Week In Review

November 27, 2005

Naval Academy boasts four Rhodes scholars

Three seniors and a recent graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy won Rhodes scholarships on Nov. 20, the most for a single year in the service academy's history and more than any other university in the nation this year.

The 32 U.S. winners of study grants to Oxford University in England were selected from more than 900 students from 333 colleges and universities.

The midshipmen who won this year are Nicholas Schmitz of Bethesda; Paul Angelo of Columbia Station, Ohio; and Jacquelyn Hanna of Lisbon, N.D. Ensign William Kelly of New York, who graduated in May, also was picked.

Main news section, Monday, Nov. 21, 2005

Superintendent ends tenure amid discord

Anne Arundel County Schools Superintendent Eric J. Smith stepped down amid public discord Tuesday, more than three years after arriving as one of the state's highest-paid educators.

"The reason I decided to resign is there obviously is a difference of opinion about where the school district is headed," said Smith, 55.

Smith said he plans to stay in the Annapolis area, commuting to Boston occasionally for an unpaid yearlong position with Harvard University's Urban Superintendents Program starting next month. He also plans to consult.

Main news section, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005

Ex-employee shoots, hurts two, kills self

An Anne Arundel County man who had been fired recently as a driver for a Glen Burnie restaurant supply company returned to the business Wednesday and shot two supervisors, then stepped outside and fatally shot himself in the head, police said.

The two employees of H&M Wagner and Sons - Raymond R. Himes Jr., 37, of Baltimore and Jack N. Helms, 49, of Pasadena - were treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center and released by Thursday.

The former employee, Joseph Allen Cobb, 54, of the Glen Burnie area, was pronounced dead about 5 p.m. at Shock Trauma.

Maryland section, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2005

Man sentenced to life in prison for 2004 rape

An Anne Arundel County judge Wednesday sentenced Harvey Edward Brown, 29, of Severna Park to life in prison for his conviction in the Aug. 10, 2004, rape of a woman on the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail.

Judge Ronald A. Silkworth turned down a defense request for 20 years in prison and therapy.

Brown, according to State's Attorney Sandra Foy Howell, went hunting for a victim and then forced a 24-year-old Bowie woman into a clearing in the woods and threatened to kill her.

Brown apologized to the victim, who told the judge that she has nightmares and flashbacks.

Maryland section, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2005

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