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August 11, 2009

Rabid cat found at entrance to Westfield Annapolis Mall

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The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is looking for anyone who might have come into contact with a feral kitten, which was found recently in the parking lot of Westfield Annapolis Mall. The solid black kitten, which tested positive for rabies, was found at the West Street entrance to the Sears department store Aug. 5. The cat is about 8 weeks to 10 weeks old. Rabies is a fatal disease but can be treated. Anyone who handled or fed a cat fitting this description or handled any other stray cats in that vicinity within the past two weeks should call the Department of Health at 410-222-7256 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 443-481-3140 after business hours. Anyone whose pet was scratched or bitten by the cat should call county Animal Control at 410-222-8900.

- Nicole Fuller

Park to be dedicated in memory of political aide

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Baltimore County officials will dedicate a multipurpose athletic field today at Meadowood Regional Park in Timonium in memory of Michael H. Davis, a political strategist and aide to former Baltimore County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger. Davis, who died in March at age 49, was instrumental in acquiring land for the park and funding for its construction, officials said. Dedication of the Mike Davis Field will begin at 11 a.m. in Pavilion 1 of the park at 10650 Falls Road.

- Mary Gail Hare

Howard development critics seek court reconsideration

A group of Howard County development critics whose federal suit attempting to overturn 15 years of county land-use decisions was dismissed last month are asking for a reconsideration. Susan B. Gray, who represents the bulk of the plaintiffs, along with Frank Martin and Paul F. Kendall, filed motions Monday, Gray said. U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz ruled last month that their suit's contention - that decisions made by County Council resolution rather than by council bills were unconstitutional because they prevent citizens from petitioning the actions in referendum - belongs in state, not federal court. Gray said the plaintiffs feel that decision was wrong and want the judge to revisit it after a court hearing. The referendum process may only be used to reverse county council bills. "It's basically an abuse of discretion because these are federal claims," Gray said about Motz's ruling.

- Larry Carson

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