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January 22, 2009

Howard teacher loses bid to keep working during suit

A federal judge has ruled that a Howard County teacher who won a racial discrimination lawsuit against the school system two years ago cannot return to work while a subsequent suit she filed is pending. Michelle Maupin, 40, an English teacher at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, has been on paid administrative leave since September, when she said the principal, an assistant principal and a police officer came to her classroom and ordered her to leave the campus. Maupin, who is black, believes she was placed on leave because of a new $1 million suit that says she has received several reprimands, including one after telling administrators that a fellow teacher used a racial slur in front of students. In July 2007, a jury awarded Maupin $237,000 in compensatory and punitive damages for racial discrimination she suffered while teaching at Centennial High in Ellicott City.

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Burst pipe closes senior center, moves hearing

Water from a pipe ruptured by subfreezing weather caused extensive damage to a Columbia senior citizens center, forcing it to be closed for two weeks, Howard County officials said yesterday. The incident at Florence Bain Senior Center forced the relocation of tonight's county Planning Board hearing on redevelopment plans for downtown Columbia. The meeting, which begins at 6 p.m., will be moved to Wilde Lake High School.

Water main break closes Maryland House, clogs I-95

An underground water main break between the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 and the Maryland House restaurant and rest stop in Riverside has forced the closing of the busy facility for at least two days and is expected to affect traffic while crews work to repair the break, according to state police at the John F. Kennedy Barracks. The break was reported at 11:28 p.m. Tuesday.

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