Top 5 Stories: Punk's Closes, Baby Born and Discrimination Lawsuit

Here's a quick look back at the biggest headlines of the week in Annapolis.

No. 1—Punk's Backyard Grill Closes at Annapolis Mall
In a move that surprised and saddened its customers, Punk's Backyard Grill announced on Sunday that it had served its final burgers and beers at the Westfield Annapolis mall. The owners told Patch the sudden closure was because they were unable to renegotiate their lease with Westfield's corporate headquarters.

No. 2—Cab Driver Helps Deliver Premature Baby at Annapolis Hotel
Academy Cab driver Mia Lynch helped a couple deliver a premature baby boy outside the Country Inn & Suites in Annapolis. Lynch arrived at the hotel on Housley Road around 6 a.m. Saturday to discover Ingrid Ruiz, the woman she was supposed to drive to the hospital, screaming on a bench outside the hotel.

No. 3—Employee Sues Annapolis Housing Authority for Reverse Discrimination
A woman is suing the Housing Authority for the City of Annapolis (HACA) for $1.25 million claiming her superiors mistreated her because of her race. Katherine Ferris, who is white, states in court documents filed in U.S. District Court on Aug. 30 that HACA's Executive Director Vincent Leggett, who is black, "engaged in racial discrimination and racially discriminatory practices," against her.

No. 4—Market House Opening Likely Delayed Until May
Alderman Ross Arnett (D-Ward 8) announced at a town hall meeting on Thursday night that the Market House will likely re-open in May. He said although it the downtown icon was rumored to open in March, contract negotiations with the new vendors were taking longer than expected.

No. 5—Residents Push for Eastport Elementary School Expansion
About two dozen people lobbied Anne Arundel County's school board to consider expanding Eastport Elementary at its second public hearing about the capital budget for 2014. Superintendent Kevin Maxwell's proposed budget includes a $1.01 billion operating budget and $240 million capital budget. It does not include any money for the 103-year-old school to expand.


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