Around The Region

August 15, 2009

Kitten that was set afire is nearly ready for adoption


Gabrielle, the kitten that was tortured and burned in West Baltimore, is showing progress and could be ready for adoption within three weeks, her doctor said. "She's eating and comfortable and healing really well," said Dr. Leslie Sinclair at Spay Maryland in Catonsville. Sinclair added that she "absolutely" thinks the small black and white kitten is going to make it. Last week, someone called animal control after seeing kids throwing bricks at the kitten and then pouring a liquid on her and setting her on fire. Though the kitten was able to extinguish the flames, the kids set her on fire a second time. Recycled Love is handling her vet bills and plans to offer her for adoption. The doctor said there's a good chance Gabrielle will be able to grow back her fur in the burned area. "She's just a sweetheart," Sinclair said. "If anyone goes by her cage, she stands up and purrs. She's going to make someone a wonderful cat." Police are investigating the incident.

- Jill Rosen

Two charity cycle rides to snarl traffic in Anne Arundel

Two charity motorcycle rides this weekend will lead to minor traffic delays in parts of Anne Arundel County and neighboring areas. Motorists should expect delays between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. today for the Anne Arundel County Professional Fire Fighters Burn Foundation ride, which is expected to draw 1,500 participants. It will be escorted by Anne Arundel County and Maryland Transportation Authority police and state troopers as it travels from Cancun Cantina, 7501 Telegraph Road, Hanover, to Red Eye's Dock Bar, 428 Kent Narrow Way N., Grasonville. Drivers should also expect delays between 11 a.m. and noon Sunday because of the DC 101 Elliot Biker Bash 2009, which benefits the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. About 800 motorcycles will take part. The ride goes from Old Glory Harley Davidson, 11800 Laurel Bowie Road, Laurel, to Cancun Cantina. The escort will include members of the Prince George's County police and sheriff's departments, University of Maryland Police Department and Anne Arundel County Police Department.

Cyclist dies in crash on Route 4 in Lothian


A motorcyclist died Thursday evening when he lost control of his cycle in Lothian, slid and struck trees, Anne Arundel County police said. Otis Russell Jones, 43, of Clinton died at the scene of the 8 p.m. crash on Route 4 near Sands Road, police said. Police said a witness told them that Jones was northbound when his 2001 Kawasaki motorcycle crossed the yellow line and went onto the rumble strips on the left shoulder. The motorcycle re-entered the lanes and went out of control. Jones was thrown from his motorcycle and slid several hundred feet into trees, police said. Jones was wearing a helmet. Police said the preliminary investigation indicated that speed contributed to the crash.

- Andrea F. Siegel

State receives $51 million for energy improvements

Maryland is getting $51 million in federal stimulus money to invest in energy programs that aim to save residents money and create green jobs, the O'Malley administration announced Friday. The money will be used to retrofit homes for low- and moderate-income families and provide energy grants and low-interest loans for energy improvements in residential and commercial buildings. Money will also go toward work force training in sustainable energy methods. State officials say the funding, together with state and private investment, will save $370 million in energy costs over the life of the investments and reduce carbon emission by 2 million tons, the equivalent of taking nearly 360,000 cars off the road.

- Meredith Cohn

Teachers can get free classroom supplies

Teachers, who often must spend their own money on classroom supplies, will be able to receive items such as notepads and writing instruments free from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Baltimore-area Staples stores. The office-supply chain is hosting its Teacher Appreciation Day, during which the first 100 teachers to visit the 15 participating stores will receive a bag of supplies.

- Sarah Fisher

Sharpton, Gingrich team up for push on city schools

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is joining forces with two unlikely allies, the Rev. Al Sharpton and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, to push cities to fix failing schools. The trio will visit Philadelphia, New Orleans and Baltimore later this year. "These are cities that have real challenges but also tremendous hope and opportunity," Duncan told reporters on a conference call Thursday. Duncan and Gingrich were guests on Sharpton's radio show Friday afternoon. During the show, Duncan called tackling disparities in education "the new civil rights fight in our country."

- Associated Press

40-year sentence for shooter in killing of court witness


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