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November 03, 2009

Clinton man dies of injuries suffered in Arundel crash

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The driver of a pickup truck that was struck from behind and careened head-on into a tree last month has died, and Anne Arundel County police said Monday they will meet with prosecutors regarding possible criminal charges stemming from the crash. Robert F. Burdette, 74, of Clinton died Sunday at Prince George's Hospital Center. Burdette was driving a 1995 Ford Ranger south on Route 4 near Plummer Lane in Lothian on Oct. 6. About 2:30 a.m., it was struck from behind by a Chevrolet Malibu driven by Sean Kevin Fitzgibbon, 27, of Friendship, police said. Burdette's pickup went off the road and crashed into a tree. Police said at the time that they suspected speed and alcohol might have been factors in the accident.

-Andrea F. Siegel

Morgan of Washington Co. is school superintendent of year

Washington County school Superintendent Betty Morgan was named the 2010 Superintendent of the Year last week, an award given by her peers in the state for "excellence and achievement in educational leadership." Morgan, who was Baltimore's chief academic officer before being chosen eight years ago to head the Washington County schools, began her education career nearly 31 years ago and has worked in several school systems in the state. Since she was hired, the county has had the highest graduation rate and lowest dropout rate in its history. In the past year, she also has been named as an outstanding state leader for gifted and talented education. The award from the Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland was given at the group's annual conference.

- Liz Bowie

Annapolis High teacher wins prestigious Milken Award

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Kimberly Jakovics, an Annapolis High School social studies teacher, won the prestigious Milken Award on Monday in a surprise presentation during an afternoon assembly at her school. The award, given to about 50 educators across the nation this year, carries with it a $25,000 unrestricted cash prize the teacher may use in any way she likes. The Milken Educator Awards, given each year by the Milken Family Foundation, are designed to highlight talented teachers and encourage others to enter the profession. "It is when I am in the classroom teaching that I am my utmost happiest," Jakovics said. She said the creative process of coming up with lessons that will engage students has always fascinated her. "I really love knowing students and celebrating their successes with them." Jakovics, 36, the only Maryland recipient this year, is the chair of the social studies department and teaches American government. This year, she said, she is working closely with students who need to pass the High School Assessments.

- Liz Bowie

Smart Growth incentives fail to rein in suburban sprawl

Maryland's once-pioneering Smart Growth effort has not succeeded at reining in suburban sprawl, University of Maryland researchers say in a newly published analysis. In a study in the autumn issue of the Journal of the American Planning Association, researchers at UM's National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education note that land-gobbling development patterns haven't changed since the state enacted its Smart Growth laws in 1997.

-Timothy B. Wheeler

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