Regional Recap, May 12, 2010

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Regional News From WBAL-TVwbaltv

Program Helps Students Get $2M In Scholarships.  A popular college readiness program has reaped millions of dollars in scholarship money for some local high school graduates.In just seven years, the Advancement Via Individual Determination program, or AVID, has all but transformed the study habits and graduate rates of hundreds of Anne Arundel County students.This year, 250 seniors who have been in the AVID program — who were considered academically in the middle when it came to their learning skills — are heading to college with more than $2 million in their pockets.

Mother Of Lacrosse Suspect Praises Victim.  The mother of a former University of Virginia lacrosse player charged with killing a member of the women’s team described the victim Tuesday as a “sweet wonderful young woman with a limitless future.”Marta Murphy’s son, George Huguely, is charged with first degree murder in the killing of women’s lacrosse player Yeardley Love. Love’s battered body was found in her off-campus apartment May 3.In her first public statement, Murphy said it had been “difficult to remain silent during this dark tumultuous time.”

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Settles EPA Lawsuit.  The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has settled its lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, calling it a “game changer” for the health of the nation’s largest estuary.”This is the start of a new day,” said Bay Foundation President Will Baker. The foundation sued the federal agency in 2009 over the slow pace of the cleanup efforts but put the suit on hold while the EPA developed a restoration strategy.The settlement announced Tuesday in Annapolis comes a day before the EPA is to announce the strategy mandated last year by a presidential executive order.

Older Couple Loses Home To Mortgage Mix Up.  An older Maryland couple  said they wanted the story about their struggle to save their home — and the mix-up they blame for losing it — to be told so it won’t happen to other people.Patrick and Mary Flannigan have been married for 22 years. They were living in the Westminster house that they considered home for 11 years.Mary, 76, and Patrick, 75, said they find it tough to talk about what happened to their home.Forced out by foreclosure, the couple had just days to pack up and move. Losing their home was the culmination of a myriad of financial and health problems, including Patrick Flannigan’s bypass surgery.

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