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.' "
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.