Journalist @baltimoresun writer artist runner #amwriting Chaplain PIO #partylikeajournalist

Journalist @baltimoresun writer artist runner #amwriting Chaplain PIO #partylikeajournalist
Journalist @baltimoresun writer artist runner #amwriting Md Troopers Assoc #20 & Westminster Md Fire Dept Chaplain PIO #partylikeajournalist

Saturday, May 18, 2002

20020517 Bad Times Supervirus Warning Alert Caution and Advisory

Bad Times Supervirus Warning Alert Caution and Advisory

May 17th, 2002

If you receive an e-mail entitled “Bad times”, delete it IMMEDIATELY. Do not open it. Apparently this one is pretty nasty.

It will not only erase everything on your hard drive, but it will also delete anything on disks within 20 feet of your computer.

It demagnetizes the strips on ALL of your credit cards. It reprograms your ATM access code, screws up the tracking on your VCR and uses subspace field harmonics to scratch any CD’s you attempt to play.

It will program your phone auto-dial to call only 900 numbers. This virus will mix antifreeze into your fish tank.


It will drink ALL your beer. FOR GOD’S SAKE, ARE YOU LISTENING??

It will leave dirty underwear on the coffee table when you are expecting company. It will replace your shampoo with Nair and your Nair with Rogaine, all the while dating your current boy/girlfriend behind your back and billing their hotel rendezvous to your Visa card.

It will cause you to run with scissors and throw things in a way that is only fun until someone loses an eye.

It will rewrite your backup files, changing all your active verbs to passive tense and incorporating undetectable misspellings, which grossly change the interpretations of key sentences.

If the “Bad times” message opened in a Windows 95/98 environment, it will leave the toilet seat up and leave your hair dryer plugged in dangerously close to a full bathtub.

It will not only remove the forbidden tags from your mattresses and pillows. It will also refill your skim milk with whole milk.


And if you don’t send this to 5000 people in 20 seconds you’ll fart so hard that your right leg will spasm and shoot straight out in front of you, sending sparks that will ignite the person nearest you.

Send to everyone...

In case you are a blonde, this is a joke.

Rec’d 200205

Wednesday, May 15, 2002

20020514 Getty won’t seek reelection

Getty won't seek reelection
by Lauren King Carroll County Times

May 14, 2002

Del. Joseph M. Getty, R-Carroll, announced Monday that he would not run for re-election in an effort to honor the two-term limit promise he made during the last election.

Getty did say that he would like to run for state Senate some day, but not against Sen. Larry E. Haines, R-Carroll.

"I've waited to see how things were lining up as far as Larry Haines' decision," Getty said. "I really want to honor the term-limit pledge that I made, and it seemed like this was the right time to announce it."

He said that if Haines changes his mind about running for state Senate, he would run for the seat.

But for now, Getty said he wouldn't be dropping out of the political scene. He said that he plans to help with U.S. Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich's campaign for governor, and his petition against the governor's legislative redistricting plan is still going through the Maryland Court of Appeals process.

Getty said that he would not reconsider his decision about the House of Delegates even if the legislative redistricting plan were amended to give Carroll a district completely within the county. The current plan would pit the three Carroll delegates - Getty and Dels. Carmen Amedori and Nancy R. Stocksdale - against each other for two seats.

Under the governor's plan, Carroll's Fifth District will be shared with a portion of western Baltimore County, where Republican Del. A. Wade Kach is the current incumbent.

20020514 Baltimore Sun: Westminster council OKs 03 budget

Westminster council OKs ’03 budget

The $21.9 million plan includes city's first tax increase in five years

May 14, 2002

The Westminster Common Council adopted last night a $21.9 million budget for fiscal 2003 that includes the city's first tax increase in five years - 4.8 cents - and $2.5 million for the long-awaited Longwell parking garage.

"When you take the [Longwell] garage out, there's been very little real growth in our budget, only $100,000 over last year's" budget, said Councilman L. Gregory Pecoraro, finance committee chairman.

The city's budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, includes money for day-to-day operations, its building program and water and sewer funds. No changes were made in water and sewer rates.

4.8-cent tax increase

The property tax will increase 4.8 cents to 40 cents per $100 of assessed value.

That means the owner of a home with an assessed value of $125,000 will pay $500 in property taxes next year, instead of $440, officials said.

When work on the budget began in April, city officials faced a $2.1 million difference in spending and revenue. The council trimmed $1.6 million from the spending plan in a work session. The tax increase will generate about $500,000 in additional revenue, officials said.

The additional revenue will cover $300,000 in road repairs on Royer Road. About $75,000 is designated for new salting equipment, improvements to the tot lot at Kings Park and a new position in the Fire Department.

The budget calls for a 1 percent cost-of-living raise for city employees.

In addition, the city will reserve $125,000 for a pension enhancement plan for Westminster Police Department. The city and the 43-member police department have yet to agree on a plan.

Council President Damian L. Halstad said the council is on the verge of scrapping the existing plan and devising an alternative more agreeable to the department.

Other business

In other business last night, the council:

Introduced a revised special capital benefit assessment fee that calls for commercial and residential developers to pay about $1,000 more to help cover the costs of expanding services.

Canceled its meeting May 27 for the Memorial Day holiday.

20020514 Baltimore Sun: Westminster council OKs 03 budget