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September 04, 2005

Institute to help China fight AIDS

Already a force in the fight against AIDS in Africa, the Institute of Human Virology is expanding its reach to Asia. The organization, part of the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, signed an agreement at a conference in Baltimore to help China control its emerging AIDS epidemic.

Orioles release pitcher Ponson

The Orioles placed pitcher Sidney Ponson on unconditional release waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract, ending a relationship that began in 1993. The club noted his conduct, including three arrests since December.

High school pays heavy war toll

Students returned to the first day at Forest Park High School and mourned two recent graduates who died recently fighting overseas. Army Staff Sgt. Damion G. Campbell was killed Aug. 26 in Afghanistan. Army Spc. Toccara Renee Green died in Iraq on Aug. 14.

Plans for state office complex

State officials are considering tearing down the 25-acre downtown Baltimore state office complex and turning it into the foundation for a new entertainment, retail and residential hub. The potential redevelopment site would be the largest such effort in modern city history.

Financial analyst Westheimer dies

Julius M. Westheimer, a Baltimore investment banker, raconteur and financial analyst for newspapers, radio and TV, died at 88.

Howard County plans smoking ban

County Executive James N. Robey is preparing legislation that would ban smoking in Howard's restaurants and bars, following the example of Montgomery and Talbot counties and, supporters hope, strengthening momentum for a statewide ban.

Poverty growing in Maryland

New census data showed a growth in poverty in both Baltimore and Maryland, even as the state remains one of the nation's wealthiest. The city data show that as Baltimore prospers, large sections of it remain mired in poverty.

Man convicted in arson case

A federal jury convicted Patrick S. Walsh, 21, for helping set a blaze that engulfed a community in Charles County last year, in one of the largest residential arsons in state history.

State home prices up 23 percent

Maryland home prices rose nearly 23 percent for the 12-month period that ended in June -- a rate not seen in at least three decades. The state ranked seventh in the nation in one-year appreciation.

Van Susteren to run for Senate

Lise Van Susteren, a psychiatrist and sister of Fox News television personality Greta Van Susteren, announced she will be a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Paul S. Sarbanes.

Pennsylvania fugitive found dead

A three-day manhunt for an armed Pennsylvania fugitive ended when his body was found in a parking area of Patapsco Valley State Park in Howard County -- an apparent suicide, police said.

Ehrlich won't disclose golf partners

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has released records showing he played in 18 charity golf tournaments since 2003 but has declined to disclose his partners in those matches or the dates and partners for other private games.

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