Week In Review

April 30, 2006


Boy, 10, mauled by loose pit bull

A 10-year-old Pasadena boy on his way to school was mauled by a pit bull last week, Anne Arundel County police said. Police killed the dog. Its owners were charged with two counts of posing a public safety threat after the attack Tuesday in the 200 block of Whitaker Road.

About 7:50 a.m., officers responded to a report of a pit bull and a collie chasing children in the street. A 10-year-old girl told an officer that her friend was being attacked by a dog. The officer found the boy lying on the ground around the corner with a pit bull on top of him. The officer drew his gun, shouted at the dog and it ran away. Later, the officer shot the dog in a nearby yard after it became aggressive.

The boy was treated for bites and cuts to his head, face and hands at Baltimore Washington Medical Center.

Animal control officers identified the dogs' owners as Maria Rosario Alejandre and Arturo Alejandre Miramontes of the 200 block of Whitaker Road.

Maryland section, Wednesday


Ads will pay for wireless Internet

Annapolis will soon become one of the first cities in the country to offer free wireless Internet access provided by a private company and paid for entirely by advertising - a model that analysts say could be adopted nationwide.

Unlike other cities with wireless networks - such as Philadelphia or Houston - the Annapolis plan carries no fees for users or investment by taxpayers. A local company, Annapolis Wireless Internet, will build the network and pay for it by selling local ads that users will have to view upon accessing the network.

The Annapolis network, which has been running in parts of the city since February, covers much of the downtown area and will expand across the entire city in the summer.

A section, Tuesday


A cryptic question about hero's remains

A hundred years ago April 24, President Theodore Roosevelt, along with a host of Cabinet members, congressmen and officials from the French and American navies, hosted one of the grandest events Annapolis has ever seen: the state funeral of John Paul Jones.

Ever since, Jones - considered the father of the American Navy and a Revolutionary War hero - has been entombed at the military college. His remains are guarded to this day by midshipmen in the basement of the chapel, the first stop for many of the 1 million tourists who visit the campus each year.

But Adam Goodheart, interim director of American Studies at Washington College in Chestertown, has posed a troubling question for the academy: Does the crypt really hold Jones' embalmed body, or were his remains left behind in a desecrated Parisian cemetery?

In this month's issue of Smithsonian magazine, Goodheart explores the history of how the body was found and declared to be that of the legendary sailor who, when asked to surrender during a sea battle, cried, "I have not yet begun to fight!"

Maryland section, April 23

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