To Charles Stroh, who's stepping down after 11 years of guiding young men and women through the training program called Leadership Hagerstown. His help was invaluable.
To Jordan Kisiel, Michael Wagner, Eric Watts, Jason O'Neal, Melvin Osborne and Lindsey Hayes, six Washington County students whose hard work won them the chance to compete in the Maryland State Georgraphy Bee.
To Maryland's House Appropriations Committee, for refusing any compensation to a man who spent nearly eight years in prison for a murder he didn't commit. Another lawsuit in the making.
To Maryland Insurance Commissioner Steven B. Larsen, for his proposal to fine insurers for every late payment to health-care providers. It now takes an average of 84 days, two weeks more than the law allows.