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March 07, 2005

MARYLAND

Four state athletes win Special Olympics medals

Four Maryland Special Olympic athletes are bringing home seven medals when they return today from the 2005 World Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, officials have announced.

Among them will be figure skater Katie Proia, 15, of Clarksville, featured in The Sun last month, who won a silver medal for singles and a silver medal for skating with a guest skater.

Josh Smith, 22, of Sykesville earned a gold medal for alpine intermediate downhill, another gold medal for alpine intermediate slalom and a bronze medal for alpine intermediate giant slalom.

Robin Pearl, 23, of Reisterstown won a bronze medal for alpine novice downhill and earned sixth place for alpine novice slalom and seventh place for alpine novice giant slalom.

Rhett Spangler, 20, of Berlin clinched a bronze medal for the 3-kilometer cross-country ski freestyle and finished in fifth place for the 1-kilometer cross-country race freestyle and fourth for the four-by-1-kilometer freestyle relay.

CARROLL COUNTY

Forum today to address Social Security issues

Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett has scheduled a public forum about Social Security from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today in the theater at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster.

"I am grateful to President Bush for starting a national conversation about how we can strengthen Social Security to keep its promise to current recipients and current workers," said Bartlett, a 6th District Republican.

Speakers will be Keith Hennessey, deputy director of the National Economic Council, and Berna Brannon, a Social Security analyst for the Cato Institute, a nonprofit public policy research foundation in Washington that is pushing for individual control of some retirement funds.

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