Domino Sugar Corp. will pay $35,000 to settle a federal...

City/County Digest

June 02, 1998|By From staff reports

WHITE MARSH — Domino Sugar Corp. will pay $35,000 to settle a federal lawsuit accusing it of polluting the Inner Harbor by spilling sugar from its Key Highway refinery, the Environmental Protection Agency said yesterday.

From 1991 to 1997, state inspectors said, they saw sugar falling into the Patapsco River from a conveyor belt, a "syrupy coating" at the company's wharf and brown foam flowing from storm drains.

The EPA and Maryland Department of the Environment filed lawsuits last year. MDE spokesman Quentin Banks said the state is seeking $500,000 worth of spill prevention work to settle its case. Domino lawyers were not available for comment.

Construction resumes at Hopkins cancer center

Work resumed yesterday at a cancer center being built at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, a week after police in riot gear were called in to break up a dispute between union and nonunion workers.

A scuffle broke out Wednesday at the north gate of the site, on Broadway between Monument and Orleans streets, when five nonunion workers crossed a picket line organized by the AFL-CIO Heat and Frost Insulators' Local 24.

The Laurel-based union is protesting the use of nonunion workers on the $125 million center. Nearly two dozen protesters remain at the site, said Keith Wagner, a business representative for the union.

WHITE MARSH -- The "Fax of Life" educational program will be expanding into several county middle schools in the fall.

The program was begun as a partnership between Action Business Systems and the county public schools and already is in five county schools. Nineteen middle school guidance counselors recently said they want to add the program to their schools.

In the program, ABS donates Toshiba office equipment to the schools, and students use the equipment to pose questions to area business executives about career options, internships and other topics. Participating companies include GE Information Services, Arbitron and the Baltimore Ravens.

Police charge boy, 14, with having BB gun in school


TOWSON -- County police arrested a 14-year-old yesterday and charged him as a juvenile with possession of a deadly weapon on school property.

The Towson High School ninth-grader, whose name was not released by police or the school, was arrested after another student told police that the ninth-grader had showed him a gun on a school bus.

Police searched the ninth-grader's house and found a BB pistol matching the one described by the other student, said Sgt. Kevin Novak. School spokesman Donald I. Mohler said the incident was under investigation by school officials. Bringing a gun or a look-alike gun on school property carries an automatic suspension of a year, Mohler said.

Curran to honor efforts against crime statewide


CATONSVILLE -- Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. will visit the Catonsville Center for Alternative Studies today as part of a statewide program recognizing successful anti-crime efforts.

The program is called Spotlight on Prevention. In the ceremony at 9: 30 a.m., Curran will present certificates honoring 30 programs that have helped at-risk youth avoid juvenile crime, according to a spokesman for his office.

Among those being honored are Police Athletic Leagues from Baltimore and Baltimore County, the Catonsville Center, the Exodus program, the Center for Safe Schools and Community, Maryland's Tomorrow and the Delta Community Outreach Center.

Pub Date: 6/02/98

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