News of interest to Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties that appeared in the daily Post from Nov. 6 to 12
Sunday | 6
Sex at School Increasing, Some Say
Several recent incidents at high schools around the Washington region have added to the anecdotal evidence that students engaging in sex at school happens frequently. According to some teenagers, sex on school property is more common than adults might imagine. And some adults who work with teenagers said it's happening more often these days. Deborah Roffman, a Baltimore-based sexuality educator, said she has been hearing more about similar occurrences in the past five years. The fact that teenagers have sex is well established: Roughly half of all 15- to 19-year-olds have had vaginal intercourse, and more than half have had oral sex, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But getting a handle on the reasons students are emboldened to risk having sex at school is as tricky as figuring out how many are doing it.
Monday | 7
Local Actors in 'Porgy' in D.C.
About 13,000 people showed up on the Mall on Sunday afternoon to watch a live simulcast by the Washington National Opera of its production, "Porgy and Bess." Sharing the lead role of Porgy are two Southern Marylanders, Kevin Short from Pomfret and Gordon Hawkins from Clinton.
Tuesday | 8
Farmers Choose Different Paths
In northern Charles County, an area targeted by local leaders for economic growth and development, land values are surging, and agri-businesses are struggling, putting many longtime farmers in a bind. Confronted with encroaching subdivisions and commercial projects, these farmers must decide whether to yield and sell their land or stay and fight to keep their farms going. David C. Hamilton, who farms 90 acres off Berry Road in Waldorf, has made the hard decision to sell his land. George DeMarr, who farms 35 acres near White Plains with his brother, has made the equally difficult choice to reject purchase offers and stay.
Wednesday | 9
Bid to Protect Oyster Withdrawn
Wolf-Dieter Busch, the Maryland environmentalist who wanted the Chesapeake Bay's native oyster to be protected under the federal Endangered Species Act, withdrew his petition. Busch's petition had touched off outrage in the oyster industry from Maine to Louisiana.
Saturday | 12
Charles Takes Sex Ed Stand
Alarmed by Montgomery County's proposed sex education curriculum, the Charles County Board of Education has given state lawmakers a set of guidelines on what to include in any legislation on the subject. The guidelines would restrict teachers from talking about homosexuality or demonstrating how to put on a condom and make abstinence the primary focus of instruction. Although sex education had not been a hot topic in Charles before, the guidelines are causing concern among teachers, some of whom see them as the latest evidence of a staunchly conservative trend among members of the school board.