News of interest to Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties that appeared in the daily Post, June 20 to 26

Sunday | 20

Family Tradition at Risk

Mark McKay learned to be a waterman from his father, Bobby McKay, who learned from his father, who learned from his father. But the family tradition might end with Mark as making a living on the water becomes more difficult. In the days before Father's Day, father and son were on the water in St. Jerome Creek, working seamlessly together, emptying the crab pots and trying not to think about their way of life disappearing.

Sunday | 20

Ehrlich Asks Cabinet for Cuts

Thwarted in his bid to raise revenue from slot machine gambling and unwilling to increase sales or income taxes, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) is asking his Cabinet secretaries to begin preparing budgets for next year that would cut services by as much as 12 percent and identify programs that can be eliminated.

Wednesday | 23

Fire Officials Probe Bar Game

Maryland fire marshal's officials launched a statewide investigation into what they say is a common and dangerous practice: bartenders pouring potent alcohol on a bar, then igniting it to start a round of drinking games. The move followed an incident three weeks ago at Apehangers in Charles County in which a 25-year-old woman was burned severely when flames from a blazing bar set her clothing on fire, the state fire marshal said.

Thursday | 24

Hells Angel Sentenced

James Hall, 34, of Owings, a member of the Calvert County Hells Angels, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt to five months in prison and five months of home detention for distribution of cocaine and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Thursday | 24

Six-Year Term in Child Porn Case

George P. Chambers of La Plata, a former Navy physicist who worked as a weapons designer at the Indian Head Naval Surface Warfare Center, was sentenced to six years in prison for seducing a 13-year-old girl (in reality, an FBI agent) over the Internet and possession of child pornography. Chambers, 46, was arrested by agents working on a special initiative called Operation Innocent Images.

Saturday | 26

Democrats Back Political Novice

Calvert County Democratic Central Committee members endorsed a political unknown to succeed George W. Owings III in the Maryland House of Delegates. Sue Kullen of Port Republic was recommended by the committee to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), who will appoint someone to fill the vacancy left when Owings resigned to become chief of the state Department of Veterans Affairs. Kullen is a consultant who works with disabled people and agencies serving them.