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August 30, 2008

Robbery try at repair shop leaves man dead, police say

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The owner of a Northwest Baltimore auto repair shop fatally shot a man during an attempted robbery of his business yesterday evening, city police said.

Police spokesman Sterling Clifford said this was the second time that Joseph Goldman has shot someone trying to rob his business. Clifford said he did not know when the first incident occurred or whether the person died. Goldman declined to comment through a woman who answered his cell phone last night. In the most recent incident, two men entered Joe's Garage about 6:30 p.m. and showed a handgun, said Officer Troy Harris, a department spokesman. The owner grabbed his own handgun and fired shots at the men, hitting one. The injured man was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police did not release his name last night. The second man fled; police were searching for him, Harris said.

Melissa Harris and Liz F. Kay

APG strike vote is delayed so that talks can continue

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A union vote on a strike that could have involved about 650 contract workers at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County has been delayed to allow time for more negotiations, officials at the Army post said yesterday. Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 2424 were considering striking at midnight tomorrow, an action that could have disrupted the Aberdeen Test Support Services, an Army agency that tests vehicles, equipment, weapons and ammunition for all branches of the military, the Department of Defense and private industry. Most of the workers are employed by Jacobs Technology, a subsidiary of Jacobs Engineering Group of Pasadena, Calif. "The union is not taking its work force to strike at this time," said Crystal Maynard, spokeswoman for ATSS. "The union and Jacobs have decided to continue talks next week."

Mary Gail Hare

Overrule bridge inspection decision, O'Malley is urged

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Upset that Maryland Transportation Authority Executive Director Ron Freeland rejected his request for an independent inspection of the Bay Bridge, Sen. E.J. Pipkin is going over his head. The Eastern Shore senator yesterday wrote to Gov. Martin O'Malley asking him to overturn the agency's decision, saying it is "dangerous and foolhardy public policy to have an agency of government investigate and evaluate itself." Pipkin's demand comes after the state found corrosion inside the concrete barriers on the sides of the eastbound span of the bridge. Inspectors found the problem after a fatal accident this month.

Street closures planned for Cadillac Parade events

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Baltimore transportation officials are planning for street closures and parking restrictions for today's Cadillac Parade and Royal Theatre Fest. The parade is set to begin at noon at Clifton and Pennsylvania avenues, proceeding south on Pennsylvania to its ending point at Lafayette Avenue. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Woodbrook Avenue will be closed from Fulton Avenue to Retreat Street, and Clifton will be closed from Pennsylvania to Francis. Pennsylvania, from Fulton to Dolphin Street, will be closed from 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking will be prohibited from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both sides of Woodbrook from Fulton to Retreat, on both sides of Clifton from Pennsylvania to Francis, and on both sides of Pennsylvania from Dolphin to Fulton. As a detour, northbound Pennsylvania motorists will be sent east on Dolphin, north on McCulloh Street, west on Fulton, and then back north to Pennsylvania. Southbound Pennsylvania traffic will be directed south on Fulton, south on Fremont, to east on Dolphin, and then back to Pennsylvania.

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