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News Roundup

August 9, 2005

In The Sun, Jennifer Skalka does the wide reveal of an unexpected, though not surprising, political comeback: that of former state senator Larry Young (as hinted at earlier in these pages), who was kicked out of the state Senate in January 1998 for a bunch of ethical violations. Young’s said to be considering a race for his old seat in the 44th District. “I believe in redemption,” Senate President Mike Miller tells The Sun. “And I believe whatever price he had to pay, I think he paid it. And as far as I’m concerned, the slate’s clear.” Guess Miller doesn’t much care for Verna Jones.

Speaking of Miller, Gov. Robert Ehrlich doesn’t seem to much like the way the Senate president and his colleagues’ investigations into the administration’s hiring and firing practices are going, instead suggesting a bipartisan study or something like that. Miller, always good for a quote: “It’s more governor crybaby,” he says. Andrew A. Green has the Sun’s report, and Matthew Mosk and John Wagner do the story for The Washington Post.

Also in The Sun, Chris Guy takes on the perennial problem of tasteless T-shirts in ”America’s Favorite Family Resort”, Ocean City.

Two interesting recent stories in the Post: Mosk and Wagner take a look at the historic ineptitude of Maryland lieutenant governors when it comes to running for higher office. This, of course, ties in to the Free State’s current No. 2, Michael Steele, and his as-yet-undeclared candidacy for the U.S. Senate. Also, Nancy Trejos details Montgomery County Exec (and as-yet-undeclared candidate for governor) Doug Duncan’s upcoming trip to El Salvador, where he plans not only to discuss the expected immigration and trade issues, but also, due to recent events, gang warfare.

In Sunday’s Hagerstown Herald-Mail, Gregory T. Simmons has a good story about Appalachian Trail safety.

Finally, David Ward, in the U.K.’s Guardian, writes about female conductors and the challenges they face, tying in to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s recent handing of the baton to Marin Alsop.