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March 06, 2009

Truck overturns on I-95; man dies

A Cecil County man was killed when his pickup truck overturned near Havre de Grace yesterday morning, closing an Interstate 95 on-ramp for about three hours, state police said. Matthew S. Markle, 38, of Conowingo lost control of his truck about 7 a.m. on the ramp from Route 155 to southbound I-95 at Exit 89, police said. The truck left the roadway, went into a ditch and overturned, trapping Markle, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jonathan Pitts

Fire damages APG storage building

A fire damaged a records-storage building at Aberdeen Proving Ground on Wednesday night, authorities said yesterday. The three-alarm fire broke out about 9:30 p.m. in the Edgewood area of the Army installation. No one was in the building at the time of the fire. No damage estimate was available, and the fire's cause was under investigation, an APG spokesman said.

GUS G. SENTEMENTES AND JONATHAN PITTS

Court upholds order on child care unions

The Court of Special Appeals upheld an executive order yesterday allowing a union to represent home-based child care providers during negotiations for court subsidies. In August 2007, Gov. Martin O'Malley signed executive orders giving collective bargaining rights to home health aides and child care workers whose pay is subsidized by the state. Two Republican lawmakers - Del. Michael D. Smigiel Sr. and Sen. Allen H. Kittleman - and the Maryland State Family Child Care Association sued in Cecil County, arguing that the governor overstepped his bounds. But in yesterday's unanimous decision, the state's second-highest appellate court found that the governor "was simply exercising his executive prerogative and not usurping a legislative function."

National Aquarium seeking volunteers

The National Aquarium in Baltimore is seeking volunteers to work as exhibit guides and information specialists. Volunteers work 3 1/2 -hour shifts once a week and get free parking. They must be 18 years old and will receive training. To schedule an interview: 410-576-3886.

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