Voters Go for the Status Quo
Cities Return Incumbent Mayors to Office
Voters in Gaithersburg, Rockville and Takoma Park largely embraced the status quo, returning three incumbent mayors to office. But voters in two of the municipalities made history: Rockville elected three women to its four-member City Council for the first time since an election for commissioners in 1860. In Takoma Park, the electorate endorsed a first-in-the-state balloting system that allows voters to rank their choices to determine a majority winner in cases where there are more than two candidates. Meanwhile, voters in Bowie overwhelming endorsed the creation of a city police department, while College Park voters agreed to authorize the City Council to consider citywide policing. Bowie voters reelected their mayor but ousted two council incumbents. Annapolis Mayor Ellen Moyer also won reelection.
Montgomery to Sue to Import Drugs
FDA Denied Duncan's Request for Waiver
Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D) announced that the county will sue the Food and Drug Administration to force it to allow county employees to import drugs from other countries. The move is in response to the FDA's denial of Duncan's request for a federal waiver to set up a pilot drug importation plan in Montgomery. The FDA has long maintained that Canadian drugs are neither safe nor legal. The agency has warned that it could sue the county if employees began obtaining drugs from Canada.
Time Is Burning for Smokers
Pr. George's Joins List of Jurisdictions With Ban
The Prince George's County Council unanimously passed legislation Tuesday banning smoking from bars and restaurants, joining a growing number of Washington area jurisdictions to outlaw smoking in public places. The county is the third locally, after Montgomery and Talbot, to make bars and restaurants smoke-free. Howard County and the District are considering similar measures. As in other jurisdictions, concerns over the prevalence of secondhand smoke in public places won out in Prince George's over concerns that a ban would hurt bars and restaurants that thrive on smoking customers. The legislation is scheduled to take effect in 45 days.
3-Year-Old Dies in Landover Hills Fire
Blaze at House Injures Twin Brother, Cousin
A 3-year-old Landover Hills boy died Monday in a house fire that left his twin brother severely burned and a 6-year-old cousin with life-threatening injuries. Four adults in the house escaped. Fire officials said that they do not know what sparked the fire but that they do not suspect foul play.
2 Teens Arrested in Fatal Shooting
Killing Thought to Have Arisen From Bar Fight
Two teenagers were arrested in the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Edison Robert Moran. Luis Manuel Miranda, 19, was charged with first-degree murder in the slaying Sunday of Moran, who was shot in the head while in a car stopped at a red light at Veirs Mill Road and Twinbrook Parkway that morning, police said. The shooting apparently stemmed from a bar fight. A 17-year-old Wheaton youth was charged with helping Miranda after the killing. Police said the two teenagers were linked to a Salvadoran gang, but investigators do not believe the slaying was gang-related.
Audit Prompts a Switch in Pr. George's
Deals Faulted at Firm Handling Jobs Funding
Prince George's County shook up the management of its federal jobs funding after the disclosure of fiscal lapses and questionable transactions in a corporation charged with running employment services, officials said. A new report from the Maryland Office of Legislative Audits cast a critical light on the Prince George's Workforce Services Corp., until recently the county's designated recipient and administrator of certain federal funds for job training and services.