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No PATH In My Backyard

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- The Frederick County zoning board is saying no to a large electrical substation that is part of a proposed multistate power transmission line.

The Board of Zoning Appeals voted 2-1 Thursday against the project. Planners of the proposed Potomac-Appalachian Transmission Highline, or PATH, want to erect 15 steel towers up to 175 feet high on 42 acres zoned for agriculture near Mount Airy.

Allegheny Energy Inc. says the substation is needed for the 275-mile transmission line that Allegheny and American Electric Power Co. plan to build across parts of West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland.

Md. Man Given 8 Years For Historic Building Fire

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- An Emmitsburg man who set fire to his apartment building in a botched suicide attempt was given an eight-year sentence.

Forty-three-year-old John Bushman Jr. was sentenced Tuesday in Frederick by Circuit Judge Theresa M. Adams who suspended the rest of Bushman's 30-year sentence.

Bushman pleaded guilty earlier this year to six counts of reckless endangerment for jeopardizing the safety of his neighbors.
Bushman told police he set his pillow on fire April 3. As flames spread through the 151-year-old former hotel, he knocked on neighbors' doors and told them to leave.

Twenty-eight people in 17 apartments were uprooted by the blaze. Some lost pets, and two suffered minor injuries. A pizza shop was also damaged.

Middletown Linebacker Ian Tolino Tackles the Books

MIDDLETOWN, M.D. (WUSA)- Ian Tolino is a senior linebacker at Middletown High School.  He is the Knights' lead tackler and one of their top defensive players with 87 tackles and four sacks this season.

"He goes 100 percent all the time," said head coach Kevin Lynott, who recognizes Tolino's love for both football and academics. 

Tolino has a weighted GPA of 4.4 and takes advanced placement classes.

"I bring the same attitude to football that I do in school...I enjoy to learn," said Tolino.

While he has not decided where he wants to go to college, Tolino does know that his studies will always come first.  He hopes to major in chemical or mechanical engineering and attributes his focused mind set to his father: "I work hard and I get what I deserve," said Tolino.

Body Found In A Box Near Frederick

FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA) -- Maryland State Police are continuing their homicide investigation after a body was found inside a cardboard box Tuesday morning near an interstate in Frederick County.

The body is only being described as an unidentified adult at this time, police said. No other information about gender or age was given in a news release from Maryland State Police.

Highway workers were working on westbound I-70, at mile marker 48 near Braddock Mountain, when they discovered a box Tuesday morning shortly before 10:00 a.m. They opened the box and found what looked like human remains, police said.

Police say they suspect foul play and are investigating the discovery as a homicide. 

Playoff Results of Toyota's dc.highschoolsports.net Report

(WUSA)- This week's playoff edition of the Toyota dc.highschoolsports.net Report featured some serious performances from local teams.

Check out tonight's results:

-Broad Run dominated Sherando 49-26

-DeMatha dispatched St. John's 34-20

-Hayfield ended McLean's comeback season 34-13

-Gaithersburg snuffed out Whitman 28-0

-Quince Orchard came back and beat Seneca Valley 19-15

-Damascus remained perfect 21-6 over Linganore

-Liberty toppled Fauquier 49-27

Looking forward:

-Regardless of all of the insanity in the regular season, DeMatha will be playing Good Counsel for the WCAC title for the seventh year in a row. 

-With Hayfield upsetting McLean and Washington-Lee upending Yorktown, the two lower seeds present a match-up no one predicted. 

Student Pages Selected for Maryland General Assembly 2011

Five Frederick County students will serve as pages, and one as alternate, for the Maryland General Assembly 2011 legislative session. All are high school seniors.

Margo Dawes, Frederick High – Current student member on the local Board of Education, Margo has earned recognition as a National AP Scholar and Maryland Distinguished Scholar Semifinalist. She was named MVP Lawyer of the Season during 2009 Mock Trial competition, is a National Honor Society member and has won several academic awards. Margo is also past president of the Frederick County Association of Student Councils.

6 Md. House Members And Sen. Mikulski Re-elected

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Democratic freshman Rep. Frank Kratovil faced a strong challenge Tuesday from Republican state Sen. Andy Harris in Maryland's most competitive congressional race.

The former Queen Anne's County prosecutor narrowly won the 1st Congressional District two years ago after the GOP had held it for 18 years. In Tuesday's rematch, Harris, a Baltimore County physician, sought to win back the seat for the Republicans.

With 6 percent of precincts reporting, Harris had 51 percent of the vote to Kratovil's 46 percent. Libertarian Richard Davis had 3 percent.