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Traffic accidents leave 5 dead

State Police reported five people died in traffic accidents over ZTC the weekend, including a 13-year-old Montgomery Countian who was sitting on his bicycle when he was hit by a speeding car whose driver lost control of the vehicle.

About 7 p.m. yesterday, Kirkland Eveton Hall, 26, of Forestville, was speeding southbound on Georgia Avenue in Wheaton when he lost control of his Mitsubishi at the intersection with Urbana Street and struck the median strip, Montgomery County police said.

The car went airborne and hit the boy, who was on his bike in a crosswalk, police said.

The youth died about 30 minutes later at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, police said.

Mr. Hall, who was wearing a seat belt, was not injured, police said. They said traffic charges against him were pending.

In Landover, a Hyattsville man was killed early yesterday when the car in which he was a passenger crashed into a utility pole at an intersection, Prince George's County police said.

Police said Joseph Jackson, 22, of Lanham, was driving a Citation west on Ardwick-Ardmore Road about 3:05 a.m. when he lost control and crashed into a utility pole. Mr. Jackson and his passenger, George Coplin, 26, were taken to Prince George's General Hospital & Medical Center in Cheverly, where Mr. Coplin died at 4:30 a.m., police said.

Three people died in traffic accidents Saturday, including a couple when the sports car they were riding in crashed into a ditch in Stevensville off U.S. 50, overturned and landed in a cemetery.

State police said the driver of the 1991 Corvette, Albert Procopio, 24, of Edgewater, Anne Arundel County, and his passenger, Sherry Naughton, 22, of Owings, Calvert County, were pronounced dead at the scene of the 11:15 p.m. accident.

About 3 p.m. Saturday, Richard Kevin Williams, 17, of Ellicott City, was killed when the Datsun he was driving ran a red light and crashed into another car at the intersection of Old Annapolis Road and Md. 75 in Frederick, state police said. Two others were hurt.

Police said a passenger in the Datsun, Dara Leins, 15, also of Ellicott City, was listed today in serious condition at the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

The driver of the second car, Doris Engel, 50, of Mount Airy, was listed today in stable condition at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

The first officially scheduled run on the Central Light Rail Line was delayed twice yesterday by power problems in opening-day service that otherwise had MTA officials smiling.

About 6,200 people rode the line on the first day of regular service, said Mass Transit Administration spokeswoman Dianna Rosborough.

The problems caused brief delays for the train that left Timonium at 11 a.m. on the first officially scheduled run. But MTA Administrator Ronald J. Hartman noted that trains had begun running earlier in the morning, jumping the gun on the schedule, and had no difficulties.

Ridership was light, as expected, because it was Sunday, MTA officials said. The true test of service will be today when commuters are expected to begin using the line running from Timonium to Camden Yards -- and which eventually will link Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties.

Arundel County:

A task force looking into black student achievement in Anne Arundel County schools has recommended that more works by blacks be included in the curriculum and that teachers be required to take a course in black culture.

The report of the Task Force for Black Male Achievement was to be discussed at tonight's Board of Education meeting at 7:30 p.m. at 2644 Riva Road.

The task force is made up of community leaders, clergy and school officials.

Carroll County:

A trip to the National Aquarium last fall aroused such interest in a group of Westminster Elementary fourth-graders that they are planning to do more whale watching.

The 28 children told their teacher, Margaret Caricofe, last month they wanted to take a cruise. They gathered the information, helped make travel arrangements and refused to take no for an answer.

On June 6, the students will board a bus for Cape May, N.J., to cruise the Atlantic Ocean for four hours. The ship's captain guarantees at least a dolphin sighting and an 80 percent chance of spotting a whale migrating north for the summer.

"We don't like seeing them in captivity," said Kellie Pullen, 10. "We want to see them in their own habitat."

To make sure no student misses out on the trip, the class has been raising money from area businesses, clubs and individuals.

Harford County:

The Harford County Council has scheduled an all-day work session today to discuss possible changes in County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann's proposed $188.6 million operating budget for fiscal 1993.

Testimony at two public hearings earlier this month on the budget focused on raises for teachers and other county employees, and repairs to the public school buildings, some of which need new roofs.

The county's property tax rate -- $2.34 per $100 of assessed value for residents of municipalities and $2.73 per $100 for all other areas -- would not change.

The council is scheduled to vote on the budget bill and property tax rate May 26.

Howard County:

Howard County school officials have proposed punishing students for making derogatory remarks, but opponents are questioning the move's constitutionality.

School principals could suspend students for "threats, intimidation, defamation, harassment or violence based on race, color, creed, religion, physical or mental disability, national origin, gender or sexual orientation" under the proposed Educational and Personal Rights Policy.

A June 11 public hearing has been scheduled.

Arundel County:

A task force looking into black student achievement in Anne Arundel County schools has recommended that more works by blacks be included in the curriculum and that teachers be required to take a course in black culture.

The report of the Task Force for Black Male Achievement was to be discussed at tonight's Board of Education meeting at 7:30 p.m. at board headquarters, 2644 Riva Road.

The task force is made up of community leaders, clergy and school officials. It was formed in 1989 at the request of former School Superintendent Larry L. Lorton.

The panel is attempting to determine how to meet the needs of black male students, who parents and community leaders say have not been adequately served by the school system.

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