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May 06, 2009

MDE looking into Homeland fish kill


State environmental officials are investigating what might have killed more than 200 fish in a lake in Homeland, a spokeswoman said yesterday. Residents of the North Baltimore neighborhood reported seeing dead fish last week in one of three lakes on Springlake Way. The fish appeared to have died from lack of oxygen in the water, said Dawn Stoltzfus, spokeswoman with the state Department of the Environment. "We've never had this problem before," said Lynn L. Petersons, operations manager for the Homeland Association, which maintains common areas in the neighborhood. She said residents had reported smelling sewage near the lake last week. Water samples found high levels of E. coli bacteria in the water, according to the MDE spokeswoman. Investigators are checking reports of a private contractor working at a home near the lake and of city workers flushing a nearby sanitary sewer, she wrote in an e-mail.

Tim Wheeler

Towson event Friday to honor police officers


The Baltimore County Police Department will hold a memorial event at 10 a.m. Friday at the Courthouse Plaza in Towson to honor officers who died in the line of duty or while serving county residents. This year, the department will offer a special tribute to Lt. Michael Howe, who died of a stroke in August after working on a murder-suicide case, and Cadet Josh Weir, who died of cancer the same year. Eight county police officers have died in the line of duty over the past 135 years.

2nd Fulbright teacher from Notre Dame


A second College of Notre Dame senior has been named a Fulbright teaching assistant, the school has announced. English major Marcella Jones of Northeast Baltimore will teach English in Ecuador during the 2009-2010 academic year. In March, the college announced that senior Cassandra Bales was chosen to teach in Indonesia. The Fulbright program awards about 1,000 new grants to undergraduates each year.

Cumberland blanket maker to shut factory

Blanket maker Biederlack of America says it has closed its U.S. headquarters and manufacturing plant in Cumberland. The company said Tuesday that 48 people lost their jobs in the shutdown. It employed as many as 300 people in 2005 but has cut jobs in each of the last two years. In a printed statement, Biederlack blamed slow retail sales and its inability to obtain a bank loan. Ten years ago, the company was North America's biggest maker and distributor of sports-licensed blankets, throws and pillows.

Associated Press

Task force pushes to increase Md. teachers

A Maryland task force on education has submitted some preliminary recommendations to improve math and science studies in kindergarten through high school. One of the top goals is to triple the number of teachers who graduate from Maryland colleges with degrees in science, technology, engineering and math who go on to teach in state schools. Now, about 120 teachers graduate each year from Maryland colleges with science-oriented degrees who end up teaching in state schools. The task force wants to boost that to about 360 a year.

Associated Press

BW Parkway lanes closed for accident

Authorities say northbound lanes of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway were closed in Greenbelt after nine people were injured in a crash. Prince George's County Fire Department spokesman Mark Brady says the people were traveling in a minivan that left the road and hit a tree Tuesday afternoon. The accident occurred on the parkway, between the Good Luck Road overpass and the Capital Beltway. One person is in critical condition, two are in serious condition and the rest have minor injuries. All were taken to area hospitals.

Associated Press

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