- The Washington Times - Friday, April 10, 2009



Tourism director quits after 13 years

Ocean City's director of tourism and the Roland Powell Convention Center resigned Tuesday after 13 years.

Mike Noah resigned for personal reasons, resort officials said. His last day is April 17.

Mr. Noah accepted the director's job when Ocean City's convention center was being expanded and renovated in 1996. Since then, the convention center has doubled the town's meeting and convention space and has exceeded revenue projections.


Lawmakers sidestep transgender help

Activists for Maryland's transgender residents are worried the state legislature will adjourn for the second year in a row without getting any action on a bill that would prohibit discrimination against transgender people.

The measure would make it illegal to discriminate against transgender people in housing and employment. State lawmakers on panels in both the Senate and the House of Delegates heard testimony on the bill, but neither committee has taken a vote on the measure. The legislature is set to adjourn Monday.

Activists say they are frustrated that lawmakers won't take a stand on legislation that exists in 13 states and many local jurisdictions, including Baltimore and the District. Lawmakers say it is a complicated issue.


Trooper's family to get benefits

A state legislative committee has virtually ensured that the family of a Maryland state trooper who was killed by a driver while vacationing out of state will receive $185,000 in death benefits.

But the House Appropriations committee refused to extend line-of-duty death benefits to similar cases that may occur in the future.

The bill was sponsored by Frederick County lawmakers, who contend that 1st Sgt. Tobin Triebel, of New Market, was exercising to maintain his fitness for duty when he was struck by a truck while jogging along a road in North Carolina in November.

Sponsors say they expect the amended bill to pass both houses of the General Assembly.



Deeds campaign raises $600,000

State Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, Bath Democrat, raised $600,000 for his gubernatorial primary bid during the first quarter despite being banned from raising money for half of that time, his campaign said Thursday.

As a legislator Mr. Deeds was barred by state law from accepting donations during the 46-day session that ended Feb. 28. Mr. Deeds reported Thursday that his campaign had $1.2 million in hand.

One of his opponents, Brian Moran, resigned his House of Delegates seat to focus on the June 9 primary. Mr. Moran reported Wednesday that he raised $800,000 since January and had a balance of $823,000.

The other Democrat in the race, Terry McAuliffe, said Wednesday that he raised $4.2 million in the first three months of 2009 and had about $2.5 million available.

Republican Bob McDonnell has yet to report his totals.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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