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AROUND THE REGION

April 16, 2009

Forums slated for school closures

City schools officials will hold two public forums on the impact of proposed school closures, including William H. Lemmel Middle, where a boy was fatally stabbed last year. The forums will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Polytechnic Institute and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at Lake Clifton high school complex. Baltimore schools chief Andres Alonso has proposed a reorganization plan that calls for closing failing schools and expanding successful ones.

Brent Jones

Woman killed Tuesday in collision is identified

Baltimore County police have identified the woman killed Tuesday afternoon in a two-car collision on McDonogh Road as Amy G. Merricks, 32, of the 9500 block of Georgian Way in Owings Mills. Her 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser went out of control on a wet roadway and crossed into the path of a 2003 Mercedes-Benz ML350 driven by Standly Che, 34, of the 4100 block of Brown Bark Circle in Randallstown, police said Wednesday. Merricks was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash in the 8100 block of McDonogh Road, police said, and Che was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he was listed Wednesday in stable condition.

Motorist, 20, dies when car hits tree

A 20-year-old man was killed Wednesday when the car he was driving went out of control on Caves Road and smashed into a tree, Baltimore County police said. Matthew Lee Kaplan of the 2100 block of Harmony Woods Road, near Owings Mills, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash west of Belfield Road, police said. Investigators said it had been raining and that weather conditions appeared to be a factor in the crash, which occurred shortly before noon. Kaplan's 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer was eastbound on Caves Road when it crossed into the westbound lane between Park Heights and Greenspring avenues and hit a tree, police said.

City initiative targets cardiovascular disease

The Baltimore Health Department has launched an effort to combat the city's biggest killer - cardiovascular disease. The initiative centers on education, prevention and treatment of a disease that kills 2,000 people in Baltimore each year, a disproportionate number of whom are black. Wal-Mart gave the city $50,000 to help fund the program. Information: www.baltimore health.org/disparities.

Kelly Brewington

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