Week In Review

October 02, 2005

Region

Logo with new name unveiled at airport

Maryland officials on Tuesday unveiled the new logo for the newly minted Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

The name change for fast-growing BWI took effect yesterday.

The General Assembly debated the cost and practicality of changing the airport name to honor the first African-American Supreme Court justice until the final hours of this year's legislative session, with the state Board of Public Works giving final approval for the measure in August. Marshall, who served on the court from 1967 to 1991, died in 1993.

The airport plans to put up a temporary sign in front of the airport with Marshall's name in script sandwiched in between "International" and "Airport." Most of the rest of the directional signs on the highways and on the airport shuttle buses won't be changed for years. An on-site memorial to Marshall, a Baltimore native, is still in the planning phase.

Officials wouldn't provide an estimated cost for the name change, but a fiscal note attached to the bill indicates it could cost up to $2 million.

Maryland and Business sections, Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 27-28, 2005

Anne Arundel

Second man guilty of stealing from soldiers

The second of three former baggage handlers at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport accused of stealing electronics and other valuables from the checked luggage of soldiers being deployed overseas pleaded guilty to criminal charges Thursday.

Michael Harlee, 23, of Baltimore pleaded guilty in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to one count each of felony and misdemeanor theft of goods stolen last year while he worked at BWI. Identified were a laptop belonging to a soldier bound for Iraq and a digital memory stick belonging to an Air Force serviceman heading to Kuwait.

In November 2004, military officials told Maryland Transportation Authority Police that 31 soldiers complained that items had been taken from luggage at the airport, which the military uses as a hub. By the month's end, police had identified three likely suspects who worked for Signature Flight Support, which has a contract with the military.

Timothy Dixon, Harlee's lawyer, said his client knows he made a stupid mistake and cooperated with police. He is now pursuing a bachelor's degree at Morgan State University, Dixon said.

Maryland section, Friday, Sept. 30, 2005

Annapolis

Teen charged with murder in shooting

A 19-year-old man was charged with first- and second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of an Annapolis man Sept. 25.

Kelvin Jammar Bias, 19, also of Annapolis, appeared in a court hearing Monday via a television monitor in the Anne Arundel Detention Center before Anne Arundel County District Judge James W. Dryden.

Tiko James Smith, 24, of no fixed address was shot in the head in College Creek Terrace, police said. The two men knew each other and had had a fight shortly before the slaying, police said. Bias turned himself in an hour after the shooting and gave police a written statement, according to police documents.

Maryland section, Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Anne Arundel

Owens aide resigns, may run for Congress

Kevin O'Keeffe, a senior aide to Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens, resigned and said he is considering a run for the 3rd Congressional District seat -- an office that Owens might pursue.

Owens is barred by term limits from running for a third term as county executive next year. O'Keeffe, 41, said he had been waiting for Owens to declare her political intentions. The Baltimore native resigned Sept. 22.

O'Keeffe has worked for the past six years as Owens' legislative lobbyist. The Democrat previously worked in similar capacities for then-Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and the Baltimore public schools system.

Owens said she is keeping her political options open, although she has acknowledged that the 3rd District seat would be a good fit for her.

Maryland section, Wednesday, Sept. 28.

Linthicum

Ciena Corp. to open R&D center in India

Linthicum-based Ciena Corp. announced it will open its first research and development center in India, creating as many as 300 jobs over three years.

The added jobs would boost Ciena's worker ranks substantially. The company employs 1,500 people, including about 600 in Maryland. Ciena will not shift jobs from its four existing research and development centers -- in Linthicum, Georgia, Massachusetts and Canada.

The move comes as Ciena continues to struggle in the aftermath of the telecom sector's collapse. In August, the company reported a significantly narrowed net loss for its fiscal third quarter -- its 16th consecutive quarter in the red -- and Chief Executive Gary B. Smith vowed Ciena would break even in its next fiscal year, which begins Nov. 1.

Business section, Wednesday, Sept. 28.

Anne Arundel

Man gets eight years in fatal Crofton crash

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