Regional Recap, June 24, 2011

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Portion Of Charles Street To Close To Prepare For Grand Prix. A portion of Charles Street is closing for a couple weeks as construction continues in downtown Baltimore.The city Department of Transportation announced Thursday that crews are scheduled to close Charles Street between Pratt and Conway streets downtown beginning 5 a.m. Monday.The construction is slated to last about two weeks.

Two Schools Caught Cheating On MSA Tests.  Some staff members at two Baltimore City schools played a role in cheating to help students pass a major state exam, authorities said. Baltimore City schools CEO Andres Alonso broke the news Thursday morning, saying two of his most prized and once high-performing elementary schools in east Baltimore had been caught cheating on the Maryland School Assessment test.”We felt that this kind of behavior by adults was a crime toward our kids,” Alonso said.Test answers at Fort Worthington Elementary School were changed and attendance records were altered during the 2009-10 academic year, WBAL-TV 11 News Education Alert reporter Tim Tooten said.

‘Operation Dry Water’ Targets Drunken Boaters. Maryland Natural Resources Police officers are taking part in a national program targeting boating and drinking. Operation Dry Water will be conducted Friday-Sunday and is designed to raise awareness about the dangers of using alcohol in a boating environment.”Our main focus with Operation Dry Water is to prevent accidents and fatalities while making our waterways safer and more enjoyable for all boaters,” said Col. George F. Johnson IV. NRP officers, along with the United States Coast Guard and local law enforcement agencies will utilize increased personnel to patrol waters.

National Aquarium’s Baby Dolphin Dies. The National Aquarium in Baltimore is grieving the loss of its 2-month-old dolphin calf.Born on April 27, the calf was cared for and nursed by his first-time mother, Maya.The survival of a young dolphin ultimately depends on the care of its mother, aquarium officials said. However, 33 percent of dolphin calves do not survive their first year in the ocean or in an aquarium setting.The cause of death is unknown, but an animal autopsy will be performed with results expected in two weeks.

 

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