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April 27, 2009

Fort McHenry visitors center

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine will break ground Monday on a visitors center that will commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The new building will open in the fall of 2010 and replace the existing facility, which opened in 1966 and was built to accommodate 250,000 visitors a year. Fort McHenry officials said they now host about 600,000 visitors a year. Congress allocated more than $11 million in 2005 for the construction of the facility at Fort McHenry, which is a national park. The city and state also combined to contribute about $3 million for the project. Park officials said the building will have red brick and polished metal like the white stripes of the U.S. flag. Gov. Martin O'Malley, Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, Rep. John Sarbanes and Mayor Sheila Dixon are expected to attend the ceremony. During the War of 1812, the fort defended Baltimore harbor and stopped a British advance into the city. The battle inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem that became the national anthem.

Brent Jones

Teen dead, another injured after shooting

A Baltimore teenager was killed and another was wounded in a shooting in the 3200 block of Normount Ave. on Saturday night, police said. Police responding to a report of a shooting about 8:30 p.m. found Maurice Toomer, 17, of the 5300 block of Carriage Court and another 17-year-old boy suffering from gunshot wounds. Both teens were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where Toomer was pronounced dead at 9 p.m. The other victim was in serious condition.

Joe Burris

Head-on crash kills 1 woman, injures 2nd

An 18-year-old Anne Arundel County woman was killed and another motorist injured in a head-on collision in Lothian on Saturday afternoon, police said. Courtney Marie Smith, 18, of Lothian was southbound on Solomons Island Road near Solitude Court when the Honda Civic she was driving crossed the double yellow line and entered the path of a northbound Buick LeSabre driven by Mary Rose Deright, 72, of Port Republic, police said. The vehicles hit head-on, causing the Buick to go off the road and flip over. Both motorists were flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where Smith died of her injuries at 7:51 p.m. Deright was in serious condition Sunday.

Joe Burris

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