Week In Review

November 19, 2006

Anne Arundel

Leopold's chief of staff is a Democrat

The Anne Arundel County executive-elect, Republican John R. Leopold, named a prominent Democrat as his chief of staff and replaced the veteran police chief Thursday as he began assembling a Cabinet.

Leopold, 63, a five-term state legislator, appointed Dennis Callahan, a former Democratic mayor of Annapolis, as chief of staff.

The new executive said the decision to tap Callahan was a result of time spent together on the campaign trail this fall -- Callahan lost in the Democratic primary for county executive to Sheriff George F. Johnson IV.

Callahan, 65, who summed up his style as "no-nonsense," served 7 1/2 years as recreation and parks director under Democratic County Executive Janet S. Owens and had endorsed Leopold.

"During the course of campaign forums, Dennis and I found a pleasant rapport," Leopold said after a morning news conference. "Government is run on personal relationships. ... I've known most of these people for 20 years."

Leopold announced the appointments of Callahan and 18 others six days after absentee ballots sealed his win over Johnson.

In other appointments, Leopold announced that Deputy Police Chief James Teare Sr. will take over as chief of police from P. Thomas Shanahan, an Owens appointee who has filed his retirement papers.

Maryland section, Friday

Anne Arundel

Finding maps schools' needs

Anne Arundel County middle school students aren't making consistent progress on state assessments in reading and math. Black and Hispanic students aren't doing as well as others on those tests, and males in those groups have the county's lowest graduation rates.

And though more students are taking Advanced Placement courses, fewer are passing them.

Those findings are among the information compiled in the "State of the School System Report" presented to the Anne Arundel County Board of Education last week.

The report is the first in a series that is expected to give board members a road map for improving the school system and student achievement.

Anne Arundel section, Friday

Annapolis

Football players at Navy failed drug tests

The Naval Academy acknowledged that two football players were suspended from play for the 2005 season after testing positive for using performance-enhancing drugs, and five others were identified as having possibly taken the drugs.

Even though military law permitted the seven players to be court-martialed or expelled, the punishment administered through the academy's internal disciplinary system was to restrict them to their dormitory for several weeks, except for classes and football activities, said sources familiar with the investigation. They asked not to be identified out of fear of retribution.

In response to inquiries by The Sun, football coach Paul Johnson and Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said that two players, whose identities they would not confirm, had tested positive for banned substances. Both said the midshipmen unknowingly took a supplement, which sources identified as "1-AD," a form of androstenediol, that when taken combines with natural substances in the body to produce artificial levels of testosterone.

A section, Wednesday

Anne Arundel

Absentee, provisional ballots counted

The final tally of ballots in Anne Arundel County shows two Republican legislative candidates edging out their Democratic opponents by narrow margins.

Del. Donald H. Dwyer Jr. beat Del. Joan Cadden by 28 votes for the third seat in House District 31, the county Board of Elections reported after counting absentee ballots from overseas. And two-term county Councilwoman Barbara Samorajczyk lost to Annapolis jewelery storeowner Ronald A. George by 53 votes for the third spot in District 30.

Though Dwyer and George declared victory, the Democratic candidates said they would not yet concede, leaving open the possibility of a recount. The Democrats are also questioning the rejection of more than 200 provisional ballots -- some by people who claimed to have registered at the Motor Vehicle Administration.

Maryland section, Saturday

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