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August 05, 2009

Police identify three victims in Monday crash in Lothian

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Authorities identified Tuesday two people killed and a third seriously injured a day earlier when the car they were in ran off Route 4 near Upper Pindell Road in Lothian and crashed into trees. Katherine Marie Buta, 57, of the 6700 block of Bayberry Crossing in Owings and her brother, Douglas Donald Houglund, 67, of Scottsdale, Ariz., died at the scene, according to Anne Arundel County police. Buta's 19-year-old son, Bradley Wallace Buta, also of Scottsdale, Ariz., remained in serious condition at Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, police said. Shortly before 6 p.m. Monday, Bradley Buta was driving his mother's 2003 Toyota Highlander south on Route 4 when it drifted to the right into a grassy area, struck a signpost, went down an embankment, overturned and crashed into trees, according to police. Police said the investigation is continuing.

- Brent Jones

Moxley says he will not resign, despite DUI charge

Baltimore County Councilman Stephen G. Samuel Moxley, who was charged with driving under the influence last month, said Monday he has no intention of resigning. Moxley made his statement during a brief interview before Monday's County Council meeting. Moxley, who represents the district that includes Catonsville and Arbutus, was charged July 24 with driving under the influence after a four-car accident in West Baltimore. Since then, the four-term councilman has not returned phone calls from reporters or spoken publicly about the arrest, his second DUI charge in four years. Monday's council session was the first public meeting the councilman has attended since his arrest. Moxley, 50, declined to speak about the incident and made no additional comments.

FOR THE RECORD - A brief in Wednesday's editions identifying two people killed in a Lothian car crash incorrectly described the relationship between Katherine Marie Buta and Douglas Donald Houglund. They were cousins.
The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.

-Towson Times

Bicyclist killed by truck in Charles North; driver sought

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A bicyclist in his late 60s was killed Tuesday morning in the city's Charles North neighborhood after he became entangled in the rear wheels of a white box truck, said a city police spokesman. Police, who said the truck driver left the scene and was probably unaware of the accident, are seeking the truck with unknown tags. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the truck was southbound on Maryland Avenue at 11:38 a.m. and was making a right turn onto West Lafayette Avenue when the biker, who was directly behind the truck, struck the truck's right rear wheels, became entangled in the wheels and suffered multiple injuries. Medics pronounced the man, whose name was being withheld pending notification of family members, dead at the scene. Anyone with information is asked to call the city police accident investigation unit at 410-396-2606.

- Richard Irwin

Hopkins awarded $41 million in grants from stimulus funds

The National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation have awarded the Johns Hopkins University 119 research grants worth more than $41 million from money set aside in the federal stimulus package for medical and science research. Hopkins scientists from across the university's schools and departments submitted nearly 1,200 proposals for stimulus-funded projects. Earlier this year, the university held a career fair in anticipation that the grant proposals would translate into new jobs, including lab work, administration and information technology. The grants will finance study in a wide range of fields, including computer-assisted orthopedic surgery and finding new treatments for patients with sickle cell disease.

- Kelly Brewington

Ailing Mikulski misses White House lunch

Maryland's senior senator is among a trio of ailing lawmakers who didn't attend Tuesday's White House luncheon for members of the Senate Democratic caucus, a White House official said. President Barack Obama invited the senators, who normally meet for lunch every Tuesday when the Senate is in session, to move their feast down the avenue. The meal was held in the State Dining Room. Three senators sent their regrets: Sens. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, being treated for brain cancer; Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, hospitalized for infections over the past two months; and Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland, who had surgery last week after breaking an ankle July 19. Mikulski's spokeswoman said the senator plans to return to work this week for the confirmation vote on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Obama planned to use the noon gathering to talk with senators about his priorities, including measures to aid the economy and overhaul the nation's health care system. Gibbs described it as "a working lunch." Also, it was "the president's birthday, and Chuck E. Cheese was booked," the spokesman told reporters. Obama, who turned 48 Tuesday, celebrated the occasion over the weekend at Camp David, where family members and close friends from Hawaii and Chicago gathered for bowling, pickup basketball and a long dinner.

- Paul West

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