Baltimore will be host for global trade shows
The Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association has booked a global trade show for travel planners that will generate an estimated $15 million in spending and 50,000 hotel room night bookings over five years, the convention agency said yesterday. The Americas Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition, which will hold its inaugural event in Baltimore from June 29 to July 1, 2010, and each summer through 2014, is expected to bring 3,000 attendees annually and boost the city's reputation as an international convention destination, BACVA said. Tom Noonan, BACVA's president and chief executive, called the event "the most significant convention booking we've ever had as a city."
Over $750,000 in fines issued for waste violations
The state has levied more than $750,000 in fines recently against 46 businesses, individuals and institutions for violating Maryland's hazardous waste rules, the Maryland Department of the Environment announced. Most of the citations issued in July and August by the state Waste Management Administration were against landlords for failing to protect children in their rental units from exposure to toxic lead-based paint. Donald McArthur of Baltimore was fined a total of $45,000 - the highest amount levied against anyone - for violations at 18 properties, according to the department. The Housing Authority of Annapolis was fined $25,000 for lead-paint violations at five of its properties, the state said. The state also levied $5,000 fines each against the Johns Hopkins University and three businesses for improper handling or storage of hazardous waste.
Timothy B. Wheeler
Marine colonel from Md. serving in Iraq dies
A Marine colonel from Chevy Chase died Sunday of injuries sustained in Anbar province, Iraq, becoming one of the highest-ranked casualties of the war. Col. Michael R. Stahlman, 45, was injured in a nonhostile incident July 31, the Department of Defense said. Officials provided no details. Stahlman was a 1985 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, according to classmates and a lawyer for the Marines. He was the investigating officer last year in the trial of a Marine charged in the killings of two dozen Iraqi civilians in Haditha. According to a blog maintained by Ken Adams, one of Stahlman's Naval Academy classmates, Stahlman suffered a severe head injury in Anbar province. He returned to the U.S. for brain surgery in August, according to a blog maintained by a family friend. Stahlman was assigned to Headquarters Battalion, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.
Annapolis High meets federal test standards
For the first time in six years, students at Annapolis High School have met federal testing benchmarks, placing the embattled school on a path toward independence from local and state monitoring, Anne Arundel County school officials announced yesterday. The achievement comes about a year and a half after Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell overhauled the school in an effort to prevent state intervention under penalties for failure to meet federal standards under the No Child Left Behind Act. Annapolis High School failed to make what is called "adequate yearly progress" on annual standardized tests. The school, with an enrollment of about 1,700, underwent a restructuring plan last year that forced its entire staff to reapply for its jobs, required staff to work year-round, made teachers commit to staying at the school for three years and launched a summer program for incoming at-risk freshmen. The school must demonstrate adequate yearly progress for two consecutive years to leave the state's system for implementing reforms for failing schools.