Around The Region

August 29, 2009

Md. Teachers Association changing its name

The Maryland State Teachers Association, the union that represents the majority of Maryland public school employees, is changing its name to the Maryland State Education Association, effective Tuesday, to better reflect the range of its members who are not teachers. Formed in 1866, the association originally only recruited teachers as members but has changed over the years to welcome other education-related professionals such as administrators, support employees, students majoring in education and retired teachers. Members called for a name change to reflect the association's current makeup. The association, which has more than 71,000 members, will celebrate the change with an open house from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at its Annapolis headquarters. The open house will include an unveiling of the association's new logo, live music supplied by an all-association-member band, and artwork by four local art teachers.

-Sarah Fisher

Elkridge cyclist, 16, hit by car; driver faces DUI, drug charges

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A 16-year-old Elkridge youth who was struck while riding a bicycle early Friday was on life support at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, according to a report on WBAL. Benjamin Wortman, of Red Barn Way, was riding his bike about 12:30 a.m. eastbound on Route 108 near Lark Brown Road when he was hit by a Nissan Altima driven by Aaron Jacob Lorsong, 26. Lorsong, 130000 block of Rover Mill Road in West Friendship, was charged by Howard County police with driving under the influence of alcohol and and possession of heroin. He could now be charged with vehicular homicide. Within hours of the accident, the boy's family had doctors put him on life support because he was an organ donor. Anyone with information about the incident was urged to call police at 410-313-3700.

- Larry Carson and Don Markus

Man stuck in window died of natural causes

The state medical examiner says a man who died after he became stuck trying to crawl in the window of his Cumberland apartment succumbed to natural causes. The agency said Friday that Carson Corum, 55, had an enlarged heart, which led to his death. Corum was found dead Aug. 3 wedged in the third-floor window with his legs dangling outside above the fire-escape steps. The building manager says Corum often lost or forgot his keys but would usually ask him to open the door for him.

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