Regional Digest

In Harford County

Executive to attend economic summit in Washington


BEL AIR - Harford County Executive James M. Harkins will travel to Washington tomorrow to attend President Bush's two-day economic summit, which starts today.

"It's not very often that you get a call from the White House asking you to come to something," Harkins said yesterday. He said he would be doing more listening than talking, but if given the chance to express his thoughts on one of the topics, "Preparing Americans for Tomorrow's Jobs," he would not be shy about contributing his "two cents."


Harkins said he will miss today's session to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the renovation of a waste disposal power plant in Edgewood. Del. Charles R. Boutin, of Harford County, also has been invited to attend.

In Maryland

Dels. Edwards, O'Donnell keep House GOP posts

Republicans in the House of Delegates unanimously re-elected lawmakers from Western and Southern Maryland to lead them for the coming year.

Del. George C. Edwards of Garrett County was selected as minority leader, and Del. Anthony J. O'Donnell of Calvert County was chosen as minority whip for the second consecutive year.

Edwards and O'Donnell are credited with keeping the 43-member caucus unified in support of Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s agenda.

O'Donnell also is known for aggressive stands, such as voicing support for a coup to topple House Speaker Michael E. Busch, an Annapolis Democrat.