Regional Recap, October 27, 2010

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Feds To Schools: Do More About Bullying. The federal government is pressuring schools to do more about bullying.The Department of Education sent warning letters Tuesday to the nation’s schools, colleges and universities saying school officials risk violating federal anti-discrimination laws.The 10-page letter attempts to make clear the relationship between bullying and what the government calls discriminatory harassment. It calls on school officials to do more to deal with the problem in writing and in enforcement.It’s a move welcomed by Maryland’s Department of Education.

Annapolis Alerts Residents Of Suspicious Activity.  Annapolis police said residents should be aware of suspicious activity or indecent exposure after three calls about that type of behavior came in from the same area of the city in the past several days.Police said the incidents were reported in the 1000 block of Martha Court/Greystone Court on Monday, in the 1200 block of Graff Court on Thursday and on Bricin Street on Oct. 18.Authorities said a man made contact with women on two occasions but did not touch them. In the third incident, police said the man was looking into an apartment through a sliding glass door.

Candidate Close Up: Bob Ehrlich. While former Gov. Bob Ehrlich still holds the title “governor,” he said he wants the real thing back and believes that, with the economy and budget issues the state faces, his time has arrived.He said he wants to get rid of the word “former” from his name.”We were pretty good at (the job). We had pretty good success in Annapolis, and being governor is a difficult but terrific job,” Ehrlich told 11 News reporter Deborah Weiner.He said his decision to go after his old job came from his gut and after seeing what he called “over the top” reactions at events, political clubs and parades.

Who Are The Gubernatorial Candidates’ Biggest Backers. The WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team has been checking the money list in the gubernatorial campaign, and the biggest spenders for Republican Bob Ehrlich and Democratic incumbent Gov. Martin O’Malley include some familiar names.The big spenders are those behind all the TV ads currently inundating the market.Republican National Committee Chairman and former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele has steered clear of his home state this election, but he hasn’t forgotten Ehrlich. Earlier this month, campaign finance records show that Steele wrote a check for $6,000 for the Ehrlich campaign that came from a campaign account when he ran for U.S. Senate.

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