Arundel's Leopold to lead Metropolitan Council
The Baltimore Metropolitan Council elected Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold as its chairman at its board of directors meeting, the group said yesterday. Leopold succeeds Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, who was chairman last year. Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon was elected vice chairwoman. "It will take teamwork to ensure that our counties can implement initiatives aimed at improving mass transit, protecting our environment and ensuring that infrastructure is in place to support challenges such as population growth" from the military's base realignment plan, Leopold said in a statement. The BMC is made up of the region's elected executives, and it serves as a forum for identifying regional interests and developing collaborative plans and programs.
Public invited to vote on Hubble telescope mission
NASA wants to give you a chance to play with the Hubble Space Telescope. The space agency is inviting kids, teachers, anyone, to vote on which of six astronomical objects they'd like to photograph with Hubble. There are dying stars and spinning galaxies and more, none of them ever seen by Hubble before. The agency will turn Hubble's attention to the one that gets the most votes. You must cast your vote online by March 1, and in April, 100 lucky participants will receive a copy of the resulting photograph. To cast your vote, go to YouDecide.Hubblesite.org.
Frank D. Roylance
Two Md. firms settle in ship-breaking case
HAGERSTOWN : Two Maryland companies have agreed to pay the federal government more than $518,000 to settle allegations they illegally sent an old ocean liner containing toxic PCBs overseas for disposal, the federal Environmental Protection Agency said yesterday. Cumberland-based Global Shipping LLC and an affiliate, Global Marketing Systems Inc., neither admitted nor denied the claims in an administrative consent agreement with the agency's regional office in San Francisco. The case highlights the practice of sending old ships to ship-breaking yards in South Asia, where critics say workers are exposed to toxins.