Regional Digest

In Anne Arundel

BWI road construction alters traffic patterns


LINTHICUM -- Because of road construction, traffic patterns at Baltimore-Washington International Airport have been temporarily altered.

For the next two weeks, airport officials are encouraging passengers traveling on Southwest or Delta airlines to be dropped off or picked up at the new curbside area near Terminal A/B.


Officials are also asking customers who are meeting arriving passengers to park in BWI's hourly garage, where the first half-hour of parking is free.

The construction -- scheduled for completion March 9 -- will add two lanes to the upper-level road of the main terminal.

Navy holds midshipman boxing championship

ANNAPOLIS -- Midshipman meets midshipman tonight in a battle that's become one of the Naval Academy's toughest traditions: the Brigade Boxing Championships.

Held every year since 1941, the event draws thousands of spectators to Halsey Field House to watch hard-hitting midshipmen battle it out in the boxing ring.

This year, five of the tournament's competitors are past winners of the National Collegiate Boxing Association Championship, including returning brigade champions Amir Shareef and A.J. Mallo. Mallo, boxing at 125 pounds, is competing for his fourth brigade title.

The championship is open to the public, and admission is free. Visitor parking is available at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. From there, visitors can catch the courtesy shuttle bus to Halsey Hall, or walk to the gym through Gate 1 on King George Street. To enter the grounds, all visitors must show a photo ID.

In Howard County


Board votes to lengthen school day by 15 minutes

ELLICOTT CITY -- The Howard County Board of Education voted last night to lengthen the school day by 15 minutes for middle and high school students in the fall, a move necessary to meet state instruction requirements.

An analysis by The Sun in December showed Howard high schools routinely fall short of the 1,170 instructional hours required. This year, the system missed the mark by 42 hours, and an early calendar proposal for next school year was short by 36 hours.

The extra 15 minutes -- five added to the start of each day and 10 at the end -- will bring high schools into compliance at a cost of $143,000.

The time was added to middle schools, which already meet hourly requirements, as a bonus.