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July 21, 2009

Woman is killed in collision with tow truck

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A Lothian woman was killed when her Chevrolet Cavalier was rear-ended by a tow truck and landed in bushes off Bay Front Road in Lothian shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday, Anne Arundel County police said. Nancy Kelley Dowell, 48, of the 200 block of Main St. was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Police said Dowell's car was eastbound and stopped to turn left into a driveway in the 800 block of Bay Front Road. Behind it, a Mercury Villager pulled onto the right shoulder and passed her car. A tow truck that had been behind the Villager did not swerve to avoid Dowell's car and struck it, police said. The crash sent the Cavalier across the westbound lanes of Bay Front Road and off the pavement into bushes, police said. The Peterbilt tow truck, driven by John Wilson Dodson, 45, of the 1000 block of Biltmore Ave. in West River, then struck the Villager

- Andrea F. Siegel

Fire in boarded-up rowhouse kills 1, badly burns 2nd man

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One man was killed and another critically burned in a Sunday night fire at a boarded-up rowhouse in West Baltimore, according to fire officials. The fire started about 9 p.m. in the first block of South Carey St., according to Chief Kevin Cartwright, a department spokesman. Firefighters found two unconscious men on the third floor of the building, he said. They were taken to University of Maryland Medical Center, where one man, Norman Parson, 61, was pronounced dead. The second victim was moved to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and was in critical condition. His name was not released. One firefighter was treated for burns at Bayview and released, Cartwright said. Cartwright said 18 people have lost their lives in city fires so far this year, compared with19 the same time last year.

- Brent Jones

Loyola might bid on Senator when theater goes to auction

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Loyola College may bid to take control of the Senator Theatre when the historic single-screen movie house is auctioned Wednesday, a college spokeswoman said Monday evening. Courtney Jolley, the spokeswoman, would not give details about what the college would do with the theater, saying only that "the York Road corridor is a key part of our strategic plan." The college's main campus is about 1.6 miles south of the theater. City Councilman Bill Henry, who has been a key negotiator in talks surrounding the theater's fate, reacted positively to the news, calling Loyola "a good partner with the community." Baltimore City purchased the theater's mortgage in May with the intent to foreclose and sell the property, but officials have feared that the sluggish economy would prevent potential buyers from bidding.

- Annie Linskey

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