In Wicomico County
Dudley-Eshbach invested as president of Salisbury State
SALISBURY - Janet Dudley-Eshbach was formally invested yesterday as the eighth president of Salisbury State University in a ceremony that brought Gov. Parris N. Glendening to the Eastern Shore campus.
"In a world that is growing ever smaller and becoming increasingly integrated through technology, my plans ... include a renewed commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and a greater emphasis on globalization and diversity issues," Dudley-Eshbach, 47, said in prepared remarks.
Delivering an official greeting to the new president, who started in July, Glendening said, "I'm very proud that she has been recognized for her leadership in higher education, and that she has been a role model for women in the workplace."
In Anne Arundel
Personnel official resigns after test-rigging inquiry
A senior Anne Arundel County personnel official has submitted his resignation after an internal investigation found that he rigged a typing test for a friend in the Public Works Department by letting someone else take the exam, according to a high-ranking county official.
Joseph W. Alton III, a senior personnel analyst and son of former County Executive Joseph W. Alton Jr., tendered his resignation Friday.
Alton came under scrutiny in July when it was alleged that he arranged to let a teen-ager take the typing test for a friend of his. The teen-ager said she took the test so that a 28-year-old female employee could rise from clerk 4 to secretary 3 status.
Baltimore City employee killed in Beltway crash
A Baltimore public works employee was killed yesterday when he lost control of a dump truck on the Beltway's outer loop near Brooklyn Park and it overturned.
Pronounced dead at the scene was Adam Sykes, 32, a Department of Public Works employee since 1998 who lived in the 4200 block of Bonner Road in West Baltimore. The crash occurred about 2:30 p.m. near Route 10, said Cpl. Greg Prioleau, a police spokesman.
Sykes had been hauling a load of asphalt to the Quarantine Road landfill in Curtis Bay, a spokesman for the city Department of Public Works said. The truck hit the left guardrail, tipped onto the passenger side and came to rest across two lanes of traffic, police said.
State changes rules to aid wind-powered fishing fleet
ANNAPOLIS - Nearly a year after the Chesapeake Bay's oldest working skipjack went down in a gale off Tilghman Island, the state has eased restrictions on the last wind-powered commercial fishing fleet in America in hopes of forestalling another sinking.
The change allows skipjack captains to decide which two days of the week they will use small yawl or push boats equipped with powerful diesel engines to move their vessels over oyster bars.
Previously, captains were allowed to use the boats only on Mondays and Tuesdays. The new rules give them the flexibility to sail on days the wind is good, use push-boats on days the wind isn't good and stay in when conditions are dangerous. The change was recommended by a 15-member panel appointed by state Comptroller William Donald Schaefer.