January 13, 2001

Early start for council

The Anne Arundel County Council has been putting people to sleep without getting much accomplished.

Its past two meetings have gone beyond midnight. At the Jan. 2 meeting, three council members introduced 27 last-minute amendments to a bill about a development project -- and discussed them ad nauseum -- in what appeared an attempt to filibuster. Because council, by law, cannot vote on measures after midnight, the bills were delayed.

To prevent another delay tactic, Council Chairwoman Shirley Murphy has moved the panel's Tuesday meeting from 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. Five extra hours should give council all the time it needs to discuss amendments and vote the two important bills up or down.

Olympic long shot

Baltimore-Washington faces some powerful rivals in its quest to land the 2012 Olympics -- Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston and New York, no less.

But another big-city hopeful, widely overlooked, is even more dangerous: Toronto. That city craves the 2008 games.

Tick off the past half-century's Olympic sites -- Helsinki, Melbourne, Rome, Tokyo, Mexico City, Munich, Montreal, Moscow, Los Angeles, Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney. Notice a pattern?

The modern games have not been held consecutively in the same quarter of the globe. Maybe we ought to shoot for 2016.

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