I see where the Prince George's County executive, Mr. Wayne K. Curry, wants everyone to know how happy he is with the state of Maryland - and, one assumes, its governor - for supporting his county with large amounts of cash. Curry co-signed a glowing legislative report with another grateful fellow, Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, and it appeared in Sunday's Washington Post.
Curry and Duncan boasted of getting from Annapolis a combined $114 million in additional funding for public education, as well as "record amounts of school construction funds" ($50 million for Montgomery, $35 million for Prince George's). And they both seemed to be quite happy about new state money for public transportation "to achieve parity with the Baltimore area."
Gov. Parris N. Glendening was not mentioned in the Curry-Duncan epistle, which was mostly self-congratulatory. (The two executives had pledged last year to work together to squeeze more juice out of the General Assembly.)
Still, given his obvious glee over Annapolis' support of his county, it's hard to imagine Curry bolting from Glendening's re-election camp - as some political observers believe he will - for the governor's Democratic primary challenger, the Kurt Schmoke/Larry Gibson-endorsed Eileen M. Rehrmann. It's even harder to imagine Duncan backing the Harford County executive.
Then again, stranger things already have happened, haven't they? ...
By the way, I don't know if it means anything, but: For an hour Monday afternoon in Towson, there was a huge truck bearing a huge photograph of the Harford County executive parked near the old courthouse, right by the Baltimore County executive's car. Watch that space. If the truck shows up again, give me a call.
Send in the spouses
By the way, the Ray Schoenke-for-governor TV commercials are something. Was that Highlandtown where Ray meets the Formstone people as Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" rises in the background? Tears, I tell ya, Niagara Falls! ... Invited to Monday's groundbreaking for the Port Discovery children's museum: Governor Glendening and Mrs. Schmoke. What's next? Mayor Schmoke and Mrs. Glendening at the Preakness? What an ingenious way for politicians to avoid awkward photo ops with perceived backstabbers - send the wives!
A real legal eagle
Say this for superlawyer Robert Weber: He's not afraid to take on reviled clients. Weber, a product-liability defense attorney with Cleveland-based Jones Day Reavis & Pogue, has been in the news lately, defending the tobacco industry in general and his client, R.J. Reynolds, in particular.
Joe Camel is not Weber's only unpopular client. Two years ago, he was in a Cleveland courtroom defending that city's Public Enemy No. 1: Art Modell.
Jones Day had a long association with Modell's NFL franchise. But Weber's standing up in court to defend Modell against lawsuits filed by season-ticket holders and that city's mayor raised eyebrows among Cleveland's legal elite.
He was asked to resign from some community boards and was labeled a Benedict Arnold of the Cuyahoga River Valley. But he won those cases, settling the suit from the city and getting the season-ticket holders' case thrown out. "He's an excellent attorney," Modell said. "And I don't even smoke."
Good deeds, good tunes
TJI reader Sandy Moffett sends a grand thank-you to Milton Mehlinger, one of the talented men on the high-energy chorus line behind the counter at Attman's Delicatessen on East Lombard Street. Sandy suffers from a disorder that includes unpredictable seizures, and she had one while waiting for corned beef Saturday morning. She hit the floor and blacked out. Milton helped her to her feet, held her when she collapsed again on the way to her car. He gave her some juice. He was
concerned and supportive, and Sandy called to say attention must be paid to such a gesture, and I'm glad she did. I Meanwhile, Tom "Not As Dumb As He Looks" Lilly, a Lutherville-based, fire-eating, juggling, magic-performing party guy, wants to thank the woman on York Road, Towson, who gave him 35 cents to make bus fare to get to his mechanic's garage to get his car to drive to Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Southern Maryland in time for a 5:30 p.m. kiddie show. "Thought ya should know there are nice people out there," Tom says. I Observed (by TJI readers Jane and Roger Gookin) at the frantic intersection of Joppa Road and Perring Parkway on Saturday afternoon: A trolley on wheels, with a Boumi band in full swing. Someone in a car yelled, "Play 'Jingle Bells!'" Immediately, the band launched into the out-of-season jingle and continued playing as the light changed and the trolley headed south on Perring Parkway.
Child abuse prevention
Several readers have asked where they might place flowers as a memorial to Rita Fisher, the 9-year-old girl who was abused and murdered. Her ashes were buried in Druid Ridge Cemetery, Pikesville, in a private service in July.
If you have a notion to donate to child abuse prevention, consider The Family Tree. That's the name of an organization formed by the merger of Parents Anonymous and the Child Abuse Prevention Center. Its goal is to more aggressively serve the 15,000 parents calling each year in need of free child-rearing help.
This Just In appears three times a week. Dan Rodricks can be contacted at 410-332-6166 or by post at The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278, or by electronic mail at TJIDAol.com.
Pub Date: 5/06/98