Regional Recap, October 16, 2012

| October 16, 2012
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Unemployment Insurance Tax To Drop In Maryland. Many Maryland businesses will see their unemployment insurance rates drop by more than half next year, because the state’s trust fund for the payments has a much stronger balance compared to last year, state officials announced Monday.   Gov. Martin O’Malley said the tax rate — currently about $187 for each employee — will drop by at least $100 this year.

New App Helps Students Reach Police. Students in Anne Arundel County can now use a new smartphone app to anonymously report at-risk behavior or ask questions of their school resource officers. The app, called AACOPD Speak Out, was developed by Cpl. William Davis, the school resource officer at Old Mill High School in Millersville. He said the app gives students a way to get in touch with police through a medium that they’re accustomed to using.

Gallaudet Official’s Lawyer Speaks About Petition. An attorney for Gallaudet University’s chief diversity officer — who has been placed on leave for signing a petition to put Maryland’s same-sex marriage law on the ballot — said she only signed it so the issue could be decided by the Democratic process. J. Wyndal Gordan, an attorney for Angela McCaskill, said Monday that McCaskill is not “anti-gay,” and he notes that she has not expressed her personal view on the matter. He said she will do that in the voting booth.

Lewis, Webb Out For Season With Injuries. Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will miss the remainder of the season with an arm injury, an enormous blow to an already depleted defense that has uncharacteristically struggled this year. Lewis tore his right triceps during Sunday’s 31-29 victory over Dallas. Cornerback Lardarius Webb also is out for the year after ripping the ACL in his left knee in the win against the Cowboys.

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