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Regional Recap, March 21, 2012

Pink Slime Beef Not Found In Anne Arundel Schools. Officially it’s known as lean, finely texture beef. But the product better known now to consumers as “pink slime” won’t be found in Anne Arundel County public school cafeterias.Never mind that the beef product is approved for use in ground meat by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. County schools lunch coordinator Jodi Risse told The Capital of Annapolis that the system never carried that food.

Cancer Survivor Shows How Tobacco Ruined His Life. An oral cancer survivor visited Annapolis on Tuesday with a mission: show lawmakers how tobacco ruined his life.Gruen von Behrens said he decided to get in the face of legislators arriving to work to make a point words alone could not. He wants them to see — up close and personal — what tobacco use did to him.The 34-year-old Illinois native said he wants the General Assembly to increase the tobacco tax on little cigars, premium cigars and smokeless tobacco to 70 percent, the same level as the tax rate on cigarettes.

Historic Baltimore Landmarks Up For Lease. Baltimore officials are considering options to sell or lease 15 of the city’s historic landmarks — including the War Memorial and Shot Tower — in an effort to generate revenue.Under the agreement, a third party would take care of the buildings. It was not known Tuesday whether the city would impose regulations to protect the historical structures that could offer office space.

Girl’s Electrocution Inspires New Bill.  A 14-year-old girl electrocuted in an incident that sent 277 volts of electricity through her body has inspired new legislation years after her death.In May 2006, Deanna Green was electrocuted on a baseball field in Druid Hill Park. Relatives and friends spent Tuesday in Annapolis to share her story because she can’t.The Green family is lobbying in support of legislation to make playgrounds and other areas around electric wires safer.

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