City / County Digest


June 10, 2008

Appeals court hears day care union case

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals heard a case yesterday over Gov. Martin O'Malley's decision to allow a union to represent family child care providers during negotiations for state subsidies.

The Maryland State Family Child Care Association sued to stop O'Malley's executive order from going into effect, and two Republican lawmakers, Del. Michael D. Smigiel Sr. and Sen. Allan H. Kittleman, have said that the Democratic governor overstepped his bounds. A lower court granted a preliminary injunction, but the appellate court entered a stay of that order.

Mark L. Rosenberg said that the Service Employees International Union has been trying to unionize the industry and turned to O'Malley when it failed to win approval of legislation in the General Assembly. He represents the association, a trade group, that sued and has historically represented the industry's interests before the administration. "It's all about money; it's all about union dues," Rosenberg said.

O'Malley's administration, in its brief, argued that the trade group didn't want to share its role and did not try to become certified as an elected representative of care providers. The order stated that the governor would be willing to enter into nonbinding negotiations with a bargaining representative elected by providers.

Laura Smitherman

Anne Arundel

Route 295

Single-vehicle crash fatally injures man

A man was killed early yesterday morning in a single-vehicle crash off Route 295, authorities said. The man, who was not identified yesterday, was traveling southbound near Route 100 when his vehicle left the roadway and overturned. Fire officials who responded about 2 a.m. found a man trapped in the vehicle with fatal injuries.

Officials said speed, alcohol and driver error appeared to have contributed to the accident, and police were investigating.

About 12:50 p.m.yesterday, a box truck ran off of Route 100 at Route 170 in Hanover and struck a State Highway Administration worker who was cutting grass on a median, state police said. The worker did not appear to have serious injuries, and he and the truck driver were taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Justin Fenton


Fatal-crash victim identified

The man who died Saturday after losing control of his car just outside Annapolis, sending it into the Chesapeake Bay, was identified yesterday as a city resident, Anne Arundel County police said.

Bruce Lamont Savage, 37, of the 1800 block of Copeland St. was heading east on Farrugut Road in the Hillsmere community about 4:10 a.m. when he veered off the left side of the road, police said. He struck a no-parking sign and mailbox, crossed over Bay Drive and an embankment, hit a piling head-on and plunged into the water.

The 1995 green Ford Explorer came to rest on its roof. Savage was trapped in the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Police said speed may have been a factor in the crash.


Johns Hopkins

Bloomberg name to adorn new tower

A 12-story tower being built to house the Johns Hopkins Children's Center will be named the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center at Johns Hopkins, in honor of the 99-year-old mother of New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, a Johns Hopkins graduate and former trustee.

Hopkins officials announced the naming yesterday, along with news of another gift from Bloomberg in support of the Children's Center project and others. The amount of the latest gift was not disclosed, but Bloomberg is believed to have given more than $200 million to his alma mater in recent years.

The Hopkins Children's Center, Maryland's largest children's hospital, will move to the new building in 2011. The tower is under construction at the northwest corner of Wolfe and Orleans streets in East Baltimore.

Charlotte Bloomberg was born in Jersey City, N.J., and her son often credits her for his strong work ethic and belief in the importance of philanthropy.

Michael Bloomberg also honored his mother on her 75th birthday in 1983 by establishing the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Professorship in the Humanities in Hopkins' Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

Univ. of Baltimore

Smith named dean of business school

The University of Baltimore announced yesterday the promotion of Darlene B. Smith to dean of the Merrick School of Business.

Currently an associate dean at the downtown business school, Smith replaces Susan Zacur, who will become interim provost. The current provost, Wim Wiewel, is leaving the midtown campus to become president of Portland State University in Oregon.

Smith, 51, has a doctorate from the University of Maryland, College Park and a master's in business administration from the University of Baltimore. Before coming to UB in 2005, she taught at George Washington University and Loyola College, where she was the academic director of graduate business programs.

Smith's salary will be $206,000, officials said.

Gadi Dechter


Taxi service

Witnesses sought in cabdriver shooting

Taxi drivers at BWI Marshall Airport, looking for options to protect themselves after one of them was shot in the stomach during an attempted robbery last week, gathered yesterday to plead for witnesses to come forward. The drivers said they don't feel safe after the shooting Wednesday night of Aston Beadle, 63, who was ambushed in the Woodlawn area after work.

A police spokesman said that it appears the gunman was waiting for the victim.

Karen Shih

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