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July 15, 2009

Md. arts organizations get federal stimulus money

Arts organizations across Maryland have been awarded more than $900,000 in funding from the federal stimulus package, state officials announced Tuesday. Under the Maryland Arts Employment Stabilization Program, 29 groups, including the Maryland Historical Society and the Black Cherry Puppet Theater in Baltimore, won grants. Gov. Martin O'Malley said in a statement that the stabilization program will save or retain 40 jobs that have been threatened during the economic downturn. Another 10 groups, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, will receive federal stimulus money directly from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Laura Smitherman

University fund honors activist Pope

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The University of Maryland School of Social Work has created a memorial fund in the name of Baltimore community activist Irona Pope, who died last week. The Irona Pope Memorial Fund honors the adviser to the school's community outreach board, who spent much of her life advocating for East Baltimore schoolchildren and other causes such as drug treatment and housing rights. The fund will provide scholarships for students in the School of Social Work.

-Childs Walker

U.S. names Harford stream for 19th-century lawyer

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The U.S. Board on Geographic Names has paid homage to Henry D. Farnandis, a 19th-century Harford County lawyer, businessman and Maryland state senator. The board voted last month to designate a 1.3-mile stream, which runs southeasterly from the town of Bel Air into Bynum Run, as the Farnandis Branch. The commemorative denotation has been entered into the Geographic Names Information System, the nation's official geographic names repository.

-Mary Gail Hare

National Guard facility named for Salisbury man killed in Iraq

A Maryland National Guard facility in Salisbury is being named for a member of the guard killed in Iraq. Staff Sgt. Michael J. McMullen was the first member of the Maryland National Guard to die in combat since World War II. McMullen, who earned a Silver Star medal, was fatally wounded on Christmas Eve 2005 while trying to rescue another injured soldier. He was a firefighter and paramedic with the Salisbury Fire Department. The Maryland National Guard's Field Maintenance Shop in Salisbury will be named in his honor.

- Associated Press

Md. highway office to combine three part-time safety jobs

The Maryland Highway Safety Office is considering one full-time job focused on traffic safety in Western Maryland instead of three part-time jobs. Deputy Chief Tom Gianni said the office doesn't want to spend increasingly more on administrative costs at the expense of programs. So the state has plans to consolidate the three community traffic safety jobs into one. The new full-time job for Garrett, Washington and Allegany counties will be based in LaVale starting in October at the Maryland State Highway Administration building. Gianni said the state has consolidated similar jobs and programs in Prince George's and Montgomery counties, Carroll and Frederick counties, Kent and Queen Anne's counties and Harford and Cecil counties.

- Associated Press

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