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January 21, 2009

Lawmakers ask TU to work with neighbors on arena

State lawmakers have asked Towson University to cooperate with surrounding neighborhoods before moving forward with plans for a $45 million arena near homes that are adjacent to the campus. "The community respects the school's right to build an arena, but not on a boundary line without a reasonable buffer," state Sen. James Brochin said yesterday. "This is not NIMBYism. These neighbors are saying work with us, be fair and don't build a 60-foot wall 30 feet from our boundary." Brochin, a Democrat who represents Baltimore County, and the area's three delegates sent the university a letter Monday expressing their concerns. The university plans a 5,000-seat addition to the Towson Center near Osler Drive, with construction set to begin this summer. University officials will discuss details in a community meeting at 7 tonight at the Towson Center. Marina Cooper, special assistant to university President Robert L. Caret, said no footage figures have been released and she is unsure where residents are finding those numbers. "We are glad to have this meeting to give everyone the correct information," Cooper said. Brochin said after speaking with university officials that he is optimistic about a compromise.

Mary Gail Hare

Two killed in accident on I-70 are identified

State police say two Frederick women were killed in Monday's pile-up on Interstate 70. The victims were identified as 51-year-old Lori Anne Shipley and 53-year-old Barbara Anne Pacifico. Both were driving alone and were pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Twelve people were seriously injured in the accident, which involved about 35 passenger vehicles and seven commercial vehicles. The cause of the crash, on South Mountain west of Myersville, has not been determined.

Associated Press

United Way Web donors have 2008 fees waived

Online givers who donated to United Way of Central Maryland had their 2008 transaction fees waived after the chapter won a nationwide promotion. The chapter generated 31,343 donors, about a 15 percent increase from the previous year, the largest out of the more than 100 affiliates across the country that participated in the contest. The transaction fees equaled about $55,000. The promotion was sponsored by Truist, a company that connects donors and volunteers with causes around the world. Truist Chief Executive Officer Bob Meagher said the company will consider running the promotion in future years. "The donor base is getting younger, and they want to do it by Internet," he said.

Brent Jones

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