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Great Moments at the Board of Public Works

Truth be told, meetings of the Maryland Board of Public Works can be a little dull. The primary task of the three-member panel -- made up of the governor, comptroller and state treasurer -- is to approve state contracts.

So it will be interesting to see just how often the new "Great Moments in the History of the Board of Public Works" section of the panel's recently revamped Web site -- -- gets updated.

The current entry may be hard to top:

"From the Minutes of the Meeting of January 20, 1887:

A petition of the citizens of the eighth district of Anne Arundel County, asking that they be furnished with a cannon to protect oyster grounds from depredation, was presented to the Board and ordered to be filed. The Board decided that they have no authority for such proceedings - besides they have no cannon."

By John Wagner  |  December 12, 2007; 9:51 AM ET
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