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August 24, 2008

One lane of eastbound Bay Bridge to close

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The Maryland Transportation Authority plans to close one lane of the eastbound span of the Bay Bridge tomorrow through Wednesday for continued inspections in the aftermath of a fatal crash in which a tractor-trailer plunged into the Chesapeake Bay. The other lane of the two-lane span will remain open during the closure, which will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. if weather permits. During the closing, two-way traffic will be in effect on the three-lane westbound span. The authority said bridge officials will monitor traffic and will reopen the lane if necessary to reduce delays. The eastbound span was the site of a three-vehicle crash Aug. 10.

Michael Dresser

Four injured when car slams into bus

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Four passengers riding a Maryland Transit Administration bus were injured yesterday afternoon in Pikesville when a vehicle slammed into it, said Jawauna Greene, an MTA spokeswoman. The accident occurred about 2 p.m. as the bus pulled out of the Milford Mill Subway Station, Greene said. The four passengers complained of neck soreness.

Annie Linskey

GOP attacks O'Malley on UMMS board shake-up

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The Maryland Republican Party is attacking Gov. Martin O'Malley for his role in the recent shake-up at the University of Maryland Medical System, saying it follows a pattern of interference by the Democrat in boards and commissions that should have a measure of independence. State GOP Chairman James Pelura accused the governor of trying to "exact political vengeance and reward political allies." Last week, the chairman of the UMMS board, John C. Erickson, resigned amid complaints that O'Malley was trying to politicize the board by ignoring the body's recommendations for new members and installing nominees of his own, including some political allies. About a dozen other members of the board have also resigned in recent days.

Sun reporter

Sobriety checkpoint in Howard yields six arrests

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Howard County police said six people were arrested for driving under the influence at a sobriety checkpoint last week. About 600 vehicles passed through the checkpoint on eastbound Route 175 at Columbia Gateway Drive on Thursday and Friday, according to police. Eight vehicles were pulled over for further examination. In addition to the six drivers who were arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, one person was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

Tyeesha Dixon

S.C. man, woman charged after standoff

A man who held police at bay during a two-day standoff at a motel in Western Maryland and his pregnant girlfriend, who claimed to be his hostage, both face charges, state police said yesterday. James Prevatt III, 26, and Rene Reynolds, 21, both of Moncks Corner, S.C., were captured Friday at the one-story motel in Hancock, which officers had surrounded for two days. He faces charges of theft, threat of arson with an explosive device and drug possession. Reynolds faces charges of theft, conspiracy to threaten arson and drug possession.

Associated Press

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