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October 26, 2008|By From Baltimore Sun staff reports

Boy, 17, killed in car accident in Frederick Co.

UNION BRIDGE: A 17-year-old boy was killed in a three-car accident on Route 31 in Frederick County yesterday morning, state police said. A gray Nissan traveling west on Route 31 near Clemonsville Road lost control about 7:40 a.m. and began spinning on the wet road, police said. The car crossed the center line and struck a white Chevrolet head-on. The Chevrolet was then hit from behind by a gray Lincoln. The Nissan and the Lincoln skidded off the road and struck each other before stopping in a wetland area, police said. The driver of the Nissan, Matthew Boles of Westminster, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. A passenger in the Nissan was taken to Carroll Hospital Center and then transferred to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was listed in critical condition. The occupants of the other vehicles were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries, police said.

Andrea K. Walker

Cancer benefit walk could slow traffic in Waverly

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A walk sponsored by the American Cancer Society to raise money for the fight against breast cancer is expected to cause traffic congestion this morning in the city's Waverly neighborhood, according to transportation officials. The walk - which is set to start about 9 a.m. and last about four hours - will leave the parking lot of the Waverly YMCA and head west on 33rd Street, north on Ellerslie Avenue, east on East 36th Street, south on Ednor Road, east on Windemere Avenue, onto Hillen Road, then onto Whitman Drive around Lake Montebello. After circling the lake, the walk will continue west on 33rd, north on Ednor, and then finishing at the back of the YMCA opposite Windemere. From 9:30 a.m. until noon, Ednor will be closed from 33rd to 36th, and one lane of traffic will be closed along the entire route to accommodate the more than 5,000 people participating in the event.

More city contracts for local business sought

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City Council President Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake will introduce legislation at tomorrow's City Council meeting asking agencies to award 10 percent of new contracts to Baltimore small businesses as part of a local economic stimulus package, according to Ryan O'Doherty, her spokesman. O'Doherty said it's not clear now what percentage of city dollars goes to small businesses, but he noted that the idea came from an ad hoc committee Rawlings-Blake chairs. The council president will also ask the city to examine ways of bringing more energy technology or "green" jobs to the city and wants an investigative hearing to determine whether city purchasing offices can speed payments to small businesses.

Annie Linskey

Harford school board to meet on budget cuts

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The Harford County Board of Education will hold a budget meeting tomorrow night to make its final decision on cutting $10.5 million from the school system's current operating budget. At the meeting, Superintendent Jacqueline C. Haas is expected to offer her proposed cuts. Harford's school budget for the year is $419 million. Just over half of that, $210 million, comes from the county. Harford County Executive David R. Craig has asked all county agencies to cut 5 percent from their budgets because of anticipated revenue shortfalls this fiscal year. About 85 percent of the total school budget goes to salaries for teachers and administrators. The county employs about 3,100 teachers.

Goucher president, Ehrlich to speak about election

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Goucher College in Towson will present a conversation with former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Goucher President Sanford J. Ungar on the impact of the presidential election on the state. The discussion, "As Maryland Goes, So Goes the Nation," will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Buchner Hall. The program is free, but tickets are required. Information and tickets 410-337-6333.

From Baltimore Sun staff reports

Department of Aging to hold Senior Expo

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The Baltimore County Department of Aging will hold a Senior Expo/Baby Boomer Expo from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds on York Road in Timonium. The event will feature more than 200 exhibitors, live music, health screenings and flu shots. With a theme of "Going Green," the expo will also offer seminars from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday on protecting the environment. Admission to the general expo is $5.

From Baltimore Sun staff reports

Portion of E. Fayette to close for crane lift

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A portion of East Fayette Street from Broadway to Washington Boulevard will be closed from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. today for a crane lift operation. Motorists on eastbound Fayette will be directed south on Broadway, east on Baltimore Street, north on Washington Street, and then back onto Fayette. Westbound Fayette Street traffic will be directed north on Washington, west on Orleans, south on Broadway, and then back onto Fayette.

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