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   Annapolis Sunday Capital (Newspaper) - November 24, 2013, Annapolis, Maryland                                 .  capitalgazette.com  • ' fi* 1  «0mmm  ®hr#imhau  NOV. 24, 2013  A Capital-Gazette Newspaper ® — Annapolis, IVID  ARUNDEL BUSINESS SPORTS  LIFESTYLE HEALTH  COUPONS  $191  Volunteers help Veterans graduate Reynolds leads    Ravens    ‘A    Christmas    Year-round    sports’    Worth    of  families B1    program    B4    Navy    to    victory    Cl    Report    C5    Carol’    D1    toll    on    kids    D5    savings    inside  $20M  in overtime  By BEN WEATHERS  bweathers@capgaznews.com   Thomas Middleton may be the hardest-working man in Anne Arundel County.  The 21-year county police veteran worked nearly 1,800 hours of overtime in fiscal 2013 — more than any other county employee, according to an analysis of overtime expenses by The Capital. That earned him more than $103,000, on top of his $82,000 annual salary. Middleton, a corporal, is one of hundreds of county employees who worked more than a half-million hours of overtime in the 12 months that ended in June, taking home $19.9 million in additional pay.  Critics say the 46.5 percent increase in overtime from three years ago is evidence of fiscal mismanagement, as well as a need for more staff and better pay In the police and fire departments.  “Overtime is a symptom of a deeper issue,” said Del. Steve Schuh of Pasadena, a Repub lican candidate for county executive. “Our deeper issue is that we’re understaffed in public safety.”  County Executive Laura Neuman, appointed in March to replace John R. Leopold, said she inherited the practice of encouraging employees to work overtime. It saved the county on health and retirement benefits for new employees, but has potentially negative consequences, Neuman said.  ONLINE EXTRA  • Search our database of fiscal 2011, 2012 and 2013 overtime pay for Anne Arundel County government employees at capitalgazette.com  Some Anne Arundel County employees,  particularly police and firefighters, had their fiscal 2013 salaries nearly doubled due to overtime  (See OVERTIME, Page A10)  OTHER DEPARTMENTS  Source: Anne Arundel County Graphic by Greg Nucifora, Staff  Searching for the county’s most vulnerable homeless  By TIM PRUDENTE  tprudente@capgaznews .com  Volunteers stumble into the dark woods.  Someone is sleeping out here.  Vines snag their sneakers. Brambles pull at their pants.  They know the homeless camp is ahead.  Then, a tent.  “Anybody home?” Elizabeth Kin ney calls.  Silence.  Kinney and nther volunteers are searching for, homeless who might not survive another winter in the open. It’s 38 degrees. It’s 4:30 a.m.  “Hello? We’re here to help.”  Kinney steps closer. Maybe someone inside is hurt or sick.  This is the first organized effort in the county to reach those most at risk.  , “You OK in here?"  Silence.  Kinney directs the Annapolis homeless shelter, Light House.  She’s participating in 100,000 Homes, a national effort to bring  SUNDAY S WEATHER  38 25  HIGH  LOW  SOME SUN, BLUSTERY  Monday: Sunny. B2  By Matthew Cole, Staff  Elizabeth Kinney, executive director of the Light House shelter in Annapolis, searches a homeless camp near Westfield Annapolis mall with volunteer Cheryl Peguese early Tuesday morning. More than 50 volunteers searched county woods last week to Identify homeless people most at risk this winter.  housing to vulnerable homeless.  Three times last week, volunteers searched in the early-morning dark. Plainclothes police went, too. Searches started at 3:45 a.m.  because the-homeless don’t linger in bed when sleeping on the November ground.  (See SEARCH, Page All)  Dozens testify in favor of starting high school later  By ALLISON BOURG abour g@capgazne ws. com  It’s pitch black outside when Anne Arundel County high-school-ers crawl out of bed to begin their days.  In Heather Macintosh’s home, her 16-year-old daughter is up at 5:30 a.m. to catch the school bus an hour later.  Her daughter’s first class at Annapolis High School starts at 7:17 a.m. — the earliest high school start time in the state.  “There are kids asleep in her first class. How are they supposed to get the best out of their education?” said Macintosh, leader of the group Start School Later.  Macintosh was one of 50 people who appeared before the Anne Arundel County Board of Educa tion last week, seeking to delay school start times.  Advocates of later class start times appeared in black T-shirts, to indicate the color of the sky when their children wake up for school. About three dozen testified, including parents, teachers, students and medical profession als.  The members of Start School Later want class to start no earlier than 8 a.m., with students on the buses no earlier than 7 a.m.  On Wednesday, they asked asked interim schools Superintendent Mamie Perkins and the board to form a task force to explore changing the times for the 2014-2015 school year. The board did not take any action on the issue.  Dr. Daniel Lewin, associate director of the sleep medicine program at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., said teenagers’ biological clocks don’t allow them to fall asleep before 11 p.m., and this has nothing to do with rebellion or pa rental control.  “This is biology,” Lewin said, adding that teenagers need at least nine hours of sleep each night.  Earlier this year, more than 2,000 people signed a petition to move back start times in the county’s public schools.  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