State Roundup, April 26, 2011


“His heart was in the city, and I wanted to say goodbye.” Jean Marbella and a slew of reporters for the Sun write about the Baltimoreans who turned out to say farewell to Mayor William Donald Schaefer.

The Daily Record’s Melody Simmons and Nick Sohr followed the late mayor’s motorcade through Baltimore city and spoke with those paying tribute.

All in all, he’d rather have stayed in Baltimore, writes Len Lazarick for

John Wagner was at the State House when the former governor’s casket arrived.

The AP’s Brian Witte spoke with two former governors during the viewing at the State House.

Listen to Marc Steiner and Anthony McCarthy discuss Schaefer’s legacy on WEAA‘s the Marc Steiner Show.

Richard Cross, former GOP operative, blogs about the day in his Cross Purposes column.

Pamela Wood of the Annapolis Capital speaks with state workers who knew the former governor and comptroller.

The Baltimore Brew’s Fern Shen and Mark Reutter also write about the city’s farewells to Schaefer.

Brew editors also noticed that the controversial fountain Schaefer had installed in Annapolis was not turned on. (It was by the time the funeral procession left Annapolis.)

The Sun’s Julie Scharper and John Fritze speaks with those who said goodbye to Schaefer at City Hall, including current Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake and filmmaker John Waters.

The Sun has video of Schaefer being brought into City Hall and the ceremony surrounding his lying in state there.

WBAL-TV’s Lowell Melser reports on the day’s events.

WBFF-TV listens to mourners along the motorcade route.

Here’s more video from WJZ-TV.

Public viewing continues today, Melissa Roeder of WBFF-TV reports.

Here’s a Sun video of Schaefer’s final tour around the city.

The Sun offers a photo gallery of the day.

The Capital compiled a photo gallery from the State House viewing.

Here’s our own photos of William Donald Schaefer during his last trip to Annapolis.


UNDOCUMENTED TUITION: Tea Partiers across Maryland are saying the referendum effort to repeal newly passed legislation allowing illegal immigrants to receive in-state college tuition rates is exactly the fight they’ve been waiting for, reports Glynis Kazanjian for

BAY HEALTH: Gov. Martin O’Malley will attend a meeting today on the health of the Chesapeake Bay, gathering his secretaries of agriculture, environment, natural resources and planning, along with other staff and scientists to guide state resources in cleaning the bay, according to an AP report at WMAR-TV.

TRADING WITH ASIA: The Gazette’s Lindsey Robbins writes about Maryland’s attempts to tap further into the rapidly growing Asian market with a trade mission planned for the governor and representatives from as many as 24 businesses.

MD PROBE: Maryland regulators are investigating a complaint from Operation Rescue, a group that tries to shut down abortion clinics, about an abortion doctor who recently opened a clinic in suburban Washington, according to an AP report in the Daily Record.

MO CO FLEET: Facing pointed inquiries from the County Council in a wrenching budget year, Montgomery officials have conceded that lax controls have led to abuses of the county’s fleet of employee take-home cars, writes Michael Laris for the Post.

PARTY DINNERS: The major political parties in Washington County will be holding their annual dinners in May, writes the Hagerstown Herald Mail.

About The Author

Cynthia Prairie

Contributing Editor Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor since 1979, when she began working at The Raleigh Times. Since then, she has worked for The Baltimore News American, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Prince George’s Journal and Baltimore County newspapers in the Patuxent Publishing chain, including overseeing The Jeffersonian when it was a two-day a week business publication. Cynthia has won numerous state awards, including the Maryland State Bar Association’s Gavel Award. Besides compiling and editing the daily State Roundup, she runs her own online newspaper, The Chester Telegraph. If you have additional questions or comments contact Cynthia at:

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