In The Region


March 26, 2009

Human bones found near Westminster

Unidentified skeletal remains were found behind an industrial area in Carroll County, state police said Wednesday. The age, sex and race were not known, according to a news release issued by the state police. The remains were taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy. Just before 5 p.m. Tuesday, state police were called to the 900 block of Baltimore Blvd. near Westminster. Police said a person who had been walking through a wooded ravine behind a manufacturing company reported seeing what appeared to be a human skull in an area where debris had been dumped for several years. On Wednesday, State Highway Administration personnel aided investigators in clearing away a thick area of underbrush, police said. Beneath a ground cover of leaves, rock and construction debris, investigators recovered human skeletal remains. No potential identity has been immediately suggested through missing person reports, police said. Investigators are checking with surrounding jurisdictions and have issued an alert to police agencies throughout the region.

Joe Burris

Patuxent River rates a poor report card

For the second consecutive year, Maryland's longest river has received a near-failing environmental grade from Patuxent Riverkeeper, a stewardship group. The report card, issued Wednesday, was based on sampling by volunteers, who monitored water quality and biological standards at 51 stations, from the Howard-Montgomery county line to the river's mouth at the Chesapeake Bay 110 miles away. While the upper reaches of the river got grades of C and C-minus, the stretch south from the Charles-St. Mary's county line received an F. Among the biggest threats to the river are storm-water and construction runoff; sewage overflow from wastewater treatment plants; and the proliferation of paved surfaces, the report card said.

Candus Thomson

UB set to launch $40 million campaign

The University of Baltimore is to announce the launch Thursday of a $40 million capital campaign - its largest ever - to raise money for scholarships, programs and facilities. The university, based in the Mid-Town/Belvedere neighborhood, has raised $26.6 million toward its goal. UB has grown in recent years, accepting freshmen and sophomores for the first time (it had previously been only upper-division students) and opening a new student center. A new $107 million building for the university's law school is scheduled to open in 2012. As part of the campaign launch, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd will deliver a keynote address.

Stephen Kiehl

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