Regional Recap, January 14, 2010

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URGENT: Eye On Annapolis has made a donation to support the relief efforts in Haiti. Right now, money is the critical thing needed to get medical supplies and basic necessities to the people on the island. We have chosen to support Doctors Without Borders for this effort and encourage our readers to do the same. If not through Doctors Without Borders, but through a legitimate organization. Unfortunately scammers come out of the woodwork when disaster strikes. Here is a list (updated frequently) of organizations that have been vetted and are participating in the relief efforts. Even if it is only $5, please give. It could have been us!

Maryland Ranked #1 In Public School Quality. The quality of Maryland’s public schools has once again been placed at the top of national rankings by Education Week, the nation’s leading education newspaper.The newspaper put Maryland at the top of the list, with the nation’s only B+ average.The study looked at data in six critical categories over the last two years, including student performance, state accountability and teacher effectiveness.

Local Missionary Survives Haiti Earthquake. A local father on a mission trip to Haiti is said to be safe and sound after a devastating earthquake.Family members said Scott Foos was one of two people from the Baltimore County Baptist Church who volunteered for a relief mission to Port-au-Prince.His wife, Dina Foos, said she was nervous about her husband traveling to Haiti because of political unrest but she never dreamed that a natural disaster would paralyze the country and jeopardize his life.

USNS Comfort To Aid Haiti Relief Effort More help for Haiti could come by way of the Navy’s USNS Comfort hospital ship.According to the Military Sealift Command, the Comfort is gearing up for a mission to the beleaguered nation.The naval command would not comment on where exactly the ship would go, but said that it has been activated in case it needs to go to Haiti for relief efforts.

O’Malley To Skip Energy Re-Regulation This Session.  Gov. Martin O’Malley said Tuesday he won’t push for legislation to re-regulate energy markets again in this upcoming session, relying instead on the Public Service Commission to use existing authority to order new power generation as needed. Legislation backed by O’Malley to steer Maryland back toward some re-regulation of energy markets died in a House committee last session. This time, O’Malley said trying to persuade the House to go along with the proposal would “be a distraction, and I think it would delay what we need to do.”

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