U.S. grant to nurture city's biotechnology industry
A large development project in East Baltimore will receive $2 million from the federal Economic Development Administration to help build a life sciences facility and biotechnology industry incubator, according to the offices of Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, whose district includes the development.
The incubator will provide office space and wet labs for startup businesses that officials say they hope will nurture the city's nascent biotechnology industry. The incubator and life sciences facility are part of a larger project to recast more than 80 acres near Johns Hopkins Hospital. The project is expected to create 400 jobs and is to include a mix of offices and housing.
"We cannot underscore the importance of ensuring that Maryland is on the forefront of scientific and technological development," Cummings said in a statement. "This money will not only help us to succeed with this important priority, but it will also provide hundreds of new jobs within our community."
"The East Baltimore Development Project is an excellent example where a federal investment is leveraged with other private and public funding to support a comprehensive revitalization project that will benefit residents, businesses and the community," Mikulski said.
: Bel Air
Five-vehicle crash puts 3 in hospital
Two elementary school students and a motorist were taken to the hospital yesterday after a five-vehicle accident involving a county school bus in Bel Air.
The three were taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center with minor injuries, said Sgt. Christina Presberry, a Harford County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman.
A school bus carrying 19 children home from Homestead Wakefield Elementary School was eastbound on Wheel Road toward Route 543 and slowing to drop off students. The driver activated flashing yellow lights to alert motorists.
Two westbound vehicles stopped, and a third car, passing through a hilly area of the road, didn't see the two stopped cars and rear-ended the second car, setting off a chain-reaction crash, Presberry said.
The first car struck the left rear of the bus and swerved off the road, then bounced back and struck another car.
Deputies are investigating, and no citations were issued as of late yesterday, Presberry said.
Nine students reported being in pain and were released to their parents yesterday, said Don Morrison, a county schools spokesman.
St. Mary's County
: Federal court
Man pleads guilty in child porn case
A St. Mary's County man pleaded guilty yesterday to possessing images of child pornography that he had downloaded from a paid Internet Web site, the U.S. attorney's office in Maryland said.
Andrew Vincent Mattingly, 28, of St. Inigoes could get up to 10 years in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release when he is sentenced before U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte in the courthouse in Greenbelt.
Prosecutors said Mattingly's name surfaced in September 2004 when FBI agents in Detroit searched the home of a man accused of charging computer users to view a child pornography Web site he had created. One of the online payments was traced to Mattingly, authorities said.
On Feb. 2, 2005, agents interviewed Mattingly. Prosecutors said he confessed to downloading images and subscribing to an illegal Web site that contained pictures of children as young as 8. Mattingly admitted that he had as many as 1,550 images of child pornography on his computer, prosecutors said.
: School board
Public briefing set for tomorrow
The city school board will hold a public briefing from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow to discuss education issues that will be addressed during the next session of the General Assembly. The briefing will be held in the boardroom at school system headquarters, 200 E. North Ave.