Probe continues in highway worker's death

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

March 25, 2006

State police continue to investigate the death of a highway worker who was struck by a truck Wednesday afternoon while making repairs to a section of guardrail on the outer loop of the Baltimore Beltway in Linthicum.

Michael D. Guthridge, 19, of Broad Top City, Pa., and a co-worker were standing along the center grass median near the Baltimore-Washington Parkway about 1:30 p.m. when a 1999 International box truck struck Guthridge, dragging him several feet.

Guthridge was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died a short time later.

The Anne Arundel County state's attorney's office is reviewing evidence in the case.

Richard Irwin

Baltimore: Calvert School

Fundraiser to aid literacy program

The fifth Scrabble fundraiser for literacy is to be held Friday at the Calvert Middle School, 4300 N. Charles St. The entry fee is $25 for adults and $12 for students and senior citizens. All proceeds will benefit the Greater Homewood Adult Literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages program. Winners will receive prizes from stores and restaurants. Doors are to open at 5:30 p.m.; the event is to start at 6 p.m. Information: 410-261-3520.

Druid Hill Park

Recreation agency plans fitness expo

The Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks is holding a fitness expo to kick off the spring and summer seasons. Events will include cultural, environmental, fitness and educational programs. The 2006 Recreation Explosion, free and open to the public, will be held at Druid Hill Park from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 28 and from noon to 7 p.m. April 29. On April 28, live jazz will be performed for parents. On April 29, a parade will be held from the John Eager Howard Recreation Center to Druid Hill Park.

UB

Discussion set on workers' treatment

A discussion of the treatment of workers around the world is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday in the University of Baltimore's Langsdale Library Auditorium, 1420 Maryland Ave. The two-hour discussion on "Workers' Rights in the Global Economy ... and the Missing Link of Immigration Reform" is sponsored by the University of Baltimore National Lawyers Guild, and it is free and open to the public. Speakers are to include Marley Weiss, a labor lawyer and professor at the University of Maryland School of Law; Ruben Chandrasekar of the American Friends Service Committee's Project VOICE; George Luchiri Wajackoyah, international comparative human rights lawyer; and Dinesh Tripathi, international human rights lawyer.

Schools

Poster contest promotes health

A contest is being held for Baltimore public school students to create posters on actions they can take to protect their health. The Healthy Habits Poster contest -- sponsored by the Baltimore City Health Department and Baltimore public schools -- is open to pupils in kindergarten through eighth grade. Winners will be chosen in the categories of kindergarten through second grade, third grade through fifth grade, and sixth grade through eighth grade. Prizes include gift certificates at local bookstores, and winning entries will be displayed on the Health Department's Web site. The deadline to enter is April 28. For more information and contest rules, go to http:--baltimorecity.gov/government/health/index.html.

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