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Nine city charter schools getting $700,000

Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon and schools chief Andres Alonso announced $700,000 in city grants yesterday for building improvements at nine charter schools. Charter schools are public schools that operate independently. Among the recipients is Rosemont Elementary, which will use the $78,019 it is getting to replace exterior doors and install a security system. The Independence School will spend its $64,950 for lighting fixtures, ceiling tiles and to upgrade plumbing. The other schools are: KIPP Ujima Village Academy, Maryland Academy of Technology and Health Sciences, Empowerment Academy, Bluford Drew Jemison Math Science Technology Academy, Montessori Public Charter School, Hampstead Hill Academy and Baltimore Freedom Academy.

Sara Neufeld

Harford bus commuters decry cuts in service

More than 60 Harford County residents who say cuts in MTA bus service into Baltimore have disrupted their commutes filled County Council chambers last night to protest. State transportation chief John D. Porcari made the cuts last fall, eliminating the 412 line from Bel Air into the city, which included three round trips daily, and one trip each on the 410 and 411 lines. The cuts took effect Monday. Several of the 22 who spoke said the loss of the 412 line also cost a stop at the VA hospital.

Jonathan Pitts

U.S. trade representative to return to UM to teach

U.S. trade representative Susan C. Schwab will return to the University of Maryland as a professor in the School of Public Policy, where she was its dean from 1995 to 2003. She joined the Bush administration in 2005.

Stephen Kiehl

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