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April 24, 2009

McDaniel head Joan Develin Coley to retire

Joan Develin Coley, the president of McDaniel College, announced Wednesday that she will retire after a decade of leading the Westminster college. Coley, 64, has spent almost her entire career at McDaniel. She joined the faculty in 1973 and was provost when she became the college's first female president in 2000. Her retirement will be effective June 30, 2010. Under her watch, the school changed its name from Western Maryland College to McDaniel College. She has led the college to a more global, interdisciplinary curriculum and is near completing a $65 million capital campaign. McDaniel's board of trustees is forming a search committee to find a new president.

Stephen Kiehl

Pierre to enter race for Annapolis mayor

Zina Pierre, owner and manager of a Washington-based consulting firm, plans to announce Friday that she will run to be Annapolis' next mayor. Pierre, 44, a Democrat, is a lifelong Annapolitan. In addition to doing consulting and community development work, Pierre worked in the Clinton administration for eight years as a special assistant to the president for intergovernmental affairs. She is also a preacher. Pierre plans to announce her candidacy Friday evening at Eastport Elementary School. She is the seventh candidate to announce an intention to succeed Mayor Ellen O. Moyer, who finishes her second and final term in December.

Tyeesha Dixon

Maryland Hunt Cup to bring road closures

Temporary road closures are planned in the Worthington Valley area Saturday for the Maryland Hunt Cup steeplechase race, Baltimore County police said. Beginning at 2 p.m., traffic heading east from Worthington Avenue on Tufton Avenue will be detoured onto Dover Road. Traffic heading west on Tufton Avenue from Falls Road will be stopped to allow race-goers to safely cross Tufton Avenue on foot. These intersections will be closed from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Worthington and Tufton avenues; Belmont Avenue and Butler Road; Mantua Mill and Geist roads; Tufton Avenue and Falls Road; and Dover and Tufton Ridge roads. No parking permits for the race will be sold the day of the event.

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