Digest

April 21, 2008

Baltimore

: Northeast

Man blown into air with manhole cover

A man was blown off the ground and injured last night when the manhole cover he was standing on at a Northeast Baltimore intersection flew into the air, a city Fire Department spokesman said.

The 18-year-old man, whose name was not available, suffered head and elbow injuries, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, the spokesman. The man was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

The incident also caused a power outage in the area, and Baltimore Gas and Electric crews were on the scene restoring power to homes and businesses, he said.

Shortly before 9 p.m., the man was standing at the northwest corner of the 4600 block of Harford Road near Moravia Road, waiting for a city bus, when an apparent electrical malfunction underground caused the manhole cover to fly into the air, taking the man with it, Cartwright said.

He said the explosion was not caused by underground gas.

Cartwright said the man was blown a few feet into the air and that the explosion caused the 30-inch round manhole cover to break into several pieces when it hit the pavement. Witness said that when the man went into the air, his head struck a nearby sign.

Traffic signals were disrupted and buses were rerouted from the scene, Cartwright said.

Richard Irwin

Inner Harbor

`Body & Soul' lecture offered at museum

The American Visionary Art Museum is teaming up with the Maryland Science Center to present the Body & Soul Lecture Series, which starts today.

Alex Grey, an artist who is featured in the museum's current exhibition, All Faiths Beautiful, will host the discussion. Grey, who worked in the anatomy department of Harvard University Medical School, is known for his detailed images of bodies. His lecture will begin at 7 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students.

The museum will open an hour before the lecture so that those who wish to attend the lecture also can view the All Faiths Beautiful exhibit.

Anne Arundel

: BWI

Plane safe after lightning strike

A passenger plane landed safely at BWI Marshall Airport after being struck by lightning yesterday morning, according to an airport spokesman.

The Continental Express plane was struck about 10:30 a.m., said airport spokesman Jonathan Dean. No one was injured, and the plane landed without incident, Dean said.

Continental Flight 1202 departed from Newark, N.J., and was originally scheduled to land at Dulles International Airport in Washington.

Tyeesha Dixon

Baltimore County

: Catonsville

Session to focus on job skills

County residents seeking to improve their job-search skills can attend a free session, "Ask the Human Resources Experts," at the Catonsville campus of the Community College of Baltimore County.

Sessions are scheduled from noon to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in H218, and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday in H208.

Participants can bring their resume, have a mock interview and learn about presenting themselves to a prospective employer.

Information: 410-455-4458.

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