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Hopkins pays $190M in pelvis exam pix settlement

BALTIMORE (AP) - A "rogue" gynecologist who used tiny cameras to secretly record videos and photos of his patients has forced one of the world's top medical centers to pay $190 million to 8,000 women and girls.

Dr. Nikita Levy was fired after 25 years with the Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore in February 2013 after a female co-worker spotted the pen-like camera he wore around his neck and alerted authorities.

Levy committed suicide days later, as a federal investigation led to roughly 1,200 videos and 140 images stored on computers in his home.

The preliminary settlement approved by a judge Monday is one of the largest on record in the U.S. involving sexual misconduct by a physician. It all but closes a case that never produced criminal charges but seriously threatened Hopkins' reputation.

Lawyers said thousands of women were traumatized, even though their faces were not visible in the images and it could not be established with certainty which patients were recorded or how many.


Md. governor, faith leaders meet on immigration

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is meeting with Maryland faith leaders to discuss how to help unaccompanied immigrant children who have been coming across the border from Central America.

O'Malley held a meeting on Monday in Annapolis with dozens of representatives from religious groups.

Nina Smith, an O'Malley spokeswoman, says they are discussing possible partnerships the state could form with them to help the children.

Smith also says the state wants to work constructively with federal officials to safely and securely house the children until they can be reunited with their families.


Man gets 30 years for killing girlfriend's father

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing his 14-year-old girlfriend's father has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Twenty-year-old Jason Bulmer pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of 58-year-old Dennis Lane. He was sentenced Monday in Howard County Circuit Court.

Prosecutors say Bulmer and Morgan Arnold plotted for months to killed Lane so the couple could run away to California. Lane was stabbed in his daughter's bedroom on May 10, 2013.

Arnold, now 15, has been charged as an adult with murder in the slaying.


Man arrested a week after conviction for groping

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) - Howard County Police say a man awaiting sentencing after being convicted of groping women in parking lots in Columbia was arrested on similar charges.

Police say a woman shopping in a Target in Columbia on Thursday said a man was following her in the store and had grabbed her buttocks. Officers say a truck followed her as she drove from the parking lot.

Police say 27-year-old Jeremy Ng (ING) of Ellicott City surrendered to police on Saturday. He has been charged with assault, stalking and a sex offense. He is being held on $175,000 bond.

According to police and court records, Ng pleaded guilty to assault and a sex offense on July 15 in connection with three incidents last year. He was free on bond awaiting an Aug. 8 sentencing.


Air-conditioner cord blamed for fatal fire

ROCK HALL, Md. (AP) - Fire officials say an electrical failure in a cord powering an air-conditioner caused a house fire that killed an 85-year-old Rock Hall woman.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal said in a news release Monday that Hester Louise Wright died in the July 14 blaze. Authorities say Wright awoke to the fire on the first floor about 4 a.m. and alerted her 42-year-old daughter.

Officials say Jill Wright tried to lead her mother out of the house, but Hester Wright was not able to escape.

Nearly 50 firefighters battled the blaze, which caused $120,000 in damage. Investigators say Hester Wright died from smoke inhalation and burns.


2 large chicken farms planned for southern Del.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Plans for two enormous chicken farms in southern Delaware are testing the region's long-held faith in the poultry industry.

The News-Journal of Wilmington reports that at peak production, the two farms would produce almost 1.5 million chickens a year. That's more than there are people in Delaware.

The separately owned operations would be jammed into just over one square mile of southern Kent County, near Farmington.

Delaware's "Right to Farm" law puts no restriction on the number of chicken houses that can be built on land zoned for agriculture.

But some neighbors, county and state officials say they're concerned that such large operations could become a trend that would pose a risk to public health, infrastructure and rural quality of life.


Gunshots end fundraiser for Del. burn victim

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The organizer of a fundraiser for a Wilmington burn victim is demanding government action after gunfire abruptly ended the event in a city park.

Police say no one was hurt by the gunshots Sunday evening at Haynes Park. But organizer Cecilia Williams tells The News-Journal it makes no sense that people can't even raise money for a good cause without risking their lives.

The event was meant to raise money to help pay the medical bills of Williams' sister Francine Wallace. She and another woman were hurt in a June 16 house fire that claimed the life of 48-year-old Lamotte Scales.

Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams tells WDEL radio he plans to introduce gun legislation in hope of getting more criminals off the streets.

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