Regional Recap, March 23, 2011

| March 23, 2011 | 3 Comments

Anne Arundel Man Found Dead After CO Call. Anne Arundel County fire officials said a man was found dead inside a home after authorities responded to a carbon monoxide call.Crews responded at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday to the 5300 block of Sands Road in Lothian, located in southern Anne Arundel County. A neighbor called 911 to report a smell coming from the house, and fire crews took a CO reading and said the CO levels were life-threatening.The man and two dead cats were found inside the home. Crews said the home’s generator wasn’t working when firefighters arrived.The man’s name hasn’t been released.

Bill Lets School Board Raise Property Taxes. Legislation giving local school boards the authority to raise property taxes is picking up support in Annapolis.The proposal is unique to Maryland and allows local school boards to impose by resolution a property tax to provide funding for public school operation and expenses, 11 News I-Team reporter David Collins said. The tax is in addition to the property taxes already in place.”About 35 states have school boards that do their own taxing. We’d like to see if that format would work here,” said Ways and Means Committee Chairwoman Delegate Sheila Hixon, a Democrat.

Kickoffs Moved To 35, Touchbacks Stay At 20. The NFL will move kickoffs up 5 yards to the 35-yard line, keep touchbacks coming out to the 20 and allow the number of players in a blocking wedge to remain at two. Kick coverage players now will be limited to lining up 5 yards or fewer from the spot of the kickoff. Team owners also voted Tuesday to make all scoring plays reviewable by the replay official and referee. But they tabled a proposal to ban players launching themselves to make a tackle, and will reconsider it in May. The league’s competition committee proposed placing the ball at the 25 after touchbacks on kickoffs and banning the wedge altogether. Several coaches expressed concern about making too many changes to kickoffs, also saying bringing touchbacks out 5 more yards would affect field position too much. Coaches worried about an increase in touchbacks from the 16 percent of kickoffs last season.

Autism Study Looks At Pregnant Moms.  A Crofton family is among those across the country taking part in a groundbreaking study on early autism risk factors.The 10-year nationwide study is known as Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation (EARLI), and it focuses on pregnant mothers who already have a child with autism.When the Waldman family discovered their now 3-year-old son, John Michael, has autism spectrum disorder, it was shock, especially because his older brother, Calib, doesn’t have the disorder. “I thought, ‘Well, they’re two very different boys.’ But there was a reason for it,” father Robert Waldman said.

 

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