The Week That Was

August 03, 2008

County schools to go wireless

When Baltimore County schools reopen their classrooms to students this month, the system is expected to be the only one in the region with wireless high-speed Internet access in each of its buildings. The development would be the realization of a goal for districtwide connectivity set by Joe A. Hairston when he became county schools superintendent nearly a decade ago.

Officials inspect local colleges

Federal civil rights officials inspected several Baltimore-area colleges recently, the first clear indication in two years that the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights might be approaching a decision on whether Maryland has satisfied its obligations under a five-year desegregation plan that ended in 2005. Maryland is one of seven states that have not yet fulfilled federal goals of eliminating the vestiges of separate public college systems for black and white students.

Arrest made in 1987 rape

For the second time in two weeks, Baltimore County police have charged a man in a decades-old rape. Lewis P. Thornton Jr., 38, of the 500 block of W. Lafayette Ave. in Baltimore was arrested and charged with first-degree rape and three counts of first-degree sex offense in a 1987 attack on a 23-year-old Towson woman, police said.

Man, 41, held in rapes, killings

Baltimore police have charged a Gwynn Oak man with raping and killing a 15-year-old girl, raping and killing a prostitute, and raping and nearly killing another, according to police and court records obtained by The Sun. They were among the victims of a series of killings and a dozen assaults in 2003 and 2004 that sparked concern among sex workers that they were being targeted. City police said at the time that they didn't think most of the killings were linked.

Two indicted in racing deaths

Two men have been indicted in the deaths of eight people who had gathered to watch an early-morning drag race on an isolated road in Prince George's County, an accident that highlighted the popular pastime in that area and sent authorities scrambling for new ways to curb the illegal activity. Darren Bullock, 20, and Tavon Taylor, 18, both of Waldorf, were charged with eight counts of vehicular manslaughter, as well as reckless driving and street racing, in the Feb. 16 crash.

Three saved from court elevator

Three people were rescued from a malfunctioning elevator in the Baltimore County Courts Building in Towson that suddenly dropped a few feet after stopping at the lobby, a county Fire Department spokeswoman said. One man was taken to Sinai Hospital as a medical precaution, but did not have life-threatening injuries, said Elise Armacost, the spokeswoman. Two teenage boys who were in the elevator refused treatment.

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