City/county Digest


April 27, 2006

Wheelchair athlete to take part in marathon

Tatyana McFadden, a Howard County wheelchair athlete who went to court last week and won an order giving her the right to compete in a track meet with other high school athletes, on Sunday will anchor the first relay wheelchair team to participate in the Frederick Marathon.

McFadden, 16, a sophomore at Atholton High School, will complete the final 9.2 miles of the 26.2-mile race. Her team will race alongside nondisabled participants.

McFadden will be joined on the relay team by Deanna Free, a 16-year-old junior at Hereford High School in Parkton; Gail Gaeng, a 12-year-old seventh-grader from Frederick; and Kelsey Yost, an 18-year-old senior from Camp Hill, Pa.

The relay team was assembled by coach Gerry Herman, co-director of the Bennett Institute, which is associated with the Baltimore's Kennedy Krieger Institute.

John-John Williams IV

Baltimore: Education

`Reading Challenge' being announced

Baltimore schools Chief Executive Officer Bonnie S. Copeland will announce her "Summer Reading Challenge" to city students today, part of a partnership between school and public library officials to ensure that all students have library cards. Copeland is planning to recognize all schools where at least 85 percent of students get a card to the Enoch Pratt Free Library before classes end on June 13.

Sara Neufeld

Howard County: Ellicott City

Recycling truck tips, killing driver

The driver of a recycling truck was pinned under the vehicle and killed yesterday when it struck a curb and overturned in Ellicott City, Howard County police said. Alan David Carr, 41, of Baltimore was driving the truck on Buckskin Lake Drive near Folly Quarter Road about 8:15 a.m. when it struck a curb. Police said that when the truck overturned, Carr was thrown and pinned under it. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger, Humberto Ramon-Yanez, 35, of Hyattsville was not injured, police said.

Tyrone Richardson

Anne Arundel: Hanover

Charter school's ousted director quits

The ousted director of a beleaguered Anne Arundel County charter school resigned yesterday in a one-sentence e-mail to county school officials. Jon Omural had led the 100-student Chesapeake Science Point Charter School in Hanover until March, when he was removed by county public school officials after three teachers filed a grievance against him. School system officials investigated and met with Omural in recent weeks for a predisciplinary hearing. School officials would not discuss the matter, but Omural said yesterday that he had been accused of discrimination against some teachers and staff members.

Anica Butler

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