Soldier from Potomac killed in Afghanistan
A soldier from Potomac was killed Tuesday in Kandahar, Afghanistan, after an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle, the Department of Defense said. Army Capt. Brian M. Bunting, 29, a member of the Individual Ready Reserve, was assigned to the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of Syracuse, N.Y., Pentagon officials said. A 27th Infantry Brigade spokesman said Bunting stayed in Afghanistan with the 33rd Combat Team based out of St. Louis after his unit was called home. The spokesman had no further information. Officials from the 33rd Combat Team could not be reached for comment last night. Bunting's family declined to comment. Three other soldiers were killed in the attack.
Howard teacher wins technology award
A Howard County teacher has been chosen to receive an award recognizing top technology education instructors in Maryland. The award, given by the Technology Education Association of Maryland, distinguishes high school teachers who best demonstrate excellence in technology education. Roy Rosnik, who teaches at Marriotts Ridge High School, will represent the state March 27 at the 2009 International Technology Education Association Conference in Louisville, Ky. School system spokeswoman Patti Caplan described Rosnik as "an experienced, innovative educator." Rosnik has taught technology in the county school system since 1998 and has been at Marriotts Ridge since the school opened in 2005, Caplan said. Rosnik introduced Project Lead The Way - a program that promotes science and engineering among students - to the school system. He also has helped develop and implement countywide curriculum for technology education and computer science. Rosnik was honored Feb. 18 during the association's awards reception at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center in Westminster.
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Jessup man convicted in death of friend
A 22-year-old Jessup man pleaded guilty yesterday to manslaughter in a shooting incident in September that left his teenage friend dead. Michael Mullinax, 17, died after being shot in the chest by Kenneth Bowser in the basement of Bowser's home in the 8100 block of Sheffield Court, prosecutors said. Bowser told police that he had been drinking before Mullinax arrived and the two had handled a 9mm Luger before it went off. Bowser also pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Prosecutors will ask for a nine-year prison term; Bowser's attorney, Clark Ahlers, said he will ask for a lesser sentence. Circuit Court Judge Timothy J. McCrone set a sentencing hearing for April 26.
Athletic club settles harassment lawsuit
An Anne Arundel County-based athletic club has agreed to pay a $161,000 settlement to four former employees who alleged that they were sexually harassed while working at the company's Pasadena and Arnold locations, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced yesterday. The EEOC filed suit against Big Vanilla Pasadena and Big Vanilla Athletic Club after four employees alleged they were subjected to repeated and unwanted sexually offensive remarks and sexual advances. Three of the four former employees said they were fired in retaliation. Jeanne M. Phelan, an attorney for Big Vanilla, said the company denied all of the allegations but settled because of the expense of defending the case. In addition to the monetary settlement, the company agreed to monitoring by the EEOC.