Baltimore & Region Digest

November 19, 2005

Baltimore: Downtown

Leak closes part of Greene Street

A leak closed portions of Greene Street just west of Oriole Park at Camden Yards about 4 p.m. yesterday after a construction worker broke an underground pipe filled with a petroleum-based fluid that cools electrical lines, according to fire and Baltimore Gas and Electric officials. A hazardous materials team first contained the spill, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a Fire Department spokesman. The fluid did not reach the sewer system and does not pose a health hazard, Cartwright said. Linda Foy, a spokeswoman for BGE, said it would likely take days to repair the pipe, but that traffic should be normal by this morning.


250 students set to meet for debate

More than 250 students from 30 city high schools are set to compete today in the Baltimore Urban Debate League's second high school tournament of the year. The debate topic in on whether the federal government should curtail its authority to detain without charge or search without probable cause. The tournament is scheduled for Dr. Samuel L. Banks High School, 2500 E. Northern Parkway. A college fair also will take place for the students during the tournament, with representatives from more than 20 colleges and universities expected to attend.


Concert to honor fallen city officers

The city state's attorney's office is holding its second memorial concert tomorrow to honor Baltimore police officers killed in the line of duty. The Baltimore police choir and the Northwood-Apple United Methodist Church Choir will perform. The event is being held at the New Metropolitan Baptist Church, 501 McCulloh St., starting at 6:30 p.m. State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy is scheduled to attend, along with relatives and friends of fallen officers, representatives from police agencies and politicians from around the state. Police say 105 city officers have died on duty since 1870.

Anne Arundel: Naval Academy

House OKs spending for new field house

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a spending bill that contains $24.9 million for a new field house at the U.S. Naval Academy, according to a news release from Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin's office. The money was included in a military appropriations bill; the remaining $50 million would be included in next year's bill. The new facility will be named for Wesley Brown, who in 1949 became the first African-American graduate of the academy. The center will consolidate outdoor sports into one facility and create an indoor track.

Carroll County: Sykesville

Health officials lift boil-water order

An advisory for residents of the southeast area of Sykesville to boil drinking water was lifted yesterday by the Carroll County Health Department. Testing done after a water main break Tuesday in the downtown area was repaired showed that the water is safe to drink. The water main break disrupted service to about 100 residents and 20 businesses along Main Street.

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