City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

July 10, 2008

Tougher integrity policy OK'd

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education passed a stronger integrity policy yesterday that reflects a need to "promote vigor and achievement" in schools, one year after a cheating scandal jolted Severna Park High School.

The new regulations clearly define cheating, fraud, plagiarism and more; the old policy had no definitions.

The policy goes on to say that cheating includes copying assignments, working together on independent assignments without teacher permission, and using unauthorized study aids or cheat sheets during tests.

"We needed a policy that clearly defined what is expected of students," said county schools spokesman Maneka Wade "Just looking on Wikipedia, you might not think you're cheating, but you are."

Baltimore

East side

2 rehabbers suffer electric shocks

Two men rehabbing a house in East Baltimore suffered electric shocks about 11:30 a.m. yesterday, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a fire department spokesman.

The men were working on a house in the 200 block of S. Madeira St., Cartwright said.

One of the men suffered cardiac arrest and was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, Cartwright said. The spokesman did not have his name. The other man, Larry Chavis Jr., 23, felt a jolt as he tried to pull the other man off an electric pole, Cartwright said. Chavis was treated at Hopkins and released.

Annie Linskey

Health Department

2 stores to halt sales of high-lead jewelry

The Baltimore City Health Department has ordered that two city stores stop selling children's jewelry after tests showed the items contained lead in excess of what city law allows, the health commissioner said in a statement.

The items tested are being sold at Y&K Mart in the 2200 block of Harford Road and Kmart in the 5100 block of Sinclair Lane, according to the Health Department. They are a Ladybug necklace, Ladybug earrings, a children's bracelet with fairy charms and beads, and an earring-and-ring set that resembles frogs.

Traffic

Repairs to close part of the JFX today

The right lane of the southbound Jones Falls Expressway from Guilford Avenue to Pleasant Street in Baltimore will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today for road repairs, the city's Department of Transportation said. Signs placed near the Cold Spring Lane exit ramps will warn motorists of possible delays.

Maryland

Chestertown

Educator to assist with BRAC response

The state's higher education commission has hired a Chestertown educator, counselor and Army veteran to help coordinate the response of Maryland's colleges, universities and career schools to the influx of defense jobs expected from nationwide military base realignment.

John S. Stephenson will be a liaison between the O'Malley administration and the Maryland Higher Education Commission on issues related to the expected relocation to Maryland military bases of about 15,000 defense jobs.

Baltimore County

Middle River

Person struck by freight train

An unidentified person was hit by a train on the CSX tracks at Middle River Road and Pulaski Highway, according to Baltimore County police.

A police spokesman said the accident happened about 8:50 p.m. The medical examiner was called to the scene, according to police.

No one else was injured.

Brent Jones

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