City/county Digest


April 12, 2006

Board gets earful from taxpayers

About 100 Baltimore residents last night implored the city's Board of Estimates to allocate more funding for after-school programs, early-childhood care and summer jobs at the city's annual Taxpayer's Night budget hearing at the War Memorial building.

The residents - organized by the Safe and Sound Campaign - a booster of urban health initiatives, requested an additional $40.9 million for its programs.

The campaign requested $19.9 million for after-school programs, $8 million for school readiness and $13 million for the expansion of school-based health centers and funding for summer jobs.

Mayor Martin O'Malley last month proposed a $2.38 billion budget for the city's 2007 fiscal year, beginning in July.

Baltimore: Interstate 95

Man fatally injured in a truck crash

A Montgomery County man was fatally injured yesterday in a crash involving a box truck and a tractor-trailer south of the Fort McHenry Tunnel on Interstate 95. The 10 a.m. accident caused a five-mile, rolling backup, said a spokesman for the Maryland Transportation Authority Police. The box truck - in which the man was a passenger - struck the tractor-trailer on the right shoulder, said Cpl. Greg Prioleau, a police spokesman. He said the drivers of both vehicles and the box truck passenger were taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where Estaban Cordero Valverde, 27, of Rockville died of multiple injuries. The drivers were treated for minor injuries and released.

Harford County: Proving Ground

Two are treated for chemical exposure

Two employees of an Army research laboratory were taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center yesterday after a brief power outage exposed them to small amounts of VX nerve agent and mustard agent, Aberdeen Proving Ground officials said. The outage happened about 11:20 a.m. at the Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense and lasted less than a minute, shutting down the hoods that filter the air as researchers work with dangerous chemicals.

Associated Press

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