Regional Recap, November 16, 2011

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Casket Not Delivered To Glen Burnie Woman.  The funeral plans were set, and a grieving family was prepared to say goodbye to a community activist.Something went terribly wrong, however, according to 11 News I-Team reporter Barry Simms. The casket the family purchased was a no-show.For Diana Johnson, a bouquet of flowers marks the grave of her mother at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Glen Burnie. Johnson told Simms she was responsible for carrying out her mother’s final wishes. Emotions were raw, and she was vulnerable. She said one decision about the funeral still leaves her bitter.”You have your loved ones sitting there, and my mom had made all of her plans and I felt like I failed,” Johnson said. “I don’t know what else to say. It was devastating.”

Police, ATF Agents Converge On Storage Unit. A federal agent is recovering after being injured Monday during a raid at a storage facility.About 40 Baltimore police and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives agents were serving warrants on West Patapsco and Magnolia avenues when shots were fired, officials said. One of the culprits fled in a white SUV, police said.”We heard gunfire, and we all ran. I ain’t trying to catch a stray bullet,” said witness Paul Hogan. “We just saw this truck come flying down the street, and everyone just bolted.”Hogan said the SUV plowed into his new car, pushing it across the parking lot outside the Blue Crab Express.

Event To Bring Awareness To Transgender Community.  Baltimore is planning to remember hundreds of members of the transgender community in an upcoming ceremony.The mayor announced Tuesday plans for this year’s Transgender Day of Remembrance, including reading the names of all who have been killed or have died in the Baltimore area because of a lack of sexual identity of self-expression.This will be the 13th year for the event, which is aimed at making people more aware of the transgender community and how they’re living.

Summit Tackles Childhood Obesity.  The University of Maryland kicked off a two-day summit this week focused on childhood obesity. It’s a national problem that continues to get attention in Maryland, said 11 News education reporter Tim Tooten.The federal government is helping the university solve the problem with a federal grant for its Institute for a Healthiest Maryland.”The Institute for a Healthiest Maryland will be what I call a formal vehicle by which evidence-based practices will inform and guide local public health policies to reduce the devastating impact of chronic disease, particularly childhood obesity,” said Jay Perman, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

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