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November 01, 2008|By From Baltimore Sun staff reports

Davidsonville man, 29, dies after Jeep hits tree

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A Davidsonville man died after his Jeep hit a tree in Anne Arundel County, police said yesterday. Timothy Aloysius Desmond Jr., 29, of the 1500 block of Themes Drive was westbound on Riva Road about 8:30 p.m. Thursday when his 2003 Jeep Cherokee missed a turn, veered off the right side of the road and hit a tree. Desmond was pronounced dead at Anne Arundel Medical Center. Anne Arundel police said they did not think speed or alcohol were contributing factors to the crash and said it is still under investigation.

Franchot's office objects to bid to delay contract

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Comptroller Peter Franchot's office yesterday accused Gov. Martin O'Malley's chief of staff of a "highly irregular" attempt to delay an $87 million information technology contract between the tax collection office and Accenture, a consulting firm. Michael R. Enright told senior administration officials in an Oct. 30 memo that the contract to modernize the state's tax collection system should not be taken up for approval at the next Board of Public Works meeting, as Franchot had requested. Franchot and O'Malley, both Democrats, are political adversaries whose rivalry often plays out at the public works board where they, along with the state treasurer, approve all major state contracts. Rick Abbruzzese, an O'Malley spokesman, said Enright's recommendation was not politically motivated but issued out of concerns that there was not adequate funding for the tax system overhaul, and that local governments affected by it had not been informed of the likely cost to them. Enright's memo was written in response to one written days earlier by O'Malley's information technology department chief, Elliot Schlanger, who raised similar concerns but acknowledged the project's potential. Franchot is asking the O'Malley administration to put the contract up for a vote this month. Enright suggests in his memo that it might be more prudent to wait until revenue projections are updated in December.

Gadi Dechter

Agreement is reached on wording of DNA law

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Lawmakers have reached an agreement with Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration over wording in regulations for the state's new DNA sample collection law. Previous regulations angered some lawmakers who said the regulations failed to reflect a compromise on when samples can be taken. The administration has agreed to language making it clear that a sample only could be taken once a person is officially charged with a crime.

Associated Press

Pro-slots groups plan push to pass referendum

Cloverleaf Enterprises, which owns Rosecroft Raceway, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, each plan to spend at least $10,000 on efforts to pass the referendum on slot-machine gambling, which goes before voters Tuesday, according to filings made with the Maryland State Board of Elections. Rosecroft would not be eligible to bid on a slots license if the proposal is approved, but Cloverleaf Chairman Kelley Rogers said the track would benefit from slots proceeds set aside to enhance horse-racing purses. The track suspended live racing this summer because of financial difficulties. Cloverleaf plans to spend more than $40,000 on phone banks to ask voters for their support. AFSCME has endorsed the referendum as a way to help solve the state's budget shortfalls.

Laura Smitherman

Roadwork to close parts of southbound I-83

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Baltimore transportation officials say that the two left lanes of southbound Interstate 83 between North Avenue and Orleans Street will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today for roadway patching. Next Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., officials expect to close the left lane and right lane of that same stretch of I-83 for more patching work.

Balto. County to collect hazardous waste Sunday

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Baltimore County will hold a hazardous household waste collection from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Western Acceptance Facility on Transway Road off Hollins Ferry Road in Halethorpe. Information: 410-887-3745.

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