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August 27, 2009

Firefighters raising money for muscular dystrophy

Baltimore County firefighters and paramedics will kick off today the 12th annual "Fill the Boot" campaign to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Maryland. Motorists can expect to see fire personnel with their boots out asking for donations at many county intersections from Sept. 3 through Labor Day. The funds raised will help support local MDA services and research programs, including clinics at the Johns Hopkins University and Maryland General Hospital. The Baltimore County chapter of the International Association of Fire Fighters raised $89,500 last year for area children and adults with neuromuscular diseases. County Executive James T. Smith Jr., along with fire officials and MDA members, will participate in the ceremony at 11 a.m. today at Essex Fire Station # 7, 800 Myrth Ave.

- Mary Gail Hare

Run will affect traffic in Annapolis on Sunday


Drivers should expect brief delays and road closings Sunday morning in and around Annapolis when 4,700 runners will take part in the Annapolis Striders Ten Mile Run. The race begins at 7:45 a.m. at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis. Traffic will be affected on Taylor Avenue, Church Circle, Main Street, the Naval Academy Bridge, Route 648, Ferry Farms Road and Route 450. The delays are expected to end about 10 a.m., police said.

- Andrea F. Siegel

Top court won't overturn special legislative session

Maryland's highest court declined Wednesday to invalidate a 2007 special session of the General Assembly during which Gov. Martin O'Malley pushed through tax increases and a voter referendum to legalize slot machines. Republicans including Del. Michael D. Smigiel Sr., a GOP lawmaker from Cecil County, sued over alleged procedural problems and sought court action to overturn the new laws. But in an opinion, the Court of Appeals said the matter was a "political question" and that the legislature should resolve the internal procedural issue. The ruling comes after the tax increases have taken effect and voters approved slots in last year's election.

- Laura Smitherman

Fairfield odor traced to chemical in leaking drum


Two residents of the Fairfield community in South Baltimore were treated Wednesday night by medics for breathing difficulties and headaches, believed caused by a leaking drum containing an unknown chemical at a nearby company, said a city Fire Department spokesman. Neither resident required hospital care. Chief Kevin Cartwright, the spokesman, said the odor, carried by a light breeze, was traced to one leaking drum at Abbey Drum Co. in the 1400 block of Chesapeake Ave. about 10 p.m. Cartwright said firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the firm's storage yard and found a small puddle of liquid next to several drums. He said meters used to measure the strength of the substance were near zero and that a team of inspectors from the state's Department of the Environment was on the scene monitoring the incident and using materials to absorb the spill and seal the leak.

- Richard Irwin

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