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August 26, 2009

Schools OK contract for reading material

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The Baltimore County school board unanimously approved Tuesday night a $3.44 million contract to the Pennsylvania-based American Reading Co. for supplemental reading materials, as well as professional development for teachers in Title I schools. The program, which is to be funded using Title I federal stimulus money, is an extension of a pilot reading initiative, which school officials say has shown success in "substantially" raising students' reading levels. The materials are meant to support student reading outside school and parents' involvement in the education process, according to the recommendation from school officials.

- Arin Gencer

Man in 30s fatally shot in Northwest Baltimore

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Baltimore police are investigating a homicide that occurred Tuesday afternoon in Northwest Baltimore. Police spokeswoman Detective Nicole Monroe said a man in his 30s was shot about 2 p.m. at Garrison Boulevard and Liberty Heights Avenue and taken to Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The man was not immediately identified by police.

- Justin Fenton

Woman arrested at BWI with 2 1/2 pounds of cocaine in bra

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A 35-year-old woman who arrived at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport from Jamaica late Monday was arrested by customs agents early Tuesday after they found more than 2 1/2 pounds of cocaine concealed in her bra. Authorities said the woman, who lives in Washington, had divided the cocaine into two packages designed to blend in with the material of her bra. She arrived at BWI about 11 p.m. and was arrested about 1:45 a.m., authorities said. The woman and cocaine were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

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Don Markus

Gas buildup displaces four manhole covers

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Downtown traffic was temporarily interrupted early Tuesday evening after four manhole covers at West Fayette and North Eutaw streets were displaced a few inches by an accumulation of gas under the streets, said a spokesman for the city Fire Department. No injuries or accidents resulted from the incident. Chief Kevin Cartwright, the spokesman, said work crews from the city's Department of Public Works, Baltimore Gas & Electric and the Fire Department responded and used gas meters to measure the levels of gas under the street. He said the readings showed a very low level of gas and that its source and the cause were being investigated.

- Richard Irwin

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