Around The Region

July 04, 2009

Sinai chief to head heart association board

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The president and chief operating officer of Sinai Hospital of Baltimore is the new chairman of the American Heart Association board of directors. Neil M. Meltzer, 53, will be responsible during his one-year term for the association's business affairs, public relations and fundraising, and will preside over Cabinet meetings. Meltzer said Friday he wants to attract additional funding for cardiac and stroke research, impact the debate over proposals to overhaul the nation's health care system, and assist in efforts to reduce childhood obesity. A Lutherville resident, Meltzer was chairman from 2006 to 2008 of the American Heart Association's committee that coordinated federal lobbying efforts, and is a member of the association's Mid-Atlantic board.

- James Drew

Title, authority taken from rabbi convicted in assault

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The board of directors of a Jewish congregation in Baltimore County has decided to strip leadership responsibilities from a longtime spiritual leader convicted of sexual assault. Jacob A. Max, 85, will no longer be referred to as rabbi emeritus of Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah, according to a letter distributed to congregation members and reported by the Baltimore Jewish Times. A stone marker at the synagogue's entrance designating the Rabbi Jacob A. Max Torah Campus will be removed, the letter said. Max was convicted in April of sexually molesting a woman half his age at a Reisterstown funeral home and received a suspended one-year prison term.

- Baltimore Sun staff

Schools employee charged with stealing payroll checks

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Police arrested a Baltimore public schools employee Friday and charged her with seven counts of stealing payroll checks. Latanya Bunch was charged with three counts of theft over $500 and four counts under $500 and appeared at Central Booking, according to Marshall Goodwin, chief of city school police. Bunch, a secretary at Reginald F. Lewis High School, couldn't be reached for comment. Edie House, a schools spokeswoman, said she wouldn't discuss how long Bunch has worked for the school system or her current status because it's a "personnel matter."

- James Drew

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