Fisherman drowns in boating accident on Potomac A...



Fisherman drowns in boating accident on Potomac

A fisherman slid under the waves of the Potomac River and drowned as twin 7-year-old girls swam to safety Thursday night after their 17-foot motor boat was swamped in high winds.

Patrick Sean McCallum, 28, of Woodbridge, Va., a friend, her boyfriend and their daughters were near Wades Bay in western Charles County about 8:30 p.m. when their boat turned over, said Susan O'Brien, spokeswoman for the state Department of Natural Resources.

The group clung to the boat for several hours before deciding to swim for shore. The girls, who were wearing life vests, made it to safety, as did their mother and her boyfriend. McCallum, who was not wearing a life vest, is presumed to be the 10th boating fatality in Maryland this year, compared with eight deaths in boating accidents during all of last year.

Fire destroys rowhouse in redevelopment area

A three-alarm fire destroyed a century-old building on West Saratoga Street yesterday. The building was in the heart of the downtown area targeted in a $350 million redevelopment project in the fading business district.

It took more than 60 firefighters an hour to extinguish the blaze in the three-story brick rowhouse at 206 W. Saratoga St., between North Howard Street and Park Avenue.

A pizza carryout was on the first floor and a photo shop on the second and third. Fire officials estimated the damage at $140,000, and city inspectors condemned the property.

Nonprofit Book Thing announces weekend hours

The Book Thing of Baltimore, a new nonprofit venture that collects unwanted books and gives them away, has announced it will open Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., starting today.

The Book Thing has more than 100,000 books in a basement at the rear of 2645 N. Charles St., with access from 27th Street. Russell Wattenberg, who heads the Book Thing, can be reached at 410-662-5631 or by e-mail to

Parts of Bay Bridge to close for construction

Maintenance work is expected to close some lanes of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge late tomorrow and early Monday.

All lanes are to reopen by 6 a.m. Monday.

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