State Digest

STATE DIGEST

August 01, 2006

Maryland: Campaign

Candidates airing TV commercials

John P. Sarbanes, an attorney and the son of U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, will take to the airwaves today to promote his candidacy for Congress in the 3rd District.

His 60-second commercial, which will air for one week on 11 cable channels, begins with Sarbanes sitting at a table with his parents, his wife and their children.

"Be honest. Treat others with respect. And never forget where you come from," the younger Sarbanes says. "Those are the values that we were taught growing up. And those are the values that my wife and I are trying to pass on to our children."

The commercial stresses Sarbanes' experience in health care and education. "The Bush administration would rather side with big insurance companies instead of patients needing care," he says. "That has to change."

On Monday, Oz Bengur, a businessman and former treasurer of the state Democratic Party, begin airing an Iraq-themed 30-second commercial on four local Baltimore stations.

Former WMAR-TV reporter Andy Barth, a Democrat, has been running 10-second television ads on three local stations since July 4.

Sumathi Reddy

Frederick County: Accident

Boy, 12, is killed in bike-car crash

The Frederick County sheriff's ofice is investigating a traffic accident that killed a 12-year-old bicyclist.

Thomas Cline of Frederick was fatally injured about noon Sunday in Jefferson when his bicycle collided with a car on Old Middletown Road, the agency said. The car was driven by a 17-year-old Middletown girl who has not been charged, deputies said.

Associated Press

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