No conflict with law in proposed cigar rule
Proposed city regulations banning the sale of individual cigars would not conflict with state law, according to an opinion issued yesterday by Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler. The proposed city rule would require stores to sell cigars in packs of five, making them more expensive and therefore more difficult for youth to afford. City Health Commissioner Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein said the cigars - which are sold for 40 cents each at corner liquor stores - are eclipsing cigarettes in popularity and present a health risk.
County to fine farmer for pig wrestling event
Baltimore County health officials said yesterday they plan to fine the owner of an Upperco farm who staged a pig mud wrestling contest last month. "Fines will be issued," said Monique Lyle, a spokeswoman for the county Health Department. The event held on Sept. 27 at Spring Meadow Farms was videotaped by county animal control officials. "We still haven't made a decision on what citations will be issued," Lyle said. "We will know that after all the necessary parties review the tape." Stan Dabkowski, owner of the farm, said yesterday that he had been told by the county only of a possibility of fines for staging the event, which drew protests from animal rights groups. He said that he will appeal any fine levied against him. Dabkowski canceled three additional contests, concerned that the county might fine him up to $2,000 - $100 for each of the 20 pigs used in the first event.
5 architects on jury panel for UB law center design
Five nationally prominent architects have been selected to serve on the jury for a competition the University of Baltimore is holding this fall to choose designers for a $107 million law center at the intersection of Charles Street and Mount Royal Avenue. The jurors are New York architects James Stewart Polshek and Frances Halsband; Boston architects Andrea Leers and Robert Campbell, and Seattle architect David Miller. The competitors include Foster + Partners of Britain; Behnisch Architekten of Germany; Dominique Perrault Architecture of France; Moshe Safdie and Associates of Somerville, Mass.; and the SmithGroup of Washington. Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos has pledged $5 million toward construction of the project, and the Abell Foundation is providing $150,000 for the competition. A winner will be announced next month and the building is expected to open in 2012.
Carroll woman is airlifted under new medevac rules
A 19-year-old Carroll County woman injured when her vehicle was struck by a school bus on Route 30 was airlifted yesterday by medevac helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. The airlift occurred shortly after implementation of a new state requirement that emergency workers consult with the trauma center before a helicopter is dispatched. She was unconscious when transported. As of yesterday, Stahl was conscious and stable, police said.
Bodies from freezer might be adopted daughters
Montgomery County police said yesterday they are confident two girls found encased in ice in a basement freezer are the adopted daughters of a woman suspected of killing them. The children have been tentatively identified as Jasmine Nicole Bowman, who would have been 9, and Minnet C. Bowman, who would have been 11. Police found the bodies last month in Renee Bowman's freezer in Lusby in Southern Maryland. They believe the children might have been dead since at least last November, when the family moved from Rockville, in Montgomery County. Bowman, 43, is a suspect but has not been charged in the deaths. Dr. David Fowler, Maryland's chief medical examiner, said his office is still hoping to confirm the identities through scientific tests, but that is often difficult for children.