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Regional Recap, May 28, 2010

Regional News From WBAL-TVwbaltv

Hot Day Takes Toll On Midshipman Parade. A hot day has taken its toll on about 50 U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen during the Color Parade that is held each year during graduation week.Naval Academy spokeswoman Judy Campbell said 10 people were taken to area hospitals on Thursday as a precaution, including four civilians. Campbell said some midshipmen passed out during the parade, while some took a knee due to the hot and humid weather. Midshipmen march in full dress during the parade. The Color Parade is the oldest special parade at the U.S. Naval Academy, a tradition that began in 1871.

Neighbor Rescues Infant From Burning Home In Brooklyn Park.  Fire crews in Anne Arundel County said a neighbor rescued an infant from inside a burning home.The fire started at about 7 p.m. Wednesday in the 5200 block of Patrick Henry Drive in Brooklyn Park.A neighbor said she heard smoke alarms and ran inside the home. Inside, she found an 11-month-old on the floor.”This baby was sitting on the floor crying, so I grabbed the baby and I came out and gave it to somebody to hold, and I said, ‘Go call 911,'” said Joanne Silverstein.

Legal Aid CFO Charged In $1.1M Fraud Scheme.  Federal prosecutors said the former chief financial officer of the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau is facing charges that he used an office supply scheme to defraud the organization of more than $1.1 million. Prosecutors said Benjamin King Jr. and an accomplice formed an office supply company that overcharged Legal Aid and pocketed the excess. Prosecutors said the company did not have a warehouse and only one customer, the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau.

Closing Arguments Begin In Slots Trial.  Closing arguments have begun in a court battle over a proposed slot machine casino next to a popular shopping mall in Anne Arundel County. Anthony Herman, an attorney for a subsidiary of Baltimore-based Cordish Cos., said Thursday that the Anne Arundel County elections board failed to meet its obligations in verifying thousands of signatures in a petition drive to put the proposal on the ballot in November. Cordish wants to build a casino with up to 4,750 slot machines next to Arundel Mills Mall. Opponents of putting a casino there said the board’s review was clearly valid.

O’Malley’s Daughter Briefly Hospitalized.  Gov. Martin O’Malley’s 18-year-old daughter Tara was treated and released from Harbor Hospital on Thursday.No other information was released from the governor’s press office.A statement from the press office said this is a “private, family matter” and the family asks for privacy during this time.

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