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   Annapolis Capital Gazette (Newspaper) - October 31, 2010, Annapolis, Maryland                                 Duke upsets Navy  SPORTS / B1         ■m Stewart-Colbert          HH rally merges      \ ^ ■. » V ' h i« \ %    HH comedy, activism      HHI NATION / A3     imioAv/ FREE 7-day pass at Premier Fitness  COUPON / C3  oH^t ^unöau Capital  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2010  A Capital-Gazette Newspaper — Annapolis, MD  $1.50  Animal Control euthanizing undersized kittens, puppies  Under policy, abandoned animals under 1.5 pounds are put down  By SCOTT DAUGHERTY Staff Writer  For more than 16 months, county Animal Control officers have been under orders to euthanize impounded kittens, puppies and other wildlife weighing less than 1.5 pounds — regardless of their health or ability to eat.  Failure by the officers to comply with the rule — which primarily affects kittens 6 weeks old and younger — wiU result in "immediate and progressive disciplinary measures," according to a short, partially handwritten memo dated June 23, 2009, that Animal Control officials said last week remained "largely in effect."  Several local animal rights advocates attacked the standing orders last week as inhumane. They argued many of the animals that are being put down under the policy could survive; that kittens can start eating soft foods as young as 3 weeks old or even be bottle-fed.  (See ANIMAL, Page A9)  Wendy Cozzone, chairwoman of the county's Animal Welfare Council and director of Cheryl's Rescue Ranch In Gambrliis, holds Soclts, a idtten she claims Animal Control would have euthanized If she had turned It over to the county.  By Shannon Zirkle — The Capital  Governor and other state offices  Future at stake for O'Malley, Ehrlich  Winner to set state's agenda, carry fortunes of his party  By LIAM FARRELL Staff Writer The stakes for Democrats and Republicans could hardly be higher in the rematch between Gov. Martin O'Malley and former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a race heading for a resolution on Tuesday. Whoever wins wiD not only set  the state's agenda for the next four years, but also carry the fortunes of his party. Can Democrats buck a seeming tidal wave of conservatism and show a superiority in numbers that solidifies their dominance? Can Republicans find a victory on a large stage and create a platform to develop more talent and electoral consistency?  Unlike other contests around the country featuring incumbents versus outsiders, O'Malley and Ehrlich are the well-established leaders of their parties. In appearances and debates across Maryland, their respective terms  have been as much a subject of contention as their visions of the future.  O'Malley maintains his administration has managed to reduce spending and weather the recession without abandoning the core priorities of Marylanders, especially education and its No. 1 national ranking.  According to his administration, Anne Arundel County received an 86 percent increase in school construction money and a 40 percent increase in education  (See GOVERNOR. Page AlO)  VOTER'S GUIDE  The Capital today concludes its previews of ballot questions and races for elected offices in the Nov. 2 election:  • Today: Governor and Question A?'  • ImM«: Looking fonvard to Tuesday. Pages A6, A12-13,03.  All stories and additional voting information will be available at Hometown Annapolis.com  Question A: Casino or no casino at mall?  Much hangs in the balance for most expensive local campaign  By ERIN COX Staff Writer The fate of Maryland's largest and most lucrative casino rests in the hands of Anne Arundel County voters. Depending on whom you ask, Question A can deliver salvation or destroy a community.  More money has been spent to sway local voters on this referendum question than on  the entire statewide effort to legalize slot machines two years ago. While the question simply asks whether to uphold or overturn a county zoning law, the implications of the vote are far more complicated and, many argue, have been confused by advertisements in which each side condemns the other's ads as misleading.  Several recent polls have shown voters split on the issue, even though competing campaigns have poured more than $8 million into stuffing mailboxes, roadside signs and  airtime with their messages. Both sides held dueling press conferences on Friday to sway whatever voters remain undecided, and both sides pledge to keep up the fight until the polls close.  "It's fUU-on, full-throttle, knocking on doors, sending out advertisements, robo calls, television, media advertisements, all the way," said David Jones» president of No Slots at the Mall and a Hanover resident who lives near the proposed casino site.  (See QUESTION A, Page A15)  Alderman proposes City Council overhaul  Mayor would leave council, gain veto power  By JOSHUA STEWART Staff Writer  After a tumultuous year that included nvunerous financial struggles for Annapolis, Alderman Dick Israel is working on a massive overhaul of the city's political structiure. Among his plans is a charter amendment that would remove Annapolis' next mayor from the City Council but give him veto powers. It also would create a ninth ward.  Israel, D-Ward 1, said his plan would allow for tougher scrutiny of the city's budget. Under the current structure, the mayor writes the budget and submits it to the council. Then, the mayor and council members review and vote on it. Israel's proposal would take the mayor out of the budget review process.  "I don't think that the mayor can propose the budget and act as a scrutinizer of his own work," Israel said.  Israel's proposal also would add a ninth political ward and give the mayor the power to veto any bill the council approves and to use line-item vetoes. However, the council could override vetoes with a two-thirds majority.  Also, since the mayor would no longer be on the council, the remaining council members would elect a president to facilitate their meetings.  "It would align Annapolis government with the traditional American form of government which is a separation of powers," Israel said.  If his charter amendment passes, it would make the city's legislative structure more akin to systems in larger governments, including Anne Arundel County. According to the Maryland Mimicipal League, there are nearly 160 municipalities in Maj^land, a third of which have a mayor with veto power. Of those, fewer than 10 have a mayor that is completely separate firom the council.  A finished version of the bill has not been released, but Israel said he plans to introduce it at the Nov. 8 council meeting. However, if it passes, it wouldn't take effect until after the next mayor and council take office in December 2013.  Israel's colleagues have more questions than support.  Mayor Josh Cohen said the city's legislative process could be improved by the measure, but he would rather make incremental changes instead of restructuring the entire  (See OVERHAUL, Page A15)  WEATHER  6140  HMW  low  SUNNY: Sunny tomorrow, too. D2  BUSINESS  MAJOR MINORS:  Annapolis firm's BioHamess technology helped Chilean miners. C8  HEALTH & FITNESS  COLD OR AUJERQIES7:  Finding the answer is key to feeling better. 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