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July 22, 2009

2 firefighters injured battling blaze

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Two firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling a fire Tuesday morning in East Baltimore that burned through the roof of a rowhouse, according to a department spokesman. The fire began about 7:20 a.m. in the 200 block of St. Matthews St. and was brought under control 25 minutes later, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, the spokesman. One firefighter suffered a small burn on his neck, and another injured an elbow in a fall, according to Cartwright. Fire officials were investigating the cause of the blaze. A man who lived in the house alerted authorities to the fire, which he said began on the second floor.

- Brent Jones

Good weather, name bands draw big crowd to Artscape

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Buoyed by good weather and a performance by the alternative-rock band Cake, Baltimore's annual free arts festival Artscape drew its largest crowd in recent years, according to organizers. There are no official numbers, but Tracy Baskerville, spokeswoman for the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, said police believe 385,000 people came to the event, with the biggest audience Saturday, when an estimated 225,000 turned out. Attendance has averaged between 200,000 and 300,000 in the past few years. The most interest was in Cake and soul group Robert Randolph and the Family Band, which organizers believe drew record crowds. Baskerville said so many people were at some shows that many could only hear the acts and not see them. Dance shows at the Lyric Opera House also sold out and a new offering, free Maryland Film Festival shorts at the Charles Theatre, were at least three-quarters full. A new staffed area for bike lockup was also full each day, as was a VIP area that offered shade, refreshments and massages for a daily rate of $25.

- Meredith Cohn

Annapolis police plan to hold classic car show Saturday

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The Annapolis Police Department plans to hold a National Night Out Invitational Classic Car Show on Saturday. The events are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Wiley H. Bates Heritage Park at 1103 Smithville St. The classic cars will compete for the Mayor's Choice Trophy, and the department's partners for the daylong event are car clubs Wheels from the Past and Bay Side Mustangs. Activities for children and adults include a display of emergency vehicles, a police dog demonstration, a jump-rope contest and a moon bounce. There will also be music and food. Proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. The rain date is Sunday. Information: Stacey Bolin, sbolin@annapolis.gov.

- Andrea F. Siegel

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