If there were any questions about the relationship between State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy and her newly appointed crime-fighting partner, Police Commissioner Kevin P. Clark, they were answered Wednesday after a public sniping session.
Clark, eight weeks on the job, gave Jessamy a five-minute, public tongue-lashing at a meeting of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, which includes about two dozen city players, including the mayor and top judges.
The new commissioner was angry that Jessamy's office spoke to the press about lapses in the police drug-testing lab that have caused prosecutors to drop cases in court. Jessamy apparently did not speak to Clark before her spokeswoman aired the problems in the press.
"As the commissioner, not being afforded the courtesy of a phone call shows an adversarial relationship," Clark fumed.
Jessamy shot back at him, "When we are given an inquiry by the media, we respond."
-- Allison Klein
After being harshly criticized by anti-war protesters who say they were mistreated while held in the Towson Precinct lockup, Baltimore County Police Capt. Kate Meeks-Hall got a thank-you note last week from another group of protesters.
The 1-foot-by-2-foot card was signed by about 50 people who marched through the county seat last month in opposition to the war in Iraq.
Of course, there was a difference between the marchers and the eight men and women who were detained at the precinct after distributing anti-war literature at Towson Town Center on March 1: No one in the group thanking police had been arrested.
-- Laura Barnhardt
Didn't say which Monday
Stewart Directories of Cockeysville, the firm that publishes those telephone books containing every listed number in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties and prides itself on its current-as-possible phone numbers, has a message on its answering machine that makes one wonder just how current those numbers are.
When a reporter called Stewart at 410-628-5988 Wednesday night to inquire why the new Harford County book does not contain maps, the following message was heard: "You have reached Stewart Directories. Our offices are closed for the Thanksgiving Day holidays and will reopen 8:30 a.m. Monday. Thank you."
-- Richard Irwin
Doctoring the ballot
Andrey Bundley, principal of Walbrook High School, was one of the first candidates to say he would file to run for mayor.
When he arrived at the city's board of elections last week to file his paperwork, election officials told him he could not, as he wished, have his name appear on the ballot as "Dr." Andrey Bundley. Election law bars such professional titles from the ballot, election officials said. Nicknames, however, are allowed if candidates file affidavits swearing that they are most commonly known by such monikers.
That's what Bundley, who holds a doctorate in education, claimed, to no avail. Perhaps voters can expect to see campaign signs that say "Andrey Bundley, the candidate formerly known as Dr. Andrey Bundley."
-- Doug Donovan
Don't you love farce?
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christine Todd Whitman was in town last week to call attention to the scheduled appearance of Cirque du Soleil at Harbor Point, the former Allied-Signal industrial site.
While standing with Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Mayor Martin O'Malley in front of the Cirque du Soleil tents, Whitman quipped: "A bunch of politicians standing in front of a circus tent. I'm glad you didn't play `Send in the Clowns' when we came in."
-- Tom Pelton