News of interest to Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties that appeared in the daily Post, Aug. 1 to 7

Sunday and Tuesday | 1 & 3

Slots Session Hopes Fading

Prospects are dimming for the Maryland General Assembly to convene a special summer session to consider proposals for slot machine gambling in the state. Legislative leaders said Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), whose proposals for slots have stalled in the past two regular legislative sessions, must publicly support putting the issue before voters in November. But after a meeting with lawmakers Monday night, the governor stuck by his opposition to such a referendum.

Tuesday | 3

Tainted Soil Removed

About 600 tons of soil contaminated by heating oil that spilled during Hurricane Isabel have been removed from land along the Chesapeake Bay. The cleanup project cost $2.25 million, with 75 percent of the money coming from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Tuesday | 4

Md. Poet Laureate Picked

Michael Glaser, a St. Mary's College of Maryland English professor, was named Maryland's poet laureate by Ehrlich.

Friday | 6

Miller Faults Democrats

Maryland state Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) said Democrats will face the blame if state government faces another budget crisis next year. Miller said the burden of any revenue shortfall is "going to fall squarely on the Democrats for not moving forward on slots." Miller supports slot machine gambling in the state; House of Delegates Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) has blocked passage of legislation legalizing slots.