City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

December 16, 2005

Boys' Latin headmaster since 2004 resigns post

The headmaster of Boys' Latin School has resigned, and the school's board has hired a former president of the University of Baltimore to replace him.

Scott K. Gibson III, a 1978 graduate of the school and a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, had been headmaster of the Baltimore County school since June 2004. H. Mebane Turner, who led the University of Baltimore until 2002, has replaced him.

At a meeting of the board of trustees Wednesday, Gibson said he was resigning because of philosophical differences with the board, said board President J. Duncan Smith.

Gibson, reached at home, declined to comment. He had alerted the board's executive committee earlier in the week about his plan, Smith said.

Turner, who had been a school trustee for 10 years, "was a natural go-to guy," Smith said.

Liz F. Kay

Maryland: Crabbing

Watermen expecting a top harvest season

Despite a chilly spring, Maryland crabbers expect the season to wind up among the best in memory, with catches rising in the summer and prices staying high through the fall because of fewer crabs coming from the Gulf Coast. The year's catch should total about 32.3 million pounds, about the same as last year, which was especially strong, said Lynn Fegley, head of Maryland's Blue Crab Program. Maryland's crab season ended yesterday. "We had a great year. It started out slow, but it ended real big," said Larry Simns, president of the Maryland Watermen's Association.

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Baltimore: Events

Nature center offers winter animal tour

The Carrie Murray Nature Center is sponsoring a nature tour from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow to teach people how animals survive the cold winter. There will be a talk, a look at birds of prey, a short nature hike and a visit to the insect zoo. Admission is $3. The center is at 1901 Ridgetop Road. Information: 410-396-0808.

Disabled, other kids to stage `Grinch'

The Variety Children's Theater Project is putting on a production of How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Farring-Baybrook Recreation Center, 4501 Farring Court in Curtis Bay, at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Performers include seven children with disabilities and five without, and is designed to encourage both groups to work together. The play is free and open to the public, but sponsors request $2 donations or nonperishable food. .

Pratt library

All branches closing at noon today

All branches of the Enoch Pratt Free Library system will be closing at noon today. The branches also will be closed some days over the holidays: Saturday, Dec. 24; Sunday, Dec. 25; Monday, Dec. 26; Sunday, Jan. 1; and Monday, Jan. 2.

Anne Arundel: Jessup

Electrical fire displaces inmates

A small electrical fire at the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup forced evacuation of about 10 inmates to the gymnasium yesterday morning. There were no injuries. A spokesman for firefighters said that the fire in a mechanical area cut power to some parts of the facility, including exterior gates. Maj. Priscilla Doggett, a spokeswoman for the state-run prison system, said the prison's emergency communications center was activated. Cells were not damaged.

Melissa Harris

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