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News From Around The Baltimore Region

April 24, 2005

O'Malley leads Ehrlich in poll

After a confrontational General Assembly session, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has slipped behind Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley in a potential 2006 contest for governor, according to The Sun Poll. Meanwhile, the poll found that former NAACP head Kweisi Mfume has the edge among Democrats hoping to replace U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, and that Republican Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele would run neck and neck against any of them.

High court to hear Annapolis case

In a case that could narrow Miranda rights, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of a teenager who allegedly implicated himself in an Annapolis carjacking-killing but was not tried because state judges determined he was unfairly questioned by police.

5 Bay Bridge lanes to be open

All five lanes of the Bay Bridge are expected be open by Memorial Day weekend, state transportation officials said in an update on a resurfacing project that has drawn widespread criticism.

FBI seizes Hornsby files

FBI agents seized documents and computer files from the office of Prince George's County schools chief Andre J. Hornsby in an investigation into his dealings with education vendors.

Towson plans hit a wall of protest

Despite early support from Baltimore County officials and an approved $7 million in public funding, a plan to include college dormitories and a large entertainment venue in a downtown Towson development project is generating opposition from community groups.

12 freed after overlong jailing

Twelve unlawfully detained suspects were ordered set free from Baltimore's state-run Central Booking and Intake Center, where dozens of detainees have been jailed for more than 24 hours without seeing a bail commissioner, in violation of Maryland law.

Center tries to rebound from fire

The Park Heights Family Support Center tried to pick up the pieces from a fire that caused $125,000 in damage. The staff is not sure where to relocate several classes and worries that the center's teenage clients will stop seeking help.

Signaling a change in traffic lights

Baltimore is less than a year away from finishing a three-year, $21 million project to build a new centralized timing system that will control its 1,300 traffic signals. When complete, the city will have one of the most advanced traffic management systems in the nation, officials said. Many motorists, however, remain frustrated with poorly synchronized lights.

Search for a courthouse stench

Officials said there is no evidence that dead and decaying rodents are to blame for a pungent smell that forced the closing of a courtroom in the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse. Instead, officials said greasy potato chip stains and soda spills might be to blame.

Md. elderly population growing

Census projections say Maryland's population will reach 7 million by 2030, an increase of nearly 33 percent. The number of Marylanders age 65 or older is expected to double to about 1.2 million.

State defends handling of inmate

An inmate who died after a struggle with correctional staff at a Western Maryland prison was handled appropriately and did not appear to be in medical distress afterward, say court papers filed by state the attorney general's office, which is representing the officers. Ifeanyi A. Iko's family is seeking $28 million in a civil lawsuit.

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