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Baltimore & Region

November 06, 2005

Fair Hill fire kills 24 horses

A three-alarm blaze claimed the lives of 24 thoroughbred horses at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton. Losses were put at nearly $2 million. State fire officials were trying to determine a cause for the barn fire, which began near the feed storage section of an adjacent building.

Police raid poker parlor

Baltimore police raided a refurbished warehouse that they said was being used as a poker parlor and charged 80 patrons with violating the city's gambling laws. The operators of the club, the Owl's Nest, and dealers also face criminal charges.

Plenty of flu vaccine is expected

Vaccine for the flu season is expected to be plentiful this year but will arrive in installments because of manufacturing delays and a federal plan to ensure shots are distributed equitably, Maryland officials said.

Ex-Ehrlich aide breaks silence

Joseph F. Steffen Jr., the aide to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. banished after discussing rumors about Mayor Martin O'Malley on the Internet, said in an interview that he was sent into state agencies to identify employees who should be fired not because of their party affiliation but because they were not performing up to par.

U.S. high court hears Md. case

Hearing an appeal filed by prosecutors in a high-profile Annapolis murder case, justices for the U.S. Supreme Court peppered both sides about the circumstances under which a murder suspect who has asked for a lawyer can later waive that right and confess to the crime. The case of freed suspect Leeander Jerome "Sweater" Blake provided the court with the opportunity to re-examine a rule that has controlled interrogations since 1981.

City noise curb is sought

Baltimore home and business owners could face eviction if found guilty of making excessive noise twice in a two-year period under a City Council proposal that appears to have been prompted by complaints from North Baltimore residents about the actions of college students.

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