News of interest to Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties that appeared in the daily Post, Sept. 12-17

Monday | 12

Farmers Turning to Ethnic Crops

Faced with falling prices and rising production costs, more area farmers are casting away traditional crops and growing foreign and ethnic fruits and vegetables that find a healthy market among the region's immigrant population.

Wednesday | 14

Web Alternative to Commute With gas prices in the D.C. area among the highest in the nation, increasing numbers of beleaguered commuters are looking to trade long drives on congested highways for a spot in a telecommuting center closer to home. In Southern Maryland, working in a local center through the Internet can be a cost- and stress-reducing alternative to driving to jobs in the District or at the Pentagon. And the federal government is offering a new incentive: U.S. government employees can use 14 telecommuting centers through the end of this year with no charge to their agencies.

Young Wins Nomination

Indian Head Town Manager Ronald N. Young won the Democratic nomination for mayor of Frederick in Tuesday's primary election. Young served four terms as Frederick's mayor after victory in the 1973 election made him the youngest person ever to hold that post. Young, 64, beat incumbent Mayor Jennifer Dougherty, 44, for the nomination.

Friday | 16

Challenges to Academic Policy

In Charles County, conservative members of the Board of Education are pressing school administrators and teachers to revise academic standards with back-to-basics lessons, character education and greater involvement by parents. Critics say the effort is a distraction to educators and is steeped in Christian conservatism. Supporters of the shift say that the board members who back such changes campaigned on those issues when they were elected and that a challenge to old policies and approaches was long overdue.

Man Indicted on Drug Charges

Lawrence R. Fox, 23, of La Plata was indicted on state drug and federal child pornography charges. He is accused of manufacturing methamphetamine at his La Plata home. The federal charge alleges that he received computer files containing child pornography in May 2003 and had the files on his computer when police raided his residence this July. Fox has been held in the St. Mary's County jail since his arrest July 19 on a gun charge.

Saturday | 17

Wedding Aired on 'Today' Show

Sarah Raley and Mark Dale were married Friday morning in a ceremony at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville that was broadcast live on NBC television's "Today" show. The Southern Maryland couple had been chosen this summer by viewers nationwide to have their nuptials featured in the program's contest, "Today throws a hometown wedding."

Ronald N. Young, part-time Indian Head town manager, won the Democratic nomination for mayor of Frederick this week.