In The Region

April 25, 2009

Hopkins, Suburban plan hospital merger

Johns Hopkins Health System and Suburban Hospital Healthcare System say they are merging to offer more efficient, integrated medical services in the region. The systems announced Friday that the proposed merger is expected in the fall and would no involve any financial exchanges. If the merger happens, Johns Hopkins would completely assume ownership of the Montgomery County-based organization and Suburban Hospital. Both companies say Suburban's name, leadership and daily operations would not change. Johns Hopkins said it has no plans to acquire other hospitals.

Associated Press

McCormick issues a Lawry's recall

McCormick says it is recalling Lawry's fajitas spices and seasonings because the products contain unlabeled milk ingredients. The Sparks company said Friday that the products could harm people who have allergies to milk. The product has a UPC code of 2150022500 and a best-if-used-by date of Oct.0110PX62. It is sold as Lawry's Fajitas Spices and Seasoning. The products were distributed nationally in mid-October and the company said the product was mispackaged without listing milk as an ingredient. McCormick said no illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported. All grocery stores have been informed of the labeling and have been asked to remove the products. Customers who bought the mislabeled spices should call McCormick for a refund.

Associated Press

'Helping neighbors' talks on emergencies

Baltimore County will offer a five-part "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" emergency preparedness program, with the first session at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Owings Mills Volunteer Fire Company, 10401 Owings Mills Blvd. The program continues the next four Tuesdays, ending May 26. Emergency preparedness, fire safety, crime prevention and first aid will be covered. To register, contact

Obama campaign chief to lecture on strategy

President Barack Obama's campaign manager, David Plouffe, will discuss "The Obama Phenomenon: What's Next?" at 8 p.m. Monday at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium in Towson. Plouffe is credited with helping create the strategy for Obama's successful campaign for the Democratic nomination. Advance tickets are required; call 410-337-6333.

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