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January 28, 2008

Baltimore : Presidential visit

Bush to come to city tomorrow

President Bush plans a visit tomorrow to a faith-based program aimed at stabilizing the lives of former inmates in Baltimore and helping them return to their communities.

Jean Cushman, executive director of Episcopal Community Services of Maryland, which runs the Jericho program, said she is pleased that it was chosen to be highlighted. "It's an acknowledgment of the excellent work that we've done," she said.

Four years ago, during the State of the Union address, Bush announced the Prisoner Re-entry Initiative, which awards grants to groups that offer ex-offenders transitional services.

Associated Press

Charles County

: Waldorf

Officer found dead with wounded man

An off-duty Prince George's County police officer was found dead yesterday in her Waldorf home, along with a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

The Charles County Sheriff's Office says the officer, 38-year-old Tora Lynn Coates, apparently shot the man and then shot herself. Investigators believe the two lived at the home together.

The 45-year-old man was in critical condition at an area hospital yesterday.

Officers responded to the home about 12:30 p.m. yesterday after receiving a report of a shooting. An investigation into the incident continues.

Coates was previously a spokeswoman for Prince George's County police.

Associated Press

Prince George's

: Suitland

Malfunctioning boiler clears out apartments

A malfunctioning boiler is being blamed for the evacuation of five apartment buildings in Suitland yesterday.

Dozens of people were treated at the scene for carbon monoxide exposure, and four people were taken to hospitals. Prince George's County fire officials said carbon monoxide levels were five times higher than the level considered safe. Residents had reported a strange odor and thick black smoke coming from their air vents.

The apartments were evacuated about 11:30 a.m., forcing about 100 people from their homes. Most residents were allowed to return by 1:30 p.m., but their heat had been shut off for repairs to a malfunctioning boiler.

Associated Press

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