Regional Recap: February 15, 2011

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Former County Exec Indicted On Extortion Charges. Former Prince George’s County executive Jack Johnson has been indicted on federal charges of extortion, bribery and tampering with evidence, the 11 News I-Team has learned.The indictment returned by a federal grand jury Monday follows Johnson’s arrest in November at his home in Prince George’s County.According to the indictment, Johnson, 61, of Mitchellville, allegedly accepted bribes from business people and developers in return for favorable treatment in his official duties.

Obama: Social Security Budget Will Not Be Cut. President Barack Obama said his federal budget proposal does not include cuts to social security benefits.On a visit to Parkville Middle School on Monday, Obama unveiled some of the details of his federal budget plan, which he said will cut about $3.7 trillion from the budget deficit.Amid pressure from critics and his own deficit commission to make drastic cuts to entitlement programs, Obama said he will not reduce social security benefits or change the retirement age.”We have a responsibility to invest in those areas that will have the biggest impact in our future,” Obama said.

Man Pops Question At Dolphin Show. Some men propose with flowers, or perhaps a fancy dinner. Over the weekend, one man did it with dolphins.George Kapperian and Taylor Schienbart visited the National Aquarium on Sunday. It was the first aquarium visit for Schienbart, who said her favorite animal is a dolphin.Aquarium workers — who were in on the surprise — took the couple to meet the dolphins, and it was there that George popped the question.

House Fire Leads To Brooklyn Park Roof Collapse In Arundel. Fire crews are investigating a Tuesday morning blaze that caused the roof of a home to collapse.The fire occurred just after 5 a.m. in the 900 block of Church Street, near 6th Street. Anne Arundel County firefighters were eventually able to bring the fire under control.There were no reports of injuries.

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