News of interest to Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties that appeared in the daily Post, June 5 to 11

Sunday | 5

Hunters Brooke on the Mend

Six months after arson fires destroyed a dozen new houses in the Hunters Brooke development in Charles County, the community is a neighborhood on the mend. It is also now a place where there is 24-hour video surveillance. Many residents learned how to use firearms for security after one of the suspects pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit arson and said the houses were targeted because many had been purchased by blacks.

Monday | 6

Some Families Still Displaced

More than a dozen families who had planned to be living in Hunters Brooke by now wait in limbo for their homes to be rebuilt after December's arsons.

Tuesday | 7

Many Motives Drove Arsonists

Investigators and prosecutors in the criminal cases resulting from the Hunters Brooke arsons say many motives drove those who set the fires. The only person convicted said race played a role in his actions. But officials say some suspects may have had personal motives, and others were motivated by fear of change in the once rural part of Charles County.

Tuesday | 7

Ehrlich Stops Seat Belt Patrol

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) directed the Maryland State Police to shut down an experiment in which troopers were using night vision goggles to see into cars in the dark to determine whether occupants were violating the state seat belt law. Ehrlich declared the tactics "government intrusion into private decision making."

Thursday | 9

Suit Over Hurricane Payments

More than 140 homeowners sued federal officials in the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, accusing them of conspiring to defraud Maryland residents with flood insurance whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Isabel in September 2003. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Greenbelt, asserts that the federal agencies and 17 insurance companies knowingly paid far less than property owners were entitled to receive for repairs to their flooded homes.

Friday | 10

Boy in Bolo Tie Denied Diploma

When Thomas Benya wore a braided bolo tie under his purple McDonough High School graduation gown as a subtle tribute to his Native American heritage, administrators at his Charles County school decided the string tie was too skinny. They denied him his diploma, at least temporarily, as punishment. The bolo, common in contemporary American Indian culture, is not considered a tie by his public school in Pomfret.

Thomas Benya was denied his diploma from McDonough High School, at least temporarily, for wearing a non-dress code bolo tie to his graduation.