Regional Recap, September 22, 2010

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Senate Candidate Accused Of Changing Name To Gain Votes. The state Board of Elections is investigating a complaint that accuses a Baltimore County state Senate candidate of illegally using a fake name to win last week’s primary.Rebecca Lynn Nelson is running for the 7th District as a Democrat. The seat was vacated by congressional candidate Andy Harris.Nelson said she did exactly what the state Board of Elections told her to do when she wanted to change her name on the primary ballot. She said she filled out an application requesting that election officials print “Rebecca Weir Nelson” instead of her real name, Rebecca Lynn Nelson.

MD State Unemployment RateRose In August. The competition for jobs in Maryland is only getting harder according to the latest unemployment numbers for the state.Officials said the state’s jobless rate rose in August as about 7,000 lost their jobs.The news came out the same day as Towson Commons, once a bustling retail center, went on the auction block.The Towson landmark was sold off during a brisk auction on Tuesday. The 10-story building sold for $28.5 million.Data from the state Department of Labor and Licensing showed that Maryland’s unemployment rate rose from 7.1 percent in July to 7.3 percent in August.

Anne Arundel Police Find $9K Worth Of Pot In Car. Anne Arundel County police arrested two men over the weekend after officers said they found more than $9,000 worth of suspected marijuana in their vehicle. Police said an officer on patrol in the area of the Motel 6 on Raynor Avenue in Linthicum on Saturday afternoon saw a vehicle in the parking lot and pulled up to the car to talk to the occupants.Authorities said the officer smelled marijuana and then searched the vehicle, turning up about 912 grams of suspected marijuana with an estimated street value of $9,120.The men in the car, identified as Herbert Lee Cephus Jr., 34, of Baltimore, and Wilmer Gonzalez, 29, of Halethorpe, were arrested and charged with possession and intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Students Thriving At MD’s First Public Boarding School.  It’s been two years since Maryland opened its first public boarding school for at-risk students, and the number of those attending has more than doubled.The SEED School of Maryland’s No. 1 priority is to prepare students for college. It is modeled after a public charter school in Washington, D.C.The school opened two years ago with 80 students from 13 Maryland school systems. This year, nearly 250 sixth- and seventh-graders are living on campus at the school in southwest Baltimore.”They’ve done a great job, especially our incoming sixth-graders, in getting acclimated to our expectations and living on campus and being away from home and their families. They’ve really done a great job with that,” said SEED School Principal Jerry Kountz.

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