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Annapolis Sunday Capital (Newspaper) - May 19, 2013, Annapolis, Maryland INSIDE TODAY’S PAPER Our 56-page Readers Choice 2013 capitaigazette.com k (Hljr ^uttiiag (Capital MAY 19, 2013 A Capital-Gazette Newspaper ® — Annapolis, MD $1.50 Winning Powerball numbers / A2, A4 GET YOUR COUPONS: As much as $264 worth of money-saving coupons in todays paper. GOP biggest spenders on meals, mileage 10 county lawmakers outspent Dems during the General Assembly INSIDE • To see how much each member of the county’s legislative delegation spent on food, lodging and mileage, see Pago A14 By ALEX JACKSON ajacksonC4capgaznews.com Anne Arundel County lawmakers spent nearly $42,000 of state money on dining and driving during the 2013 General Assembly session. The county’s 10 Republican state senators and delegates claimed nearly $25,000 in reimbursements from Mary land for meals and mileage in 2013. Anne Arundel’s 10 Democrats claimed nearly $17,000. The dollars add to money county lawmakers were reimbursed for lodg ing. In April, The Capital reported that Democrats outspent Republicans 47-to-l on hotel stays during the session. Democrats spent more than $47,000 on lodging, while Republicans spent just $1,000. Altogether, the county’s blue party legislators outspent their red counterparts nearly 2.5-to-l. In addition to their annual salaries of $43,500, state lawmakers can be reimbursed $42 per day for meals and 56.5 cents per mile for driving. They also can get lodging expenses of up to $101 per day for the 91 days encom passing the 90-day session. Republicans criticized Democrats like Del. Pam Beidle of Linthicum for using state money to spend nights in a hotel during the session when she lives in the same county as the State House. Prior to the start of this year’s General Assembly session, the GOP asked Beidle to return the money. (See SPEND, Page A14) ‘I’d do it again in a minute’ Woman tends to abused grandson By HEATHER RAWLYK email@example.com Her expressions vary when she looks down at her 3-year-old grandson, Xzavier. Adoration. Sadness. Worry. Xzavier’s face remains blank. “He’s not your typical child. He might not ever be,” Roberta Virts said, wiping away tears while clutching the child in their modest Glen Bumie home. “I’m just worried about future stuff. The older I get ...” Roberta was nearing 60 and working overtime as a technician at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore when her family’s lives were forever altered on March 9, 2009. It was on that night her son, Thomas H. Virts III, 28, lost his temper with his son Xzavier, then just 6 weeks old. Virts told police he’d been up with his son between 2 and 7 a.m. He said he tried several things to calm the fussy infant: bouncing the baby and rocking him with a jerking motion, with out supporting his head. In the end, Xzavier was bleeding from both sides of his brain, and had abdominal trauma, a liver contusion and brain swelling. (See ABUSED, Page A14) Homes away from home Locals do well renting their houses to families of midshipmen this week By WENDI WINTERS Correspondent The Raabes can thank the Naval Academy for their landscaped yard and refurbished wooden front porch. Leslie and Steve Raabe annually rent their four bedroom, three-bath West Annapolis Home for $4,750 during the academy’s Commissioning Week. A family from California is renting the house as a home base in Annapolis this week The graduation ceremony is Friday at Navy Ma rine Corps Memorial Stadium. This is the fourth year the Raabes have rented their home during Commissioning Week. The Raabe family usually stays in a local hotel for a couple of nights so the parents can work and their boys, ages 9 and 7, miss only three days of school. Later in the week, they head to their vacation cottage in Cooperstown, N Y When the Raabes open their home to strangers, they lay out ground rules. Smoking and pets are not allowed. “We know it’s a special time for them, but we ask they refrain from keg parties with 50 people,” Leslie said. Parents, family members and friends descend (See HOME, Page A13) ONLINE EXTRA Check capitalgazette.com on your computer or mobile device all week for special Commissioning Week coverage, including a dining guide and event information for families visiting the area. OXBOW WINS PREAKNESS AP photo Jockey Gary Stevens, right, celebrates aboard Oxbow Saturday after winning the 138th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Itsmyluckyday, center, ridden by John Velazquez, finished second; and Mylute, ridden by Rosie Napravnik, finished third. Kentucky Derby winner Orb finished fourth. Orb was a 3-5 favorite in Saturday’s race, but he became another casualty of starting on the rail in the Preakness. Since 1950, only two horses have won the middle jewel of the Triple Crown from the No. 1 post position. For the story, see Page Bl. SUNDAY'S WEATHER 69 64 HIGH LOW SHOWERS Monday: Stormy. C2 HEALTH & FITNESS SALT: Too much isn’t good for us, but getting too little salt in our diet may be bad too. D3 U LIFESTYLE 3-D PRINTING: This “mind-blowing” »technology is a game changer in the world of arts and crafts. D1 Like us on Facebook capitalgazette BUSINESS LOAN PROGRAM: Some money from state casinos will fund a loan program that targets high-tech startups. C4. □ Follow us on Twitter capgaznews General................410-268-5000 Classified.............410-268-7000 Circulation 410-268-4800 ¡O CJ O 4 sections, 40 pages Arundel Report Best Sellers ... Business ........ 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