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Regional Recap, December 16, 2010

Annapolis Students Dance Their Way To The Orange Bowl (Video). Some Annapolis middle school students have their sights on much warmer weather in Miami, where they’ll be in few weeks when they get to dance their way into the Orange Bowl.

ATF: “Block” Fire Intentionally Set. Investigators announced on Wednesday that the massive Dec. 6 fire in “The Block” area of downtown Baltimore was intentionally set.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives classified the fire as incendiary, meaning it was set by a person; however, the bureau said it’s not sure if the person set the fire on purpose.”This classification at the present time doesn’t necessarily mean we’re dealing with a case of arson,” said ATF Special Agent Sheree Mixell.

Leaders: MD Economy Rebounding, But Still Sluggish. State officials said Maryland’s economy is showing signs of rebounding, with higher than expected sales and other tax revenues expected to help close the state’s projected $1.6 billion deficit.While there’s currently an uptick in job growth and cash flow, experts warned that Maryland’s economy remains sluggish. According to the comptroller’s office, revenue projections essentially remain unchanged since the last report in September.”As pleased as I am with today’s report, I still continue to be concerned about the lingering effects of the recession. It’s a long road to full recovery,” said state Comptroller Peter Franchot.

$2.5M Grant To Help Police Monitor Waterways. New federal money is going to help keep Maryland’s largest waterways safer from things such as terrorism and threats to wildlife.Maryland Natural Resources police are often the primary responder when bad things happen in the Chesapeake Bay, but they’ll now have help thanks to a $2.5 million federal grant.”This is going to be an incredible advantage to them in knowing if there’s something wrong, something criminal is going on or something just of general interest — something they may want to investigate. It gives lots of options to the officers,” said NRP Project Manager Tim Bowman.

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