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December 28, 2008

One-alarm fire hits house in Perry Hall; three injured

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A one-alarm fire struck a house in Perry Hall at 5:21 a.m. yesterday, Baltimore County Fire Department officials said. The fire in the first block of Heathrow Manor Court, caused minor injuries to three occupants, who were taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The fire was extinguished in about an hour. Officials didn't release the names of the victims or the cause of the fire.

David Kohn

Commemorative MARC tickets still available

Commemorative tickets are still available for MARC train service to next month's presidential inauguration, according to Maryland Transit Administration officials. Internet and phone sales of the tickets - which began Dec. 20 - are set to resume at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow. On Jan. 20, all MARC service will operate as reserved trains, with advanced ticket purchases required. Commemorative tickets cost $25 for round-trip service, according to MTA officials, and can be purchased at www.commuterdirect.com with an additional $6.50 shipping and handling fee per order. Tickets purchased online will be shipped beginning Jan. 6. Information: www.mtamaryland.com or 410-539-5000.

Some routes modified for Ravens game traffic

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Baltimore transportation officials are planning a series of traffic and parking modifications for this afternoon's game between the Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars at M&T Bank Stadium. Police and parking control agents plan to enforce the usual parking restrictions and residential permit parking regulations in neighborhoods around the stadium. Motorists who believe their vehicles were towed can call 410-396-3050 to determine the location, and city impound lots will remain open two hours after the game is over, according to city transportation officials. Water main repairs at West and Race streets will require additional traffic changes. Changes include: West Street will be closed between Leadenhall and Hanover streets; Cross Street will be closed between Leadenhall and Race; southbound traffic trying to enter the G and H lots will use Hamburg Street, to Leadenhall, to West; northbound traffic trying to enter the G and H lots will use Hamburg, to Leadenhall, to West; and traffic leaving the G and H lots will be required to go north on Leadenhall, right on Hamburg, left on Hanover, right on Montgomery Street, left on Light Street, right on Key Highway, to Interstate 95.

Two Christmas tree recycling options available

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Baltimore's Department of Public Works is planning to offer two ways for city residents to recycle their Christmas trees. Each Saturday during January between 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., the department will offer Christmas tree mulching at the Citizen Drop-off Center, 701 Reedbird Ave. Residents who want mulch to use in their yards and gardens should bring bags or containers to the center that they can fill themselves. Community groups can also pick up free mulch for neighborhood gardens while supplies last, city officials said. The city will also offer curbside tree collection during January. Residents should set out trees on their second trash collection day of the week, and trees must be cleared of all tinsel and ornaments. For more information, call 311.

Cambridge City Council to discuss budget cuts

CAMBRIDGE: Members of the Cambridge City Council plan to meet tomorrow with department heads to examine ways to cut their budgets by 10 percent. Council member Gage Thomas said the cuts could help make the city financially secure. He said council members are trying to avoid either carrying a deficit or raising taxes. He says cutting the budget could save $1.6 million, but some city residents are worried that the cuts could leave police and public works crews without needed supplies and equipment.

Associated Press

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