County news in the daily Washington Post, Aug. 18-Aug. 24


Schools Settle Bias Suit

The Anne Arundel school board approved a memorandum of understanding with civil rights leaders that would end a year-old lawsuit alleging discrimination against black students across several academic areas. The agreement requires the school system to rewrite its achievement goals so that they apply equally to each of eight statistical subgroups based on race, sex and socioeconomic status.


Quadriplegic Woman Found Dead

Linda Simmont rolled her wheelchair out to the end of the pier at Ventnor Marina, where she had been coming since childhood. It was a journey she took daily, something the once-athletic woman, now paralyzed from the neck down, did alone that allowed her a measure of freedom.

Simmont, 51, never returned from her outing. Rescuers found her body and her wheelchair off the end of the pier. Anne Arundel police said neighbors reported that Simmont lately had been despondent.


Teen Friends Killed in Crash

Three teenage boys returning from a trip to a burger joint were waiting for a traffic light to change on Governor Ritchie Highway near Annapolis when a pickup truck struck them from behind, turning their car into a fireball and killing two of them.

David Snyder, an incoming sophomore at the college preparatory Severn School in Severna Park, and Kevin Durm, a junior at Archbishop Spalding High in Severn, died from injuries. Nick Kirby, the driver and a Broadneck High School student, came home after a brief hospital stay.