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Police probe woman's death as apparent suicide

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Baltimore police were investigating the apparent suicide of a woman found dead Monday morning in a downtown parking garage near the Inner Harbor. Officers were called to the Lockwood Garage, in the 500 block of E. Lombard St., at about 11 a.m. on a report of a carjacking and found the woman's body on a first-floor platform connecting the garage to a nearby building. They later found her vehicle on the garage's top floor. Aaron Archuleta, who works in an office nearby, said he could see police on the roof of the parking garage inspecting a blue late-model vehicle. A red high-heeled shoe appeared to have fallen to the street below. A law enforcement source said police received reports that the woman, who was described as in her 50s and from the Towson area, had been seen pacing around the top floor of the garage.

- Justin Fenton

Howard agencies told to plan for budget cuts of up to 5%

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Howard County department heads have been told to plan for cuts of up to 5 percent to their current budgets in anticipation of more bad fiscal news about state, and perhaps county, revenues. County budget director Raymond S. Wacks told the County Council on Monday morning that with the state now expecting revenue estimates Thursday that could reveal another gap of up to $250 million, County Executive Ken Ulman isn't waiting to plan for more local reductions. "We anticipate they're not going to be pretty or pleasant. All the easy cuts have already been taken," Wacks said. In addition, Wacks said his prediction that county income tax revenues would drop from $331 million last fiscal year to $300 million this year may not hold up. The county is still making cuts to compensate for $8.3 million in state reductions to local aid for Howard announced in late August.

- Larry Carson

Police identify body of man recovered from harbor

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Baltimore police have identified the man whose body was found floating Friday afternoon near the Domino Sugar factory in the Inner Harbor. Richard Veal, 60, was reported missing after he had been drinking with friends Thursday night at a boating dock in the 500 block of Harborview Drive, near the HarborView Tower. Officers from the police marine unit found Veal's body about 4:05 p.m. Friday near the 1000 block of Hull St.

- Liz F. Kay

Rocket launch today may create visible cloud

Sky watchers in the Mid-Atlantic region may see a high-altitude cloud of aluminum particles form tonight as military and university scientists conduct an experiment using a rocket fired from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore. The artificial cloud, which will look white and wispy and form high in the east, may provide insight into the origins of "noctilucent" clouds, the highest natural clouds in Earth's atmosphere. The window for launch of the 65-foot Black Brant XII rocket is between 7:40 p.m. and 7:57 p.m. The cloud is set for release about six minutes later. For a NASA launch Webcast, go to: sites.wff.nasa.gov/webcast. For launch status, go to twitter.com/NASA_Wallops or call 757-824-2050.

- Frank D. Roylance

U.S. funds to help develop Tubman site

A nearly $1.2 million National Park Service grant will help develop outdoor recreation facilities in Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park on the Eastern Shore. Sens. Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and Rep. Frank Kratovil announced the grant from the park service's Land and Water Conservation Fund on Monday. Maryland expects to begin site development at the 17-acre site late next year and finish in 2011. Tubman was born in Dorchester County, where she spent nearly 30 years as a slave before escaping in 1849. She later led hundreds of slaves to freedom as part of the anti-slavery resistance network known as the Underground Railroad.

- Associated Press

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