Bar Clark: No one looked good in this one–what with expletive-laden instant-messages, a police chief never really leaving his hometown, domestic-abuse investigations, etc., etc.–but Ex-Baltimore Police Chief Kevin Clark always seemed to look worst. So it comes as no surprise that he has lost his lawsuit against the mayor, which claimed O’Mayor illegally fired him and sought his job back and $120 million. City Circuit Court Judge Joseph Kaplan put it best in a previous ruling, comparing the whole ordeal to a “dime novel.”
Missed It: For those in the media, asking a legislator to introduce a bill is considered verboten. TV reporter David Collins of WBAL–who asked Sen. John A. Giannetti Jr. (D-Laurel) to introduce a bill that would allow TV cameras in criminal courtrooms–is, according to this Friday Gazette papers story by Catherine Dolinski, learning that the hard way. To be fair, Collins’ mistake seems innocent enough, and the bill’s not a bad idea; he just should have gotten his union or trade association to do the asking.
Speaking of media faux pas, according to this recent but undated Sentinel papers story by Kelli Gavant, apparently Lt. Gov. Michael Steele kept the press out of a public meeting at Bethesda’s Seven Locks Elementary School. Blogged about here.
Cop Shoot Cop: Sixth item down.
Barclay Bounce: The Sun‘s Eric Siegel reports that the city is taking another shot at rejuvenating Greater Charles Village’s Barclay neighborhood through the purchase/renovation of dozens of rowhouses.
Fosterity: The Post‘s David Snyder reports on a new Office of Legislative Audits report which says that the state’s foster-care system has a lot of problems, including kids not going to school and not meeting with caseworkers. AP story.
Generally Assembled: The Sun‘s David Nitkin and Andrew A. Green on Democrats seeking an earlier primary in 2006, which would give them time to raise more money for the general election. Also by Nitkin, some legislators saying budget stalemate in Senate over House’s plan to cut the state property tax may be ploy to introduce slots as a solution. (Washington Times budget-impasse story.) It’s a theory . . .
Post‘s Amit R. Paley on legislation that would tighten nutrition standards on state’s public-school food. If I read this right, Sun‘s Andrea F. Siegel on a bill that would erase the state law that requires dismissal of charges when prosecutors lose a pretrial appeal, now in the governor’s hands. Diamondback‘s Scott Dance on lack of movement on tuition-cap bills.