County news in the daily Washington Post, June 16-June 23
About-Face on Gays in Military
U.S. Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest was well into his second term when President Bill Clinton's compromise "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military came to a vote in the House in 1993. The Maryland Republican ratified the policy, though he was conflicted: His brother was gay, and Gilchrest didn't believe the lifestyle was unsavory. A dozen years later, the former Marine sergeant has broken ranks and joined congressional Democrats in seeking to lift the ban on gays in the military.
Arundel Dogs Get Free Rein
In a county known for large retrievers and, increasingly, thimble-size lawns, Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens has taken the unusual step of opening four off-leash dog parks -- and one dog beach -- on little more than a hunch that the dogs would come. Owens wants to market Anne Arundel as a dog-friendly county, to lure the leash-and-collar set in the same way that Blue Ribbon schools attract parents.
Severn Drowning Accidental
Police concluded that a Tennessee man who drowned Saturday in the Severn River died accidentally. Scott A. Miller, 35, of Nashville, had been wading in the river near Horn Point when he went under, Maryland Natural Resources police said.