- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 29, 2007

MARYLAND

BALTIMORE

O'Malley considering tax increases

Gov. Martin O'Malley is looking at a variety of tax increases to help close a projected $1.5 billion deficit.

Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, made no specific proposals during a meeting with the editorial board of the Baltimore Sun. But he was outspoken in his support for changing the state’s income tax structure so that the wealthy pay higher rates.

He said other possible solutions include increasing the sales tax from 5 percent to 6 percent, closing corporate tax loopholes and legalizing slot machines at racetracks. Mr. O'Malley also said he was “open to compromises and consensus” in dealings with lawmakers. Senate Minority Leader David R. Brinkley, Frederick County Republican, said tax increases are not necessary.

WESTMINSTER

Woman says earring in her sandwich

A Westminster woman says she found an earring in her fish sandwich from Burger King.

Valarie Saunders says the earring cut the roof of her mouth while she was eating July 21 at the restaurant on Baltimore Boulevard in Westminster. She described the earring as a multicolored stud with the back on it.

Miss Saunders says she got a tetanus shot after the incident and plans to take an HIV test. She made a formal complaint Tuesday to the Carroll County Health Department and also said she is considering filing a lawsuit.

Health department officials visited the restaurant and determined the origin of the earring was unknown.

Restaurant manager Jamie Naill said Burger King also was conducting an investigation but declined further comment.

Miss Saunders received a letter Friday from Burger King apologizing for the incident.

GLENARDEN

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