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Baltimore & Region

December 08, 2005

Baltimore County

Worker is injured in fall at Key Bridge

A construction worker was in serious but stable condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after he was injured in a fall from scaffolding yesterday at the Key Bridge, authorities said. Kenneth Skaggs, 40, of Chester, Ill., had been painting the underside of a section of highway when he fell 6 to 8 feet onto a shield erected under the bridge to prevent construction material from falling into the Patapsco River 185 feet below, authorities said. The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which investigates workplace accidents, was taking the lead in determining a cause.

Howard County: Government

Watson to seek County Council seat

Courtney Watson, 43, chairman of the Howard County school board, announced yesterday that she will run for the County Council as a Democrat next year, forgoing a campaign for county executive. Tony Salazar, a former Republican congressional candidate, also is running for the Ellicott City-Elkridge council seat now held by Councilman Christopher J. Merdon, who is a candidate for county executive.

Larry Carson

Anne Arundel: Education

Meade High School added to IB program

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education voted unanimously yesterday to expand the International Baccalaureate program to Meade High School. The program is offered at Annapolis and Old Mill high schools, but school system officials had told the board that the program would need to be expanded to meet increasing demand and ease crowding at Old Mill. The board restricted the Meade program to students already in that school's attendance area. IB students at Annapolis and Old Mill come from all over the county. In October, the board voted not to expand the program, which was championed by former schools Superintendent Eric J. Smith.

Anica Butler

Baltimore: Inner Harbor

Convention to offer pictorial postmark

A pictorial postmark will be offered this week to mark the Suburban Washington/Baltimore Coin and Currency Convention at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. The convention - set to run today through Sunday - will include a full-service post office, and attendees of the convention can obtain the postmark by stopping at the temporary postal station on the floor of the convention center.

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