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December 03, 2008

8 finalists to design, build Station North bike racks

Judges have selected eight finalists, including three Maryland Institute College of Art students, to design and build eight one-of-a-kind bike racks to be installed by next spring in Baltimore's Station North district. The designs were submitted as part of the Station North Bike Rack Project, a competition held this fall to help raise the bike rack to an art form and make Baltimore a more bike-friendly city. A public display of the 79 designs will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at 20 W. North Ave. The winners will each receive $4,000 to execute their designs for locations to be determined. The finalists are: Sanjit Roy, Ethan Rochmis, Irina Dukhnevich, Chris Shea, Andrea Dombrowski, Daniel Raimond, Paul Capetola and Nick Trincia. Dombrowski, Dukhnevich and Capetola are MICA students.

Edward Gunts

Medevac use down notably in state since fatal crash

The number of Maryland medevac transports has dropped significantly since new protocols were put in place after a fatal crash, causing lawmakers to question yesterday how many helicopters are needed to replace the state's aging fleet. Donald DeVries, chairman of the State Emergency Medical Services Board, and Dr. Robert Bass, who is the director of the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, briefed lawmakers on the Joint Committee on Health Care Delivery and Financing about an expert panel's findings. There have been only 396 requests for medevac flights in the seven weeks since the crash killed four of the five people aboard. Of those requests, about 57 percent resulted in helicopter flights, Bass said. That projects to about 1,679 transports a year, "significantly down from what our historical numbers are," he said. There were about 4,100 flights last year. Several lawmakers asked whether the downward trend would continue and how it would affect the state's need for new helicopters, at a time when Maryland is facing a serious budget crunch.

Associated Press

Pedestrian, 81, is struck by vehicles, killed on I-95

An 81-year-old pedestrian was fatally injured when he was hit by several vehicles on Interstate 95 in Southwest Baltimore on Monday night, and authorities were seeking help from witnesses and drivers in their investigation. Haywood Bass of Baltimore was struck by at least two vehicles and a tractor-trailer about 10:45 p.m. in the southbound lanes in the area of Caton Avenue, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority Police. All southbound lanes were closed as police investigated. Bass was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses and drivers who think they might have struck an object in the road are asked to call the agency's collision reconstruction unit at 443-324-8894.

Gus G. Sentementes

Health officials sound alert after death of boy

After the unexplained death of a 9-year-old boy, the Baltimore Health Department has sent a letter to parents of students at Dr. Bernard Harris Elementary School alerting them to a common virus that may have contributed to the child's illness. The medical examiner has not determined the student's cause of death. Preliminary tests showed that the boy had an adenovirus, which typically causes the common cold, sore throats and ear infections. The virus is rarely fatal, but in people with a history of underlying respiratory problems, it can be serious. The boy, who had a history of asthma, became short of breath suddenly on Thursday. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Children's Center, where he was later pronounced dead. Loren McCaskill, the principal at Harris, sent a letter to parents this week saying that a school psychologist and social worker are available to speak to children and parents.

Kelly Brewington

'Greener' Baltimore plan being unveiled tonight

A plan to make Baltimore "greener" by reducing climate-warming pollution, planting more trees and eliminating litter is to be unveiled tonight. The city's Sustainability Commission, created last year by the City Council, will lay out more than two dozen goals for making the city less polluted. Among them: reducing the city's emissions of greenhouse gases 15 percent by 2015, doubling the number of trees and making Baltimore a hotbed for "green" business. The goals will be presented at 6:30 p.m. at Frederick Douglass High School, 2301 Gwynns Falls Parkway.

Timothy B. Wheeler

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