Regional Recap, October 31, 2011 (Boo!)

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Route 50 Open Again After 24-Hours Shutdown. U.S. Route 50 around the Queenstown Outlets is open to traffic again.State highway officials opened the road about 4:15 p.m. Sunday, according to 1090 WBAL-AM.It had been closed to traffic in both directions since Saturday afternoon, after power lines fell down onto the roadway during a rain-snow mix.

More Schools Report Promised Visits From Ravens PlayersThe Baltimore Ravens said they are not affiliated with a company that’s accused of swindling local schools out of thousands of dollars.The company promised to have a Ravens football player show up at school assemblies in Anne Arundel County to talk about character and bullying. 11 News reporter Tim Tooten said that since his story aired Thursday, more than a half-dozen other school systems throughout the state said they also fell victim to the scheme.Odyssey Group LLC made a pitch to dozens of schools, promising to have a Raven visit. The schools paid up in advance — mostly through school-based PTAs — but the company didn’t come up with a player, Tooten reported. (Note: This is the continuing saga from a story originally reported by the Severna Park Patch and updated by Eye On Annapolis. For background and additional info, please click here.)

Patient Homicides Mount At Jessup Facility. The secretary of Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene called the latest rash of homicides at the state mental facility unacceptable.Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein said hospitals are a place of healing, not violence.Maryland State Police said a patient at the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center killed another patient Thursday, the second such homicide in a week.Police said Andre Mayo, 46, killed Rogelio Mondargon, 40, at the maximum security hospital in Jessup that serves patients with serious psychiatric disorders who face criminal charges.

Powerball Jackpot Swells To $245 Million. The Powerball jackpot has reached the $245 million mark after there was no winner in Saturday’s drawing.Saturday night’s winning numbers were 11-16-40-51-56, and the Powerball was 38. The next drawing will be held Wednesday night.The multistate Powerball game is played in 43 states and Washington, D.C.In mid-September, an Abingdon couple claimed a $108.8 million Powerball jackpot. The big prize hasn’t been won since.

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