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AROUND THE REGION

March 30, 2009

Two teens hurt as car hits tree

A 19-year-old Columbia man and his passenger were seriously injured early Sunday when their Honda Accord went off Columbia Road near Hemlock Cone Way in Ellicott City and hit a tree. Howard County police said the driver, Benjamin Michael Fischer, 19, of the 10000 block of Tolling Clock Way in Columbia, was in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. The passenger, Mushfiqur Ruhmun, 19, of the 5700 block of Yellowrose Court in Columbia, was listed in serious condition. Police said excessive speed was a factor in the accident.

Jacques Kelly

Helen Thomas to speak at Goucher College

Veteran Washington reporter Helen Thomas will present a lecture, "Front Row at the White House," at 8 p.m. Thursday at Goucher College's Merrick Lecture Hall. Thomas has covered the White House since John F. Kennedy was president. The lecture is free, but reservations are required at 410-337-6333.

Meeting set to discuss emergency planning

The Baltimore County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday on the fourth floor of the Public Safety Building, 700 E. Joppa Road in Towson. This meeting will be open to the public. The committee develops and reviews contingency and evacuation plans for emergencies involving hazardous materials. Information: 410-887-5996.

Maryland to dedicate road to Douglass

ST. MICHAELS: Maryland highway officials have agreed to dedicate Route 33 in honor of former Talbot County resident and famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass. In a letter to St. Michaels resident George A. Seymour, who made the request, Transportation Secretary John D. Porcari wrote that the Maryland Transportation Commission had agreed to dedicate the road in a tribute to Douglass, who was born into slavery in the county in 1818. A Transportation Department spokesman said the state has not decided when a dedication ceremony will be held or where signs designating the highway will be placed.

Associated Press

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