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July 09, 2009

Police seek girl missing for months

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Baltimore County police are looking for a 16-year-old girl missing for nearly three months from her Woodlawn home. Police said Brianna Michele Byer was supposed to meet her mother April 16 for lunch but never showed up, and she has not returned home since then. The teenager might be pregnant and has run away from home in the past, according to police. She is described as white, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 235 pounds, with brown eyes and brown, straight hair. Police said she may be in the North Avenue area in Baltimore. Anyone with information on the missing girl is urged to call police at 410-307-2020.

- Brent Jones

Health officials confirm second Md. H1N1 flu death

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A second Maryland death been linked to the H1N1 flu, state health officials said Wednesday. Officials would give very few details about the death, saying only that the person was younger than 65, a resident of the Baltimore metro area and had a serious underlying medical condition that contributed to the death. As of last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta had reported 170 deaths from the swine flu nationwide, including the earlier death of an elderly woman from the Baltimore region. As of Wednesday, Maryland has 686 confirmed cases of the new flu virus, and officials have said that number is likely much higher because not everyone who gets sick goes to the doctor or is tested for the disease. The flu continues to spread in Maryland, even though flu season is long over. "Even though it's a time of year when we don't normally see much influenza, we know novel H1N1 will continue to be around through the summer and into the fall," health secretary John M. Colmers said in a statement. "Because of this, we want to make sure that people with underlying medical conditions who are more prone to complications check in with their healthcare providers if they develop influenza-like illnesses."

- Stephanie Desmon

APG plans detonations this week at test center

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The Aberdeen Test Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground plans to conduct several large detonations this week that will likely generate sound and vibration beyond the boundaries of the Harford County military post. If weather conditions permit, the blasts will continue through Friday. Information: 410-278-1147 or 800-688-8705.

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