Regional Recap, March 1, 2011

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National Anthem Draft Leaves MD Home For First Time. The original manuscript of “The Star-Spangled Banner” written by Francis Scott Key is leaving Baltimore for the first time in nearly 200 years for an event in Annapolis.The document will be moved from its home at the Maryland Historical Society on Tuesday in an armored car.It will be placed on view during a private two-hour reception hosted by the National Anthem Celebration Foundation for the Maryland General Assembly.

Police: Pedestrian Fatally Hit By Vehicles.  Anne Arundel County authorities said the body of a 50-year-old man was found Sunday night and that he appeared to have been hit by two vehicles.The man was identified as Robert Leo Gore, 50, of Laurel.Police said the man was found on Maryland Route 198 near Whiskey Bottom Road at about 6:30 p.m.Investigators believe Gore was attempting to cross the road when he was hit.There was no evidence that the driver of either vehicle that hit Gore was speeding, police said.

MD Health Secretary Against Medical Marijuana Bill. The state health secretary came out in opposition Monday to a medical marijuana bill being heard by a joint committee in Annapolis.Dr. Joshua Sharfstein detailed a number of concerns that could derail passage of the bill. His opinion carries a lot of weight, and he’s urging more study on the issue.Resident Barry Considine said he’s living with post-polio syndrome and osteoarthritis and is in constant pain. He testified that he’s confident marijuana will provide some comfort.

Program Helps Finding Health Insurance Easier. For the thousands of people in Maryland who have no health insurance, finding your way through the maze of options to get some isn’t easy.Howard County said it hopes to change that with its one-stop pilot program Door To Health Care.Howard County Executive Ken Ulman said he heard about software being used in California that makes searching for public health care options a one-stop process and thought it could work in Maryland.”Right now, we have a shockingly dysfunctional system when it comes to the way it works when it comes to technology. You have to go to Social Security for certain things and the Health Department for certain things, and the computer systems don’t talk to each other,” Ulman said.

 

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