City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

March 21, 2006

Truck carrying rice flips on I-97 ramp in Arundel

A tractor-trailer carrying rice overturned yesterday morning on the ramp leading from southbound Interstate 97 to westbound U.S. 50, landing on its side on the grass, Maryland State Police said.

The accident near Annapolis occurred at 7:10 a.m., but to ease rush hour traffic, efforts to right the vehicle did not begin until after 9 a.m. The ramp, which was closed while two tow trucks righted the tractor-trailer, was reopened at 1 p.m., Trooper Brian Hirsch said.

No rice spilled. State Highway Administration spokeswoman Kellie Boulware said traffic was detoured away from the ramp while the vehicle was set on its wheels.

The driver, Kamari Siddiq Stringer, 27, of Windsor was treated on the scene for minor injuries. The truck belongs to Serv U Inc. of Baltimore.

Andrea F. Siegel

Carroll County: Manchester

Fire burns 8 acres; damage set at $10,000

A fire that began in a large shed on a farm near Manchester early Sunday morning and spread to the surrounding woods consumed up to 8 acres of trees and took 100 firefighters from four counties five hours to extinguish, fire officials said yesterday. Wade Miracle, spokesman for the Manchester Fire Department, said damage to the shed, which served as a shelter for goats, was estimated at about $10,000. All of the livestock survived, Miracle said. The shed, owned by John and Teresa Nicholson of the 4200 block of Rinehardt Road, sat on hilly terrain inaccessible by roads, Miracle said.

Laura McCandlish

Maryland: Pension fund

Steele backs protest of Sudan-tied stocks

Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele asked state pension system managers yesterday to withdraw $1.9 billion from investment funds that hold stocks of companies that do business in Sudan to protest what he called "some of the most egregious human rights violations" ever seen. "Human slavery, mutilations, rape, homelessness, death by starvation and outright killings of non-Arab black Africans in Darfur, at the direction of the Sudanese government, can only be described as genocide," said the Republican lieutenant governor, who is a candidate for U.S. Senate. Steele was joined at a State House news conference by Del. Salima S. Marriott, a Baltimore Democrat, who is the sponsor of a bill that would require the sale of all pension fund investments in foreign companies that do business in Sudan. Marriott said her legislation appears stalled, and she hoped Steele's advocacy would give it a boost.

Associated Press

Baltimore: Fundraiser

Prom dress auction set for Saturday

A Baltimore nonprofit organization, On the Heels of Greatness, will sponsor a Prom Expo Saturday to give students who cannot afford prom dresses a chance to buy new or slightly used gowns at discounts. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at New Life Methodist Church, 4400 Parkside Drive. About 100 dresses will be put up for auction, with some bids starting at $10. A gown donated by a New York designer will be given away in a raffle. Admission is $1. Money raised from the event will help pay for the organization's after-school program.

Photography

Creative Alliance to sponsor show

An exhibit that includes photos from war zones in Afghanistan and Iraq, taken by photographers Steve McCurry and Sean Hemmerle, will be on display from April 13 to May 6 at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. The exhibit, Moving Walls 9, is sponsored by the Open Society Institute-Baltimore. There also will be photos on display from Baltimore photographer Linda Day Clark, who has documented life along North Avenue, and photos from city children. There will be a reception and educational forum April 19 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Gallery hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Hampden

Library to hold Irish history event

The Hampden branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library will sponsor "Exploring Ireland and Irish Heritage" today. Denny Lynch, who has spent years researching his family's genealogy, will share his photographs and family history. The free program is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. The branch is at 3641 Falls Road. Information: 410-396-6043.

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