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April 20, 2009

Local students up for award

Two local high school students were selected as finalists in a nationwide epidemiology contest, and both will learn Monday whether they will receive a $50,000 college scholarship.

Jason Bishai, Hannah Bands and 10 others are competing for the grand prize in the Young Epidemiology Scholars competition, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The students have already won $15,000 scholarships for becoming finalists. They could win further scholarships of $35,000 and $20,000.

Epidemiology examines patterns of disease, illness and injury within populations, with the goal of developing methods for prevention, control and treatment. The winner will be announced at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington.

Bishai, 18, a senior at Dulaney High School in Baltimore County, examined how public-policy makers can best combat tuberculosis.

Bands, 18, who will be the valedictorian at Polytechnic Institute, said her project focuses on Chinese and Korean immigrant mothers, examining how the quality of their relationships with their husbands affects the children.

Brent Jones

Four people wounded in Balto. Co. shooting

Two people were shot in the legs in the 7800 block of St. Claire Lane in Dundalk about 6 a.m. Sunday and were taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, according to Baltimore police. Police said two other people, who were not at the scene when officers arrived, were also shot in the incident and went independently to a city hospital. None of the victims was identified, and their conditions were not known.

Brent Jones

Council to propose lower dog leash fines

Councilman Edward L. Reisinger and other Baltimore City Council members are expected to introduce legislation Monday that would lower fines for dog owners who are ticketed for not having their animals on a leash. Earlier this month, city animal-control officers began issuing violators $1,000 tickets, an amount that is 10 times the previous fine for first-time offenders. Reisinger told a crowd of about 100 that gathered last week to discuss the fines that the original bill was to protect dogs from abuse and that the leash law was part of that bill. The proposed new legislation is expected to decrease the fine to $250 for first-time offenders, with step increases for further violations.

Brent Jones

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