Arundel school system reduces furlough days


The Anne Arundel County Board of Education voted Wednesday to cancel one of its planned furlough days for all school system employees. The board voted unanimously to reduce the number of furlough days to between one and four. Principals and senior and executive staff will incur the most days; teachers will have two. The move, which was recommended to the board by Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell, was possible because of a number of cost-saving actions, school officials said. The board approved furlough days in June for all employees except school bus drivers and bus aides as part of more than $40 million in cost-cutting measures to bridge a budget gap. Originally, the maximum was five furlough days. "We have tightened the screws and we continue to tighten the screws to find savings when possible," Maxwell said.

- Nicole Fuller

Authorities ask for help in finding missing boater


Police are asking for assistance in locating a 49-year-old man who lives near Annapolis after an empty kayak was found floating in Oyster Creek. Maryland Natural Resources Police are looking for anyone who saw Gerard "Jerry" Robert Welsh, whose Chevrolet Avalanche was found near the Oyster Harbor shoreline. Sgt. Art Windemuth said the search for Welsh began after an empty kayak and a life preserver were found Tuesday afternoon. National Resources Police, the Coast Guard and Anne Arundel County firefighters and police conducted a water and land search Wednesday. The search is to resume today. Anyone with information is asked to call Cpl. Brian Rothgeb at 410-260-8888.

- Jacques Kelly

Republican Pappas bows out of governor's race

Mike Pappas, the first Republican to wade into the 2010 gubernatorial contest in Maryland, is dropping out and throwing his support behind another GOP candidate, Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. Pappas said Hogan has a "proven track record" of appealing to voters from other parties and the ability to mount the grass-roots and fundraising operation needed in a contest against incumbent Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley. Pappas, a construction attorney from Perry Hall, also cited family commitments and a growing legal practice as reasons for ending his campaign. Hogan, a real estate company executive who tried unsuccessfully to unseat U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer in the 1990s, served in former Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s Cabinet. While he appears to be ramping up his campaign, Hogan has said he would withdraw if Ehrlich runs. A decision from Ehrlich could be months away.

- Laura Smitherman

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