In Brief

IN BRIEF

October 19, 2008

Balto. Co. schools seek ethics panel member

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The Baltimore County Board of Education is seeking a volunteer to serve on the Ethics Review Panel for the public schools. The advisory body interprets Ethics Code policies, issues advisory opinions and acts as a hearing examiner. Applicants must be U.S. citizens age 18 or older. They not hold, or be a candidate for, any elected or appointed office; and may not be an incumbent school board member, public schools employee or the spouse of such a person. They also may not be registered lobbyists for an organization that might pose be a conflict of interest. Deadline for applications is Oct. 31.

Roadwork to affect Perring Parkway

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The State Highway Administration will begin resurfacing Perring Parkway in Baltimore County between Joppa Road and the city line today. The project also includes resurfacing and reconstructing concrete medians and the sidewalk at Putty Hill Avenue, Taylor Avenue, Oakleigh Road and McLean Boulevard. The SHA is also replacing traffic signal loop detectors on Perring Parkway at Joppa Road and Putty Hill Avenue with video detection units. During work, single-lane closures in each direction will occur from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, weather permitting.

State senators inquire about medevac system

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Two Maryland state senators want to know more about a helicopter crash last month that killed four people and seriously injured a fifth. Sens. John C. Astle and E.J. Pipkin sent a letter Friday with 38 questions to the Maryland State Police and the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services System, which oversees the state's emergency response network. The letter asks why the medevac helicopter fleet remains partially grounded. It also poses questions related to maintenance and other safety issues. James Brown, a spokesman with the emergency medical services system, said he had not seen the letter and could not comment.

The Associated Press

Frederick Coke bottle goes to Hagerstown plant

FREDERICK: A 16-foot Coca-Cola bottle that has overlooked Frederick's Market Street for more than 40 years is heading to Hagerstown. The bottle was removed from the company's closed Frederick distribution center Friday. The company says the bottle was placed atop the Frederick plant in the 1960s as part of a national marketing campaign. The bottling plant was built in 1947 and later became a distribution center but was closed last year because the site did not allow for expansion.

The Associated Press

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