Regional Digest

REGIONAL DIGEST

August 31, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Maryland

University system declines to sell Horn Point lab

The University System of Maryland will not sell or develop the Horn Point Laboratory near Cambridge, but could decide on uses or sale of other properties, a Board of Regents committee said yesterday.

Chancellor William E. Kirwan has asked school officials to look for sites that could be sold or rented and help ease the system's budget problems. The 13-school system will receive about $122 million less this year from the state.

Meeting in Baltimore, the Board of Regents Finance Committee said it would not consider selling the lab, an 840-acre site on the Choptank River that would be highly desirable to developers. "It's too important to the state," said David H. Nevins, the committee's chairman, noting that scientists use the site to study the Chesapeake Bay.

In Anne Arundel

Huntingtown man killed in motorcycle accident

DAVIDSONVILLE -- A Southern Maryland man was killed Sunday morning when he lost control of his motorcycle on Route 214 in Davidsonville and was hit by a car, Anne Arundel County police said.

Richard Eric Sieling, 25, of the 900 block of Warner Drive in Huntingtown died of internal injuries at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Police said Sieling was riding north on Patuxent River Road about 11:40 a.m. when he failed to stop for a flashing red signal at Route 214. While he was trying to avoid a Ford sedan that had entered the intersection, his 2002 Kawasaki flipped over, they said. Sieling was thrown from the motorcycle, hit by the Ford and landed on the side of Route 214, police said. The driver of the Ford was uninjured.

In Prince George's

Officials still investigating outbreak of illness at UM

COLLEGE PARK -- County officials are still investigating an outbreak of illness that affected nearly 60 people who attended a conference in College Park last week.

The victims -- including staff and faculty from the University of Maryland, College Park -- experienced vomiting, diarrhea and nausea after returning from a retreat at the American Center for Physics building Aug. 24. Two were treated at a local hospital, officials said.

The symptoms are similar to those experienced by a group of high school students who were infected by the norovirus this month while attending a camp at the University of Maryland here. The norovirus is a highly contagious, but rarely fatal, illness that affects victims for several days and is passed through surface contact.

Health officials say it is unlikely the two outbreaks are related, but were still awaiting test results yesterday.

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