Week In Review

May 27, 2007

North County

State penalizes power plants

In a major shift, Gov. Martin O'Malley's environmental agency has decided to enforce air pollution rules at coal-fired power plants that were routinely ignored under past administrations.

The Maryland Department of the Environment announced Thursday a settlement with Constellation Energy that will impose $100,000 in penalties and require $9 million in pollution control equipment at its H. A. Wagner and Brandon Shores power plants in Anne Arundel County, and the C. P. Crane power plant in eastern Baltimore County.

Maryland section, Friday

Millersville

Camping trip brings child abuse claim

Anne Arundel County police are investigating allegations of child abuse during an overnight camping trip.

The principal of Shipley's Choice Elementary School in Millersville, Linda M. Ferrara, has been transferred to the Board of Education's central office during the probe, Bob Mosier, a school system spokesman, said Tuesday.

Mosier said she was not on the April 26-27 trip to Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center in Millersville; he confirmed only that her May 14 removal was part of the "overall investigation."

Cpl. Mark Shawkey, a county police spokesman, said police received a complaint May 3 about the trip. He declined to elaborate, except to say it involved alleged child abuse.

Maryland section, Wednesday

Anne Arundel

Leopold, council restore budget cuts

The County Council and County Executive John R. Leopold redirected $8.1 million in next year's budget to restore unpopular cuts to the school system and nonprofit agencies.

Council members were unable to say where they had pulled the money from, other than that it came from a pool of possible cuts hashed out by the county auditor and Leopold's budget staff.

Anne Arundel section, Wednesday

Anne Arundel

College Board criticizes school

The College Board chided Severna Park High School for lax test monitoring that permitted cheating on the Advanced Placement U.S. history exam.

The AP program's parent company said an inexperienced proctor failed to follow rules banning cell phones and talking in the May 11 incident, which some top-ranked students at Severna Park have said is only the latest example of rampant cheating.

Maryland section, Wednesday

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