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March 28, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Maryland

GOP delegates ask U.S. to investigate juvenile facilities

ANNAPOLIS -- Saying lawmakers have been denied important information, Republican members of the House of Delegates have asked the U.S. Justice Department to investigate whether staff at state juvenile facilities have violated the civil rights of young offenders.

"The Glendening administration has failed to address the serious and ongoing problems in the juvenile justice system," said Del. Charles R. Boutin of Harford County in a letter to Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Boutin said his requests to review reports of incidents have been denied, thwarting the General Assembly from completing its work on legislation to reform the juvenile justice system.

Schaefer urges start of ICC planning

ANNAPOLIS -- Comptroller William Donald Schaefer urged state transportation officials yesterday to start planning for the Intercounty Connector now that Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. have come out in favor of it.

"All of the candidates [for governor] are in favor of the ICC, and we should pick it up right now rather than wait another seven months," Schaefer said at yesterday's meeting of the Board of Public Works.

The proposed 17-mile highway would connect Interstate 270 in Montgomery County with Interstate 95 in Prince George's County.

In Anne Arundel County

March rainfall at BWI is most since August

LINTHICUM -- Rainfall for March at Baltimore-Washington International Airport reached 3.40 inches during Tuesday evening's storm -- the most in any month at BWI since August and just slightly less than normal for the first 26 days of March.

The National Weather Service said the airport will need more than a half-inch more rain by Sunday to end the month with normal rainfall -- 3.93 inches.

In Prince George's

Family sues HMO in death from anthrax

UPPER MARLBORO -- The family of postal worker Thomas L. Morris Jr., who died of anthrax last fall, has filed a $50 million lawsuit against Kaiser Permanente, alleging that a nurse practitioner failed to diagnose his illness or prescribe life-saving antibiotics.

Morris, 55, of Suitland was exposed to the deadly spores from anthrax-laced letters addressed to two U.S. senators when the mail passed through the Brentwood postal facility in Washington.

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