County news in the daily Washington Post, July 7-July 13


Arundel Studies School Hours

The Anne Arundel County school board is the latest in the region to study later starting times for high schools. Classes in local high schools begin at 7:17 a.m., the earliest in Maryland.


Guilty Plea in Airport Thefts

A former baggage handler at Baltimore-Washington International Airport pleaded guilty to felony theft and agreed to testify against two co-workers who are accused, as he was, of stealing belongings from the luggage of troops bound for Afghanistan and Iraq.

In exchange for his testimony, several charges were dropped and Shaka Watson was allowed to plead guilty only to the theft of a laptop computer. Watson, 20, of Baltimore, was sentenced to four years in prison, suspended after two years, and three years of probation. Like his co-defendants, Watson worked for a private company that had a contract to load and unload military aircraft.


Marrow Donor, Recipient Meet

The morning after a Memorial Day party at her grandmother's house, 6-week-old Cameron Diamond of Anne Arundel County broke out in a fever, and the next day, doctors diagnosed leukemia.

About the same time, in May 2000, First Baptist Church in Athens, Ala., held a bone marrow drive. Greg Young, an industrial valve salesman, gave blood that Sunday, entered the national registry and a few months later donated marrow from his hipbone. Only this summer, five years from the day that Cameron's cancer went into remission, did Young, 41, travel to Crofton to meet the diminutive 5-year-old whose life he saved.

Carol and B.J. Diamond with their daughter Cameron in November 2004. Cameron, now 5, just marked her fifth year of remission from leukemia.