Government Watchdog Says It's Her 'Calling'

* Unrelenting, tireless, steadfast -- a constant presence at St. Mary's County public meetings -- Clare Whitbeck has become the quintessential local government watchdog. "This is my calling," she says. "It's like a mother looking at a child and saying, 'Sweetheart, I can't let you do that.' "

-- Sunday

Ehrlich Vows to Reduce Water Pollution

* Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) laid out an environmental agenda that promised to continue state efforts to reduce water pollution and clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

-- Tuesday

'98 Attack Attunes Colleges to Safety Abroad

* As university and college administrators seek new strategies to protect their students studying abroad in the post-Sept. 11 world, some say the 1998 attack in Guatemala on St. Mary's College of Maryland students was a wake-up call for small colleges. St. Mary's College recently settled lawsuits with three of the students on that trip. One victim who was gang-raped during the attack was awarded $100,000.

-- Tuesday

Real Estate Agent Charged With Child Abuse

* Thomas R. Koucky, 40, of Arlington County, a real estate salesman showing homes in the Berry Valley subdivision in Waldorf, was charged with child abuse and fourth-degree sex offense in connection with incidents involving two boys at a model home in the development.

-- Tuesday

Calvert Tax Discussion May Have Been Violation

* The Calvert County Board of Commissioners may have violated the Maryland Open Public Meetings Act when the possibility of establishing a new county real estate transfer tax came up during a closed-door "orientation" session for new commissioners.

-- Wednesday

Watermen Approve of DNR Nomination

* The Maryland Watermen's Association praised Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich's nomination of Peter Jensen of Stevensville to be deputy secretary of the Department of Natural Resources.

-- Wednesday