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October 07, 2008

Frederick woman dies in Carroll County crash

A 48-year-old Frederick woman who was a passenger on her husband's motorcycle died Sunday afternoon after the motorcycle and a car collided in Carroll County, according to Maryland State Police. About 4 p.m., state police said, Joseph Lyon, 50, and his wife, Joanne Lyon, were on Route 27 in Mount Airy when a 1999 Honda Accord turned onto the road from East Ridgeville Boulevard and cut the couple off. Lyon attempted to swerve around the car, which was driven by a 17-year-old girl, but crashed into it, authorities said. Joanne Lyon was taken by medevac helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she died Sunday. Joseph Lyon suffered injuries but refused treatment, state police said. The accident remains under investigation.

Gus G. Sentementes

Morgan State's MBA program director is fired

The director of Morgan State University's master's program in business administration was fired yesterday despite having significantly increased the program's enrollment in the past three years. Bill Vroman said that when he started as MBA program director in 2005, 22 students were enrolled. This year, enrollment is up to 125. In 2005, Towson University and the University of Baltimore started a joint MBA program, saying Morgan's program had been in decline. A coalition of current and former students at Maryland's black colleges has filed a lawsuit asking that the Towson-UB program be dismantled because it duplicates Morgan's program. Vroman says he turned Morgan's program around and was fired for personality conflicts with the dean of the business school, Otis Thomas. Vroman's letter of dismissal does not give a reason for his firing. Thomas said he could not comment on a personnel issue.

Stephen Kiehl

Harford panel suggests cost-saving measures

Harford County can streamline costs by realigning several departments, outsourcing payroll, enhancing use of technology and consolidating operations in Bel Air into one new office building, according to the Commission on Efficiency and Economy in Government. The volunteer group appointed in November unveiled those and other recommendations yesterday in a 39-page report. Besides suggesting cuts, the 11-member commission called for spending now on technological improvements that could save money in the future. The County Council would have to approve many measures before officials could implement them, most notably the county executive's $82 million plan for building new and renovating existing office space in downtown Bel Air, rather than continue paying leases on rental properties. The council scrapped the plan this year, calling it too costly and criticizing a lack of fiscal oversight.

Mary Gail Hare

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