Regional Recap, March 29, 2011

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Suspicious Package Probed In Anne Arundel.  Fire officials are investigating a suspicious package found near the Anne Arundel County health department building.Capt. James Rostek said the package was found at about 8:15 a.m. Monday near a trash bin outside the building on Harry S. Truman Parkway.He said they requested help from Annapolis’ bomb squad and the state fire marshal’s office.Officials restricted access to the parking area by the building.

Slight Radiation Detected In MD Rainwater.  State officials said radiation from the partial nuclear meltdown in Japan has made it into rain water in Maryland.Trace amounts of radiation have been found in a half-dozen other states on both U.S. coasts.Maryland health officials said there’s no cause for alarm because the levels they’re finding are not out of the ordinary.”It does not pose a risk to human health,” said Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary Dr. Joshua Sharfstein.Because two nuclear facilities are located near Maryland, the state routinely tests for radioactive materials.

MD Congressman Commends Obama’s Take On Libya.  Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Maryland, said in a statement that he is commending President Barrack Obama’s speech about Libya on Monday night.”President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and their team should be commended for bringing together an unprecedented coalition of countries,” Ruppersberger said.Ruppersberger, a ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said the United States should not be “the sheriff of the world” but that helping Libya is also an act of protecting America’s national security.

$30K Lottery Ticket Left In Church Collection Plate. Maryland Lottery officials said the pastor of a struggling parish recently came across a generous donation in the collection plate — a $30,000 scratch-off ticket.Lottery officials didn’t release the name of the church but did say the ticket had been scratched off when it was placed in the collection plate earlier this month.The pastor found the ticket when tallying that Sunday’s contributions. The church will use the money toward operating expenses, but the pastor said he hopes some of the money can be shared with those in need.

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