Regional Recap, April 22, 2011

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Body Found In River Is Phylicia Barnes. One of the two bodies pulled from Maryland’s Susquehanna River has been positively identified as a missing teenager from North Carolina.The medical examiner confirmed Thursday afternoon that one of the bodies found Wednesday is that of Phylicia Barnes, who disappeared from the Baltimore area on Dec. 28.Police said they hope the discovery of Barnes’ body yields new clues in the 4-month old case.The Monroe, N.C., 16-year-old was visiting family in northwest Baltimore over the Christmas holiday. Her disappearance garnered national attention and puzzled investigators who conducted massive searches for the teen.

Green Events Pave Way To Earth Day. Earth Day is this Friday, and environmental activities are being held across the region this week to raise environmental awareness. In Baltimore, Green Week activities are being conducted all week.Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will also head to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport to announce the installation of electric vehicle charging stations at the airport’s Daily Garage. In Washington, the U.S. Department of Education planned to have a discussion about environmental literacy. Panelists at a discussion Thursday at department headquarters went over what defines environmental literacy, how it is being taught and resources for teaching environmental issues.

Schaefer’s Final Tour Through Baltimore Detailed. Details of former Baltimore Mayor and Gov. William Donald Schaefer’s farewell tour through Baltimore have been released. The former governor, who was a prominent figure in politics for 50 years, died at the age of 89 on Monday.Schaefer will lie in repose at the Maryland Statehouse from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. The funeral procession will then leave Annapolis and get started in Baltimore around 3 p.m.

Bay Grasses Decline; Water Temperature To Blame. A new survey shows underwater grasses in the Chesapeake Bay decreased last year. Researchers cited high water temperatures and poor water quality as factors in the decline. The aerial survey conducted by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science found acres covered by the grasses last year dropped 7 percent from the year before, but the researchers said the acreage is still at its third-highest level since annual surveys began in 1984. The results were released Thursday by the Chesapeake Bay Program.

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