Regional Recap, November 3, 2011

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Anne Arundel Schools Wrestle With Disciplinary Data. Anne Arundel CountySchools reported that fewer students have been suspended or expelled, but administrators were concerned that the disciplinary numbers have gone up for particular groups of students.11 News education reporter Tim Tooten said administrators admit the data on paper is sort of a mixed bag. The latest numbers on student behavior point to progress, but from the classroom to the board room, the focus is on what’s behind the numbers.

Financial Questions Dog Grand Prix. It was hailed as a success, but serious financial questions appear to be dogging the Baltimore Grand Prix. The Baltimore Sun reported that organizers have missed a payment on a $50,000 loan and face $1.5 million in lawsuits from alleged unpaid bills.Baltimore Racing Development, which organized the event, acknowledged financial missteps, including failure to pay the company that put up the grandstands for the event.

Expert Offers Tips To Combat Stink Bugs. Stink bugs have finished feeding outside and are marching inside Maryland homes to hunker down for some winter hospitality. A local expert suggests there are methods you can try to keep the bugs out. University of Maryland entomology professor Mike Rauppsaid the stink bugs are not coming in for warmth, saying they need shelter.”On warm days, bright sunny days, the stink bugs are going to be on your window sills, moving around your house,” Raupp said.

Baltimore Cuts Off Power To Occupy Baltimore Site. City officials said they cut off power to the part of McKeldin Square where members of Occupy Baltimore have been camping out for a month.11 News learned the measure took effect at 5 p.m. Wednesday.Ian Brennan, a spokesman for the mayor’s office, told WBAL-TV that the city took the step to alleviate a public safety hazard. He said a city official visited the downtown location this week and found fire and electricity hazards because of extension cords rigged up around the tent city.Brennan said the outlets were installed so permitted groups could use electricity. He said Occupy Baltimore members didn’t have a permit, so their TVs, hotplates and coffee pots are now no longer working.

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