State Roundup, November 24, 2009

Day 4 of jury deliberations begin in Mayor Sheila Dixon’s trial, and reporters attempt to gauge the significance of notes from the jury, as reported by two reporters and two columnists in The Baltimore Sun.  “This is all that is really known about the jurors in Mayor Sheila Dixon’s trial: Some of them smoke,” writes Danny Jacobs in The Daily Record.

WBAL radio has a good roundup with links to past stories and video from its sister TV station. WJZ TV has three reporters on the story.

Sparrows Point plant admits toxic chemicals have been seeping into Baltimore’s Harbor for years, reports Mark Reutter in Baltimore Brew, as a result of a Public Information Act request.

Rush-hour traffic may be slow as molasses on some Maryland highways, but the State Highway Administration is going to try applying a coat of a molasses-derivative to cut use of road salt, Michael Dresser reports in the Sun.  Catch the video on Fox 45, with critical comments about the solution.

And the LG, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, served an early Thanksgiving dinner at a juvenile detention center on News Channel 8.

Pamela Wood at the Capital checks up on the oyster harvest in the Bay.

The Capital’s Liam Farrell talks about the political shadings of the debate over budget cuts.

The state will be getting new 211 hotlines with the help of federal funds, reports Adam Bednar in The Carroll County Times and Scott Dance in the Baltimore Business Journal.

“A consumer cost-saving initiative has begun by Allegheny Power in an effort to offset electricity costs, but all utility customers will foot the bill for the program through a $1.09 surcharge on their monthly bill,” reports the Cumberland Times News, laying some of the responsibility on the Maryland Energy Administration and the Public Service Commission.

About The Author

Len Lazarick

Len Lazarick was the founding editor and publisher of and is currently the president of its nonprofit corporation and chairman of its board He was formerly the State House bureau chief of the daily Baltimore Examiner from its start in April 2006 to its demise in February 2009. He was a copy editor on the national desk of the Washington Post for eight years before that, and has spent decades covering Maryland politics and government.

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