News of interest to Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties that appeared in the daily Post, June 26 to July 2

Sunday | 26

Allured by Fishing Contest

Fast boats, long rides and quick fishing were part of the week for the 376 anglers who competed in Charles County's Chevy Open, the pennant race of bass fishing. It is a sport that longtime Potomac guide Ken Penrod calls the aquatic equivalent of a motorcycle gang. Green-tinged largemouth bass are aggressive, anti-social, grumpy and territorial. Yet fishermen came from as far as Japan and Australia to compete for their attention -- and a piece of the $1.25 million in prize money from the contest, which is the largest professional bass tournament to come to Maryland.

Sunday | 26

Show Doesn't Go on for Nats

Despite its surprising success this season, the Washington Nationals baseball team can be seen on television by only a fraction of its potential audience. Because of a dispute between Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos and Comcast Corp., the cable TV provider for two-thirds of the households in the Washington-Baltimore region, the Nats' games can be watched many nights only by the 185,000 subscribers to RCN cable system and over DirecTV, a satellite subscription service.

Tuesday | 28

Drone Demonstrations

Nearly 5,000 people, including Secretary of the Army Francis J. Harvey and U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), turned out early Monday morning at Webster Field in St. Mary's County despite a drizzle of rain to peruse the latest in unmanned aerial vehicle technology and to watch flying demonstrations once the weather cleared. "We like to say UAVs are designed to do the dull, dirty and dangerous work," said Robert Kornegay of Boeing, who is working on the development of the X-45, a stealthy, batlike drone that has a 49-foot wingspan, can drop 2,000-pound bombs and is expected to be in use by 2007. But the drones also have a growing number of civilian uses, such as searching for schools of tuna, guarding borders and watching for forest fires.

Wednesday | 29

Use for Bridge Lanes Undecided

Maryland and Virginia have not figured out what to do with two of the 12 lanes planned for the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge rising in the Potomac River. The lanes must be used for carpools, trains or another form of transit under the deal that began the project to replace the aging span, but state leaders said they have not talked about which to choose. "When the bridge opens, those lanes at that time will represent excess capacity," Maryland Transportation Secretary Robert L. Flanagan said. The lanes will serve as shoulders until a use is designated.

Thursday | 30

Road Rage Turns Deadly

A wreck in Charles County that killed a teenager and her 7-month-old son and left two other passengers injured started as a road rage incident, police said. Maryland State Police said the incident started about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when Rachel Susan Townsend, 17, was cut off by a driver on southbound Route 301, just outside La Plata. Townsend made a hand gesture and started cursing at the Mitsubishi Galant that cut her off, Lt. Randy Stephens said. Townsend sped up to try to catch the other car, but she ran into what police described as a "wall of water" created by heavy rain and lost control of her car. Her car ran off the right side of the road and into a ditch, struck several trees, then overturned.

An air show last week at Patuxent River Naval Air Station featured unmanned planes such as this one.