Western High principal gets national honor

Eleanor Matthews, principal of Western High School in Baltimore, was honored with a Terrel H. Bell Award for outstanding leadership this week in Washington. Matthews is one of two Maryland principals who received the award from the U.S. Department of Education that recognizes principals who "do whatever it takes to help their students meet high standards and are committed to the notion that in educating America's children, failure is no option," according to a statement issued Tuesday by the Department of Education. Raymond Myrtle, principal of Highland Elementary School in Silver Spring, also received the Bell award. Eight Bell awards were given out by the Department of Education and national associations of principals to public school principals this year.

- Liz Bowie

Suspect in Arnold break-in crashes while fleeing police

Anne Arundel County police said a man broke into an Arnold home Wednesday morning, took off when the owner discovered him and, as he fled, crashed his car into another one and then abandoned it. Shortly before 10 a.m., a 62-year-old woman saw a man inside her home in the 1200 block of Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. and called police. When the man realized she was there, he drove away in a dark-colored Saturn and refused to stop when an officer tried to pull him over, according to police. Officers briefly lost sight of the car, but they spotted it a few minutes later in a ravine off the entrance ramp from northbound Ritchie Highway to westbound Route 100. Police said the car had struck the side of another vehicle on the ramp, causing minor damage, but that car's driver was not injured. Officers arrested a suspect near Mountain Road and Ritchie Highway, and he was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment of minor injuries, according to police. Luther Green, 42, of the 2700 block of Baker St. in Baltimore was charged with burglary, theft, driving an unregistered car and other violations. Court records indicate that he also faces two pending misdemeanor assault charges.

- Andrea F. Siegel

Report urges new programs at Hagerstown campus

A state task force is urging the University System of Maryland to look outside its institutions for programs to add at its Hagerstown campus. The 23-page report was obtained Wednesday by The (Hagerstown) Herald-Mail. It urges administrators to continue asking state university institutions to provide programs that meet the center's needs. But if that fails, the report says, administrators should try to solicit programs from outside the university system, including institutions of higher education outside the state.

- Associated Press

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