MARYLAND BRIEFING

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Boy, 7, Drowns in Pool at Uncle's House

A 7-year-old Gaithersburg boy drowned in a swimming pool last night in Silver Spring, Montgomery County police said.

The victim was one of at least five children swimming in a pool at his uncle's home in the 13100 block of New Hampshire Avenue, police said. Shortly before 8:45 p.m., a 9-year-old boy noticed the younger boy -- who was not moving -- at the bottom of the deep end of the pool, police said. The 9-year-old reportedly pulled the child to the surface, and a woman began CPR.

Emergency personnel transported the boy to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, said Gloria Jackson, a police communications supervisor.

An "initial investigation does not reveal anything suspicious," county police said in a news release, adding that the investigation will continue. The boy's name was not released.

-- James Hohmann

BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS

Candidate Withdraws Over Interview Process

The Maryland Board of Public Works said yesterday it would clarify the process for appointing unpaid advisers to the State Retirement and Pension System after Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) and a state senator said they were troubled by how a black applicant was treated during interviews.

Larry Jennings, a co-founder of TouchStone Partners, a private-equity investment firm, withdrew from consideration because he was unhappy with the process, said Franchot, who had pushed his candidacy. Franchot serves on the retirement and public works boards. Sen. Catherine E. Pugh (D-Baltimore) also told the public works board that she had concerns about how Jennings was treated.

Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp (D) and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), who led yesterday's meeting of the public works board, said the process of interviewing Jennings was conducted fairly. Kopp and Brown suggested that applicants be given clear guidelines on how they will be evaluated. Jennings declined to comment.

-- Lisa Rein


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