From one of the most portentous elections in county history to landmark legislation aimed at preventing trees from becoming an endangered species, 1990 should prove to have left quite a mark on the people and places of Anne Arundel County.
In Annapolis, lawmakers dueled over a proposed landfill expansion that city officials say is essential to the capital city's economic health. In Crofton, residents feared for their safety after a woman was murdered in the woods near the library. And in Shady Side, residents pulled together to help an Ohio town ravaged by floodwaters -- even though the only bond they shared was a similar name.
As with any list, the Anne Arundel County Sun's roster of the year's 10 most important news stories won't satisfy everyone, and for some may be more notable for its omissions than its inclusions. Among those stories that didn't quite make the cut: * A daring jewelry store robbery in Glen Burnie, which ended with an innocent woman staring down the barrel of a loaded pistol.