County news in the daily Washington Post, June 30-July 3

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County Criticized in Neglect Case

The chief health official in Prince George's County, under investigation for alleged animal neglect, called for a probe of the Anne Arundel animal control office after one of his confiscated horses became ill and was euthanized while in the agency's care.

Frederick J. Corder said a miniature horse, Star, developed acute diarrhea and rectal prolapse, a condition in which the colon turns inside out, while at the Millersville animal management facility. Anne Arundel authorities began an investigation into Corder after going to his Harwood property and finding Star, another miniature horse and six dogs in what they described as various states of neglect.

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School Dodges 'No Child' List

The reprieve granted to Van Bokkelen Elementary School in Anne Arundel County -- which appealed its way off a list of campuses tagged for academic "restructuring" because of chronically low test scores -- could provide a pattern for other schools sinking toward the bottom of a state watch list under the federal No Child Left Behind initiative.

Van Bokkelen, which serves a high-poverty community in Severn, is one of seven Maryland schools that have successfully appealed to the state after being told that they had failed to make "adequate yearly progress.'' Had the appeal failed, some teachers would have had to reapply for their jobs.