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September 21, 1992

BALTIMORE — BSO, musicians working on contract

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and its musicians are working toward a new contract to replace the pact that expired at midnight Saturday, both sides announced yesterday.

In a joint statement, the BSO players and management said that "discussions are proceeding cooperatively," and that the orchestra would continue to rehearse and perform while negotiations continue.

Both sides have said they would not discuss specifics of the contract talks while negotiations are in progress.

The expiration of the BSO contract four years ago resulted in a five-month players' strike, which was the longest and most bitter in modern symphonic history.

Severn man injured by runaway vehicle

A 44-year-old Severn man was critically injured yesterday by a van that rolled down a grassy hill and struck him as he watched a softball game in Catonsville.

Gregory A. Reed of the 7800 block of Crossbay Drive was watching the game at Unger's Field, off the 2800 block of Oak Grove Ave., at 12:14 p.m. when he was struck, Baltimore County police said.

He was in critical condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center last night. Police said he had a possible fractured back.

The vehicle's owner, Tina M. Comma of Glen Burnie, had parked her 1988 Ford Aerostar van on a level parking lot above the softball field but left the van in neutral gear and did not apply the emergency brake, Officer Stephen Powell said.

Mrs. Comma went down the hill to watch the softball game and, about five minutes later, the van rolled down, Officer Powell said.

"It must have drifted slowly for awhile," he said. "As soon as it hit the slope, it just careened."

Mr. Reed apparently did not see the van coming, Officer Powell said.

The officer said he would consult with the state's attorney's office to see if charges would be filed.

5 families displaced by electrical fire

Five families were left homeless yesterday after an early morning electrical fire ripped through a Middle River apartment building, causing $150,000 in damage, Baltimore County fire officials said.

"The fire was ruled accidental by our investigators," said Lt. Richard Brooks, a Fire Department spokesman. A malfunction in an electrical appliance was believed to be the cause, he said.

No one was injured in the two-alarm fire, which began about 1 a.m. at a three-story apartment building in the 9900 block of Berliner Place, in the Maple Crest complex.

Man thrown from car in I-495 crash

BETHESDA

BETHESDA -- A 20-year-old Hyattsville man suffered massive head injuries when he lost control of his car and was thrown down an embankment of the Capital Beltway in Montgomery County, police said.

The victim, Armando Alvarez, was reported near death last night at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, according to state police.

Mr. Alvarez was driving east on the Beltway, near Wisconsin Avenue, about 4:10 p.m. when he drove onto the shoulder, apparently trying to pass another car, police said. His 1982 Toyota Corolla hit a guard rail, spun around and careened down the shoulder, and he was ejected from the vehicle, police said.

Charm City Fair a 'success,' director says

BALTIMORE

BALTIMORE -- The director of Baltimore's first Charm City Fair said last night that the event appeared to be a financial success, with more than 83,000 tickets sold over its three-day run on a parking lot opposite Memorial Stadium.

Jay Harris said he expected, after all the bills come in, that there will be a profit to donate to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, the city Department of Recreation and Parks and community groups in the stadium neighborhood.

The fair was an effort by new commercial operators to revive an annual Baltimore tradition -- the City Fair -- under a new name, with a focus more on entertainment than city neighborhoods.

The last City Fair was held last year. Its organizers -- Baltimore City Fair Inc. -- were unable to raise enough money to stage another fair this year after the event had fallen deeply into debt.

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