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Md. prisoner mistakenly released; Metro Red Line work; BPA ban

Vernarelli said Taylor was apparently scheduled to appear in court.

Online court records show that Taylor was convicted in 2005 of three counts of attempted first-degree murder and related counts, including assault and handgun crimes.

-- Associated Press

Metro maintenance planned for weekend

Some Metro commuters can plan on delays this weekend as the transit agency performs maintenance and repair work, the agency said.

Red Line riders who travel between the Medical Center and Grosvenor-Strathmore stations should expect 20-minute delays as crews replace rail fasteners and make tunnel repairs, Metro said in a news release. Trains will share one track between these stops starting at 8 p.m. Friday to midnight Sunday. Other Red Line trains traveling toward Shady Grove will terminate at the Friendship Heights Station and return to the Glenmont Station.

-- Nicole Norfleet


BPA ban moves forward in Senate

The Maryland Senate on Thursday approved a ban on the chemical bisphenol-A in bottles and cups for children younger than 4 years old.

In a 46-0 vote, the Senate passed legislation identical to a bill sponsored by Del. James Hubbard (D-Prince George's) that already has cleared the House. The measures were amended so the ban would not apply to toys and teething rings. The measures require the least-toxic alternative to be used instead.

Shaun Adamec, a spokesman for Gov. Martin O'Malley, said the governor plans to sign the legislation. Connecticut and Minnesota passed similar laws last year.

Last month, federal health agencies announced that recent research shows cause for concern over the chemical's potential effect on children. However, they said more study is needed before any regulatory changes are considered. Some scientists contend BPA exposure can harm the reproductive and nervous systems and possibly promote cancers.

-- Associated Press

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