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Administrator, yes; Administration, not so much

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Attorney General Doug Gansler's office issued a news release the other day that referred to the "Gansler Administration." As in, "Protecting and improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries is a priority of the Gansler Administration."

Was there a Curran administration?

Gansler's predecessor doesn't think so.

"I don't remember using that term," Joe Curran said.

Not for lack of trying, at least on the part of former Curran spokesman Kevin Enright.

"Despite the fact that time and again I tried to hold Curran administration meetings, they never caught on," Enright said. "I'd usually end up in large conference rooms by myself, with several unused name tags that read 'John Smith - Curran administration.'"

The American Heritage Dictionary defines "administration" as "the executive branch of a government." You know, the branch headed by presidents, governors, mayors - not attorneys general.

But "administration" can also refer to "people who manage or direct an institution, especially a school or college." Gansler does manage a large governmental institution. Does that make the term appropriate?

"Absolutely," said Gansler spokeswoman Raquel Guillory. "It's not the first time we've used it."

What does the O'Malley administration think about the existence of a Gansler administration? No comment.

I had better luck with the Franchot administration, which, as it turns out, goes by "comptroller's office."

"I can assure you we never refer to the administration as the 'Gansler Administration,'" said Joseph Shapiro, communications director for Comptroller Peter Franchot.

Shapiro put one of those e-mail smiley-faces at the end of his message, so the AG - no, make that GA - will know he's just joshing.

Rosie O'Donnell did leave an empty chair ...

About 40 members of the once-and-(they hope)-future Ehrlich administration had a reunion the other night at a shopping mall bar. Among the more interesting attendees: Bob Ehrlich.

An even more intriguing one: Joe Steffen.

I'm told the ex-Gov and his ex-Prince did not interact. (Maybe His Darkness really was irrelevant to their world.)

Hottest gossip making the rounds that night at DuClaw Brewing Company in Arundel Mills: That The View was trying to get Kendel Ehrlich on the show and had asked the former first lady to send in her resume.

Political chatter lately has had Kendel Ehrlich getting into politics in own her right - considering runs against Rep. Wayne Gilchrest or perhaps state Sen. Janet Greenip. But The View?

View spokesman Karl Nilsson said the show had not approached the former first lady and, in fact, had never heard of her. "It could be her people sent [a resume]," he said. "This is the first we're hearing of it."

Once-and-current Ehrlich spokesman Henry Fawell said the former first lady does not intend to run for Congress. But he did not rule out an appearance on The View or in the Greenip race: "Kendel Ehrlich is a talented and professional woman who keeps all her career options open."

A bird from his hand, a bird on the helmet

As a Hopkins undergrad in 1966, Neil Grauer started drawing a blue jay for a comic strip in the student newspaper. He kept drawing it, even after he moved on to the News American as a reporter and cartoonist, and later, as a writer for Hopkins medicine. At the request of men's lacrosse coaches, Grauer drew a new bird for every game - say, swatting Navy's goat or making soup of Maryland's terp - to post in the locker room.

The cartoon has become the unofficial emblem of Hopkins athletics, despite the school's attempt in the 1990s to go with "a more modern, ornithologically correct profile of a blue jay," Grauer said.

For the first time this year, as the team entered the playoffs, Grauer's blue jay was added to helmets. The champs came by Grauer's house the other day to give him a scrap of the goal net. He also got a helmet signed by the whole team.

Says the bird man: "I'm still flying high."

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