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School for the Arts HSA pass rate misstated

State High School Assessment results released Tuesday misstated the pass rate for Baltimore School for the Arts and did not include three other city high schools because of computer coding errors. At Baltimore School for the Arts, a magnet school, the percentage of seniors who have met the tests' graduation requirements was listed as 67 percent, but Principal Leslie Shepard said only one senior of 80 has not met the requirements. Officials said yesterday that the school had not correctly entered computer codes to indicate that students who transferred from out of state and private schools were exempt from testing. In addition, the pass rate did not reflect the fact that seniors who took Algebra 1 in middle school had passed the algebra test before starting high school. The state did not report pass rates for Thurgood Marshall High School, Maritime Industries Academy and the Central Career Center at Briscoe because the schools did not enter computer codes in the spring to indicate that their juniors had been promoted to seniors.

Sara Neufeld

Help is sought finding missing Harford man, 21

The Harford County Sheriff's Office is seeking help in finding David Joseph Lombardo, 21, who was last seen in the Edgewood area Oct. 27. Family members believe he may be heading to California. Police said that Lombardo may be suicidal and may be driving a dark green 1999 Buick Park Avenue with Maryland license plate 1CJW12. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 410-838-6600.

Festival will mark Poe's 200th birthday

Mayor Sheila Dixon plans to announce today a citywide festival honoring the 200th birthday of Edgar Allan Poe. Organized by the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association, the yearlong celebration will begin in January and include theatrical performances, art exhibitions, historical tours and a re-creation of Poe's viewing and funeral. Works inspired by Poe will be on display at the Baltimore Museum of Art, and The Addams Family TV show actor and Baltimore resident John Astin will perform tributes to Poe. "I love the idea of using a part of Baltimore history as a clever way to market the city," said BACVA President and CEO Tom Noonan.

Sam Sessa

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