County news in the daily Washington Post, Nov. 17-Nov. 23


Break-In at Steele Headquarters

A break-in occurred at the headquarters of Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele's U.S. Senate campaign.

Police said they were called at 5:12 a.m. Nov. 16 by a tenant of the two-story building in the historic section of Annapolis.

Leonardo Alcivar, a campaign spokesman, said four laptops were gone, but the computers did not contain sensitive strategies or top-secret files.


More Students Taking Math

In Anne Arundel County middle schools, participation in the statewide geometry exam has grown from 45 students in 2002 to 714 this year, a figure surpassed only by much-larger Montgomery County.

Severna Park Middle School had more students take the state algebra test, 326, than any other middle school last year.


Academy Has 3 Rhodes Scholars

Nicholas M. Schmitz, who by his own account was "not extremely stellar" as a student at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, went from enlisted Marine to midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Now, Schmitz is one of 32 college students from across the country, including three from the Washington area, selected as Rhodes scholars for 2006, the scholarship trust announced yesterday. Schmitz is one of three academy midshipmen selected as Rhodes scholars: Paul J. Angelo of Columbia Station, Ohio, and Jacquelyn R. Hanna of Lisbon, N.D., also were selected. A 2005 academy graduate, Navy Ensign William R. Kelly of New York, also was awarded a Rhodes scholarship.


Ex-Navy Coach Belichick Dies

Steve Belichick, 86, a former Navy assistant football coach and father of New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick, died of heart failure Saturday at his Annapolis home.

Steve Belichick worked at the Naval Academy from 1956 to 1989, during which Navy played in six bowl games and finished with 14 winning seasons.

Nicholas M. Schmitz is one of three Naval Academy midshipmen selected as Rhodes scholars.