The Howard County Sun will receive four awards from the Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Press Association in a ceremony Thursday.

The awards are for reporting in 1990. Winners, in the division fornon-daily newspapers with a circulation of more than 12,000, are:

Public Service: Second place to Deidre N. McCabe for a package ofarticles on the use of probation verdicts for drunken drivers.

Contest judges noted that the articles, charts and photos made "a somber message very accessible" to readers.

The articles prompted the state Attorney General's Office to review the practice. That report has not been completed yet.

Cartooning: First place to Rob Snyder for three unrelated cartoons. Snyder's cartoons appear every Sunday in The Howard County Sun.

General News: First place to Deidre N. McCabe for articleson the state psychology license revocation of a Columbia man. The licensed psychologist was nationally known in connection with several high-profile child custody cases. The administrative proceedings of the state psychology board were secret.

General News: Second place to Deidre N. McCabe and Lorraine Mirabella, reporters, for three articles about a county court ruling that awarded back rent to a couple because the town house owners did not have a rental permit, though the property was not substandard. The ruling caused a run on rental permits at county offices and led a County Council member tosponsor legislation to amend the rental permit conditions.

In addition, Howard County Sun reporter Jackie Powder will share in the best-series award to The Carroll County Sun. The series of articles examined the rising cost of homeownership in that county.

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