Well, not too many other big local stories today--besides the arrest of two Eastern Baltimore County 18-year-old boys for Friday's shooting at Towson Town Center of St. Paul's School faculty member William Bassett--so straight to the news roundup.

Two Percent Savings: Despite saying earlier that it would, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield says it's not passing medical malpractice tax, a 2 percent levy on premiums, on to its 330,000 Maryland consumers. I'd say "Whew!", but CareFirst is not The Third Floor's health insurer. AP story.

Police Beat: 43-year-old Maurice Collick shot and killed in East Baltimore. Westminster fugitive Brian Hill--he had shot at six people Sept. 4--turns self in.

Missed it: Del. Dr. Dan K. Morhaim (D-Baltimore County), after being charged by state medical disciplinary board with mishandling three living wills, pleads case in Baltimore Jewish Times.

Skinners of the Future: City schools team up with New York-based New Leaders for New Schools to train "next generation" of school leaders.

Xenophobia's Warrior Princes: Baltimore County Republican delegates want to know how much illegal immigrants cost state. On the other hand, Ocean City lady seeks better living standards for beach town's foreign workers.

Buried Lead: Lt. Gov. Michael Steele fences?! Oh, and black Annapolis alderman, George O. Kelley Sr., joins Republicans.

Shhhh: UMd President Dan Mote calls for quieter partying, not a stricter riot policy. Also from The Diamondback, Free Laundry in Elkton!

Bzzzzness news: Port guards caught sleeping, replaced. State temporarily shuts down Target stores' walk-in clinics till they get state approval. Jacobs Ladder Jewish bookstore in Pikesville closing. Despite pleas, Trader Joe's not opening in city anytime soon.

Adieu: Roland Jeannier says he's closing his longtime Tuscany-Canterbury French restaurant. Falls Road bakery Bonjour to reopen there in the spring.

Center What?: Renovations of Center Plaza, thanks to disagreement between city and parking garage owner, delayed again.

Gifts: Villa Julie College library gets 8,000 books from Holy Trinity Monastery in Pikesville; North Arundel Hospital's breast center gets $1 million from local car dealership owners.

Big Britches: Speaking of Villa Julie, the Baltimore County college considers university status.

Sen. Nathaniel McFadden (D-Baltimore City) questions state audit of Morgan State University.

Towson U looks for more housing downtown. Also from the Towerlight, localized story on Towson mall shooting.