Laurel Park Owner Wants Racing To Continue. While the president of the Maryland Jockey Club has said live racing would end at Laurel Park if slots were approved at Arundel Mills Mall, the track’s majority owner said that might not be the case.WBAL-TV 11 News has confirmed that MI Development’s Frank Stronach, the man with majority control of the tracks at Pimlico and Laurel Park, said he wants both tracks to have full racing schedules in 2011.Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association President Richard Hoffberger spoke with Stronach on Sunday, MTHA attorney Alan Forman told 11 News. Stronach’s opinion comes just days after Maryland Jockey Club President Tom Chuckas said the exact opposite.
$250M Education Grant In Peril Due To State Legislature Inaction. The $250 million federal grant the state won for education could be in jeopardy after a state legislative panel failed to go along with sweeping changes in a proposed teacher evaluation system.Maryland learned in late August it would receive the money in the form of a Race To The Top Grant.11 News education reporter Tim Tooten reported Tuesday that, according to the fine print of the state’s federal application for the funds, the state has to make some pretty radical changes.And that’s where it appears there is now a snag, Tooten reported.
Woman’s Hunger Strike Leads To Possible Solution. A Maryland woman who went on a hunger strike at the state Capitol on Monday because of her impending foreclosure said a state agency has helped her get closer to reaching a deal.Lauren Rymer said she was frustrated that she would lose her Baltimore home in 45 days, so she announced her hunger strike and spent all day Monday in front of the state house in hopes of getting out of foreclosure and talking to the governor.”The Department of Housing and Community Development sent several representatives out to talk to me. We went to their office in regard to my house,” Rymer said Tuesday while outside the home she expects to lose.She said she’s still on her hunger strike in hopes of garnering national attention to the foreclosure problem across America.
Man Charged With Animal Cruelty After Dog’s Shooting. Baltimore city police are investigating a case of animal cruelty over the weekend that resulted in the death of two dogs.Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said officers were called to the 2300 block of Arunah Avenue at about 5:45 p.m. Saturday for reports of an armed person.Police said Stanley Coleman, 35, told them he had just put his bull mastiff down with a shotgun because it was fighting with his Siberian husky.Coleman told police he poured boiling water on the dogs and hit them with a board. He said he shot the mastiff because the two dogs wouldn’t stop fighting.