Mayor Dixon warns city may consider layoffs
Mayor Sheila Dixon said yesterday that she would consider layoffs as one way to shore up the city's budget, which she said "does not look good." She said that agency heads are reviewing all capital projects to see if any can be postponed so belt-tightening won't "impact people's livelihood." The city expects a dip in revenue from its recordation and transfer taxes because of the slumping housing market and fewer dividends from investments.
Woman allowed to visit ex-girlfriend's son
A Maryland woman has won the right to visit the 7-year-old son of her ex-girlfriend, who plans to appeal the decision. Baltimore County Judge Lawrence R. Daniels ruled Tuesday that Larissa S. has shown "exceptional circumstances" and will be allowed to visit the boy she has not seen in three years even though his mother, Melissa B., does not want her to. This might be the first ruling in Maryland since a lower legal standard for nonparental visitation was rejected.
Fire damages computer lab at Edgewater school
A fire believed to have been caused by a malfunctioning air-conditioning unit at South River High School in Edgewater last night caused nearly $100,000 in damage to a computer lab room and its contents, said a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. A group of parents were meeting in the school when the fire was reported at 7:06 p.m., but all got out safely, said Robert Mosier, a school system spokesman. Tobia said the school was due to be closed today for the observance of Yom Kippur. Mosier said every effort would be made to reopen the school tomorrow.
Richard Irwin and Rona Marech