News from around the Baltimore region

April 05, 2005


UMBC chess team wins national championship

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County chess team successfully defended its championship title over the weekend at the President's Cup, known to chess aficionados as the Final Four of College Chess.

In December, UMBC competed in the Pan-American Intercollegiate Chess Championship to qualify for the President's Cup. Although favored to win Pan-Am, as it had six times since 1996, UMBC took second place.

The top four U.S. college chess teams, decided by the Pan-Am results, competed Saturday for the President's Cup title in Lindsborg, Kan., home of the World Champion Anatoly Karpov International School of Chess. With a score of 10 points, UMBC defeated teams from the University of Texas at Dallas, Miami Dade College and Stanford University.

- Christina Hernandez


Howard inmate found hanged in cell in apparent suicide

An inmate at the Howard County Detention Center in Jessup was founding hanged in his cell, county police said.

Police said preliminary evidence points to suicide. The state medical examiner's office is conducting an autopsy.

A guard discovered Dean Cumbie, 34, of Cooksville at 8:41 p.m. Friday. He was taken to Howard County General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police spokeswoman Lisa Myers said that Cumbie, who was alone in his cell, was not on a suicide watch.

Police arrested Cumbie on Wednesday. He was awaiting extradition to Georgia, where he was wanted on identity-theft and drunken-driving charges.


Ex-schools employee charged with sending e-mail threats

A Harford County man who police say sent threatening e-mails to school officials and state politicians surrendered to officials yesterday, the Harford County Sheriff's Office said.

Douglas Andrew Kukucka, 42, showed up at the sheriff's office in Bel Air with a lawyer and was taken to Harford County Detention Center, where he was being held in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Kukucka, a former schools employee, is charged with sending threatening e-mails accusing the Harford school system of trying to cover up reports of toxic substances in county schools. Kukucka was charged last week with two counts of identity theft, four counts of misuse of electronic mail and one count in connection with spam deterrence.


Senior Solutions conference slates workshops on diabetes

The Baltimore County Department of Aging and other organizations will present Senior Solutions, a conference on diabetes, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 3 at the Sheppard Pratt Conference Center in Towson.

Workshops will be offered on "Advances in Research and Treatment," "A Dialogue Between Patient and Physicians" "Natural Ways to Halt Chronic and Premature Aging - with a Focus on Diabetes" and "Visual Complications of Diabetes - A Personal Perspective."

The cost of the conference is $55. Although the presentation is geared to professionals, anyone with an interest in diabetes is welcome. For a registration brochure, call 410-887-2002.


Touring HIV/AIDS lecture to stop at Hopkins tonight

A touring lecture program on HIV/AIDS will make a stop at the Johns Hopkins University tonight. The program, "Does HIV Look Like Me?" is visiting 20 college campuses across the country, focusing on HIV awareness, prevention and testing.

The presentation, which will feature a panel of HIV-positive young adults, will begin at 6 p.m. at Arellano Theater in Levering Hall, 3400 N. Charles St.

The tour is sponsored by two HIV/AIDS advocacy groups and a company that manufactures an HIV test. Information about the test and where it is given locally will be available at the presentation.


Morgan professor to speak on `The African Diaspora'

Morgan State University's Institute for Urban Research will hold its second annual Robert B. Hill Lecture at 11 a.m. tomorrow in the school's Murphy Fine Arts Center.

The lecture - which is free and open to the public - will feature Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, a professor of history at Morgan, who will speak on "The African Diaspora."

Terborg-Penn is coordinator of graduate programs in Morgan's Department of History. Her recent books include Women in Africa and the African Diaspora: A Reader; Black Women's History at the Intersection of Knowledge and Power: Twentieth Anniversary Anthology; and African-American Women in the Struggle for the Vote: 1850-1920.


Police at 3 universities OK union representation

Police officers at three state universities in the Baltimore area have voted for union representation - with a Fraternal Order of Police lodge chosen as bargaining agent for two of them, and the Maryland Classified Employees Union for the other.

"We have a huge turnover rate," said Cpl. Robert Cordell of the Towson University police force, who is president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 82. "We just can't retain people, and it's hard to recruit them because of the wide pay disparity between us and officers in [Baltimore] City and County."

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