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December 09, 2008

Two members of city ethics board sworn in

Newly minted Baltimore ethics board member Alexander Chambers came to the attention of Mayor Sheila Dixon because they both work out at the Downtown Athletic Center. As she was swearing in Chambers yesterday at a City Hall ceremony, along with another ethics board member, Dixon said she doesn't usually chat at the gym, but came to learn that Chambers was a Republican and asked him to submit his resume to City Hall. All of the city's boards and commissions must include one member of the minority party. Chambers, a former diplomat and current City College teacher, said that the ethics board has a role ensuring a "sense of transparency" in local government. Dana P. Moore, a senior attorney at Venable LLC, was sworn in as the chair of the ethics board. Dixon also swore in five people to serve on the Board of Fire Commissioners.

Annie Linskey

Harford school board votes to delay new school

The Harford County school board voted unanimously last night to delay funding for one of two new elementary schools on which construction was set to begin in the coming months. The decision would put off construction of Red Pump Elementary School, which would have cost $33 million, for several years. The board did not delay work on Campus Hills Elementary, which will cost the same amount and be ready in 2011. Schools Superintendent Jacqueline C. Haas, County Executive David R. Craig and school board President Patrick Hess said at a news conference that the decision to delay work on Red Pump was prompted by cost concerns and the realization that the county school system is losing students."This is the fiscally responsible thing to do," Hess said.The County Council has final say on whether to delay the school construction.

David Kohn

New JHU library building to honor Brody, his wife

The Johns Hopkins University will build a $30 million library on its Homewood campus to honor outgoing President William R. Brody and his wife, Wendy, the university said yesterday. The building is expected to open in 2012. Brody steps down in March.

Stephen Kiehl

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