Regional Recap, March 17, 2011

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Probe Looks At Leopold’s Use Of Police Officers.  Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold is being investigated by the state for his use of county police officers assigned to him for executive protection.Craig Oldershaw, the president of the county firefighters union, said a police officer went to the union office last fall to pick up a $4,000 campaign check the union paid to Leopold’s campaign. On Wednesday, a representative for Leopold said the county executive recalled two other occasions on which his county-funded security detail collected campaign donations.The state prosecutor’s office investigates possible violations of campaign finance laws and misconduct by public officials.

Two Charged In Fatal Severn Slaying. Anne Arundel County police said Wednesday that two people have been charged in connection with the December slaying of a food delivery worker.Tavon Rudolph Brown, 19, and Darrius Lynne Bullock, 18, have been charged with first- and second-degree murder, robbery and assault, among other charges.Ghulam Farooq, 46, was found with stab wounds Dec. 18 in the 1700 block of Meade Village Circle in Severn. He later died at Shock Trauma.Police said Farooq was delivering food in the area when he apparently was assaulted and robbed.

Education Cut Concerns Mount Again. Local school districts are keeping a close watch on budget developments in Annapolis after getting word that a deal was in the works to restore about $58 million in education cuts.Many state school boards had already turned to drastic measures to save money, including a teacher buyout in Baltimore.City schools Chief Executive Officer Andres Alonso said he remains skeptical of any promises coming from lawmakers.”What I’ve heard about what is in the works is that we’re heading in the right direction, but it’s very early. What comes out of a committee is not necessarily what comes in a final budget,” Alonso said.

Pub To Give $1 From All Guinness Sales To Japan. Maryland businesses are finding ways to help with disaster relief efforts in Japan, and one Baltimore pub is hoping to help raise funds during St. Patrick’s Day festivities.Irish pub Slainte in Fells Point is donating money for every pint of Guinness it sells.Slainte owner Patrick Russell said giving back is important to his family and his staff. Bartender David Gallegher said they expect to sell more Guinness on St. Paddy’s Day than any other day of the year.The pub said it will also have buckets sitting around for spontaneous donations.Russell also owns Kooper’s Tavern next door to Slainte. A dollar from every Guinness sold there will also go to the Red Cross.

 

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