to give residents broad property-tax relief next year by cutting tens of millions of dollars from the proposed budget of County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D). There is no consensus about the size of the tax-rate reduction or the budget cuts that will be needed to pay for it.