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July 16, 2009

Officials confirm third H1N1 death in Maryland

A third person in Maryland has died from swine flu, health officials said. Officials did not name the person, or give a gender, age or hometown. The person was an adult from the Eastern Shore who health officials said had a serious underlying medical condition in addition to the H1N1 influenza virus. Although the person died in June, the final cause of the death was recently determined to be associated with the virus, officials said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 732 swine flu cases statewide as of last week, although that may be only a fracture of those infected with the virus. Many people who become ill with flu-like symptoms are not tested and recover within a week's time, much like seasonal flu. Nationally, 211 people have died from complications associated with swine flu as of July 10. The CDC reports 37,246 confirmed and probable cases.

- Brent Jones

Police spokesman reinstated after sending nude photos

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A Baltimore police spokesman who was suspended last week after mistakenly sending a nude photo of a woman to a television station has been reinstated and assigned to the midnight shift in the Police Department's Northern District. Officer Troy Harris, a spokesman since 2002, inadvertently sent the cell-phone picture from his city-issued computer instead of a mug shot of a crime suspect requested by WBAL, according to sources. An internal investigation is continuing, officials said.

- Justin Fenton

Light rail train strikes woman at Mount Washington station

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A woman was struck by a southbound light rail train at the Mount Washington station about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Maryland Transit Administration officials said. The woman was being treated at the station for nonlife-threatening injuries and was expected to be taken to a local hospital, according to an MTA spokeswoman. Southbound train service was temporarily halted.

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Brent Jones

Baltimore school board approves teacher contract

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The Baltimore school board approved a contract with the teachers union Tuesday night that extends the existing contract for a year with no cost-of-living increase. Last year, city teachers received a 4 percent cost-of-living increase, but schools chief Andr?s Alonso said the system could not afford an increase for this academic year. Teachers will get an annual step increase in salary based on years of service and education level.

- Liz Bowie

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