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Regional Recap, August 12, 2010

MD Officials Interview For Education Funds. Maryland moved a step closer Wednesday to getting a quarter of a billion dollars from the federal government.WBAL-TV 11 News education reporter Tim Tooten said it is part of a program called “Race To The Top.” Gov. Martin O’Malley and Maryland school Superintendent Nancy Grasmick went to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to meet with federal officials holding the purse strings, Tooten reported from Washington.”The most exciting thing about this plan for Maryland is that it will allow us to go from national excellence to really giving our kids a world class education,” O’Malley said.

Fans Asked To Choose Ravens Fight Song. Ask a fan of the old Baltimore Colts about the team’s fight song, and that person can probably tell you about it.That’s not quite the case with the Baltimore Ravens’ fight song, and that’s why the team wants to hear from fans.The Ravens asked band director John Ziemann and music director Todd Klute to come up with a new song. They wrote words to the old Colts song tune and now want fans to decide their favorite. The choices are the “Raven-ized” lyrics of the Colts fight song, or the “Ravens Fight Song” that’s been used since 1998.

Board OKs Spending $32.7M On Slot Machines.  A Maryland board has approved spending $32.7 million to buy or lease 750 slot machines for use at the Ocean Downs horse racing track near Ocean City.The Board of Public Works voted 2-1 to approve the contract on Wednesday.Comptroller Peter Franchot voted against it, while Gov. Martin O’Malley and Treasurer Nancy Kopp voted in favor of the purchase.Franchot criticized the deal, because only six of eight vendors met the 25 percent goal of minority business participation. He also opposed the idea of the state spending millions of dollars on slot machines that he said have yet to yield any revenue for the state.

Man Sentenced For Faking Seizures At Restaurants.  A Baltimore man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after he faked seizures at area restaurants to avoid paying the bill.Andrew Palmer, 43, of Baltimore, was accused of eating meals and drinking alcohol at restaurants including Capital Grille, Burke’s Café, Ding How Restaurant and Maisy’s Restaurant from April 26 to July 21

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