Sewage Plant Pollution Limits Proposed
EPA Plan to Aid Chesapeake Could Cost Billions
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a multibillion-dollar effort to limit pollution such as nitrogen and phosphorus from sewage treatment plants that feed into the Chesapeake Bay. The agency turned to strict regulation in an effort to end massive "dead zones" in the water. Although not poisonous on their own, phosphorous and nitrogen in sewage have emerged as some of the bay's worst pollutants because they provide food for "blooms" of algae, which can cloud bay water, choke off light to underwater plants and create areas of water without oxygen or plants.
Campaign Allegation at Chapman Trial
FBI Agent Says Glendening Got Illegal Money
An FBI agent testified that former Maryland governor Parris N. Glendening (D) allegedly received illegal contributions through employees of Nathan A. Chapman Jr., a money manager. The agent, Steven Quisenberry, testified that two Chapman employees told the FBI that on behalf of their boss, they "funneled money to the governor" for the 1994 gubernatorial election. During the Glendening administration, Chapman managed $140 million from the state pension fund through one of his companies. He is accused of defrauding the fund by investing a portion of that money in his struggling companies, losing nearly $5 million.
Plan Has Support but Skeptics, Too
Montgomery Debates Importing Medicine
Although a majority of the Montgomery County Council supports a program that would improve the importation of less expensive prescription drugs from Canada for county employees and retirees, several members expressed skepticism about the safety of a drug importation plan, as well as its legal and administrative ramifications. The skeptics also said they were concerned about the difficulty of legislating in a world where a federal agency says something is illegal and yet moves only gingerly to stop it.
Police Officer Charged With Solicitation
Pr. George's Rookie Suspended Pending Inquiry
A rookie Prince George's County police officer was arrested after he allegedly solicited a prostitute who was actually an undercover county detective and part of a sting operation. Pfc. Jeffery A. Gibson, 34, was still in uniform and off duty when he approached the detective near a Motel 6 in Camp Springs, authorities said. He was charged with soliciting a prostitute, a misdemeanor, and was suspended with pay pending an internal investigation, said Barbara Hamm, a police spokeswoman. According to court documents, a trial is scheduled for Sept. 20.
Equestrian Facilities Can Cut Down Trees
Montgomery Makes Exemption in Forest Law
The Montgomery County Council ended a year-long review of laws governing how owners of equestrian facilities use their land by exempting such facilities from the county's forest preservation laws. People who own equestrian facilities in Montgomery County will be able to cut down some trees provided they qualify for an exemption requiring them to maintain forests on at least 25 percent of the property, refrain from clearing trees along streams and use "best management" practices. The exemption is not available for a property that has been cleared of forest in the previous five years.
Pr. George's Investigates Racial Slur
Epithet Was Heard on Fire Department Radio
The Prince George's County fire department is investigating the use of a racial slur that was transmitted over the department's communication system a few weeks ago. County fire department spokesman Mark Brady said the use of the "N-word" was recorded by a dispatcher because all transmissions are taped and that the transcript is central to the probe. County officials learned of the slur shortly after it was broadcast over the department's private frequency in the early morning of July 13.