Delegate Loses Job at Nuclear Plant
* Del. Anthony J. O'Donnell (R), just reelected by voters in Calvert and St. Mary's counties, also represents another growing constituency in Maryland: the unemployed. Constellation Energy Group recently included O'Donnell among about 120 workers laid off at its Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, where O'Donnell had worked for 15 years.
Tractor-Trailer Crashes Into Historic Mansion
* A tractor-trailer crashed into the historic Marshall Hall Colonial-era mansion in Piscataway Park in Charles County early Sunday morning. The National Park Service said the crash caused significant damage to the 18th-century structure.
Teacher Killed When Van Hits School Bus
* The driver of a van was killed when her vehicle veered across Hawthorne Road near La Plata and collided with a Calvert County school bus. The victim later was identified as Carol Kirchman, 55, a special education teacher at Henry E. Lackey High School.
At Inauguration, Ehrlich Promises Change
* Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. vowed to shape a smaller but more compassionate government as he was inaugurated Wednesday as Maryland's 60th governor -- and the first Republican to hold the post in 36 years.
Delegate's Letter Offends Calvert Board
* Maryland House of Delegates Majority Whip George W. Owings III (D-Calvert and Anne Arundel) told the Calvert commissioners in a letter that "there will come a time" when new Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) will want to know "which counties did or did not support his position" favoring slot machines at four racetracks in the state. Some Calvert officials saw the letter as a threat because it also referred to the possible sting of budget cuts.
Appeals Court Lets Publisher's Suit Advance
* On Election Day in 1998, St. Mary's County sheriff's deputies bought up all the copies of the St. Mary's Today newspaper that they could, so that residents would not see an article critical of a candidate they favored. On Thursday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled that the publisher's lawsuit alleging First Amendment violations by the deputies, the sheriff's office, State's Attorney Richard D. Fritz and others should be allowed to go forward.