Regional Recap, September 8, 2011

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Severe Storms Rumble Through Maryland Overnight. Southern and central Maryland saw several tornado warnings Wednesday night as the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee passed through the state.The latest tornado warning took effect for about a half hour for southern and eastern Anne Arundel County, particularly where severe thunderstorms dumped heavy rainfall in and around Londontowne, Annapolis, Severn River, Arnold, Pinehurst, Gibson Island, Sillery Bay and Lake Shore.

Slots Revenue Down In August. It appears the dog days of summer affected August revenues at Maryland’s two slots parlors.Revenues were down nearly 16 percent compared to July, with a combined total of just $13 million.The Hollywood Casino in Perryville brought in $8.5 million in August, down from $10.2 million in July.The Ocean Downs slots parlor, which was forced to close for two days due to Hurricane Irene, took in $700,000 less than it did in July with $4.6 million in revenue.

Suicide Prevention Efforts Reducing Risk. Recent efforts to help schoolchildren discuss problems appear to have helped address a spike in suicides.WBAL-TV 11 News Education Alert reporter Tim Tooten filed this report in 2009, when there was a spike in suicides in Anne Arundel County. Since then, school officials have made prevention a priority and there have been no reported suicides so far this year.

Crane Collapses At National Cathedral. A 500-foot crane has fallen onto two buildings and several vehicles at the Washington National Cathedral amid thunderstorms. A spokesman for the D.C. fire department, Oscar Mendez, said the crane flipped backward at about 11 a.m. Wednesday. He said the crane fell onto three to five cars and cathedral buildings. WTOP-FM reported that there do not appear to be any injuries.

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