City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

December 04, 2007

Grant to aid upgrade of fitness center

The Baltimore County Council unanimously agreed last night to accept a $25,000 grant that is to be used toward the expansion and renovation of the fitness center at the Cockeysville Senior Center.

The money, donated by the Cockeysville Senior Center Council, brings total spending on the project to $210,000. The county opened the fitness center at the York Road site in 2003. It is open five days a week and has about 275 members. The renovation, designed to meet the high demand for the facility, is expected to last about six weeks.

Josh Mitchell

Anne Arundel

: Glen Burnie

Man pleads guilty to child-porn charge

A 39-year-old Glen Burnie man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to possession of child pornography while he was living in Hawaii.

The case against Gregory D. Corbitt was transferred to Maryland because Corbitt moved from Hawaii before his indictment.

According to the statement of facts presented to the court as part of his guilty plea, Corbitt possessed more than 600 images of child pornography in late 2006 on a laptop computer owned by his wife and on compact discs stored at her home. At the time, Corbitt's wife was an active-duty Air Force member living on Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii and the case was investigated by the military.

Corbitt later admitted that the child pornography on the laptop computer belonged to him, prosecutors said.

He faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, followed by supervised release for life when he returns to U.S. District Court in Baltimore on Feb. 22.

Matthew Dolan

Baltimore County

: I-95

Public discussion today on I-95 project

An "open house" discussion of the Interstate 95 express toll lanes project is scheduled for tonight in White Marsh. The public is invited to meet members of the design and construction teams and discuss the project.

The project spans 10 miles of I-95, from just south of the I-95/I-895 split to just north of Route 43 in White Marsh. The project is designed to ease congestion and increase safety by adding two express toll lanes in each direction of I-95, among other improvements.

Motorists can choose to travel the general-purpose lanes at no cost or pay a toll to use the toll lanes.

The open house will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the I-95 Express Toll Lanes Project Office, 8019 Corporate Drive, Suite F, White Marsh.

Dundalk

Harbor View Park topic of meeting

A third meeting about the development of Dundalk's Harbor View Park is scheduled for tonight.

The Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks is seeking public input on issues raised about the park, at Fait Avenue and 48th Street. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at Eastwood Center Elementary Magnet School, 428 Westham Way.

Information: 410-887-3871.

Baltimore

: Johns Hopkins

School again leads in research spending

Johns Hopkins University spent more on science, engineering and medical research in 2006 than any other U.S. academic institution, according to rankings released yesterday by the National Science Foundation.

Hopkins spent nearly $1.5 billion on research last year - nearly twice much as the runner-up, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which spent $830 million.

The announcement marks the 28th consecutive year that Hopkins has held the lead in U.S. research spending, a run that began in 1979 when the science foundation changed its methodology to include spending by Hopkin's Applied Physics Laboratory.

The laboratory, which receives large grants from the U.S. Department of Defense to develop military technology, accounted for $709 million of Hopkins' 2006 research spending.

Chris Emery

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