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March 29, 2009

Pedestrian is hit, killed on U.S. 29


A pedestrian was struck and killed early Saturday while attempting to cross U.S. 29 near U.S. 40 in Howard County, police said. The pedestrian, whose identity was not released pending family notification, was hit about 1:22 a.m. in the slow lane of southbound U.S. 29 by a Toyota 4-Runner driven by Roland Ronald Ward of Ellicott City. Ward was not injured. The victim was wearing dark clothing, police said. The investigation was continuing.

Hanah Cho

Man's body found near burning car in Howard


Howard County authorities are investigating the death of a man whose body was found near a burning car late Friday. Fire officials responding to a call about 11:40 p.m. in the 3200 block of N. Ridge Road, near U.S. 40 and U.S. 29 in Ellicott City, discovered the body near a vehicle that was engulfed in flames, said Battalion Chief Charles Sharpe of the Howard County fire department. No additional information was available Saturday, Sharpe said.

Hanah Cho

Nursing home survey results on Web site

Consumers can access the latest results of a nursing home quality survey on a searchable state Web site. Regulators at the Maryland Health Care Commission have updated a statewide nursing home guide with a 2008 survey of families' experiences with individual nursing homes. The online nursing home guide provides rankings of nursing homes and comparisons with last year's results. The survey ranks nursing homes in three categories: staff and administration, physical aspects of the nursing home, and autonomy and resident rights. To see the results of the Maryland Nursing Home Family Experience of Care Survey, visit

Kelly Brewington

Sheppard Pratt to offer depression event


The public is invited to a free event on depression Monday at the Sheppard Pratt Health System in Towson. The event is to run from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature three 45-minute discussions on topics including cultural issues around depression and new developments in treatment. At 4:15 p.m., Douglas M. Duncan, the former Montgomery County executive who ran for governor, will give a talk, "Don't Run for Governor While You're Depressed: There IS Life After Depression." The sessions will be held at the Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt, 6501 N. Charles St. Advance registration is required. Information: 410-938-3157 or e-mail

Scott Calvert

Hatem bridge to close at night for inspection


The Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge on U.S. 40 between Havre de Grace and Perryville will be closed to overnight westbound traffic from Monday through April 9. The 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. closings will enable engineering consultants to conduct an annual inspection of the bridge, which is undergoing a $56 million restoration. Motorists will be detoured to Interstate 95 by way of Route 222 and return to U.S. 40 by way of Route 155.

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