Week In Review

November 04, 2007

Anne Arundel

Baseball league looks to county

After completing its first year, the Dallas-based Continental Baseball League is looking to expand into the Mid-Atlantic region, raising the possibility that a team could be playing in Anne Arundel County by 2008.

League representatives have held discussions with Franklin Chaney, an administrator for the county's Recreation and Parks Department, and staff members who oversee Joe Cannon Stadium about using the Harmans facility during the four-month season. A decision could come within two weeks.

The independent CBL is made up of four teams and will be adding two more from Texas in December. But league commissioner Ron Baron has a bigger vision, with the possibility of tapping the markets in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Northern Virginia and West Virginia.

Sports section, Friday

Annapolis

Prosecution rests in doctor's trial

The weeklong prosecution of Navy doctor accused of secretly filming Naval Academy midshipmen having sex in his home ended Friday with a computer forensics expert showing some of the 2,000 images of male pornography on his hard drive.

The jury in the court-martial of Cmdr. Kevin Ronan over the five days also saw sexually explicit clips from several of the DVDs that his accusers, two former midshipmen, said they took from Ronan's bedroom after stumbling onto them in January.

A forensic document examiner on Thursday testified that there was "no doubt" Ronan wrote the label on one of the DVDs, and it was "highly probable" that he wrote the labels on two others.

Ronan's defense attorney has contended that the videos were being used to extort money from the doctor, and that they were likely made by one or more of the midshipmen who appear in them.

Ronan, who worked for the Naval Academy until May 2006 and is now assigned to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in Washington, is charged with conduct unbecoming an officer, illegal wiretapping and obstruction of justice.

Metro section, yesterday

Annapolis

Shooting breaks homicide record

The fatal Halloween night shooting of an 18-year-old Annapolis man pushed the city's homicide tally to eight, breaking last year's record with two months left and fanning a heated debate over policing in public housing.

Trick-or-treaters and others gathered around the body of Jerome D. Hughes of the 300 block of Bloomsbury Square, who was shot just before 7 p.m. in the College Creek Terrace community, said Officer Hal Dalton, a spokesman for the Annapolis Police Department.

Dupree Reshard Williams of Annapolis turned himself in the next day and was charged with first-degree murder.

On Friday, RESPECT Inc., a coalition of local African-American organizations, outlined a five-point plan to increase social services programming and open a drug treatment center to improve the long-term safety of the city's public housing.

Metro section, Friday

Anne Arundel

BRAC move inspires college programs

After suggesting that Maryland is not developing the needed work force for defense jobs, the Fort Meade Alliance is encouraging the two community colleges closest to the Army post to promote distinct programs to meet national security needs.

Martha A. Smith, president of Anne Arundel Community College, told Fort Meade's lobbying arm at a meeting Wednesday in Severna Park that the two-year school might create a specialized center around math, science, technology and homeland security that could draw high school graduates, train professionals and harness the skills of defense industry retirees.

Representatives from Howard Community College spoke to the approximately 50 business and government officials at the meeting about the school's advances in teaching "critical languages" such as Arabic, Farsi and Chinese. Some alliance leaders said they see regional benefits in promoting linguists at Howard County's college and STEM -- a science, technology, engineering and math program -- at Anne Arundel's college.

Metro section, Thursday

Anne Arundel

Residents mixed on tax proposals

Anne Arundel County residents' opinions are decidedly mixed on Gov. Martin O'Malley's tax proposals to balance the state budget, with strong majorities favoring raising taxes on businesses and high-income earners but opposing increases in the sales and car-titling taxes, according to a new survey.

The Anne Arundel Community College poll, released Tuesday as state lawmakers started a special session on O'Malley's tax package, found that 61 percent of respondents support bringing slots to Maryland.

Students at the college's Center for the Study of Local Issues surveyed 936 residents from Oct. 22 through Oct. 25. It has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

Six in 10 respondents support O'Malley's proposals to raise the corporate income tax and restructure income taxes to shift the burden onto those whose incomes exceed $200,000, the poll found.

But equal numbers are opposed to raising taxes that would "hit broad cross-sections of the public," said Dan Nataf, head of the college center, referring to O'Malley's initiatives to boost the sales tax from 5 percent to 6 percent and the car-titling tax by the same rate.

Anne Arundel section, Wednesday

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