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August 19, 2009

Motorcyclist dies in collision with car in Glen Burnie

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A motorcyclist was killed early Tuesday when his bike collided with a car in Glen Burnie. William Shawn Jacobs, 35, of the 200 block of Glen Road, Glen Burnie, died at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Anne Arundel County police said. Police said he was riding a 2008 Harley-Davidson motorcycle south on Crain Highway shortly before 2:30 a.m. A 2004 Acura driven by Alida R. Holyoke, 27, of the 200 block of Woodhill Drive, Glen Burnie, was attempting to turn left from northbound Crain Highway onto Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard and did not yield the right of way, police said. Jacobs was thrown from his motorcycle in the crash. The investigation is continuing.

- Andrea F. Siegel

Photographer hurt in war treated at Shock Trauma

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An Associated Press photographer wounded in a bomb blast in Afghanistan was being treated at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center for severe leg injuries, a hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday. Emilio Morenatti's left foot was amputated because of the injury. "He is recovering well and is in good spirits," AP spokesman Jack Stokes said. Morenatti and AP Television News videographer Andi Jatmiko were traveling last week with a U.S. military unit when their vehicle ran over a bomb in the desert. Two soldiers were hurt, including one who suffered severe leg wounds. Jatmiko has leg injuries and two broken ribs and was expected to return Monday to his home in Jakarta, Indonesia. Morenatti, 40, a Spaniard, was named Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 2009 by Pictures of the Year International. His wife, Marta Ramoneda, accompanied him to Baltimore.

- Staff and wire reports

Proving ground testing to create loud explosions

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The Aberdeen Test Center says staff will be creating several strong, loud explosions for the rest of the month and part of September. Aberdeen Proving Ground officials made the announcement Tuesday, but said the testing began Saturday. Officials said the detonations will likely be heard and felt outside the boundaries of the military installation. The tests are also expected to create nonhazardous smoke and dust clouds in the area. Detonations could be rescheduled depending on the weather conditions during the testing period.

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